Thursday, 26 April 2018

Lotus 25

The paddock at Aintree was in the middle of the circuit and to get to the pits the cars had to be driven, or pushed, along a duckboard track across the Grand National horse racing course. The car in this photograph has just been driven by a mechanic from the pits to the paddock after a practice session for the British Grand Prix in July 1962.
It's the Lotus 25 of Jim Clark in which he qualified in pole position on the grid, and won the race the following day with John Surtees' Lola in second place and Bruce McLaren's Cooper third. The Lotus 25 had a 1,498cc Coventry Climax V8 engine and was the only Lotus 25 in the race, his teammate Trevor Taylor driving a Lotus 24.

On 6 July 2016 I showed a photograph of Trevor Taylor driving a Lotus 25 at Silverstone in 1993, and on 13 August 2016 a photograph of Jim Clark at the 1962 British Grand Prix.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Bentley 3/8 litre

This car competed in a scratch race and a handicap race at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in June 1993.
It's Spencer Flack's 1928 Bentley 3/8 litre, originally a Bentley 3 litre, chassis TN1569, but rebuilt in the early 1990s with an 8 litre engine after being written off, allegedly after an accident with a steam roller.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Willys-Overland Model 79 Speedster

There was always a  variety of displays and exhibits by a large number of car clubs at the Coys International Historic Festival meetings that I attended at Silverstone in the 1990s, and here's one car that I found in a marquee at the 1997 meeting.
It's a 1914 Willys-Overland Model 79 Speedster which, as it says on the board on the right, was displayed by 'The Stutz Club together with some of their Classic American Cousins'. Willys-Overland was formed when John Willys bought the Overland car company in 1908 and subsequently renamed it the Willys-Overland Motor Company. It's noticeable that the car has right-hand drive, as did all the company's cars built prior to 1915 when they switched to left-hand drive. The board in front of the car says:


Year   1914 Model 79 Speedster
Mech  4180cc 4 Cyl Side Valve 35HP
Trans  3 Speed Gearbox
Price Ex Works $1000
Plus Extras

Centre Lock Wire Wheels by
Bud Wheel Company
The Speedster was only built to
Special Order and
This Quite Original Example
is One of only 2 Known to Exist

There's a Willys-Overland-Knight Registry for owners and enthusiasts to join.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Cooper Bristol T20

This car was entered in the Ron Flockhart Memorial Trophy Race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
It's the 1952 Cooper Bristol T20 (also known as the MkI) of Neil Davies, built for Formula 2 racing and was powered by a 1971cc straight-6 engine based on the pre-war BMW 328 unit. It was superseded in 1953 by the MkII T23.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Berliet VL Tourer

This car took part in the Lancashire Automobile Club's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in May 1987, and is pictured here in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester prior to the start of the run.
It's the 1922 Berliet VL Tourer of William Kenyon, and a note in the programme of the event said this about it:

46    1922 Berliet Tourer
         Reg: TTA 609  4 cylinder  16hp
         (William Kenyon, Ashton-in-Makerfield)
This Model VL/16cv Berliet was imported from France in 1971 and was used for publicity purposes. Among its unusual claims to fame is the fact that it was the first car in Bristol to be fitted with a telephone. In October 1976, the Lord Mayor of Bristol telephoned the Lord Mayor of Gloucester from this car! A case of 'C'est pour vous...'.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Jaguar D-Type

I photographed this car at the Aston Martin Owners Club's Autumn Historic Car Races meeting at Oulton Park in September 1992, where it took part in the 8 lap Historic Car Championship Race.
It's Andrew Baber's 3,781cc straight-6 1956 Jaguar D-Type and it was driven in the race by Gary Pearson. The chassis number is XKD 530 which is a car that was originally supplied to Kurt Lincoln of Helsinki and was raced also by Timo Makinen amongst others. After being campaigned in Finland for several years, including participation in ice racing, the car came into the hands of Nigel Moores in the mid-1960s. It required a complete rebuild, and at that time different parts of the car were used to create two D-Types, both bearing the XKD 530 identification. This car has the registration number XSV 979, and the other car is PAS 645.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday's Ferrari

I took this photograph in the area set aside for members of the Ferrari Owners Club at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1995.
Originally a 1947 Ferrari 125 Spyder #01C it competed in various races, including the 1947 Mille Miglia in the hands of Franco Cortese and was also driven at Livorno by Tazio Nuvolari. Following an accident in practice at Modena when being driven by Fernandino Righetti it was rebuilt as a 166 Spyder Corsa and renumbered as #010I. On 6 July 2012 I showed an almost identical photograph of this car that I'd taken earlier at the meeting, at which time I'd not been able to confirm if it was an original car or a replica.