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1958 Tojeiro-Climax by Aya-Wavedancer 1958 Tojeiro-Climax by Aya-Wavedancer
What a catch! Wayne Carini brought this in to compete with, and it broke, so it was sitting there for someone like me to photograph.

John Tojeiro was a race car designer and engineer in the UK who created some very innovative race cars. I don't know the actual designation of the car.

And no, folks, this is NOT a Jaguar. I'll show you a close-up of the wheel with "Tojeiro" in BIG letters if you don't believe me.

Updated: A little guessing and googling on my part got the designation correct. My guess that it may NOT be a Jaguar engine was correct.
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lanath Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
So pretty :)
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Kustom-Garage Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Hey Guys I came across this site and the discussion about the 1958 Tojeiro Climax,

My name is Jamie Downie Owner of Kustom Garage Metal Shaping, Australia.
When I was an Apprentice about 10 years ago, I worked at a shop called Black Art Fabrications and I was the one that restored this car. It is made from 1.6 Aluminium, it was owned at the time by a fellow by the name of Bob Harborow, and it came to the shop needing a new front as the original had been replaced with a poor fitting fiberglass one. I fabricated a new one piece front, doors, and lower sill pods and adjusted the engine cover as it was too low and not flowing with rest of the body lines.
I don’t have a lot of build shots but I do have some on my website at www.kustomgarage.com.au check it out and let me know what you think.

Jamie Downie
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
The pics on your site are spectacular. You're a real crafstman/artisan, and this kind of work is very much in demand in the States. I'm amazed this car was in Oz, and am glad you saved it.

I'm sure the car will be seen in October on Wayne's show "Chasing Classic Cars" on Velocity Channel when his visit to Hershey and his runs with his hillclimb special and this car- until somehting broke-- will be shown.

Thanks for sharing. This is the second time someone's helped to restore or restored a car I've seen and photographed and commented on it. It's a great feeling to get such responses, and the car's a Beaut. :D

I'll get more pics up when I have time to do it.
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Kam1Kaz3-NL77 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
droooll
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RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
It definitely IS a Tojeiro-Climax with an 1100cc Coventry Climax motor.
It does have Jaguar-ish lines, also reminds me of a Lister, although they are quite different.
The Anamera link for when it was sold: [link]
What a rare and beautiful car! And a great catch!
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
It's in Wayne Carini's hands right now. I wish it hadn't broke on Friday.

I had half a guess if you read some of the stuff on the wheel hub pic it wasn't a Jag engine or a Bristol. Only an 1100cc Coventry- though I would bet this car weighs nothing and with a Tojeiro designed chassis, handles beautifully.

I didn't recognize it, someone had to tell me it was a Toj- I was only familiar with the EE Tojeiro-Buick, I'd never seen another one even in magazines.

Much prettier than a Lister, tho. :D
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RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I probably would not have readily recognized it as a Tojeiro and don't recall seeing another one except in photos, although this one seemed familiar. The car in your photo had been at the Monterey Historics that's probably where I might have seen it. I would also have been very disappointed not to hear it and see it on the track.

Definitely prettier than a Lister. Listers are brutish looking compared to this car. We had a customer with a Lister-Corvette. It looked like a monster compared to other cars and the frame appeared to be exceedingly heavy. I guess the Toj reminded me of the Lister at the rear view. I have photos of the Lister-Corvette that I'll post some day.
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Severflame Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Definitely has a sleek look to it.:)
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Obviously influenced by the D-Type Jaguar, but a bit lower. I wish I'd have seen this car running the day before , when it had a mechanical failure of some sort.
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mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice
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shoxxe Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oo! Manly! :P
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
A really pretty car. Unsure whether the body is alumninum or fibreglass.
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, it is a Jag ;) I just saw one recently [link]
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Not quite. It had a D-Type engine, but the chassis is his.

It's not a simple re-body of a D-Type chassis and motor.

Also, that car is bodied differently from the one in my pic. I'd have had to have talked to Wayne Carini about the car more to find out what was under the hood.

I'll get the wheel up.... O.o
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, from what I've read most of his later racers started as Jags...lol
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
The motor. There is a difference. The chassis and body are different.

It's like calling a Lister-Jaguar or Lister-Corvette a Corvette or Jag. Same applies.

Again, if I'd have gotten a better designation from Wayne, I'd have it. The wheel is up. I'd don't think he'd throw his logo onto a Jag.
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I figure, like in F1 and most racing, you call it by the engine AND manufacturer, I.E. Mercedes McLaren, Lotus Dallara, Jaguar Tojeiro....... :P
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Right- it's just I didn't have the data. I did a lot of data mining and guessing with search parameters.

The Tojeiro-Bristol dates from 1953 and was a one-off, and the Tojeiro-Jaguars look a bit different. Was it just that the bodies were bespoke maybe? I stumbled on references to him using Climax engines, and wondered if that was the answer. It was.

Evidently there's another one of these in the US in New Jersey. I'm unsure how many were buuilt. Wayne would know. I'll see if I can contact him somehow and hopefully he can answer some of the questions I have about this car, and about the Hillclimber.
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, like I said, there's not a tonne of info out there on him, really. Makes it hard. I know the one I shot was one of 4 of it's body type....but only because the owner was there with a booklet of documentation, lol
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Some, there are only one or two of. For vintage racing, you need the documentation to get the whole hog FIA certification.

Or... like the Lancis D24 that showed up in a pic recently on DA, you need a ground up total build to the original blueprints, or like the Lola T70 on DA that's a ground up rebuild fron near-scratch because the car had a fatal accident in period but is considered by the FIA and by Lola Heritage to be that car because it has the chassis plate on the frame.

Tojeiro also built a mid-engined car for Ecurie Ecosse driven by Jackie Stewart and it's definietly the real deal but even its chassis plates and markings on the frame are contradictiry and confusing!
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dragonaur Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist
That looks like "Speed Racer's" car!
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Sort of! The original manga people- and I have a translation of one of the early mangas here- were pretty faithful to the prototype racing cars from the 1966-1967 era in the manga. You see Ford GT40s, Ferrari P2/P3/P4 (they could be any of them the way they're drawn) and even the Chaparral 2D in the frames racing the Mach 5.

My guess is the Tojeiro dates to earlier. Maybe 1960 at the latest. I needed to talk to Wayne Carini about the car but didn't want to bother him other than to thank him for his wonderful TV show. :)
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dragonaur Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist
They put a lot of effort into researching their show. Always the sign of great animators!
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Well, one thing I have learned and I think people like about my stories is that while I may have Fennecs and little gray scientist cats running wild, that there is enough real science and things in the stories to hook believability into the setting. I try and keep the science pretty tight on certain ends as well, which I know drives certain readers nuts. No Juni Moonbeam holding her breath for two hours....

By hooking in the actual race cars to the setting in competition, it lends believeability to the Mifune Mach Go when it's drawn into the panel and to the readers. Having that patina of reality mixed with the fantasy and fiction can be very effective in getting people to buy into it. :)
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dragonaur Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist
^_^
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I forgot the official term for it- it's called 'suspension of disbelief'. The more you can achieve that with a reader, the better. :)
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