Richard Shepherd-Barron

Richard Shepherd-Barron

29/1/1937

Richard Shepherd-Barron started motor racing early 1958 driving a Fiat Abarth 750 then raced an Alfa Romeo in GT and Sportscar Races in the UK and on the Continent. He then raced in Italian Formula junior with a Taraschi-Fiat and a RAM-Fiat. He competed at the Le Mans 24hr including a Morgan GT in the 2 ltr class 1962. In this occasion Slot Classic 4 SS with number of plate TOK 258 present/display the mythical Morgan Extra that made history gain the victory in its category from 1601 to 2000 cm3 in the legendary race of the 24 hours of Him Mans in 1962. At the end of the decade of the 50, the Morgan began to emphasize in the competitions mounted by clubs in England. Great part of these successes had to the efforts of great called pilot-preparador Chris Lawrence. In 1961 Lawrence and his companion, Shepherd-Barron, registered an Extra 4 in the 24 hours of Him Mans, but it was criticized until the end to insinuate to them that instead of running directly they took it to a Museum. All these critics and the reality of which the car was not too competitive made them stop in this occasion, but it was the revulsivo so that competitive Lawrence, this time with the endorsement of Morgan, registered again in 1962. The car was lightened equipping to him with an aluminum body, whose front hood was modified with an additional blower pipe to be able to admit the generous double carburetion that it mounted the originating mechanics 2 liters of Triumph TR. All this, together with a camshaft specially designed by own Lawrence, granted to the car the far from negligible number of 160 C.V. of power. In order to improve the aerodynamics (the Heel of Aquilles of the Morgan), Lawrence constructed hardtop in fiber glass, that remedied the little speed partly end of the "old fashioned MOG" in the long straight line of Hunaudières. In the race they faced sophisticated and modern cars much more, but making a race free of errors and mechanical failures, they were able to raise itself until commendable a thirteenth position, and first of class 1601 to 2000 cm3. At international level, the success of Lawrence/Shepherd-Barron in the 24 hours is without a doubt one of the best profits of Morgan in its sport history. We would like to give to thanks to Clifford Baker, publisher of the magazine Morgan World, and to Rick Bourne, present proprietor of TOK 258, by all the information, as much graphical as technical, that they have facilitated to us for the construction of the model on scale 1:32. Richard Shepherd-Barron retired from racing in 1962.

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