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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Willys Knight

This is one of the cars just coming up to the start line in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester in the Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in May 1992.
It's a Willys Knight 65 Tourer, a car built by the Willys Overland Company and powered by a 3 litre 4-cylinder Knight sleeve valve engine. The only information about it in the programme of the event is that it was entered for the run by Charles B Gill of Colne, Lancashire.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Porsche RSK

This car competed in the 'Classic Car' Sports Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1994.
This is Wessel von Loringhoven's 1959 Porsche 718 RSK.
Better known as just a Porsche RSK, it was a development of the Porsche 550A and because of the short wheelbase was named the RennSportKurz, or RSK.
Some of the RSKs were converted to single-seat Formula 2 Porsche 718s, which in 1961 became Formula 1 cars - later superseded by the Porsche 804.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Jaguar XK

Here are three photographs of XK Jaguars taken at the 6th Cheshire Cats' Trophy Meeting at Oulton Park in April 1987.
This is the 1951 Jaguar XK120 of Brian Arculus that took part in the JDC Production Jaguar Challenge Race at this meeting. The chassis number of this car is 660575.
This is another XK120, that of Tony Hildebrand who drove the car in the Gordon Russell Furniture Inter-Marque Championship Race.
This is a Jaguar XK140, which didn't take part in any of the races but is here waiting to take part in a track parade by various Jaguars.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

SS Jaguar 100

This car competed in the Brooklands & Goddard Trophy Race at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's Martin Redmond's 1935/38 SS Jaguar 100, driven in the race by Gordon Riseley. 198 examples of the SS100 were produced with a 2½ litre engine and 116 with a 3½ litre unit, and according to the programme of the event this car was one of the 3½ litre models. Originally founded as SS Cars Ltd, the 'Jaguar' was added with the introduction of the 100 model. In 1945 the 'SS' was dropped because of the obvious Nazi connotations.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Friday's Ferrari

Here's a rather special car I saw recently parked at the Holiday Inn Express at Salford Quays.
It's a Ferrari 458 Speciale - a car that Ferrari say is 'the most high performance Ferrari V8 ever'.
The colour scheme on this car is reminiscent of that used by the American Tony Parravano on his team of mainly Ferraris and Maseratis in the 1950s.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Maserati 300S

This is a photograph my brother took at the British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone in July 1956.
It was taken during practice and shows Stirling Moss at the wheel of the Maserati 300S with which he won the sports car race at that meeting. In those days it wasn't unusual for drivers taking part in the Grand Prix to take part in one or more of the support races that day. I've not been able to ascertain the chassis number of this car, but the most likely candidates seem to be 3055 and 3059.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Marcos GT Fastback

This car competed in the HSCC John Lelliott Post-Historic Road Sports Championship race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's Historic Car Races meeting at Oulton Park in September 1986.
It's David Chaney's 1963 Marcos GT Fastback. Eighteen of these cars were produced using Ford engines, and the programme of the Oulton Park event states that this car has a 1,650cc engine. The website of the Marcos Owners Club has details of all the Marcos models.