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.

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