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1955 TOJEIRO–BRISTOL SPORTS RACER
1955 Tojeiro Sports Racer

John Tojeiro might be best known for his design of the AC ACE, which later evolved into the Shelby Cobra, but Tojeiro obviously had his hands busy with several other lesser–celebrated projects as well. Victor Pastore’s Tojeiro-Bristol is one example of a handful of specials Tojeiro produced in the 50s and one of only three of this body style actually built, two carrying Lea Frances 1 –liter engines and the third, a 2–liter Bristol power plant.

1955 Tojeiron Sports Racer

Wearing chassis number TAD2/55, Pastore’s aluminum bodied sports racer (1 liter machine) was successfully club raced in England by Jim Flanders and eventually upgraded at the end of the decade to a 2–liter (1972cc) straight–six Bristol engine, matching its sister car. The beautifully designed racecar then seemed to disappear in the 60s, only to resurface in the mid–80s according to Pastore. “I just loved the flowing lines of the racecar”, recalled, Pastore, who bought the car in ’96 and fortunately, continues to vintage race this gorgeous example of sports car specials of the 50s for all the ARMCO dwellers to enjoy.

1955 Tojeiron Sports Racer

A tubular steel space frame supports the 1700–lb. racecar while 3’s Solex carbs supplies the octane and a Bristol 4’s speed gearbox help get the Tojeiro’s Bristol up to an estimated top speed of 125mph. “s Possessing plenty of low end torque, understeering and the handling less than ideal, the car drives a bit oddly, or maybe it’s me who is driving it oddly since I’m spoiled by my other racecar, a Gemini Formula Junior’s good manners steering through the turns”, notes Pastore, and quick to add, “the car additionally experiences front-end lift, especially on long straightaways like Virginia International Raceway (VIR).”

1955 Tojeiron Sports Racer

Unequal length wishbone independent front and DeDion rear suspension provide the handling, while Lockheed disc brakes at the four posts help stop the skinny 15X4.5 front and 15X5 rear paws. Tojeiro’s sport racing special might not have been any threat to Aston Martin DB3s, D–Types or even Bristol’s own, the Bristol 450c, but Pastore’s Tojeiro–Bristol boldly illustrates motorcar’s post WWII reemergence and is an exquisite example of the creative forces behind its growth.

1955 Tojeiron Sports Racer

Once exercised regularly at many VSCCA meetings each year, Pastore’s Tojeiro has exchanged hands in 2004. Luckily though, vintage racer, enthusiast and VIR (Virginia International Raceway) owner, Harvey Seigel, is now the caretaker of this exceptional treasure, and “I’m having the sports racer to restored concours quality”, concludes Harvey......Walter Pietrowicz

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