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About Us

T2V Racing and Restoration is owned and operated by Owen E. Gibson of Arivaca, Arizona and is continually dedicated to historical preservation and restoration of road racing specials from the 40's thru 60's to original “as raced” condition.

 T2V Racing & Restoration (T2V) was set into motion in 1999 with the discovery of a discarded fiberglass shell among rusted out car frames, making residence in a pasture in Arivaca, AZ.. What Gibson uncovered, was in fact the 1957 Townsend Typhoon MK 2, the brainchild of well known Drag Racer Frank Townsend from Tucson, Arizona. 

Over the next five years Gibson crafted the Typhoon to its 1957 racing glory as witnessed at its racing rebirth at the Monterey Historics in 2006, driven by an original driver.

The creation of T2V was an organic process coinciding with the restoration of the Townsend Typhoon and lends to the company’s namesake, Townsend Typhoon Vintage Racing and Restoration now know as T2V Racing and Restoration.

 T2V is a reflection of the passion and expertise Gibson has developed through his lifetime as an auto-lover, mechanic, builder and engineer. His principles are what transcend the automotive works he is so passionate about and are the foundation of T2V.

Painstaking attention to detail and authenticity including work methods and  machining are what set T2V apart from its contemporaries. T2V Racing and Restoration’s end product is a masterful, wholly restored speed machine with a fully tracked race and ownership history, making for the supreme automotive treasure as is proof positive in their recent works: Townsend Typhoon MK 2 (a.k.a. “The Purple People Eater”), Sorrell-Manning Special SR-100 and Townsend Typhoon MK 4.


For more on the Townsend Typhoon MK 2 history visit here

The Sorrell Manning SR-100 histroy can be found here

For the Townsend Typhoon MK 4-Ultimate Barn Find read here

Key Words:

American Road Racing Specials
Early Road Racing Specials

Townsend Typhoon

Sorrell Manning

Cunningham intake

Vintage Road Racing

American Hot Rod

Rocket 88 J-2

Beardsley Arizona

Arizona SCCA

Engine Turned Aluminum

Vintage Restoration

1960’s Special Racers

Genie MK-8


Lotus 23

Huffacker BMC

T2V racing

T2V Restoration

Restored Field Finds


Pacific Coast Championships

Thunderbirds car club

Arivaca Az.


HSR west

Arizona Vintage Racing

Fiber Glass car restoration
T2V Current projects include: 
Devin Pro type D Sports Cars Illustrated 1957, Berkeley(492) micro H/M 1958,  1972 Wheeler Super Vee Tiga bodied SR, 1953 Sorrell bodied land speed car, 1947 TR 1800 street rod, 1970 Fiat 850 Sport
Just completed:
T-70 Lola (R), 
1964 Townsend USRRC
 4th place mid-engine car (MK-4)

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