Monza Upton Manx 210
Date of manufacture -
Model name -
from new by Steve Brenton.
photograph taken by Steve Cowell at Llandow 2011
first put this photograph of #93 Barlotti Villiers kart on two wheels,
in the "at the track" for Llandow 2011 -I
had not seen the kart before and could not find it in the event programme, so
added the caption;
Barlotti Villiers - "going for it".
Steve Brenton emailed me after seeing the above
photograph, and wrote.
"Thought I should advise the unidentified
maniac on two wheels at Llandow (shown on your website as Unknown
Barlotti Villiers - "going for it") is my son Tom
Brenton on the 1972 Barlotti Monza / Upton Manx 210 which I've
owned from new. Amazing I let him loose on the old girl although he did
her proud by coming 2nd in the first heat (Tom's first race ever). Can you
include the kart and me on the Barlotti register please?
Yes its my pleasure Steve, hope to see more
photographs old an new of "the old girl" in near future.
asked Steve for more information and he responded immediately with the
following, great stuff Steve many thanks.
Purchased direct from Reading factory in 1972
Jack advised drum brakes would be fine for 210
Villiers and he was right - she stops amazingly well in 2011 on original
Was painted black but resprayed Leyland Sunburst Red
in 1992 (the can was sat unused on my paint shelf)
Raced until 1975 then languished until quick rebuild
in 1992 - used just once (see below)
Languished again until 2010 when interest rekindled by
BHKC activities, which prompted another quick rebuild
Original had old iron barrel Merlin Magnum
New Alloy Barrel Upton Manx 210 fitted late 1973
Engine is standard apart from subtly modified transfer
Mainly competed at Shennington with mid-field results
Kimbolton race in 1975 was one of the better ones,
when I came 3rd in the final (still have the trophy!)
Ran a practice session at Kimbolton in 1992 but got
funny looks and felt really out of place (so nothing like today with BHKC
influence - everyone seems to love us)
Ran demos during 2010 at Rissington, Whilton Mill and
Only 2011 outing so far is Llandow Retro-Racer but we
plan to be at Whilton Mill and Clay Pigeon
LLandow was genuinely Tom's first race meeting but
actually he's something of a ringer. Tom has extensive competition experience:
Enduros on KTM 600 (the deep end), Stage Rallying in 4wd and 2wd Sierra
Cosworth (he won a tarmac rally outright in 2004) and recently Sprinting the
2wd Sierra Cosworth (but Jonny Milner still beats him). He's practised the
Barlotti on several different tracks, so being competitive at Llandow was not
such a surprise!
Nothing at all from the 1970s (I didn't own a camera
back then) and not much recently, but here's a couple of me at
Rissington in 2010.