The Standard Vanguard Transporter
Being an historic motor sport fan and competitor the things that always took my eye in the paddock other than the fantastic race cars where the historic race transporters.
Unfortunately the cost of these large racing accessories prohibited me from owning such a vehicle, but a chance view on eBay saw me purchasing one of Pete Kenna’s fantastic models of the Mike Anthony’s Standard Vanguard transporter.
Mike built his vehicle in the 1950’s in order to carry his Lotus Eleven around Europe from event to event and he in turn had found his inspiration from the Mercedes transporter.
As I had my Vanguard race car it seemed silly not to have a go at producing my take on the original Mike Anthony vehicle in order to carry our fleet of historic race cars.
The project started with a rough “barn find” phase two Vanguard that had lain untouched for many years in a field in Nottinghamshire.
We cut off the rear body of the car but retained the rear window and rear roof section; this was then welded back in a position to create a “pick up” type cab.
Next we cut off the rear chassis section and welded on a second chassis from a donor vehicle complete with a 2 foot infill to get the desired wheel base.
Obviously with such a length, bending of the chassis in the middle was going to be a problem but with clever triangulation of the rear body mountings and structure we have managed to produce a ridged chassis.
The rear deck was then covered in buffalo board with alloy sides and the complete vehicle painted in British Racing Green.
The Vehicles first outing was to the HRDC press day at Silverstone in March 2011 carrying our racing Morris Minor Low Light which it did with out incident.
Since then Stacy the Standard has transported our race cars to various circuits through out the country and is well received where ever she goes.