Sunday, 24 September 2017

Jaguar XK120

This was one of the cars on display at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1997.
It's the 1950 Jaguar XK120, powered by the 3,442cc straight-6 DOHC XK6 engine, in which Ian Applyard won a Coupe des Alpes in the Alpine Rally for three consecutive years, from 1950 to 1952. On 2 December 2015 I showed a photograph of this car that I took at Oulton Park in 2004.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hyde Classic Car Show

Here's a few photographs taken at a Classic Car Show held a couple of weeks ago on the Market Square at Hyde, Cheshire.
1956 Daimler Conquest Century with 2,433cc straight-6 engine, produced by Daimler from 1953 to 1958

The Toyota Sera was built solely for the Japanese market, from 1990 to 1995, and this example was imported into the UK in 2000. It has a 1,496cc fuel-injection transverse straight-4 engine driving the front wheels.

Built by the Standard Motor Company, this is a 1953 Triumph Mayflower, produced from 1949 to 1953. Nicknamed the 'Razor Edge' like its big brother the Trumph Renown, it had a straight-4 side-valve 1,247cc engine, and as well as Coventry it was also assembled in Port Melbourne, Australia and Nyköping, Sweden.

Produced from 1965 to 1980, this is a 1974 MGB GT, with a 1,798cc straight-4 engine.

This is a 1961 Austin A40 Farina Mk I, the body designed by the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina. It used the straight-4 948cc Austin A-series engine and was produced from 1958 to 1961.

This is a 1,993cc 4-cylinder in-line 1975 Ford Escort RS200 Mk1, produced from 1973 till 1975.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car was part of a display of classic cars at the HSCC's Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2017.
It's a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupé, chassis #1083GT, and the information sheet behind the windscreen wiper claims that it was the 'First Ferrari sold in UK, by World Champion Mike Hawthorn's TT Garage'. It goes on to say:
'The Ferrari 250 was the company's most successful early model, produced at Maranello from 1954 to 1964.
Power was provided by the Columbo Tipo 128 single-OHC 2,953cc engine, delivering up to 296bhp.
Ferrari's Columbo V12 debuted on the race track, with racing 250s preceding road cars by three years.
With an all-in weight hundreds of pounds lighter (eg half the weight of contemporary XK Jaguars), the power-to-weight ratio far outclassed its competitors.'
The information sheet also says about this particular car:
'5 HPD
Chassis 1083: the second 250 GT PF delivered to TT Garage. featured at London Motor Show 1958.
Painted white with black upholstery, the first Ferrari sold in UK through Ferrari's growing distribution network.
5HPD bought by Irish landowner Major Desmond Fitzgerald, a resident of Park Lane, Mayfair.
List Price was £6000: an immense sum in 1958. The car was first registered on 7th November 1958.
Repainted in gold by 1964, and black during an extensive 1980s restoration at Maranello Concessionaires.
Cherished by a Cheshire gentleman. Regularly used locally and at Ferrari events.
Maintained in first-class original condition in honour of the UK's First Formula One World Champion and accomplished Le Mans winner.'
The car took part in a parade lap of cars before the start of racing on the Sunday of the meeting.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Talbot Lago T26 GS

This car took part in the VSCC Flockhart Trophy Race at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2006.
It's Richard Pilkington's 1950 Talbot T26 GP car, but one that had been adapted to also run in sports car events. It's chassis #110057, the car with which Louis Rosier and Juan Manuel Fangio competed in the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hour race, but retired in the 9th hour after completing 92 laps. It was then given an all-enveloping sports car body and ended up in the hands of Georges Grignard in 1953, but after an accident at Montlhéry in 1954 in which his co-driver Guy Mairesse was killed, Grignard locked the wrecked car away in his garage. Richard Pilkington bought the wreckage in 1958 and after racing the car in its sports car form for some years he eventually restored it to its original cycle-wing body form, racing it at historic race meetings in both sports car and vintage GP races. After Richard Pilkington had owned the car for 54 years it was put up for auction by RM Auctions at Monaco in 2012, but apparently did not meet its reserve.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Messerschmitt Kabinenroller

This was one of the vehicles displayed in Heaton Park, Manchester, at the Greater Manchester Transport Society's Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally in September 1993.
It's a 1960 Messerschmitt KR200, but not shown in the programme of the event. The Kabinenroller was designed by Fritz Fend, and since Willy Messerschmitt was not allowed to produce aircraft after the war the car was built in his factory at Regensburg by Fend, Messerschmitt having little to do with production other than lend his name to the project. When Messerschmitt was allowed to produce aircraft again in 1956 he sold the Regensburg works to Fend who continued with production there until 1964. The first Kabinenroller built by Fend was the KR175 which had a 173cc Fichtel & Sachs single-cylinder two-stroke engine, and for the subsequent KR200 the engine was enlarged to 191cc. Two people could travel in these cars, sitting in tandem one behind the other.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Veritas Meteor

This car was one of the entrants in the Pre 1952 Grand Prix Cars race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 2000.
It's Michael Rudnig's 1,988cc straight-6 1950 Veritas Meteor F2 car that was driven in the race by Stanley Mann (Michael Rudnig drove Stanley Mann's Bentley Jackson special 'Old Mother Gun' - the car behind the Veritas here - in that race). The Veritas Meteor wasn't very successful in the 1950s, the best performances being by Karl Kling in his own Veritas Meteor Streamliner.

On 3 November 2015 I showed a photograph of Michael Rudnig's car that I took at Silverstone in 1997.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Lola Mk1 Prototype

This car took part in the 1950s Drum-Braked Sports Racing Cars race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005.
It's the 1958 Lola Mk1 Prototype of Richard Wills which had recently been restored by Hall & Hall. Originally powered by a Coventry Climax 4-cylinder 1,098cc FWA engine, the programme at this Donington Park event showed its engine then to have a capacity of 1,220cc.