The Ginetta G8.


Ginetta are most famous for their kit cars, their early models were based on Ford parts and the early cars were often successful in club racing especially the G4. The cars were designed and built by the four Walkett brothers, Bob, Ivor, Trevor and Douglas, at their base at Woodbridge in Suffolk, in the mid sixties they moved to Witham in Essex. More sports car with a competition bias followed and in 1964 a F3 chassis was built and work on a F2 car began. Later in 1969 a customer F Ford car, the G18, was built which showed some promise and another F3 car, the G19, based on the G18 was mooted but never built. In the same year Ginetta even announced the G20 a BRM V12 powered F1 car but this again never happened and Ginetta decided to concentrate on their kit cars and leave the world of single seaters.


The G8 monocoque consisted of a steel frame made of 16 and 18 gauge tubing sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass. The steel frame then acted as an attachment point for the suspension, engine and gearbox. Steel sub-frames are added front and rear for attaching auxiliary components. Front suspension was by lower wishbones with rockers operating the inboard springs and dampers. Modified Triumph Herald uprights were used with an anti-roll bar inside the bodywork. Rear suspension employed reversed lower wishbones, a top link and twin radius rods with outboard springs and dampers, no rear anti roll bar was fitted initially. Rear uprights were Ginetta made magnesium units and the wheels (also of Ginetta make) were 13 inch. The engine was a Holbay-Ford with a 4-speed Hewland gearbox.
Three cars were built and Chris Meek showed the car had some promise but the problems of aligning the spaceframe accurately within the fibreglass tub and the sheer cost meant that Ginetta gave up on the project.

1964 Chris Meek.

The G8 was still being displayed at the 1966 Racing Car Show.
Diagram of the Ginetta monocoque.