Saturday, 23 May 2015

Scarab F1

This is a car which took part in the HGPCA Pre '60 GP Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in August 1996.

It's a 1959 Scarab F1 and the programme of the event says this about the car:

'Mention should also be made of the F1 Scarab, appearing at the Festival for the first time. This was an ambitious project, the brainchild of Woolworth's heir Lance Reventlow in the wake of resounding national success with his Chevy-powered sportscars. The cars were beautifully built, but by the time they arrived in Europe in 1960, the Formula 1 world had changed, and a front-engined design could no longer be expected to compete.

The following year one Scarab F1 was fitted with a 3-litre engine for the short-lived Intercontinental Formula, and it is in this form that it appears this weekend, in the hands of owner Don Orosco.'

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