Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car participated in a round of the Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge series at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
The blue car is Stephen Dudley's 1950 Ferrari 166/195, which I've featured before, on 6 September 2013, at Silverstone. The car was originally a 166, but was converted to 195 specifications in 1951 and is chassis #071S. The car behind it is the 1951 Maserati A6GCM of Julia de Baldanza (#2033) and in front is the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF of Conrad Ulrich (#1141GT). The photograph was taken at Redgate corner.

Thursday, 30 March 2017


I photographed this car in the paddock at the VSCC's Hawthorn Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in July 2015. It wasn't competing in any of the races.
It's a 1913 Chalmers Model 17
There's an excellent Antique Automobile Club of America website here with lots of photographs of this car competing in various events, of trips around the country, and of work carried out on the car, all posted by 'Andy' the owner. It's well worth a read but allow yourself plenty of time to go through it all!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Aston Martin Project 212

This car took part in the Coys of Kensington Pre-1964 GT Car race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1999.
It's the 1961 Aston Martin Project 212, entered in the race by Hugo Investments Ltd and driven by Gary Pearson and Mike Salmon. It was created to run in the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hour race and built on a DB4 GT chassis with an inline 6-cylinder 4 litre engine based on the DB4 GT's 3.7 litre unit. Driven in that race by Graham Hill and Richie Ginther it was amongst the leaders in the early part of the race, but retired on lap 79 after a piston failure.

On 23 January 2017 I showed a photograph of the later Aston Martin Project 214 car.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Here's some photographs of Chevrolets that I took at the Footman James Classic Car Show Manchester at EventCity in September 2016.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Third Generation)

1953 Chevrolet 3100 Advance Design - the registration number is 335 XUP

1959 Chevrolet Impala 4-door Hardtop (Second Generation)

1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS (First Generation)

I don't know anything about this Chevrolet, but it seems to be based on the 1950s Deluxe Styleline

Monday, 27 March 2017

Williams FW07B

I photographed this car in the Paddock at the HGPCA's Donington International Historic Grand Prix meeting in May 2004. It didn't take part in the meeting, and in fact there were no races that day for which it would have been eligible.
It's the Williams FW07B with which Alan Jones won the World Championship for Drivers in 1980. The car apparently ran both with and without front wings during that season.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Formula Junior

These three cars participated in the Formula Junior Class in the Hawthorn Spanish and Hawthorn Memorial Trophies race at the VSCC's meeting at Oulton Park in June 2008.
William Grimshaw's 1959 Moorland Mk1, the winner of Britain's first ever Formula Junior race, at Brands Hatch in August 1959 in the hands of Ian Raby.
This is the 1959 Stanguellini of Gordon Wright. Powered by the Fiat 1100cc engine, the Stanguellini was the car to beat in Formula Junior racing until the British teams started to develop their mid-engined cars.
Geoff O'Nion's 1959 Elva 100, another Formula Junior car that had some early successes before the advent of the mid-engined cars.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Gordini T17S

I've shown previously, on 16 June 2016, photographs of 2 OSCA sports cars that took part in the Formula 2 race at the British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone in July 1956, Here's another of the cars that took part in that race - once again photographed by my brother.
It's a Gordini T17S, and was driven in the race by André Pilette who had driven the car in the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hour race partnered by fellow Belgian Mme Gilberte Thirion.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Today's car competed in the Shell Historic Ferrari/Maserati Challenge races at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's the 1964 Ferrari 250LM which says was at that time jointly owned by Andre Lara Resende and Frederico della Noce, and was driven on that day by Frederico della Noce. The programme of the event, however, says that it was due to be driven by Andre Lara Resende. The car is serial number 5899.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


This car took part in the Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1991 and is pictured here before the start of the run in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester.
It's a 1908 Buick 5 Tourer, and the programme of the event had this to say about it:

18     1908 Buick 5 Tourer
         Reg: DS 8447   4 cylinder   40hp
         (Eric Bond, Newton-le-Willows)
Imported from America in 1989, this model
is believed to be the largest Edwardian Buick
manufactured. It has inboard and outboard
brakes on the rear wheels only.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lola T332

This Formula 5000 car competed in the Derek Bell Trophy race at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2008.
The event featured a celebration of 50 years of Lola racing cars with a display and a track parade of various Lola cars, and here's the T332 at Hilltop approaching Knickerbrook during the parade.....
.....and here's Frank Lyons rounding Lodge Corner during the Derek Bell Trophy race, There's a website that records details of all Lola T332s produced, but I can't identify this car from that list.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Maserati 4CLT

A note in the programme for the 1998 event says:

'The sensational highlight of this year's Coys International Historic Festival Presented by Chrysler is undoubtedly the re-creation of the 1948 British Grand Prix grid. This was by far the most important race held in Britain since the War but also the first ever Formula 1 race at Silverstone. History was being made and, this weekend, thanks to a great deal of hard work and research, it will be re-created with perhaps as many as 17 of the original 26 cars that were present that October day.
Where the actual car no longer exists, or is not available, an admirable substitute of the same model has been sourced, with the exception of the sole Alfa Romeo. Each car will carry the same number it was given for the 1948 race, and perhaps the most emotive of all will be the number 27 Maserati. Not only is this the car that raced in 1948, but it will have in its cockpit the same driver who drove it 50 years ago: Roy Salvadori.'

The cars were on display in the paddock at times during the meeting (several of them were competing in races at the event) and here's one of the photographs I took of two of the cars.
They are both Maserati 4CLTs, numbered 18 and 19 in the 1948 race. The programme says this about them:

18 Maserati 4CLT
Although this is a Scuderia Ambrosiana 4CLT, it is not actually the car driven to victory here in 1948 by Luigi Villoresi. But it was at Silverstone that day, a sister car to the winner, entered as No. 28 for Leslie Brooke. Raced more recently by Peter Hannan it is now owned by great Maserati enthusiast and, of course 1995 Global GT Champion, Thomas Bscher, who has retired it from racing but will drive it this weekend.

19 Maserati 4CLT
Again a substitute car, this time to the one entered for "B.Bira", believed to be the sister Squadra Achille Varzi car raced by Fangio. Owned by Jean Louis Duret from France.

Monday, 20 March 2017


The VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in May 2001 featured the return of Auto Union C- and D-types to the circuit where they had appeared in 1937 and 1938, winning on both occasions. As well as those two cars there was a selection of other cars and motorcycles from the Audi stable, and three of the motorcycles are pictured below.
Above and below are two examples of the NSU Rennmax with which Werner Haas and Reg Armstrong finished first and second in the 250cc class in the 1953 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.

This one is a 1929 DKW Supersport 500

Sunday, 19 March 2017


Photographs I took of some of the Austins at the Footman James Classic Car Show Manchester at EventCity in September 2016.
1974 Austin Allegro 1100 DL

This is a 1937 Austin, and I think it's an Austin 12

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Bugatti Type 35B

Here's a car competing in a 4-lap handicap race at the VSCC's meeting at Oulton Park in June 2006.
It's Richard Longes at Britten's chicane in his 1927 2.3 litre supercharged Bugatti Type 35B. The 35B was the final version of the Type 35, which was the most successful of Ettore Bugatti's cars.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday's Ferrari

The Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1997 featured a tribute to Ferrari with a large display of notable Ferraris and track demonstrations by former Ferrari team drivers amongst others. This is one of the cars taking part on a typically British wet summer's day.
.It's 1961 World Champion Phil Hill driving Chris Rea's recreation of the 1961 Ferrari 156 - the car with which he won that title.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Delahaye 135

This car was one of a 4-car team that competed in the 2 hour long VSCC Relay Race for Pre-war Sports Cars at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in May 2011.
It's Malcolm Underwood's 3590cc straight-6 1937 Delahaye 135.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

AEC Regal

I took this photograph at the Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally in Heaton Park, Manchester in September 1993.
It's not listed in the programme of the event, but it's a 1934 AEC Regal with an English Electric body from a 1933 Leyland Tiger. Chassis number 6621547 was originally a Beadle bodied petrol engined coach operated by W Salisbury & Sons of Blackpool. It was later given a 7.7 litre AEC diesel engine and the English Electric body and used as a driver training vehicle by Ribble Motor Services. In the 1960s it was preserved by Colin Shears of Winkleleigh, later being restored by a group of Welsh enthusiasts in Swansea in the livery of Gower Vanguard. It was subsequently bought by Clive Screaton for his Grand Edwardian Touring Company, which is the livery it bears in this photograph. I believe that the vehicle is now owned by Quantock Motor Services of Bishops Lydeard in Somerset.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

I always like to have a walk through the displays of the various car clubs at these historic events, and here's a photograph I took of one such display at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in August 1996.
It's a display of cars of the members of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Register which is dominated by a row of Spiders. You can read the Wikipedia story of the Giulietta here.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Proton Savvy

Spotted this car I didn't at first recognise in a car park in Hyde a few days ago:
It's a Proton Savvy, a 5-door hatchback with a 1.2 litre Renault engine, that was produced between 2005 and 2011 in Proton City, to the north of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
I didn't look at the name on the rear of the car at the time I took the photograph, but it appears to say 'Savy' rather than 'Savvy'. I can't find anything that says that this was an alternative spelling of the name for the UK market.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Lola T70

This car competed in the 1 hour long 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 Lola T70 Mk1 driven in the race by Frank Sytner and Simon Hadfield, and a note in the programme of the event says this about the car:

Debuted, unpainted, by David Hobbs at Goodwood in 1965, chassis SLXX/4 was also raced by Monte Shallet and road registered by a later owner. Reimported from the USA by Frank Sytner in 2003, it is probably the earliest T70 still racing. Chevrolet V8 engine packs a big punch in Eric Broadley-designed monocoque chassis.

The car that David Hobbs drove at Goodwood in 1965, though, was that of Harold Young Racing, which was chassis SL70/2. Chassis SL70/4 was returned to the factory soon after delivery to Hugh Dibley and the car was rebuilt using chassis SL70/7. The history of SL70/2 is told in this Bonhams auction offering.
Here's the car during the race at Britten's chicane leading the 1965 Elva Mk8 of David Clark and the 1963 Elva Mk7S of Ivan Scotti.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Theophile Schneider

This car competed in the race for VSCC Edwardian Racing Cars at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2007.
Described in the programme of the event as a 1913 Theophile Schneider Aero Special with an engine capacity of 9934cc, the entrant was N Hilyard and the car was to be driven by Charles Gillett. I've previously shown photographs of a Theophile Schneider on 27 November 2013.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car was amongst the cars that Talacrest displayed at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1995.
It's a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, and it seems to be chassis #2067GT.  The Classic and Sports Car site shows this car to have been present at this meeting when in the ownership of Talacrest.

Thursday, 9 March 2017


This car was parked in the Vintage Car Park area on the inside of Redgate Corner at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in June 2008.
It's a 1936 British Salmson S4C. British Salmson was an offshoot of the French Salmson company and produced cars between 1934 and 1939 in London.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby is best known as the man who put a 260 cu in (4260cc) Ford V8 engine into an Ac Ace to create the AC Cobra, but he also had a successful career as a racing driver, winning the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour race with Roy Salvadori in a works Aston Martin DBR1. He also competed in Formula One races in 1958 with Centro Sud and Temple Buell Maserati 250Fs, and as a works Aston Martin driver in 1959 with the DBR4/250.
This is Carroll Shelby in the paddock at Aintree during practice for the 1959 British Grand Prix in July 1959 when he qualified the Aston Martin DBR4/250 in sixth place on the grid, but retired after 69 laps with a faulty magneto.
This is his car in the paddock during that practice session.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Connaught A Type

This car competed for the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy in the Hawthorn Memorial and Spanish Trophies Race at the VSCC's meeting at Oulton Park in May 2005.
It's the 1960cc 1952 Connaught A Type of David Wenman, chassis number A4, that was raced by Dennis Poore in the 1952 season before being sold to the Ecurie Belge to be raced by Johnny Claes and André Pillette the following season.
Here's David Wenman approaching Druids Corner during the race.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Aston Martin DBR1

This car took part in the 'Classic Car' Sports Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1994.
It's the 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 of Simon Draper, and is chassis number DBR1/4 - the car driven by Paul Frère and Maurice Trintignant that finished second to team mates Roy Salvadori and Carrol Shelby in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Guernsey, February 2017

Another visit to Guernsey for a few days to see our son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. and here's some of the photographs we took.
We had the early part of the first day to ourselves so went into St Peter Port where I took some photographs, including this alternative view of the lighthouse and Castle Cornet.
Later that day, in the afternoon, here's grandma helping Eliza with a jigsaw puzzle......
......and here's Edward and daddy reading a book before bedtime.
The next morning we went with Anna and the children to St Peter Port, and here's Edward charging round Jojo Maman Bébé on one of their scooters.
After lunch we went to Cobo Bay where we met Anna's sister Louise and here's Eliza and Edward on the beach with their cousins Barnabas and Eden.
And here's Barnabas leading them on a trek across the rocks.
They also had the loony dog which would chase after a ball that had been thrown for it, then instead of bringing it back would furiously start digging a hole to bury it in. You can see here the clumps of sand being thrown up behind the dog.
Another game on the beach - wait for an incoming wave and then run away before it submerges your feet.
On the Saturday we went to the Guernsey Museum in Candie Gardens and here Edward's taking a ride on daddy's back as we trek through the streets of St Peter Port on our way to the Gardens.
This is the uphill path in the Gardens leading to the Museum.
We'd gone to see an exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London of some marvellous images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016. The above photograph is of the an item in the Museum's collection which is a bust of Victor Hugo by Auguste Rodin.
Outside the Museum this plaque on the wall commemorates the fact that The Beatles performed here in August 1963 - the month that their single 'She Loves You' was released, the record that really started the Beatlemania phenomenon.
Later that day the children spent some time on the swings in their garden......
......and grandad got rather too close to Edward's foot.
Eliza was much more sedate.
The brief visit was over all too soon, and here's a last look at St Saviours Reservoir and Vazon Bay as we took off from the airport.