Monday, 18 June 2018

Lola Mk 4

This is another of my Kodak Brownie 127 photographs from practice day for the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1962.
It's the Lola Climax Mk 4 spare car for the Bowmaker-Yeoman Racing Team, used by John Surtees and Roy Salvadori during practice. The Lola Mk 4, like several of the other teams, used the 1,496cc V8 Coventry Climax FWMV engine. Three of these cars were apparently built, so with John Surtees driving chassis BRGP42 in the race and Roy Salvadori chassis BRGP43, this is presumably BRGP41. John Surtees qualified in second place on the grid behind Jim Clark's Lotus 25 and those two drivers finished the race in that order. Roy Salvadori qualified in eleventh place on the grid but failed to finish the race, retiring after 35 laps with ignition problems.

Sunday, 17 June 2018


This car was one of the entrants in the Concours at the VSCC's Boulogne and Hawthorn Trophies Race Meeting at Oulton Park in June 2006.
The only information in the programme of the event is that it's Robert Hassell-Gibson's 1914 Darracq Sports with a 4 litre engine. The DVLA record says that it's a Darracq V14 and has a 2,366cc engine, but then it also says that the car is blue (I suppose it may have had a repaint since 2006) and that it was built in 1921, which is clearly not so.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Maserati A6GCM

This car competed in two rounds of the Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge series at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's John May's 1951 6-cylinder inline 1,985cc Maserati A6GCM, a car created for Formula 2 racing, but which competed in World Drivers Championship races in 1952 and 1953 when these were run to Formula 2 regulations. Only 12 examples of this model were built, several of which were later converted to Maserati 250F specifications, and this one is chassis #2033. On 18 July 2017 I showed a photograph of this car that I'd taken at Silverstone in July 2000.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Friday's Ferrari

This is one of the cars taking part in the Ferrari Racing Days event at Silverstone in September 2017.
It's the 3,902cc V8 engined Ferrari 488 Challenge of Henry Hassid, and is pictured here at Club Corner.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Lotus 99T

This was one of the cars on display at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in August 1996.
It's a 1987 Lotus 99T, the car with which Ayrton Senna finished third in the World Drivers Championship. Renault had provided engines for Lotus since 1983, but after they pulled out of F1 at the end of the 1986 season the Lotus 99T was powered by a turbocharged 1,494cc V6 Honda engine. Ayrton Senna won three of the races that season, with four second and two third places. Senna's win in the Detroit Grand Prix was the last for the Lotus team, ending a run of victories that was started by Stirling Moss winning the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix in Rob Walker's Lotus 18.

The following season Ayrton Senna moved to the McLaren team, winning the World Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991, and finishing in second place in 1989.

On 4 November 2013 I showed a photograph of this car at Donington Park in 2003.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Porsche 904/6

This car competed in the 90 minute long Historic Motor Racing News Gentlemen Drivers GT And Sports Endurance Race at the HSCC's Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2005.
It's Irvine Laidlaw's 1965 Porsche 904/6, and he shared the driving in this race with James Diffey. The original Porsche 904, introduced in 1964 had a 1,966cc flat-four engine but the 1965 car had a variant of the Porsche 911's flat-six engine of 1,991cc. A few cars were built with a flat-eight engine of 1,962cc based on the engine of the 1962 804 F1 car. Irvine Laidlaw's car is chassis 906-012 and was originally a Porsche works car that took part in the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hour race driven by G√ľnter Klass and Dieter Glemser, but it failed to finish, retiring after 16 hours with a broken camshaft.

On 2 May 2015 I showed a photograph of Burkhard von Schenk's Porsche 904/6 that I had taken at Donington Park in 2004.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


I took this photograph from the inside of Coppice Corner at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in May 2001.
The photograph was taken during the Historic Seaman Trophy race and shows David Morris, driving his father Martin's ERA R11B 'Humphrey', passing Ludovic Lindsay in ERA R5B 'Remus' on the inside. Both cars are 1936 models and have the 2 litre supercharged 6-cylinder engine, and you can read the histories of these cars, together with all the other ERAs, on this website.