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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Maserati 3500 GT

This car was in the Maserati Club's display area at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1993.
It's a Maserati 3500 GT and the registration plate appears to be from the Republic of Ireland. The 3500GT was produced by Maserati from 1957 to 1964 with a 3½ litre straight-6 engine and a body designed by Carrozzeria Touring. This particular car's chassis number is 101-1172.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

McLaren M1B

This is one of the cars that competed in the Historic Motor Racing News Gentlemen Drivers Sports Racing Challenge race at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2005.
It's the 1965 McLaren M1B driven in the 60 minute race by Chris Wilson and Richard Pilkington. A note in the programme of the event says this about the car:

'Stubbier evolution of Bruce McLaren's Elva built M1A, with body styled by artist Michael Turner, the model served privateers well for years in USRRC and early CanAm events. Chris Wilson's car, with its 4.7 litre Ford engine, was raced by Keith St John in Radio London colours in British events of the mid-1960s.'
Here's the McLaren during the race at Britten's chicane behind a Lister Knobbly that isn't listed in the programme, but is one of the three 'Sanction' cars built in 1990. It's the third of these cars and was originally owned by Tony Ditheridge, but later by Mark Gibbon, and has a 5.7 litre V8 Chevrolet engine. Behind the McLaren is the 1.7 litre Elva Mk7 of John Wilkes.

On 26 February 2017 I showed a photograph of Chris Wilson driving a McLaren M1B - presumably this car with a slightly different central stripe - at the same corner at Oulton Park in the Gold Cup meeting a year earlier.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Vinot et Deguingand

This car was labelled as a Vinot A'Dejanon in the programme of the Lancashire Automobile Club's Silver Jubilee Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in May 1987.
It's actually a 1919 Vinot et Deguingand 15/20, and the note in the programme says this about the car:

1919 Vinot A'Dejanon
(Anthony Hutt, Lytham St Annes)
This rare French model began life as an
ambulance, but when bought, despite its
outwardly good condition, had obviously been
used as a chicken shack. This is its first
Manchester to Blackpool after a total rebuild. It
is right hand drive in the manner of many
French cars of that period - France did not 
adopt left hand drive until a few years later.

The photograph was taken in the Exchange Station car park at Manchester prior to the start of the run, and its registration number is CK 1937.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Connaught L2

This car competed in the race for 1950s Sports Racing Cars at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting in September 2004.
It's Roger Seymour's 1948 Connaught L2, the first Connaught built, and was powered by a 1,767cc Lea Francis engine. The car was one of the auction lots in a sale by H&H Classic Car Auctioneers in July 2016, and here's how they described the car at that time.

On 19 August 2015 I showed photographs of its sister car that I'd taken at Oulton Park in July 1992, MPH 996.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Lamborghini Miura

This was one of the cars displayed by the Lamborghini Owners Club at the Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992.
It's a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400S, powered by a 3,929cc V12 engine. According to the Lamborghini Registry the car was registered in London on 9 August 1968 and was the 241st Miura produced, the chassis number being 3670 and the engine number 2205.

On 11 April 2016 I showed a photograph of two Miuras at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in 1996.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car took part in the Aston Martin GT Challenge race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's meeting at Oulton Park in May 2017. They used to call this an Intermarque race, but it's now apparently called 'Multimarque'.
It's the 2000 Ferrari 360 driven in the 50 minute race by Matthew Wilton and John Cowen. There were two versions of the Ferrari 360, the Modena and the Challenge, as well as a Spider version, each with a 3.6 litre V8 engine. It doesn't say in the programme of the event which version this is, but presumably it's the Challenge.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Stanley Steamer

This was one of the Concours D'Elegance entrants at the VSCC's Boulogne and Hawthorn Trophies Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 2005.
It's Mark Clark's 20hp 1907 Stanley Steamer H5 but, apart from a list of the Concours entrants, there's no mention of it in the programme of the meeting.
I came across the car being driven round the paddock a couple of times during the day.
The chassis number is 3708, and it's listed here in the Stanley Register Online. In September 2007 it took part in an 40 mile run of Edwardian cars from Donington Park, and on 17 March 2016 I showed a photograph that I took in the paddock on that occasion.