This unusual AMC Javelin racer, famed for competing in the British Saloon Car championship, is set to make its racing debut at the 2016 Silverstone Classic
The muscle car is back. Well, one of them is, at least. The mighty AMC Javelin known, rather appropriately, as The Beast is making a guest appearance at Silverstone Classic on 29-31 July.
The iconic 70s 6.4-litre AMC Javelin was a real crowd favourite when competing in the British Saloon Car Championship and Special Saloons series. But after a victory at Silverstone in 1975 its owner, David Howes, suffered a serious leg injury in a road accident and the car was effectively retired soon after.
The Beast thus embarked on a long hiatus, with many people speculating online that it was ‘lost’ or ‘missing’. Until now.
For the following four decades, the brutish Javelin remained under wraps in Howes’ garage and was even declared as ‘lost’ or ‘missing’ on various internet forums. Then, towards the end of 2015 the car was given a new lease of life by its new owner, historic car collector and racer Marc Devis.
And as part of The Beast’s new life, Devis is bringing the much-loved ‘big-banger’ back to life at next month’s Silverstone Classic.
‘I have something of a reputation for special projects like this, and the fact the Javelin had been sitting with the same owner since the seventies – and had lots of great period history – certainly appealed to me,’ said Devis.
‘We collected the car together with a huge number of spares, original parts and documents,’ he continued. ‘Having been laid up for so long, both the engine and mechanicals were in need of a full rebuild and overhaul, but I was adamant those now overseeing the project at WDK Motorsport were sympathetic and didn’t do anything to change the appearance of the original car – it must look exactly like it did before being parked in the garage in the mid-seventies.
‘I’m pleased to report that even though it has been tricky to track down some of the AMC engine parts from the States, it’s all coming together now and our fingers are firmly crossed for the Classic. The plan is to get David Howes back to Silverstone next month and reunite him with the car – that would be really special.’
The Silverstone Classic runs from 29 to 31 July.Words: Rachael Clegg