1971 Hawke DL2B Historic Formula Ford Project
Chassis number: 217.
The Hawke’s early period racing history was on the U.S. West Coast. In 2018, the Hawke was fully restored by Veloce Motors in California. It was a no-expense-spared restoration designed to put the car at the front of the grid. Since then, the Hawke has only done seven race weekends.
During the Hawke’s very limited number of historic race events, it has achieved multiple podiums and top five finishes in the Crossflow Cup and CSRG events. These were all accomplished by a rookie driver. The car’s most notable achievement was a 4th place finish (out of 57 entries) at the 2019 Rolex Monterey Reunion.
Unfortunately the Hawke was damaged in a subsequent accident. The decision was made to build a new frame rather than repair the old existing frame. The new frame has now been completed. The Hawke is now being sold basically as a kit to be reassembled using the new frame.
The Hawke has its new frame built by MTE Engineering. It consists of steel 4130 tubing, sheet metal for the dash and foot bulkheads, and an aluminum belly pan that will need to be riveted to the frame. The Hawke comes with new uprights, new Koni shocks, a fuel cell as well as other restored parts.
The engine has 7 race weekends on it. The Hewland gearbox was rebuilt at end of 2018 by Veloce, and also has 7 race weekend on it. A brand new Rhino gearbox case with side plates is included in the sale.
Obvious needs are that the frame needs painting and some bodywork. The front suspension upper links need to be re-fabricated (very simple design), and the rest checked and replaced as needed. The current gearbox needs the side plate ears rewelded and could be raced as-is, or the internals can be installed in the new Rhino box. One of the steel wheels may/may not have a dent and should be checked.
The Hawke does come with a spares box that includes general odds and ends to keep the car on the track during a race weekend (things like brake pads, maybe a master cylinder, starter motor, etc.)
This Hawke is a proven front runner, and podium finisher, in the highly competitive Crossflow Cup Series – and that with a rookie driver. If you like projects, you can turn this one into an even better Hawke DL2B for less than half what it would otherwise cost if it were all together. What’s more, even when you are done you will still have spent far less than any of the top competitors have already spent getting their cars to the front. You win before you even start your first event.
This Hawke is a great winter project, and will be a real threat for the upcoming 2023 Historic Formula Ford season.
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