Saint-Gobain Weber makes it hot for Clough in Barbados
5 05 2015
Ray Clough of Lloyd Clough & Sons Ltd, Dinnington, Sheffield, will be racing in Barbados in his Weber-branded Ford Escort Mk 1 rally car.
Taking a break from running his 70 plus team of plasterers, Ray Clough of Lloyd Clough & Sons Limited, Dinnington, Sheffield, could be expected to put his feet up for a few days every now and then. Knowing that his venue is Barbados should actually confirm this expectation but how wrong can one be? In fact, Ray will be racing through the narrow, closed roads of the Island at the wheel of his beautiful Ford Escort Mk 1 rally car, flat out for success in the annual Sol Rally Barbados. And Saint-Gobain Weber is going along for the ride with the brand symbols boldly displayed on this £65,000 recreation of the famous Escort rally cars of the 60s and 70s.
“I used to take rallying quite seriously in the 70s but gave it up to concentrate on the business,” says Ray. “I built this Escort up four or five years ago although I still haven’t got fully involved in competing again. I’ve been to the Sol Rally Barbados a number of times with some of my motor club colleagues and this year I decided to have a go myself as 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Barbados Rally Club’s premier event.”
The Sol Rally Barbados is a full international event with competitors coming from all over the world. A particularly strong contingent from the UK will be amongst the 100 entrants who will compete in this year’s event. A tough route of over 130 miles of closed road stages faces drivers during the two- day event over the weekend of 30th and 31st May which is watched by thousands of excited spectators. The road surfaces are very rough in places and will test the durability of Ray’s beautiful Escort to the limit. This classic rally car has a powerful Alan Sherwood prepared Ford BDG engine, ZF gearbox, Bilstein suspension and 5-link rear suspension, and an Atlas axle. The Escort is resplendent in blue and white paintwork and carries the Saint-Gobain Weber insignia.
“I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” reports Ray. “This is a seriously competitive race and is not a holiday drive by any stretch of the imagination. The event has been won in recent times by young stars like Chris Meeke who is now fighting for victories in the FIA World Rally Championship so the event clearly attracts the best talent in the world. I will be pleased to get a podium result for sure.”
Lloyd Clough & Sons is a successful family business, founded by Ray’s father in 1961, and operates across Yorkshire, Humberside, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. There are several members of the family involved in the business which specialises in render applications and machine applied renders. “We have maintained a very close and loyal working relationship over many years with Weber, our main material supplier. We also install the BBA accredited and Energy Saving Trust listed webertherm External Wall Insulation systems for both refurbishment and new build projects.”
Cars belonging to the UK crews sailed from Portsmouth early in April for the 11-day voyage across the Atlantic aboard the Geest Line freighter ‘Klipper Stream’ while competitors the length and breadth of the UK are now making final preparations for Sol Rally Barbados 2015.