Trojan’s first in-house design, the F5000 Trojan T101, was an immediate success, winning eight F5000 races either side of the Atlantic, and propelling Jody Scheckter to US championship success. Trojan had been building McLaren’s production cars since the very beginning of the McLaren marque, signing their first deal to produce the McLaren M1A in November 1964.
All McLaren Formula 5000s came from Trojan: the all-conquering M10A and M10B, the disappointing M18 and the uncompetitive M22. With McLaren pulling out of the production market, Trojan pressed on for 1973 with an in-house F5000 design, basically joining the front end of the Formula 2 M21 designed by Ralph Bellamy to an M18/22 F5000 rear end. As McLaren were unwilling to allow this to be marketed as a McLaren, it became the Trojan T101. Ex-Brabham designer Ron Tauranac was brought in after the season had started to try to get the car to “make sense”.
Five T101s were sold, with Jody Scheckter dominating the US series until a late-season swap to a Lola T330 and the four UK-based cars winning five times.
Chassis 101, the very first example, was built for the 1973 season on behalf of Ian Ward Racing, and driven by Keith Holland in 1973 (with pole positions and wins at Mallory Park and Mondello), Bill Wood in 1974 (three appearances in UK series and only one start at Monza), and again in 1975 (including Zandvoort), John Hinley in 1976 for sprints (also driven by Bob Rose at Curborough on at least one occasion), Jim Moore (of Kincraft fame) in November 1977, and was later used in sprints and libre for the 1978 and 1979 seasons. This car was entered for Keith Norris’s F5000 revival series in 1983, later running the car at the “Southampton Ocean Village Sprint” in 1987, before being placed into storage for almost 30 years.
In 2015 the Trojan was exhumed and brought to specialist Maidstone Sports Cars and extensively ”nut and bolt” restored to the condition you see today. The work involved the following:
– The bodywork was soda blasted and repainted in original McLaren orange
– The engine was rebuilt by Tim Adam, with a machined block, steel crank and rods, forged JE pistons, aluminium DART heads, new valves, Jesel rockers, racing valve springs, uprated lifters, a rev kit, rebuilt carburettors, new fuel lines and electronic ignition system with an uprated distributor and coil, and lastly a Simpson Racing exhaust system
– The gearbox was rebuild by a Hewland specialist
– All uprights, wheels and suspension arms sent away for crack testing. Suspension parts were nickel coated back to original specification, with new rose joints and bearings fitted throughout
– The original dampers were rebuilt, and new springs fitted
– The original callipers were refurbished, with new discs and pads and brake lines
– New 2015 FIA specification fuel bag tanks fitted, also new fuel pumps
– Radiators were rebuilt to original brass specification
Since completion the Trojan has completed in the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy, and was in fact class winner in 2016. Offered in race ready condition, and supplied with a full spares package, this is an extremely potent and rewarding historic race car which is very much on the button and ready to compete.