Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Aston Martin DB3S

I photographed this car at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1993 waiting in the paddock to go onto the track to take part in a practice session.
It's Hubert Fabri's 3-litre straight-6 1955 Aston Martin DB3S. Starting in 1953, ten cars were built for the works Aston Martin team and growing demand for a production version caused Aston Martin to build a series of 'customer' cars starting in 1955. OXE 472 was one of three customer cars delivered to Australian Tony Gaze's Kangaroo Stable in that year and is chassis DB3S/102 (the other two were DB3S/103 & DB3S/104 and were registered as OXE 473 & OXE 474). DB3S/104 was sold by Sotheby's in 2009 and here is their description of Lot 562 at that auction.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Frazer Nash High Speed

I took this photograph at Mc Lean's corner during the Invited Pre-1961 Sports & GT Cars Race at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in May 2011.
It's Ned Spieker in his 1948 Frazer Nash High Speed leading the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 of James Campbell. The Frazer Nash, which is chassis 421/100/004, has a 2-litre Bristol engine and was originally delivered to a Frantisek Dobry of Czechoslovakia in December 1948. After Harold Adlington and Norman Culpan finished in third place at the 1949 Le Mans 24 Hour race in Frazer Nash High Speed chassis 421/100/008 subsequent cars were known as Frazer Nash Le Mans models.

I showed a photograph of James Campbell's Aston Martin DB2/4 on 3 October 2015.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Jaguar D-Type

This is a photograph I took of a car that competed in the sports car race at the Aintree 200 meeting in April 1960.
It's Mike Salmon's 1955 Jaguar D-Type, chassis #XKD504, originally a Jaguar works car but later campaigned by Ecurie Ecosse. Sotheby's related the history of XKD504 when it was offered for auction in September 2013.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Austin Healey

This photograph was taken at the HSCC's Summer Race Meeting at Oulton Park in July 1992 and shows three Austin Healeys that took part in the HSCC Classic Sports Car Championship race at that event.
The car on the left is the 1961 Austin Healey 3000 of David Summerson, a car that was produced between 1959 and 1967 with a straight-six 2,912cc engine, although the programme says this car had a capacity of 2,996cc. The other two cars are both examples of the Austin Healey 100/6, the predecessor of the 3000 and produced from 1956 to 1959. It also had a straight-six engine with a capacity of 2,639cc. The middle car is the 1958 car of Rob Wilson, a car that the programme says has an engine of 2,962cc, and the car on the right is Eddie Falkous' 1957 model which has a 2,996cc engine according to the programme.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Saw this car recently being refuelled at a local filling station.
It's a 4.3 litre V8 Ferrari F430, a car produced between 2004 and 2009.
The '55' on the number plate suggests that it was first registered between 1 September 2005 and 28 February 2006.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Maserati Birdcage

Three Maserati 'Birdcage' cars took part in the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association Sports Car Race at the Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992, one 2-litre T60 model and two of the 3-litre T61's. All three are pictured below.
The car above and below is Nick Mason's 2-litre 1959 Maserati T60 and is chassis #2466.

This is Lindsay Owen-Jones' 3-litre 1960 Maserati T61. chassis #2458.

Above and below is Jeffrey Pattinson's 3-litre 1961 Maserati T61, chassis #2453.

The programme of the event said this about the 'Birdcage' Maseratis:

'Maserati's final fling on the international stage was with their legendary 'Birdcage' models, so named because of the multitude of small tubes which made up their chassis. They proved faster than anything else in 1960 but also more fragile, though the quasi-works Camoradi team managed to win the gruelling 1000km at the Nürburgring that year and again in 1961.
The car entered here by Lindsay Owen-Jones is an ex-Camoradi T61, used once or twice by Stirling Moss (but not in his Nürburgring victory). Nick Mason's is a 2-litre version, a T60 rather than a 2.9-litre T61, originally campaigned by Scuderia Serenissima.'

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Mercedes-Benz W154

I recently showed a photograph of a 1939 Mercedes-Benz W154 in the museum at Donington Park where it was on display for a while after being restored in Tom Wheatcroft's workshops there for the National Technical Museum of Prague. On 13 October 2015 I showed photographs of another of these cars that Mercedes-Benz had taken to Donington Park in 2008 to make some demonstration runs during the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophy meeting. Here are three more photographs of the car I took at that meeting.
The photographs above and below were taken in the pit garage where the car was being prepared for the demonstration runs.

Here's Tony Dron at Redgate corner during one of the demonstration runs.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Merlyn Mk6A

This car took part in the HSCC Guildford Estates Classic Sports Car Championship race at the Historic Sport Car Club's Spring Historic Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 1987.
The programme of the event says that it's a 1963 Merlyn Mk6A, entered by Schwarz Herbs & Spices and driven in the race by Nick Wheatley. The Colchester Racing Developments list of Merlyn models, though, says that the Mk6A was produced between 1964 and 1966. The Mk6/6A used a variety of engines, chiefly the Lotus-Ford 1.6 litre unit, but the programme doesn't show which engine this car has, merely that the capacity is 1,594cc. Visually the Merlyn Mk6A is very similar to the Lotus 23 and Brabham BT5.

Monday, 14 August 2017


There were four Bugattis entered in the Lancashire Automobile Club's annual Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1991 and two of them are pictured below in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester before the start of the Run.
This is Mike and Hugh Dickson's 4-cylinder 1,496cc 1926 Bugatti Type 40, chassis number 40652, and the programme of the event said this about it:

123   1929 Bugatti Type 40
          Reg: UF 4524    4 cylinder    1496cc
          (Hugh Dickson, London W14)
Jointly owned by Mike and Hugh Dickson,
it was first entered on the Run in 1987.

This is the cockpit of Barry Parkinson's 4-cylinder 1,496cc 1926 Bugatti Type 37, and the only other information about the car in the programme is that its registration number is DS 6894.

On 29 October 2015 I showed a photograph of this car at the 1986 Run.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


I photographed this car at the Silverstone Classic meeting in July 2010.
It's David Clewley's 1953 Cooper-Alta, and it took part in the HGPCA Pre-61 Front Engine Grand Prix Cars race.
The car is a Cooper T24, derived from the T20 and T23 cars that used the much taller Bristol engine and so the front air intake is smaller and the nose of the car is lower and extends further forward than the Bristol-engined cars. It has a 1,996cc straight-4 Alta engine and was driven by Stirling Moss in the 1953 season.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


This was one of a group of Edwardian cars in the paddock at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2007.
There was no information about it in the programme of the event, but it's a 1904 CGV and has a 4,944cc engine. The CGV company was formed in 1901 by Fernand Charron, Leonce Giradot & Emile Voigt, and was based in Puteaux to the north-west of Paris.

The cars were gathered in the paddock to take part in a run for Edwardian cars, and the programme said this about that run:

'Edwardian Run
At 9.30am on Saturday up to 15 Edwardian cars (1905-'19)
will leave the paddock on the third 40 mile Grand Prix Run.
The run, organised by Ron Birkett, was set up in 2005 to
mark the centenary of the first GP in Dieppe.'

Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car is taking part in the Cheshire Building Society Allcomers Race at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in July 1987.
It's Neil Corner in his 1960 Ferrari Dino 246 F1 car dropping down into the dip after Lodge Corner and heading towards Deer Leap. The car was originally chassis #0007, but renumbered to #0788F after it was fitted with a 3 litre engine for Tasman races in New Zealand in the hands of Pat Hoare. It was restored to its original condition when Neil Corner obtained the car in 1978, although the programme of this event showed it to have a 2,990cc engine instead of the 2,417cc engine originally fitted.

The 1958 Ferrari Dino 246 F1 was the last front-engined car to win the World Drivers Championship in the hands of Mike Hawthorn. Neil Corner's car was the last such car to win a World Championship race - the 1960 Italian Grand Prix which many of the top teams boycotted because it was run in the combined road and banked oval track at Monza which they considered to be dangerous. The Ferrari wan't the last front-engined car to compete in a World Championship race, however, as the last race of the 1960 season was the United States Grand Prix at Riverside which Enzo Ferrari decided not to contest. The only front-engined cars in that race were the Scarab of Chuck Daigh and the Maserati 250F of Bob Drake.

To be strictly accurate, the last front-engined car to compete in a World Championship race was the Ferguson P99 4-wheel drive car that competed in the 1961 British Grand Prix, but was disqualified for receiving a push-start after the engine had cut out at Bechers Bend.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Surtees TS9B

This is one of the participants in the Grand Prix Masters race at the Silverstone Historic Tribute meeting in June 2004.
It's Peter Austin's 1971 Surtees TS9B, a car raced by the Surtees team in the 1971 and 1972 seasons. It raced in the 1971 season as a TS9 and was uprated to a TS9B for the 1972 season. It's chassis 004 and this website shows the racing history of the car from 1971 to 1975.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bentley 3/8 litre

This car was in a team of Bentleys that took part in the 2 hour long VSCC Pre-War Sports Car Team Relay Race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2006.
It's the 1927 Bentley 3/8 litre of Adam Singer, and the original 3 litre Red Label Tourer is described in this history of the car when it was put up for auction in 2003 by H&H Auctioneers. It was apparently bought at that auction for a client by Stanley Mann Racing and was in need of a complete rebuild, during which it was given the 8 litre engine.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Porsche RSR

This car took part in the Gordon Russell Furniture Inter-Marque Championship Race at the Jaguar Drivers' Club's 6th Cheshire Cats' Trophy meeting at Oulton Park in April 1987.
It's Mike Holland's car, listed in the programme of the event simply as a Porsche RSR and having an engine capacity of 3,500cc. It competed in the Porsche team against teams of AC Cobras. Aston Martins, Ferraris and Jaguars.
Here's the car during the race at what was then Foulstons chicane, but is now known as Britten's.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Lola T70 Spyder

This car took part in the 1960s World Endurance Cars Italy v Rest of the World race at the Silverstone Historic Festival meeting in August 2001.
It's Colin Parry-Williams' car, listed in the programme of the event as a 1965 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder with a 5,700cc engine. It appears to be the ex-John Mecom Racing chassis SL70/13, originally fitted with a 4.7 litre Ford V8 engine. The car later passed through various hands before being bought by Colin Parry-Williams in 1981, being restored and fitted with the Chevrolet engine in 1997.

I showed photographs of two other Lola T70 Spyders on 24 April 2016 and 12 March 2017.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


This car competed in the 1950s Drum-Braked Sports Racing Cars race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005.
It's Tony Pickering's 1953 1,495cc straight-4 OSCA MT4, built by the Maserati brothers' new company set up after their split from Adolfo Orsi, to whom they had sold the Maserati company.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Jaguar E-Type

This car took part in the Inter-Marque Championship race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's Historic Car Races meeting at Oulton Park in September 1986.
It's Malcolm Hamilton's 1964 3.8 litre Jaguar E-Type, competing in a team of Jaguar E-Types against teams of Aston Martins and Porsches. This was round eight of the Championship and the programme of the event records that after seven rounds the Jaguar team was in the lead, and Malcolm Hamilton had the second best driver's points total behind one of the Porsche team. The photograph was taken at Lodge Corner.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Ferrari was the featured car at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1997 and this is one of the cars featured in the Ferrari display.
It's a 1949 Ferrari 166 chassis #011F that had been raced in the late 1940s and early 1950s in Argentina by Juan Manuel Fangio and José Froilán Gonzáles. It was built with a 1,995cc V12 engine and was originally used in Formula 2 racing, but became eligible for World Championship races when they were contested by 2 litre cars in 1952 and 1953. The 'YPF' decal on the side of the car denotes the Argentinian state energy company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Guy Arab

This bus appeared at the Greater Manchester Transport Society's Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally at Heaton Park, Manchester in September 1996.
It's a 1951 Guy Arab Mk III, and the programme of the event said this about the vehicle:

Guy Arab Mk III, Roe Body, 1951                                                                     MTJ 84
Entered by      S.M.Torres, c/o Ebor Trucks, Acaster Malbis, York
Former Operator - L.U.T.  Ex. Lancashire United 440, this vehicle was repainted over the winter and
appeared at The Museum of Transport's L.U.T. weekend in May this year.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Aston Martin DBR4

This car was amongst the competitors in the Ron Flockhart Memorial Trophy Race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
It's David Wenman's 1959 Aston Martin DBR4, driven in the race by Barrie Williams. Originally built as a 2½ litre Formula 1 car, the programme of this event showed it to then have an engine capacity of 2,892cc. Four of these cars were built and this one is chassis number 2.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Tatra 603

I took this photograph of a car I spotted down a side-street in Ashton-under-Lyne when I was on my way to work one morning in May 1993.
It's a Tatra 2-603 II, a rear-engined car that was produced by the Czechoslovakian company from 1968 to 1975 and had a 2½ litre air-cooled V8 unit. It's a rare car in this country, and I've not seen one of these models before nor since this one.

On 24 December 2014 I showed a photograph of a Tatra T87 that I'd taken at Silverstone in 1997.

Monday, 31 July 2017

McLaren M8E

This car competed in the HSCC Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship race at the Historic Sports Car Club's Spring Historic Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 1987.
It's The Offord Group's 1971 5 litre V8 Chevrolet-engined McLaren M8E that was driven in the race by James Wallis. The car was used in the North American Can-Am series of races and the M8E was the customer version of the M8D.

Sunday, 30 July 2017


Here are the photographs I took of some of the Triumphs at the Footman James Classic Car Show at EventCity, Manchester in September 2016.
This is a 1948 1,776cc straight-4 Triumph Roadster, produced from 1946 to 1948
This is a 1937 Triumph Dolomite Special, but the only information I can find about this car is the DVLA record that says it has a 1,750cc engine. The 1930s Triumph was produced with three different engine sizes, and the nearest I can find to this is the 1,767cc engine of the 14/60 and 14/65.
A  Michelotti bodied 1967 1,147cc straight-4 Triumph Herald 1200 Convertible, produced from 1961 to 1971.
A 1957 1,991cc straight-4 Triumph TR3. The original TR3 had a smaller central radiator grille and this version with the full width grille was unofficially known as a TR3A, but just badged as a TR3. This version was produced from 1957 to 1962.
Another Michelotti bodied car, a 1974 2,997cc V8 Triumph Stag. This is one of the  MkII cars that were produced between 1974 and 1977.
This is one of the original Triumph TR3 models, made in the last year of the 1955 to 1957 production run and has the smaller central grille. It shares the 1,991cc straight-4 engine of the later 'TR3A'.
This is the first production model of the TR series of cars, the Triumph TR2 that was produced from 1953 to 1955 and used the same 1.991cc straight-4 engine of the later TR3. There was one prototype model built which differed from the production car, mainly at the rear end, to such an extent that the production model was called the TR2 and the prototype retrospectively named the TR1.
This is a 1966 2,138cc straight-4 Triumph TR4A, produced from 1965 to 1967. The Michelotti bodied car was externally little different from the TR4, but it had independent rear suspension instead of the Hotchkiss drive system of the earlier car.
A 1974 2,498cc straight-6 Triumph TR6 with Lucas fuel-injection, produced between 1968 and 1976. The body basically followed the same lines as the TR4 and TR5, but was restyled by the German firm of Karmann.
This is a 1982 1,998cc straight-4 Triumph TR7 Drop-head Coupe, designed by the chief stylist at British Leyland, Harris Mann. The cars were produced between 1975 and 1982 and this one bears the double bulge bonnet of the later cars that was designed to clear the carburettors of the V8 engined TR8 which had an identical body to the TR7.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupé

This car was amongst a group of cars in the paddock at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1995 publicising The Shelby Heart Fund.
It's a 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupé, but is not listed as taking part  in any of the races at the meeting, and is not mentioned in the programme of the event. Following a lifetime of heart problems and a heart transplant in 1990 Carroll Shelby set up his Foundation to help young people who are similarly afflicted.

On 23 August 2015 I showed a photograph of Shelby Daytona Cobra CSX2286 that took part in the Coys meeting at Silverstone in 1998.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Here's a photograph of a car competing in the HGPCA Race for Pre-1961 Grand Prix Cars at the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association's meeting at Donington Park in May 2004.
It's Alexander Boswell's 1952/55 Ferrari 625, originally a Ferrari 500, chassis #0482, built as a 4-cylinder 2 litre Formula 2 car and used in World Championship races in 1952 and 1953 when they were run to Formula 2 regulations. The new Formula 1 regulations specifying a 2½ litre engine came into force in 1954 and this car was given a 2½ litre unit to convert it to a Ferrari 625. It later had a 4-cylinder 3-litre Ferrari 735 engine installed and was raced in Australia by Peter Whitehead.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Lagonda LG45

I photographed this car in the paddock at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in June 1984.
It's a 1936 Lagonda LG45 Tourer with a four-seater body and a 4,467cc straight-6 Meadows engine. It's chassis #12004, and the car was offered for sale by Bonhams in December 2005.

On 2 August 2016 I showed photographs of various Lagondas, including three LG45 models, that I'd taken at Oulton Park in July 2015.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Maserati A6GCS

The Coys International Historic Festival meeting of July 1993 took place at Silverstone in a typical mixture of British weather with sunshine and rain at different parts of the day. Here's a couple of photographs I took of one of the competing cars just after a particularly heavy spell of rain.
It's the 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 of Maurizio Grazzi that took part in the Champagne Charles Heidsieck Sports Car Race. It's chassis #2090 and has the Massimino/Colombo 2-litre engine with a body designed by Medardo Fantuzzi. As far as I know it's the only A6GCS Spider with this style of body - all the others seem to have the same Fantuzzi body as chassis #2058 that I featured on 22 December 2015.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Lister Bristol

This was one of the cars taking part in the AMOC 50s Sports Cars race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's meeting at Oulton Park in May 2017.
It's Stephen Bond's 1955 1,991cc Lister Bristol 'Flat Iron', formerly John Horridge's Ecurie Bullfrog car.
The car was put up for auction in 2008 by H&H Auctioneers in a state of considerable disrepair.
Here's the car during the race at Druids Corner.

On 6 August 2015 I showed a photograph that I'd taken at Donington Park in 2008 of the car in its pre-auction state.