Meet The Fire Fighters Race Team

The Fire Fighters Race Team is headed up by David Franks and a small group of dedicated individuals, including serving Kent Fire Service Personnel. Using a race car as the heart, the team support raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and provide inspiration to others. The race car is used at many fundraising activities including car shows / events / promotional work / hill climbs / sprints / track days and races, including such events as the Mini Festivals & Classic Sports Car Club Swinging 60's and competing in the World Famous Time Attack. Having won many trophies to date, the team strives on with the amazing support and financial help from sponsors and dedicated individuals. For more information on upcoming events and race team news please visit our Facebook page and our Twitter page, or to read more on the race car, our all important sponsors, supporing The Fire Fighters Charity or to contact us please see below.

David Franks
Team Principle & Driver
Stewert Lyddall
Team Driver
"Mr T"
Fundraising Manager
Josh Peak
Team Manager

Our Race Team Sponsors

Team Sponsorship is available in a variety of packages, shapes and sizes, and can provide exposure and awareness for your company and of your important support. Logo and name specific opportunities include placement on the race car, driver suits and helmets, support vehicles and website with exposure through PR and various social media channels. Financial donations cover overheads and help to cover build costs and parts for the race car (for example engine costs, spares or brakes), whilst material or discounted donations help towards services, parts, marketing material, signage, I.T. and PR. For more information or to enquire please contact us, or visit our current sponsors by clicking on their logos below (you can also view a comprehensive list of those that have supported us over the years).

Fundraising & The Fire Fighters Charity

Every 30 seconds in the UK fire fighters are called to an incident, risking their lives to save others, but sadly they often sustain physical injuries whilst carrying out their duties. The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK's leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families. Their vision is to make a positive difference by supporting people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need. All of our activities and efforts are to raise money for this vitally important Charity and to improve people's awareness of the great support it provides. Please visit our Just Giving page to make a donation to the Fire Fighters Charity or visit The Fire Fighters Charity website to read more about their fantastic work. Also, if you wish to support the build and upkeep of the race car itself, you can do so by donating through our dedicated PayPal account.

The Fire Fighters Charity is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 4480058 Charity Reg. No. 1093387. Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC040096. Registered Office: The Fire Fighters Charity, Level 6, Belvedere, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4HG. Her Majesty The Queen is the Royal Patron.

Please note payments sent to Just Giving go direct to the Charity whilst payments sent to our dedicated PayPal account go towards the build and upkeep of the race car. Thank you.

About 'Cooper' The Classic Mini Race Car


Classic Mini, 1978 Mk3 manual 1000cc body shell, original lightened doors with hand made alloy exterior Mk1 style hinges. Boot floor removed and refitted with GPR floor. Front wings removed and new GPR removable front end fitted. Original bulk head removed and new one fitted to take carb box. Carbon fibre bumpers fitted and Miglia arches/Wood Picket arches. All GPR supplied by Arc Angels and Curley. Windows by ACW motorsport windows. Safety devices bolt/weld in roll cage, FIA padding. Standard Mk3 rear lights and front lights, MK3 grill and GPR bonnet. Full wrap provided by Worthing Graphics.


Royal Purple full race oil protected 1275cc A+ bored to 1380cc. Omega forged pistons, MED crossdrilled nitride crankshaft, A series 11 stud, Bill Richards spec 5port race head with Minispares 1:5 roller rockers, Piper Cams Race Cam, followers, double valve springs and duplex vernier timing gear set. Weber 45 DCOE carb on Maniflow 5" inlet manifold. Maniflow LCB and 2" single pipe centre exit exhaust with reverse megaphone, Swiftune Catch tank, Race alternator, starter and Brise hand made Alley front mounted radiator. 123 distributor, Think Automotive Mocal 13 row oil cooler, NGK plugs and Lucas HT leads, Standard rubber base mounted engine, with KAD made to measure gearbox mounts, Retro Sport top and side engine mounts. Davies Craig electric water pump and Rally Design Alley swirl pot. Facet fuel pump and Brise Alley fuel tank. KAD power dyno Power at approx 120BHP @ 7250rpm with 105 ftlbs torque.


Gearbox, KAD built, complete DOG box with MED internals, Swiftune supplied Quaife 14K ATB, Limited Slip Differential. 3:9 crown wheel and pinion, Hardy Spicer outputs and Minispares race hardened drive shafts, Minispares Race paddle Clutch, flywheel, grey backplate and diaphragm.


All round Quantum Miglia spec dampers, Minispares yellow spot rubber cones, KAD front tie bars, KAD rear camber brackets, extended heavy duty steering arms, Minispares adjustable lower arms, seam welded and strengthend front subframe, solid subframe mounts, seam welded rear subframe, Minispares reconditioned rear trailing arms fully built up.


Front KAD 4 pot callipers, carbon metallic pads, 7.9" dia ventilated and grooved discs, Millers 4 dot fluid, non servo with AP racing master cylinders. Rear Minifin drums with standard brake shoes, Cooper S adjustable brake bias valve. Aeroquip and Goodrich brake lines.

Wheels & Tyres

Revolution 13x8 competition wheels with full Avon wets. Revolution 12x5 competition wheels and Yokohama A048R tyres. Revolution 10" wheels with Dunlop Miglia slicks and wets.


Fully stripped out interior, rear pockets, door internals and dash fully removed. Seat backs reinforced, rear shelf removed and alloy plate installed. New steering wheel and lowered steering column provided by Fast Road Conversions with Lifeline Quick release boss, Minispares Quickrack steering, Corbeau personalised built Race seat and Luke 6 point harness, Sparco steering wheel, 12volt planet supplied electrical parts, switches, cables, fuse blocks and connectors. Minispares supplied TIM Rev counter 10K, water temp and oil pressure gauges Varley Lithium battery and cage, manual fire extinguisher system, Full custom wiring loom. KAD quickshift and internal gear selector, Lifeline rain light, Standard cooper plastic mirrors. Safety Devices full bolt in roll cage.

Get in touch...

Contact Details

T: 01227 250 750
E: hello@firefightersraceteam.com

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