Ian Walley - Cortina - Tina (the shed)
In the racing world, there are 2 types of racers. Those who get others to build their cars and those who build their own cars.!
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Ian Walley is the builder and driver of the Cortina
Cortina - Tina (the shed)
Martin drake photographer
In the racing world, there are 2 types of racers. Those who get others to build their cars and those who build their own cars.! Ian Walley is the latter. His mad Cortina is the result of years of work which no one sees. Ian has designed and built this insane car in a shed in Darlington From custom one-off space frame chassis to the silly stickers the mad professor as he is locally known he did the lot. You have seen some fast cars then there is Tina with well over 1000bhp under your right foot this car can do 0 to 60mph in 1.5 seconds and quarter-mile in 9 seconds at 145mph.
The best bet it’s fully road legal so if you need some shopping you can take it. The car Tina or shed as it is also known as is believed to be the fastest mk2 Cortina in Great Britain, and can be seen at many shows and racing events as we can get her to.
- With a Dart sportsman pro 351
- Power glide 2-speed gearbox with Neal Chance converter
- 120ml Turbo
When you have this level of performance to race you need a team behind you and Ian has one of the best. I know this as I am part of the team. So as myself and Ian are getting the car race ready our partners are running around loading the trucks making food getting fuel all sorts and without them, we could not race.
So why did Ian build this car? Simple answer: he is feeding his inner child. What does he like most about the car apart from the performance? Well, it’s his. It does not belong to anyone else or a finance company and he built it. So when someone asks who did this he can hold his head up high and say I did.
Tina can stress every member of the team out especially Ian with constant improvements and maintenance to make her the best she can be.
How much does it cost to run her.....a lot we sat down one day and worked out on a run she does 0.4 mpg. So why do we all do it? Trust me when you have spent months and months in the workshop and more money than you care to think about and you watch it launch off the line watching it pull hard waiting for the time to pop up and it’s a new PB there is no better feeling.
- 351 cubic inch dart sportsman pro block
- 4 bolt billet mains
- Rouse's heads
- Comp cams turbo grind
- Je bill it custom pistons
- Cometic head gaskets
- L19 head studs
- Roller rockers
- 3500cc injectors
- Single Garret gt60120 turbo
- Meth injection
- Nitrous injection.
- Custom Ian Walley racing intake
- Custom one-off space frame chassis built by Ian Walley racing
- Gm Powerglide
- Billet internals
- Neal chance billet fully adjustable converter
- Custom 4340 prop
- Ford 8.8 inch axle 3:55 Richmond gears
- 9” shafts by Moser 41 spline
- Detroit locker diff
- Weld drag comp 2 wheels 15”dia 16j
With thanks to
Everyone at Ian walley racing
Blackett and Blue army photography and everyone who has helped over the years
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