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History of Lawrence Tune

Christopher Lawrence won a National Championship for Production Sports Cars in 1959. There were 22 races countrywide and with his Morgan +4, Lawrence won 19 of them. In October of that year, Lawrence, together with three others who had been helping him, left Rotax Ltd. in Willesdon, North London, and set up Lawrence Tune at 69A Avenue Road, Acton, London W3.

Specifically, they were able to reproduce the Triumph TR3 Engine in the Morgan for people who wanted to follow in Lawrence’s footsteps and go racing in Morgan, or Triumphs, Swallow Doretti’s etc., etc.
In addition Christopher Lawrence was interested in getting into proper Single Seat Racing Cars.
A new formula for single seat cars had been devised in Italy by Count Johnny Lurani, called Formula Junior. As this formula was rapidly becoming popular Lawrence persuaded his collegues, Lesley Fagg, Len Bridge, and John Harvey, to help him build two Formula Junior cars which they called Deep Sanderson 101. They were ready for the Formula Junior Race at Goodwood on Easter Monday 1960.

From these small beginnings, Lawrence Tune developed into the 1960s adding a range of Ford tuning parts to the repertoire, and the Deep Sanderson 301 Coupé. This was not a single seat racing car, but a two seat road car sold as a Kit.

Autosport Magazine - Lawrence Tune All the while the Morgan +4 had turned into the prototype for a production Morgan +4 Supersports offered by the Morgan factory. They made 101 of these cars. This was the result of Lawrence Tune competing at Le Mans in 1962 and winning the 2 Litre Class very comfortably. Lawrence Tune modified well over 400 Triumph engines to the +4 Supersports specification. Lawrence Tune took the power output of this engine from 92 BHP to 120 BHP, and the Morgan Motor Company sold them in the +4 Supersports Cars under full guarantee. Lawrence Tune was the first Tuning Shop to achieve this distinction.

Both before the 1962 Class win at Le Mans and after it, the Lawrence Tune Morgans, prepared and operating out of the Lawrence Tune premises in London, were becoming the 2 litre cars to beat in International GT Racing.

Motor Magazine - Deep Sanderson TOK, as the Lawrence Tune lead car had become known owing to its registration number of TOK 258, and the Morgans of Pip Arnold, Hugh Braithwate and Peter Marten, amongst others, became very well known across Europe. Wins were achieved at Spa, Clermont Ferand, Monza, Nurburgring, and, at one time in 1963, TOK held every lap record in England for 1600 - 2600cc, except Croft.

As well as all this Morgan activity, Lawrence Tune ran one 1000cc Deep Sanderson at Le Mans in 1963, and two 301s with 1300cc engines at Le Mans in 1964.

Still looking to expand the Lawrence Tune range of products, work on a Vauxhall VX490 was started in 1962, a project that, in due course, was taken over by Bill Blydenstein. This car finished 2nd in the European Touring Car Championship after 6 six hour races, beaten only by Leo Chella in a factory Lancia.



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