Although being part of a team of this nature meant Green filled the role of everything from mechanic to transporter driver, he had time to get to grips with the details of the Climax engines and became an expert in their building – often even freelance building for other operations using the same mill. A move back to South Africa initially saw him employed as service manager at Lucy Motors Fiat in Joburg before buying his own BP service station in Commissioner Street, where some extra service bays meant he could modify race engines and develop what would become his BG Speed Equipment business.
With casting patterns by Bobby Leishman, Basil cast a wide range of bolt-on performance parts for street cars, ranging from cylinder heads and manifolds to alloy wheels. These, together with the obligatory Speed Equipment louvres, enjoyed a massive following and were even exported to Rhodesia and the UK where they were retailed by Winkelmans.
As a testbed for so many of these modification products Basil took to the track himself in the early 1960s – if you are battling to find his name in the race programmes, add ‘stone’ to his name in the search engine. His initial car was an 850cc Mini bored to 1000cc, but this was soon followed by a Ford Anglia. Of course, this too was modified and a 1500cc Cortina engine added. Not a standard one though – the capacity increased to 1640cc, and it was fitted with an inhouse-designed and cast twin-cam head. Although seriously quick, the reliability was an issue as the head was porous (this was later solved by adding a Wynn’s radiator repair additive to the water system). No amount of Wynn’s could fix the car during the 1966 9 Hour at Kyalami, though, when a massive crash left the Anglia a pile of mangled scrap. Unscathed, Green figured the best thing for the car was to rip out the mechanicals and fit them to a Fiat 600 he’d had lying in the yard and go drag racing. Of course, this proved a success and the gutted-out Fiat took the Top Eliminator class win at Rainbow on debut.