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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Lotus Mk IX

This car took part in a Ten Lap Invitation Scratch Race for 1950's Sports/Racing Cars at the VSCC's meeting at Oulton Park in August 1996.
It's George Edney's 1955 Lotus Mk IX, about thirty of which were produced. It could be used with a variety of engines, most often the 1,100cc Coventry Climax unit, but the programme of the event says that the engine capacity of this car was 1,466cc. The first Le Mans 24 Hour race contested by Lotus was with a Mk IX in 1955, driven by Colin Chapman and Ron Flockhart, but the car was disqualified after 12 hours when Colin Chapman went off the circuit at the Arnage corner into a sandbank and reversed the car back onto the circuit without getting permission from a marshall to do so.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Chrysler 300C Vogue Limousine

I photographed this car in August last year parked in a side-street in Hyde.
It's a 2006 Chrysler 300C Vogue Limousine.
The DVLA record says that it has a 3 litre diesel engine, and the standard 3 litre diesel for the 300C is a V6 unit.
These cars are generally for use in the chauffeur driven limousine business.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Maserati A6GCM

I photographed this car in the pit garage at the HGPCA,s International Historic Grand Prix meeting at Donington Park in May 2004 where it took part in the HGPCA Race for Pre-1961 Grand Prix Cars.
It's David Bennett's 1953/4 Straight-six 2,493cc Maserati A6GCM. The car is finished in the Siamese colours of Prince Bira who competed in a Maserati A6GCM in the 1954 season, and if it is that car it's chassis #2044.

On 8 September 2015 I showed photographs of this car at Oulton Park in 2006.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Alfa Romeo 8C Monza

This was one of the competitors in the Maserati UK Race for Pre 1952 Grand Prix Cars at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 2000.
It's Peter Neumark's 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza, originally built with a 2.3 litre supercharged straight-eight engine, but the programme of the event says that this car has the later 2.6 litre unit that was fitted to the cars from 1933. The car is painted in the French blue racing colours, but I don't know if it's the blue Alfa Romeo 8C driven by French driver Louis Chiron in the 1933 racing season. The car was given the 'Monza' name after its victory in the 10 hour long 1931 Italian Grand Prix at the Monza circuit co-driven by Giuseppe Campari and Tazio Nuvolari.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Alfa Romeo

These two Alfa Romeos competed in the Saloon/Sports Car Challenge race at the HSCC's Summer Race Meeting at Oulton Park in July 1995.
This car's not listed in the programme of the event, but it's an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint from the late 1950s or early 1960s. These cars were produced from 1954 to 1965 and had a 1.3 litre twin-cam straight-4 engine.
This is the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia of Paul Wallis. The Giulia was produced from 1962 to 1978 with either a 1.3 litre or 1.6 litre straight-4 engine, although the programme gives the engine capacity of this car as 2,000cc.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Friday's Ferrari

This is one of the cars taking part in the Ferrari F1 demonstration runs at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005.
It's the 1994 Ferrari 412T1 of Roland Hachler, seen here in the pit lane during a warm-up practice session. The Ferrari 412T1 was driven in the 1994 season by Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, and for two races by Nicola Larini replacing the injured Jean Alesi. It has a 3½ litre V12 engine, and this car is chassis #149.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Lotus 19

I took these photographs at Aintree on practice day for the Aintree 200 meeting in April 1961.
It's a 1960 Lotus 19, called the Monte Carlo as a nod to its perceived close rival the Cooper T49 Monaco. The car was one of a pair entered for the sports car race at this meeting by the UDT Laystall Racing team, to be driven by Stirling Moss and Henry Taylor, and this one is Henry Taylor's car. Both cars were powered by the 2½ litre Coventry Climax FPF engine.
The UDT Laystall team was originally formed as the British Racing Partnership in 1957 by Stirling Moss's father Alfred and his former manager Ken Gregory to run cars for Stirling Moss, outside his other racing commitments, and other up-and-coming drivers. In a sponsorship deal the team was renamed Yeoman Credit Racing for the 1960 season and then UDT Laystall Racing for the next two seasons.