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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mercedes Benz W154

I took this photograph at the Donington Park Museum in May 1989.
It's a 1939 Mercedes Benz W154, sometimes known as a W163 though it's actually a 1938 W154 with the M154 engine replaced by the 1939 M163 unit.

During the Second World War Mercedes Benz had stored its racing cars in and around the factory at Unterturkheim, but later in the war when the allied bombing became more of a threat many of the cars were taken to other, less targeted places for safety. They were usually stored in pairs and this car, chassis W154/10, together with W154/9, was walled up in the workshops of Czech pre-war racing driver Antonin Vitvar in Stará Paka. After the war W154/9 ended up in the USA and W154/10 was handed over to the National Technical Museum of Prague. Many years later the car was sent to Tom Wheatcroft's workshops at Donington Park for restoration and then had a period on loan at the Museum.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Triumph TR2

I photographed this car at a small motoring meet at the top of Werneth Low in Hyde in July 1991.
It's a 1954 Triumph TR2, a car which replaced the dated Triumph Roadster and was powered by the 4-cylinder inline 1,991cc engine from the Standard Vanguard. It vied with the MGA and Austin Healey 100 for the sports car market in the mid-1950s.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Maserati A6GCM

This car competed in the Maserati UK Race for Pre 1952 Grand Prix Cars at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 2000.
It's John May's 1951 Maserati A6GCM, a car designed by Alberto Massimino and Vittorio Bellentani with a 6-cylinder in line 2-litre engine for Formula 2 racing. According to the programme of the event John May's car had an engine capacity of 1,985cc, and it looks as if it is chassis 2033.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Tatra Type 11

This car competed in one of the handicap races at the VSCC's Hawthorn Memorial Trophies Race Meeting at Oulton Park in July 2015.
It's Duncan Arthurs' 1925 Tatra Type 11 Rennwagen, produced by Tatra in Kopřivnice in what was then Czechoslovakia and is now the Czech Republic.
The car was designed by Hans Ledwinka and has a 1,056cc 2-cylinder air-cooled engine.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Aston Martin DB3S Coupe

This is a photograph I remember taking at Aintree in the late 1950s or early 1960s, but I can't remember which meeting it was.
It's an Aston Martin DB3S Coupe, and the only thing I can remember about it is that it was driven by Jean Bloxam that day. An internet search has shown the car to be chassis number DB3S/120, which was previously the personal road car of David Brown, then the owner of Aston Martin (and the 'DB' in the Aston Martins of that period), and it seems most likely that my photograph was taken in 1959.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Singer B37 Sports

The SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in May 2011 included the VSCC Team Relay Race for Pre-war Sports Cars. This was a 2 hour race for 14 teams of either three or four cars and this car was one of those taking part.
It's the 1937 Singer B37 Sports of Eddie Williams. The car has a 1½ litre 4-cylinder engine based on the ohc engine of the Singer Twelve and was intended to be a replacement for the less powerful 6-cylinder Le Mans model. Sadly, due to Singer's financial restructuring only 12 of these cars were built.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Here's a photograph of a car leaving the pit lane during a practice session for the Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1999.
It's Patrick Stieger in Engelbert Stieger's 1971 Ferrari 512 M, a car raced alongside the 512 S model by Ferrari in the 1970 Group 5 Sports Car Championship, but raced  solely by privateers in the 1971 season as Ferrari concentrated their efforts on the 312 PB. The 512 has a 5 litre V12 engine, and the car above is Chassis #1018, which was originally built as a 512 S in 1970 but converted to a Berlinetta 512 M in 1971.

I've previously shown photographs of the Ferrari 512 M on 9 January 2015 and 6 January 2017.