Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Elva Mk V

This car took part in the 1950s Sports Racing Cars race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in June 2008.
It's the 1959 Elva Mk V of Bruce Riches - the only information about the car in the programme of the event is that it was powered by a 1,097cc engine.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

I've shown photographs previously of cars using the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle scheme charging point at Salford Quays. There's two charging points there and on rare occasions I've seen a vehicle using one, but recently for the first time I walked past when there were two cars using the facility at the same time.
This is the all-electric Nissan Leaf, introduced in 2010 which uses either a 24 kWh or 30 kWh battery  which give a range of 84 or 107 miles respectively.

This car is the hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE which has a 1.4 litre petrol engine and a 75 kW electric motor. The car was introduced in 2014 and in all-electric mode has a range of 31 miles.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Porsche 962C

This car was on display in the paddock at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1994.
It's the Porsche 962C GTi with the Nigel Stroud monocoque campaigned by Richard Lloyd Racing in the 1990 season in the livery of their Japanese sponsors, Italiya.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Lotus Eleven Le Mans

This car competed in the Ten Lap Invitation Scratch Race for 1950's Sports/Racing Cars at the VSCC's meeting at Oulton Park in August 1996.
The programme of the event simply says that it's Gregor Fisken's 1956 1,098cc Lotus, but it is in fact the Lotus Eleven Le Mans, chassis no. 211 that was driven by Cliff Allison and Keith Hall in the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hour race. The car retired from that race after 10 hours when Cliff Allison was driving down the Mulsanne Straight - the fastest part of the circuit - and hit a German Shepherd dog that ran onto the track. Three works Lotus Elevens were entered in that race, two with the 1,098cc engine and one of 1,459cc. As well as the Allison/Hall car, the 1,459cc car driven by Colin Chapman and Herbert MacKay-Fraser retired, but the other 1,098cc car driven by Reg Bicknell and Peter Jopp finished in 7th place overall, winning the 1.1 litre class. The Lotus Eleven Le Mans differed from the standard Lotus Eleven in that it had a wider chassis frame in order to provide Le Mans regulation-width seats, and cockpit and footwell minimum dimensions, but the overall width of the bodywork was no different to the standard car.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Ford Mustang Probe GTP

I took this photograph at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2007.
It's not listed in the programme of the event, but it's a 1985 Ford Mustang Probe GTP which was built to compete in the United States IMSA GTP series.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This was one of five examples of this model taking part in the Coys of Kensington GT Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1995.
It's Brandon Wang's 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, shown as a 1961 model in the programme of the event -though Ferrari didn't start making this model till 1962. It's chassis #4219GT, and the car was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, the body by Sergio Scaglietti and the 3 litre V12 engine was the Tipo 168 designed by Gioacchino Columbo.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Austin Healey 100

These two cars competed in the Richardson Hosken Classic Sports Car Championship race at the HSCC's Summer Race meeting at Oulton Park in July 1995.
This is the 1954 Austin Healey 100 of Robert Mills, listed in the Austin Healey 100 Register as a BN1 L. The BN1 is the first series car with the 4-cylinder 2,660cc engine from the Austin A90 and a three-speed gearbox with overdrive on the second and top gears. The BN1 was produced from 1953 and was replaced by the BN2 model in 1955. The 'L' indicated that the car was left-hand drive, although by 1995 it had obviously been converted to right-hand drive. It also has the louvred bonnet that normally indicates a 100M model, but the programme of the event doesn't show it to be an 'M', and in any case the 100M wasn't introduced till 1955.
This car, seen entering Lodge Corner during the race, is Peter Korner's car and is also shown in the programme of the event as just a 1954 Austin Healey 100. As a 1954 car it will be a BN1 and also isn't the 100M that its louvred bonnet appears to suggest.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


This car was displayed alongside the cars that took part in the VSCC Edwardian Race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2006, but it isn't listed in the programme of the event and as far as I'm aware it didn't take part in the race.
It's obviously an Itala, and it's either the car that Prince Borghese drove to win the 1907 Peking to Paris race or a replica of that car. If it is that car it's a 7 litre Itala 35/45 hp that I understand is now kept at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Turin.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


I took this photograph at Luffield Corner during the Chopard Grand Prix Cars Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1993.
It's John Harper driving Vijay Mallya's 1958 Vanwall, chassis number VW10. It is, I think, the car in which in 1958 Stirling Moss won the Dutch Grand Prix and the Portugese Grand Prix, and finished in second place in the French Grand Prix. On 29 March 2016 I showed several photographs of VW10 at this 1993 Coys meeting, and on 9 November 2015 I showed photographs of the collection of Vanwalls at the Donington Park Museum.

Monday, 22 May 2017

AEC Regent V

This bus was one of the entrants in the Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally in Heaton Park, Manchester in September 1998.
It's a 1957 AEC Regent V with MCW Orion body which had then only recently been the subject of a major overhaul by the Merseyside Transport Trust. The vehicle had been delivered new to Liverpool Corporation Transport in September 1957, passed to the Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive in December 1969 and was finally withdrawn from service in July 1976. John, Paul, George and Ringo must have travelled on this in its early years of service.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

TVR Griffith 400

I photographed this car Lodge Corner at the Aston Martin Owners Club's Autumn Historic Car Races meeting at Oulton Park in September 1993.
It's the 1965 TVR Griffith 400 of Ronnie Farmer that took part in the MG Car Club/AMOC Thoroughbred & Classic Sports Car Championship Race. The TVR Griffith 400 was produced by the Griffith Motor Company in Long Island, New York with a 4,727cc (289cu in) Ford V8 engine and only 59 examples of this model were made.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Lotus 18

This car competed in the HGPCA Pre-66 Grand Prix Cars race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005.
It's the 1961 1475cc Lotus 18 of Mark Griffiths. The mid-engined Lotus 18 was a replacement for the front-engined Lotus 16 and the first such car to be built by Lotus, and was used in Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Junior racing. It was succeeded by the Lotus 21 in Formula 1 and the Lotus 20 as a Formula Junior car. On 18 August 2016 I showed a photograph of a Lotus 18 that I had taken at Donington Park in 2004.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday's Ferrari

The Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992 included a display of over 30 Ferraris, some of which took part in track displays during the meeting. This is a photograph I took at Luffield Corner of one of those cars on a display run.
It's Stirling Moss driving the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta with which he won the 1960 Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood. The chassis number is 2119GT, and a note in the programme of the event about the car said this:

Front-engined V12; 3 litres; 240-295 bhp at 7000rpm; 
IFS/coil springs. Rigid rear axle/semi-elliptic leaf springs.
Introduced Paris Show 1959. These 'short wheelbase'
(2400mm) berlinettas followed the 'long wheelbase'
(2600mm) Tour de France cars. Most 1960 versions
were aluminium bodied for competition in GT racing but
some steel-bodied versions for road use were built. Most
in their final year, 1962, were steel bodied. Approx 73
competition and 90 steel-bodied made. Owned by Rob
Walker 1960. Driven by Moss it won the Tourist Trophy
race that year. To T Sopwith 1961 for his Equipe
Endeavour team.

On 4 May 2012 I showed a photograph of this car that I took at the 1997 Coys meeting at Silverstone, and on 24 June 2016 I showed a photograph of another of Rob Walker's Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinettas with which Stirling Moss won the Goodwood Tourist Trophy race again in 1961.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Historic Formula Junior Championship

Here are some cars lining up in the marshalling area in the paddock ready to take to the track for a practice session for the Historic Formula Junior Championship race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's Autumn Historic Car Races meeting in September 1992
The race included classes for rear-engined Formula Junior cars, front-engined Formula Junior cars, 500cc Formula Three cars and Historic Formula Three (1964 to 1970) cars. The four cars here are, from the top, David Noble's 1959 Gemini Mk2 and Tony Steele's 1959 Lola Mk2, both of which were in the front-engined Farmula Junior class, then Robert Baker-Carr's 1967 Brabham BT21B and Ray Harper's 1965 Merlyn Mk 9, which were both in the Historic Formula Three class.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

American Fords

On !0 April 2017 I showed photographs of the British Fords that I'd taken at the Footman James Classic Car Show at EventCity, Manchester in September 2016, and here are the photographs that I took of the American Fords at that event.
First Generation 1967 Ford Mustang

1971 Ford LTD

1972 Ford Ranchero GT Pickup

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Rally NCP

This is a photograph taken at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in June 1993.
It's the 1930 Rally of Tony Crowther. The only information about the car in the programme of the event is that it had a 1465cc engine, but I have a photograph of the car taken at the 1996 VSCC meeting at Oulton Park where the programme said that it was an NCP model. I showed this photograph on 5 February 2017.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Lancia D50

The Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 2000 celebrated 50 years of Formula One, the World Drivers' Championship having started in 1950, and the first race of that Championship was run at Silverstone on 13th May of that year. At the July 2000 meeting at Silverstone there was a representative display of cars covering that 50 year period, and the car below was one of those taking part.
It's a re-creation of the Lancia D50 that competed in the Championship in 1954 and 1955. This car was owned by Robin Lodge, and was entered in the Maserati UK Race for Pre 1961 Grand Prix Cars, but Robin Lodge had taken the precaution of also entering his 1959 Ferrari 246 Dino for that race in case the Lancia was not allowed to take part. The programme of the event says:

The mouth-watering prospect of Robin Lodge's pannier-tanked Lancia D50 - a magnificent reproduction chassis, using original 0ffset V8 engine and transmission salvaged from Enzo Ferrari's 'scrapyard' - joining the fray hangs in the balance. Lodge will bring his V6 Ferrari Dino if the sensational flashback to 1954 is blackballed.
The display cars were arranged in a large marquee, and here the Lancia is being wheeled out to take part in a track parade with several other of the cars.
Here's the car leaving the pit lane on one of its demonstration runs.

On 2 January 2013 I showed photographs of one of the two surviving original Lancia D50s that was present at the Coys meeting in 1998 in a display marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Silverstone circuit.

Sunday, 14 May 2017


ATR 72-500 G-VZON on Aurigny Flight GR670 passing over Hyde at 7.53am on 25 April 2017 just prior to landing (about 3 minutes later) at Manchester Airport.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Cooper T45

This was one of the cars competing in the Ron Flockhart Memorial Trophy Race at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
It's the 1958 Cooper T45 of Antony Hancock. The T45 was a development of the 1½ litre Formula 2 T41 of 1956 and the T43 of 1957, and which by 1958 was also being campaigned in Formula 1 events with a 2½ litre engine. According to the programme of the event this car at Donington Park was fitted with a 2 litre engine.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Here's another photograph taken with my Kodak Brownie 127 camera on practice day for the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1961.
It's the Ferrari 156 driven into second place in the race by Phil Hill, and alongside you can see the number 6 of Richie Ginther's car that finished in third place. Another of the cars is behind Phil Hill's and to the left of that the fourth car is still covered to keep out the Liverpool weather. The rope across the centre of the photograph is to stop the spectators getting too close to the cars when the mechanics are working on them. On 28 February 2014 I showed photographs of this car and Giancarlo Baghetti's.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Triumph Stag Mk2

Sometimes when I'm on my daily walk to Hyde town centre and back I'll see a car go past and bemoan the fact that I didn't have my camera ready to take a photograph of it. It's happened recently with a couple of Ferraris, a Maserati and an unidentified 1960s looking American car. Yesterday I was on my way home through the back streets when a lovely looking Triumph Stag passed me, but a few minutes later when I got to the main road I saw the car in the Shell Petrol Station, and the owner very kindly stood aside and allowed me to take a couple of photographs of the car.
The Triumph Stag is a 2+2 sports tourer, designed by Giovanni Michelotti and was produced between 1970 and 1978 - the 'R' at the end of the registration number indicates that this particular one was first registered between 1 August 1976 and 31 July 1977. It had a 2997cc V8 engine and twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors. All the Triumph Stags were convertibles, and to meet American safety standards they were fitted with a roll-bar behind the seats which was connected to the windscreen frame by a T-bar. There was also a removable hardtop available which became a standard fitment for the later cars.
There is a Stag Owners Club for anyone who is fortunate enough to own one of these cars.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

BRM P261

These cars took part in the Maserati UK Race for Pre-1966 Grand Prix & Tasman Cars at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1999.
They're the BRM P261s of Paul Alexander (no. 14) and Bruce McCaw (no. 46) - the latter being driven in the race by Richard Attwood. The programme of the event said this about Paul Alexander's car:

Few models beyond the 1950s - let alone individual cars - enjoyed Grand Prix careers spanning several seasons, but BRM P261-5 has the distinction of having competed at the highest level from 1964-'68, in both 1500cc and three-litre Formula 1 guises.
One of three raced by Graham Hill in 1964, it excelled on the road circuits, finishing second in the French Grand Prix at Rouen and fifth in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. A back-up car in 1965, it contested the final 1500cc Grand Prix  in Mexico with Jackie Stewart.
Privateer Bernard White's Team Chamaco Collect fitted it with a two-litre BRM 'Tasman' V8 for 1966, Vic Wilson taking it to fourth in the non-championship Syracuse Grand Prix. By Monaco, Bob Bondurant was in, the American finishing fourth and last in a race of attrition.
Innes Ireland placed fourth in the Oulton Park Gold Cup, and went on to win the US and Mexican GPs. David Hobbs ran it in the '67 British and Canadian GPs, and was back in '68 with a three-litre V12 engine installed. Sixth in Silverstone's International Trophy, Hobbs took a Honda drive for the Italian GP, where Frank Gardner gave 261-5 its last outing, but failed to qualify.
Superbly rebuilt to its two-litre specification by Hall & Fowler, 261-5 is finally winning races, 35 years on, with Paul Alexander.

On 31 August 2016 I showed photographs of Paul Alexander's car at the 1992 Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Lotus Elite

This car was in the paddock at Donington Park at the HGPCA's Donington International Grand Prix meeting in May 2004.
It's a Lotus Elite, otherwise known as a Lotus Type 14, a car that was produced from 1957 to 1963. Three of these cars were entered in the 2¼ hour long Gentleman Drivers GT and Sports Endurance race, but this car has no racing number on it and I don't think it took part in that race. On 4 December 2014 I showed photographs of the late Les Leston's Lotus Elite, registration number 'DAD 10'.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Armstrong Siddeley Tourer

This car participated in the LAC's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1993, starting at the Village Hotel in Cheadle, Stockport.
It's a 1925 Armstrong Siddeley Tourer and the only other information about it in the programme of the event is that it was entered for the run by Eric B Moores of Denton, Manchester, but presumably it's one of the 14 hp cars. There's an Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club for people who have one of these cars and you can read about the Club on their website.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Clément-Bayard CB1

This car took part in the Concours d'Elégance event at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Trophy meeting at Oulton Park in August 1992.
It's P J Irwin's 1914 Clément-Bayard CB1, but the programme of the event contains no further information about the car.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Stewart Ford SF01

The Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1998 celebrated 50 year of racing at Silverstone with a display featuring a car for each of those 50 years. This is the car that represented 1997.
It's a Stewart Ford SF01, produced by the team formed by three-times World Champion Jackie Stewart and his son Paul. Paul Stewart Racing had been formed in 1988 for Paul to take part in the British Formula 3 Championship the following year. In 1990 the team underwent a major expansion which included a two-car team led by Paul Stewart to contest the Eutopean Formula 3000 series. At the end of 1993 Paul retired as a driver to concentrate on building up the team which culminated in 1996 with the formation of the Stewart Grand Prix team to take part in the 1997 Formula 1 World Championship with the above car. Rubens Barichello and Jan Magnussen were the drivers in that first season which was marked by a series of retirements, their best effort being Rubens Barrichello's second place at Monaco. The 1998 season was no better with the SF02, but in 1999 Johnny Herbert gained the Stewart Grand Prix car's only victory winning the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in a Stewart SF3. At the end of that season Ford bought the team and, renamed as Jaguar, it participated in the World Championship for the next five years. The car's fortunes barely changed, however, and despite the team's two cars managing to finish most races in the 2004 season no podium places were gained and Ford sold the team to the Red Bull Racing team at the end of the season.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car competed in the Shell Ferrari Maserati Challenge Race at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Historic Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's the 1967 2-litre Ferrari Dino 206S of Brazilian (hence the yellow/green colours) Carlos Monteverde, chassis #032. The car was badged as a 'Dino' instead of 'Ferrari', so the chassis numbering didn't follow the standard Ferrari sequence. I've shown photographs twice previously of the Dino 206S, on 16 December 2016 and 17 February 2017.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Lotus 69

At the HSCC Summer Race Meeting at Oulton Park in July 1992 there was a race for three classes of single seater racing cars, one of which was for 'Racing Cars under 1600cc with Wings'. This car was entered for the race in that class.
It's Michael Schryver's 1971 Lotus 69. The Lotus 69 was designed to be used in Formula 2, Formula 3 and Formula Ford racing - this car had a 1600cc engine and looks to have been designed for Fomula 2 racing. The Lotus 69 was also used in Formula B racing in the United States, and this website details one such car.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Reliant Robin

I came across this car parked in a side street recently on my daily walk to Hyde town centre.
It's a Reliant Robin Mk 3, a three-wheeled car that was produced between 1999 and 2001, and the 'V' on the number plate indicates that it was first registered between 1 September 1999 and 29 February 2000.
The Reliant three-wheeler has for a long time occupied a special place in British popular culture, being the butt of many jokes in the 'Top Gear' TV motoring programme, and Del Trotter's mode of transport in the long-running comedy series 'Only Fools and Horses' - the latter being a Reliant Regal Supervan.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Porsche 906

This car competed in the Visage Pre '72 Le Mans Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in August 1996.
It's Ivan Scotti's 1966 2-litre Porsche 906, and the programme of the event said this about the 906:

The Porsche 906 was the first product of the company's new Research & Development man, Ferdinand Piëch. A tubular-framed car, also known as the Carrera 6, it was raced to numerous Group 4 successes in the mid-1960s and developed into an equally successful Group 6 racing version, the 910.

I've featured the Porsche 906 twice before, on 24 February 2015 and 26 October 2015.

Monday, 1 May 2017

DKW Schnellaster

I took this photograph at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophy meeting at Donington Park in May 2001 - the meeting where Audi brought along C-Type and D-Type Auto Union Grand Prix cars, together with various other cars and motorcycles produced by the Auto Union concern. This vehicle was parked next to the display area where these cars were on show, and it was presumably another of the vehicles brought by Audi.
It's a DKW Schnellaster, a vehicle produced by DKW Auto Union between 1949 and 1962 in Ingolstadt, to the north of Munich in Bavaria. The Auto Union factories were originally in Chemnitz and Zwickau in what became the Soviet controlled East Germany after the Second World War. Auto Union restarted operations at Ingolstadt in 1945 and eventually evolved into the Audi company.