Hi Roger, I’m the previous owner mentioned. I’d love to see some pics of how she is now. I bought her as a non-running 1850 that was about to be scrapped by the young couple that owned it. ‘The engine is broken’ was what I was told. I, at the time, was looking for a new shell as my old 1850 had been written off in an accident with another car. I turned up to look and it was a bit untidy but relatively sound, I agreed upon a price (the princely sum of 75 gbp) and after I opened up the points gap it ran sweet as a (slightly tired) nut.
I then took it home and set about turning it into a stage car as cost-effectively as possible (I'd just graduated from uni). I have no idea what spec it’s in now, I fitted a Safety Devices cage, popped in firewall (which was the bootlid from a Rover P6!), extinguishers, leccy cut off etc, all the bits needed for it's MSA logbook, Spax adjustable (spring seat and rebound) dampers, Triumphtune ‘Forest’ spec springs, reinforced the trailing arms (as they liked to fracture between the damper and the axle where it narrows downs), and a proper Janspeed exhaust, and then I did it’s first (and only with me) stage rally with the 1850 running gear. After that event I set about finding a rotten Sprint, and used all the running gear in RVL, and did a few navigational events like that, then picked up a plate type LSD which went in and helped a lot with traction. If memory serves, the rear Spax dampers gave up the ghost very quickly, although I can’t recall what was on the rear when I sold it. I used it like that on various navigational events before parking her up as I was short on funds, eventually sadly sellling her.
EDIT: In terms of events, I'd thoroughly recommend the Chelmsford MCs Targa rallies, fantastic fun and great value for money. http://chelmsfordmc.co.uk/