Thursday, 14 December 2017

Talbot Lago T26C

The entry list for the 12 Lap Allcomers Scratch Race at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in July 1987 included three of the 1940s 4½ litre straight-6 Talbot Lago T26C cars, and I took photographs of all three.
The Talbot Lago T26C was produced from 1948 to 1950 and this is Richard Pilkington's 1950 model, chassis 100057, a car that could be used for Grand Prix racing but also due to its offset driving position, with motorcycle mudguards and rudimentary lighting equipment it could be used in Sports Car racing. One such car, driven by father and son Louis and Jean-Louis Rosier, won the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hour race. On 21 September 2017 I showed a photograph of this car at Donington Park in 2006.
This is Colin Crabbe's 1949 model, probably chassis 110008. The Grand Prix regulations for 1946 to 1949, and for 1950 and 1951 after the World Drivers' Championship was introduced, stipulated a maximum capacity of 4½ litres for unsupercharged engine and 1½ litres for those with superchargers.
This is Kerry Wilson's car, described in the programme of the event as a 1945 model - presumably a misprint as the T26C didn't make an appearance till 1948.
Kerry Wilson being pushed from the paddock to the pits prior to a practice session.
Kerry Wilson at Lodge Corner during the race.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Buick 5 Tourer

This was one of the entries in the LAC's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1990, starting from the Exchange Station car park in Manchester.
It's not listed in the programme of the event, but it took part again the following year where it was described as a 1908 Buick 5 Tourer, and on 23 March 2017 I showed a photograph of it at the 1991 run. According to the DVLA record it has a 5,507cc engine.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Lorraine Dietrich CR2

This car took part in The Edwardian Race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in June 2008.
It's the 8,620cc 1905 Lorraine Dietrich CR2 of John Brydon, but there's no other information about the car in the programme of the event. There's a number 97 on the car bonnet, and a 199 attached to the front of the car which I presume is the number it was intended to have at this meeting, but it's actually numbered 114 in the programme.
On 1 July 2013 I showed a photograph that I took of this car at the 2006 Donington Park SeeRed meeting.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Maserati 450S

This car was entered in the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association Sports Car Race at the Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992.
It's Thomas Bscher's 1957 Maserati 450S, and as with many Maseratis it's a bit of a conundrum. It's either chassis 4505 or 4506 and originally had a 4½ litre V8 engine. The history of 4505 says that it was renumbered to 4506 in 1957 and sold to John Edgar in June of that year. In July 1958 John Edgar had a 6.3 litre Pontiac engine installed in the car, but about 12 months later this was replaced with a 5.7 litre Maserati V8 unit. In 1980 when in the ownership of Peter Kaus a 6.2 litre Maserati marine engine was fitted and the car was acquired by Thomas Bscher around 1990. The programme of this Silverstone meeting showed the engine capacity to be 5,600cc. On 28 July 2015 I showed 2 photographs of the car at the Coys meeting at Silverstone in 1993 where the engine capacity was again said to be 5,600cc.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Lister Costin

This car took part in the Pre '60 Historic Sports Cars Championship race at the HSCC Spring Historic Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 1987.
It's shown in the programme of the event as Mike Freeman's 1959 Lister Jaguar Costin with a 3,870cc engine and is chassis BHL 133. The 1959 car was designed by Frank Costin to accommodate a Chevrolet Corvette engine, which most of them did, although a few of the cars used the same Jaguar engine as the earlier Lister 'Knobbly' cars. I've previously shown photographs of the Costin bodied Listers on 12 April 2016 and 21 February 2017.
Nice to see the old, largely grass-covered Oulton Park paddock.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Mercedes Benz W125

On 22 March 2015 and 2 May 2016 I showed photographs of the 1937 Mercedes Benz W125 that was taken from the Mercedes Benz museum to the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2007. Here are some more photographs of the car I took that day, both in the paddock and during demonstration runs round the circuit driven by Tony Dron.

This photograph was taken at McLeans Corner

These two photographs were taken at Redgate

Friday, 8 December 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This was one of the cars at the Passione Ferrari meeting at Silverstone in September 2017.
It's a 2006 Ferrari 575 GTZ, one of only 6 cars that were built, none of them identical, as a result of a request by Japanese collector Yushiyuki Hayashi for a modern version of the Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Zagato TdF of the 1950s. The cars were based on the Ferrari 575 Maranello and have the same 5,748cc V12 engine.