Model: Sports racing car
Chassis type: ladder frame
Chassis number: 4/4/52
Engine type: MG XPAG
Engine number: 15 UH 162152
Gearbox type: MG TC
Lionel Leonard ordered this car for 1952 and registered it KOY 500 (to match JOY500, LOY500 & MOY500). It was to replace his first Cooper MG, JOY500 that he had sold to Cliff Davis, and was bodied with a lighter simpler body than the previous ‘barchetta’ bodied car.
For 1953 Leonard sold KOY500 to Horace Gould. At this time it was one of the fastest 1˝ litre sports cars in the UK. It was also widely travelled, racing in Jersey & the Isle of Man as well as all regions of Great Britain. Gould continued to develop the car including fitting Cooper Bristol suspension.
For 1954 Gould bought a Cooper Bristol F2 car and sold KOY500 to Brian Naylor who was also successful. Iain Davidson also hillclimbed the car at this time.
1952 Season – driver Lionel Leonard
3rd May Snetterton 2nd
17th May Boreham DNS
10th May Daily Express International Trophy, Silverstone 28th, 10th in class
29th May 14th British Empire Trophy, Dundrod, N.Ireland RTD (15th in practice)
28th June Snetterton RTD
10th July 5th Jersey International Road Race, St. Helier, Jersey 25th, 4th in class (23rd practice)
16th August BARC News of the World 9 hours, Goodwood
Co-driver Derek Anneble 28th, 7th in class
26th October Tarrant Rushton 1st
1953 Season – driver Horace Gould
3rd April Trengwainton 3rd
21st March Goodwood 11th Members Meeting 6th race 2
5th race 6
18th June BRDC British Empire Trophy Race, Dundrod, N.Ireland
Co-driver I.D.Lewis RTD
20th June Queensferry sprint 1st
27th June MMEC Silverstone 4th
25th July USAF Trophy Meeting Snetterton ?
1st August Davidstow 3rd
15th August Charterhall, International
Sheena Gray Trophy 2nd
John Brown Trophy ?
19th September Anerley Trophy, Crystal Palace 9th (1st in practice)
1954 Season – driver Brian Naylor
19th April Goodwood Easter handicap RTD
5th June West Essex Car Club, Snetterton (1.5 litre sports) 2nd
West Essex Car Club, Snetterton (handicap race) 1st
7th June Cornwall Motor Racing Club, Davidstow 2nd Heat 2, 3rd Final
12th June Mid Cheshire Motor Club, Oulton Park 3rd
17th July Silverstone British GP support International ?
2nd August Brands Hatch International 2nd Heat 1, RTD Final
14th August Snetterton International ?
28th August Wakefield Trophy, Curragh RTD
11th September Tourist Trophy, Dundrod, Co-driver George Pitt RTD
18th September Anerley Trophy, Crystal Palace ?
2nd October Daily Telegraph International, Aintree 5th
9th October North Staffs Motor Club, Silverstone 2nd 1˝ liter race,
1st 2 liter race,
4th unlimited race
1954 Season – driver Ian Davidson
19th May Barbon hill climb 1st
26th June Bo'Ness hill climb 2nd
12th September Croft 1st
16th April Oulton Park 3rd
The bodywork has been restored by my uncle in Nottingham.
The suspension has been restored by Ian Nuthall.
Engine (full race MG T-type) & gearbox (MG TC) were built and installed by Peter Edney.
KOY500 was finished in 2008 and came 6th in the sports car race at the Monaco Grand Prix historique.