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Ray Calcutt

2 May 1937
place, region

Statistics - (Main Racing Category)

Career Description

Ray Calcutt started racing in the Alan Fraser Ex-works Le Mans Sunbeam Alpine in 1964. Was runner up in the British Saloon Car Championship, won several other Championship Titles and held numerous lap records at British Circuits. Competed successfully in F3, F5000 and Endurance racing. Recorded over 50 wins.

Ray was also an instructor at schools for potential racing drivers at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Mallory park.

1960's:
   Boxing day 1966
Icy Boxing day 1966 at Brands Hatch, British Special Saloon Car Championship
1) Ray Calcutt - Fraser Imp; 2) Ian McDougal - Broadspeed Cooper S; 3) Alan Harvey - Autocadia Cooper S; 4. Roger Nathan - Nathan IMPudence II; 5) Capt Ken's car; 6) Mac Ross - MAC10 Cooper; 7) Tony Taylor - Hartwell Imp; 8) Bill McGovern - Paul Emery Imp; 9) Peter Brown - Frazer Imp; 10) Martin Maudling - Ford Anglia.
photo taken from: Capt. Ken's Mini Cooper racing days

1966 Club Racing Championships:
Westover Saloon Car Championship: Ray Calcutt in a 1.0 Hillman Imp came 2nd in class (Up to 1000 cc), behind Bernard Unett and came 4th overall, gathering 23 points.
3rd in class: Roger Nathan, Hillman Imp


International Trophy Meeting - St. Marys Trophy Race - round 2 of BRSCC
Goodwood, 11 April 1966, dry weather; Group 5
Class A
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality c.c. Distance,
time
Qualifying position Fastest lap Reason out
  1 117 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick,
GB
997 10 laps, 17.11,4 11 1.41,4  
  2 114 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt,
GB
998 9 21    
  3 115 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan,
GB
875 9 26    
    118 Radbourne Racing
Abarth 1000 TC
Andrew Mylius,
GB
982   27    
    119 Superspeed Conversions Ltd.
Ford Anglia
Paul Webb,
GB
997   23    
DNF   116 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Peter Procter,
GB
997   13   Accident
DNF   102 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Lanfranchi,
GB
1293   7   Fan blades

1966 Club Racing Championships:
Spring Grove Saloon Car Championship: Ray Calcutt in a 1.0 Hillman Imp came 2nd in class (Up to 1000 cc, behind Nick Brittan and before Bill McGovern in a Hillman Imp) and came 6th overall, gathering 8 points.

    Ray Calcutt, 14 May 1966, Silverstone
at Copse, Silverstone, 14 May 1966. Competition no. 33 (according to the seller on eBay - maybe not right)
  
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source: touringcarracing.net: The start, and this is the middle of the pack. In front Calcutt (5), Fitzpatrick (3), Brittan (4) and the white Anglia of Taylor (2). The red Mini could be Buckett, the red Anglia behind Fitz is probably Craft.
  

Silverstone, May 14th 1966
Competiton no. 33 - according to the Ebay seller of this photo. But, according to touringcarracing.net, Calcutt had no. 5

McGovern, in the other Emery Imp pulled out quite a lead from the 'works' Alan Fraser Imps with John Fitzpatrick snapping hard at his heels in the Broadspeed Anglia. Then on the 6th lap at Copse, these two touched, spinning wildly and McGovern retired; Fitzpatrick toured round to the pits to change a punctured tyre. Anita Taylor, to the delight of the majority, took the lead in the 1-litre class on lap 6 ahead of the Fraser Imps of Ray Calcutt and Nick Brittan and Paul Webb's Superspeed Anglia.
Anita was doing a great job in the Broadspeed 1000 Anglia still leading her class by a long way - her pit were actually slowing her down. The Fraser Imps of Calcutt and Brittan just did not seem to have the necessary steam.
Anita, despite being slowed down by her pit, still finished 30 seconds ahead of Ray Calcutt's Imp to win the 1-litre class for Broadspeed - although Fitz set the new class lap record.
Source: Autosport, Autocar and MotorSport @ touringcarracing.net
Class A
Overall Pos
in
class
# Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers,
Nationality
CC Distance,
time
Note
9 1 2 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Anita Taylor,
GB
997 32 laps,
1:03.37,2
 
10 2 5 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt,
GB
998 32 laps,
1:04.03,6
 
12 3 4 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan,
GB
998 32 laps,
1:04.03,6
 
14 4 3 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick,
GB
997 31  
15 5 11 C.B. Mynott
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Mike Clarke,
GB
999 30  
18 6 9 Radbourne Racing
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC
Andrew Mylius,
GB
982 29  
19 7 1  
Ford Anglia
Paul Webb,
GB
997 28  
DNF   7 Paul Emery
Hillman Imp
John Markey,
GB
998   Accident
DNF   6 Paul Emery
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern,
GB
998   Accident

Tony Lanfranchi was entered in Group B, not in the Fraser team

BSCC 1966, round 4
Crystal Palace, London, Great-Britain (Ruleset: Group 5)
30 May 1966, dry weather
Ray Calcutt, driving a 998 Hillman Imp, entered into class A by Alan Fraser Racing Team, competition no. 53


Race A: Class A
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers,
Nationality
cc Qualifying position
4 1 56 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick,
GB
997 6
5 2 54 Paul Emery
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern,
GB
998 9
6 3 57 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Anita Taylor,
GB
997 11
    52 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan,
GB
998 12
    53 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt,
GB
998 10
    58 Radbourne Racing
Abarth 1000 TC
Andrew Mylius,
GB
982 14
DNS?   55 Roger Nathan Racing
Hillman Imp
Roger Nathan,
GB
998 13

BARC International Motor Show 200:
BSCC 1966, round 8
Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent (Ruleset: Group 5)
30 Oct. 1966, dry weather
Ray Calcutt, driving a 998 Hillman Imp, entered into class A by Alan Fraser Racing Team, competition no. 74 - DNF the first heat because of oil. The second heat he (with Nick Brittan) finished 3rd in class, behind team mate Bernard Unett.


Heat 1
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality CC Distance,
time
Note
  1 71 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick,
GB
997 10 laps, 19.23,2  
  2 75 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Bernard Unett,
GB
998 10 laps, 19.30,0  
  3 73 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan,
GB
998 10 laps, 20.07,4  
    80 H. Wilton
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Liane Engeman,
NL
999   
DNF 1 72 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Anita Taylor,
GB
997  Accident
DNF   74 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt,
GB
998  Oil

 

Heat 2
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality CC Distance,
time
Note
  1 71 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick,
GB
997 10 laps, 19.25,0  
  2 75 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Bernard Unett,
GB
998 10 laps, 19.30,2  
  3 73 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt, GB
(Nick Brittan, GB)
998 10 laps, 20.17,6  
DNF   80 H. Wilton
Austin Mini Cooper S 970
Liane Engeman,
NL
999   Accident

 

Aggregate result
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality CC Distance,
time
  1 71 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick, GB
997 20 laps, 38.48,2
  2 75 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Bernard Unett, GB
998 20 laps, 39.00,2
  3 73 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt, GB
Nick Brittan, GB
998 20 laps, 40.35,0

 

Brands Hatch Circuit, 29 August 1966

Up to 1000 cc Race (Class A)

It was the 1-litre class that provided most of the excitement. Initially, Trevor Taylor had it all his own way, but then Bernard Unett and Nick Brittan joined battle with him in earnest. There was momentary contact between Taylor's Anglia and Brittan's Imp on more than one occasion, but only glassware suffered. Unett led for a time, but then got a flat tyre, and thereafter it was Brittan who kept the class sewn up. Strangely enough, although the strife in this class was the most intense, it was the only class in which the lap record remained intact.

Class A
Pos Pos
in
class
# Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers,
Nationality
CC Distance,
time
Fastest lap Due to
 1241 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan,
GB
998 19 laps, 39.10,6   
 2248 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Anita Taylor,
GB
997 19 laps, 39.11,2  
  3 241 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt,
GB
998 19 laps, 39.28,0    
    243 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Bernard Unett,
GB
998   1.58,4  
    249 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Trevor Taylor,
GB
997      
       
Hillman Imp
Unknown 998      
DNF   247 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick,
GB
997     Fuel pump

 

  mm
On the back it says:
Alan Fraser Racing team, Hillman Imp, Brands Hatch, Britisch G.P. meeting
   

Oulton Park, 17 September 1966

Up to 1300 cc Race (Class A-B)

John Fitzpatrick in the 1000 cc Broadspeed Anglia, fitted with substantially modified and angled Holbay motor, was already dominating the 1000 cc class and had pulled out a good lead over his nearest rival, the Alan Fraser Imp of Bernard Unett.

The picture looked rosy for Fords as Fitzpatrick was now miles ahead of the Fraser Imps. Fitz's team-mate Anita Taylor had split the Imps until a burst engine oil seal has showered her rear tyres with oil and caused her to spin.

Steve Neal had retired the Arden Mini with a distinct lack of gears and Bernard Unett lost his electrics when the condenser fell off. Nick Brittan's car was the only Imp to go through untroubled, Calcutt having piston trouble and Bill McGovern suffering overheating.

The 1000 cc class went to Fitzpatrick who was nearly a minute ahead of Brittan at the finish despite repeated signals to slow down from Ralph Broad.

Race A: Class A
Pos Pos
in
class
# Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers,
Nationality
CC Distance,
time
Due to
6 1 60 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick,
GB
997 19 laps, 38.31,6  
  2 64 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan,
GB
998 19 laps, 39.23,1  
  3 63 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt,
GB
998 19 laps, 39.25,8  
    62 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Trevor Taylor,
GB
997    
    67 Roger Nathan Racing
Hillman Imp
Roger Nathan,
GB
998    
DNF   65 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Bernard Unett,
GB
998   Electrics
DNF   66 Paul Emery
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern,
GB
998   Overheating
1970's:
1972

Brands Hatch
26th Nov 1972
Event 2: Saloon & Modsports Race; 10 laps
Ray Calcutt, 6th overall; Hillman Imp, 998cc; #142; 2nd in Class C Saloons 850-1000cc

1980's:

Current Interests:



Calcutt - Edwards - Youle, spinning
Ray Calcutt, Edwards and Youle, facing the wrong direction. Silverstone? Which corner?
Calcutt - Edwards - Youle, spinning

Ray Calcutt with competition no. 40
Edwards (Tin Tune Mini, or Tim Tune?, perhaps competition no. 32?)
Youle (spinning his Mini, looks like competition no. 31)



Ray Calcutt, where and when unknown
Ray Calcutt, where and when unknown
Ray Calcutt, where and when unknown
 
Ray Calcutt, where and when unknown

Ray Calcutt of team Kent Messenger racing a Hillman Imp with competition no. 131. As an ex-Fraser team member he had one of those cars to race in the Kent Messenger series.
Who in a Hillman Imp with competition no. 130?

Stickers:
Shell - to the side of the headlamp
Dunlop - on the boot lid above the righthand front wheel
Champion - in front if the righthead rear wheel
? - in front if the righthead rear wheel
? - in front if the righthead rear wheel
? - behind if the righthead rear wheel


Ray Calcutt, Kent Messenger

This photo featured in the David Vizard series of CCC look-in on the Imp, 1972


 


Literature

Martyn Morgan Jones's book on the British Saloon Car Championship has a brief biography of Ray Calcutt.

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