Chassis BE 1038 was completed at Thames Ditton on 15th April 1959 and supplied through Cambridge dealer, Herbert Robinson Ltd to John Fellowes, 4th Baron de Ramsey of Ramsey Abbey. Fellowes would keep the Ace-Bristol until 1963 when it was acquired by Neil McNab who raced under the banner of Farnborough Racing Enterprises.
McNab’s friend John Nicholson would race the Ace at Goodwood on 23rd March 1963 and later the following month on 15th April 1963. McNab then raced the AC at Silverstone on 27th April, Snetterton in August, Mallory Park and Crystal Palace in September and once again at Snetterton on 12th April 1964. There are numerous period photographs and original race programmes documenting these racing exploits.
On 23rd April 1964 and less than a fortnight after its race at Snetterton, ‘BE 1038’ was inspected and road tested by AC Cars with a view to being sold. Following a lengthy two-page report charting their findings, the following day John Campkin of Surrey duly paid £650 and acquired the sporting Ace.
The original logbook notes changes of ownership again in ’66 when bought by William Hoare also from Surrey before ‘BE 1038’ was purchased by keen amateur racer Peter Mann from London in late ’73. Mann rebuilt the Ace then raced it before moving on to compete with an ERA in the Vintage Sports Car Club.
The Ace-Bristol would go to have a number of other owners over the years (all documented within the cars history file) before finding its way into the collection of the Corner Family based in North Yorkshire. ‘BE 1038’ was then treated to a full respray and an engine rebuild by Bristol engine specialist Ian Nuthall. Corner kept meticulous records on mileage and service work and these notes have been kept.
In 2017 the AC was sent to Stanton Motorsports by the current owner for the following works; leak down test, renew brake pipes, rebuild steering assembly, oil change, strip rear brakes, gearbox and diff oil change, replace rear wheel cylinders and bleed brakes, replace fuel lines, clean fuel tank, replace fuel filter and pre-filter, strip and rebuild carburettors with new needle jets and balance and set. As should be expected, the car now drives extremely well and is fitted with one of the sweetest Bristol engines we have sampled.
‘BE 1038’ retains its original UK registration number and is currently road registered, taxes paid and equipped with hood, hood frame, full tonneau, side screens and a thoroughly well documented history file.
Viewings and inspections can be arranged at our showroom in South West London.
Photo Credit: Riiko-Andre Nuud, Riiko Photo