Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Here are photographs I took of of four of the Bentleys at the Footman James Classic Car Show at EventCity, Manchester in September 2017.
This is a 1955 Bentley R-Type, and a note attached to the car said:
'Standard Steel saloon with automatic gearbox
Engine 4.566cc, 6 cylinders in line, number B162 Z
Registration number KWM 289
Registered January 1955 and sold by Rolls-Royce agents Watson's of Liverpool to Mr A Letheren of Liverpool.
Second owner was Mr W E McLelland of Ightham Kent who bought the car on 6th August 1958.
The ownership is then unknown until 1994 when a Mr G Heinfeld in Arizona USA sold it to Mr J Lindahl of Minnesota. Mr Lindahl spent a considerable amount of money having the car restored and repainted, and although he died in 2000 his widow kept the car until August 2007 when I purchased it.
I bought the car on the internet without actually having seen it in reality, although I had dozens of emails and phone calls with the seller and many photographs sent. I have had a reasonable amount of mechanical work done to make it roadworthy for a MOT, and registered it with its original number as delivered new.'

This is a 1934 Bentley 3½ litre Sports Saloon, chassis number B42AH and registration number VG 6542. A note attached to this one said:
'This handsome car, which started life as a Mann Egerton Trials car (demonstrator) has had at least seven owners and obviously been used and enjoyed. It now has a 4¼ litre engine, reputedly factory-fitted, and still starts, stops and drives extremely well. The body style by one of the lesser known coach builders, Mann Egerton is much admired, especially by the ladies. Less commendable, the sliding roof is not exactly water tight and having to open the boot to gain access to the petrol filler is decidedly inconvenient! The passenger compartment is best described as compact, with the occupants having a generous degree of togetherness.
The current owners are currently undertaking a gentle and sympathetic "rolling restoration", whilst thoroughly enjoying the car's qualities in the meantime. It is likely that the present colour scheme and white sidewall tyres will be retained.
Club members may recall that the immediate past owner of B42AH was the internationally renowned artist, the late Peter Miller, whose skill at painting pictures of our cars was second to none and are the proud owners of his works.'

This is a 1952 Bentley R-Type with body be Freestone & Webb. A note on the car says:
'Prior to the launch of the new Bentley R-Type in 1952, the first 10 rolling chassis to be built at Crewe were sent to the top UK Coachbuilders of the day. The idea being to have a number of different bespoke "coach built" cars available on display at the 1952 Earls Court International Motor Show to complement the "standard steel" Bentley R-Type saloons at the model's launch. One of two chassis delivered to Coachbuilders Freestone and Webb of London, this chassis is fitted with flamboyant and elegant coachwork known as an "Empress".
The car is unique and was built specifically for display at the 1952 Motor Show to showcase the skills of the Company's craftsmen, taking several months to complete prior to the show. The bodywork is hand formed aluminium over an Ash (timber) frame, fitted with steel front wings and bonnet. It has all the luxury its "super rich" owner would expect, including drinks cabinet (driver's door) together with a colour coded fitted picnic set (passenger door), 4 picnic tables (complete with cup holders!), vanity mirrors, cigar lighters, heated rear window, a transistor radio, and a matching set of luggage in the boot. Making it not surprisingly, one of the most expensive cars available at the show, costing an "eye-watering" £6,500.
To put that in perspective the average working wage in 1952 was about £5 per week, or £250 a year! At the show you could have bought an Aston Martin DB2 at £2,500, together with a Jaguar XK120 at £1,200, and a Morris Minor at £600. THEN you could have gone out and bought a large detached house with the other £2,300, all for the price of this car!
It has a wonderful history, being in continuous use for the majority of its 64 year life, with 2 long term owners. The first being the West German Embassy in London (1953-1979), where on diplomatic plates 159D150 it would have been frequently seen around Whitehall, the various London Embassies, and no doubt on occasion Downing Street. The second was a Dr L Shiers (1979-2006), an eminent Orthopaedic Surgeon (who invented the artificial knee joint back in the early 1950's), and had his practice in Harley Street, London.
The car came with all its handbooks, tools, and a complete service history! It has never been restored just maintained, looked after and repaired as required, primarily by the two careful long term owners.
It's a wonderful old car to own, that wears its patina and age with pride!

This Bentley didn't display any information, and I've not been able to find out much about it, only that it's a 1935 car. It seems to be one of the Derby-built 3½ litre cars and apparently once belonged to the celebrated railway photographer Ivo Peters..

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Jaguar R1

This car was part of a display at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 2000 covering 50 years of Grand Prix racing.
It's the 2000 Jaguar R1 with a 3 litre V10 Ford Cosworth engine. Ford had taken over the Stewart Racing Team after the 1999 season and the resulting cars were badged as Jaguars, Johnny Herbert being retained as one of the drivers and teamed with Eddie Irvine. The car didn't have much success, but the team persevered for the next four seasons without any great improvement and were taken over by the Red Bull Racing Team in 2005.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Alfa Romeo RLSS

This car is approaching Lodge Corner in a handicap race at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in June 1982.
It's David Black's 1924 Alfa Romeo RLSS, a car that was produced by Alfa Romeo from 1922 to 1927. It had an in-line 6 cylinder engine with a capacity of 2,996cc.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Rolls Royce 20

This car is pictured in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester coming up to the start line for the LAC's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in May 1987.
It's a 1926 Rolls Royce 20 with a six cylinder in-line 3,127cc engine, and the programme of the event said this about it:

128     1926 Rolls Royce 20,
            Reg: OJ 9371  6 cylinder  20hp
            (William Parkinson, Atherton)
The Twenty was built to the same high standard as
the Phantom, but intended for the owner/driver.
Available in chassis form for a bargain £1,100.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Stanguellini FJ

I took this photograph at the HGPCA's International Historic Grand Prix meeting at Donington Park in May 2004.
The car didn't compete in any of the races at the meeting - there were none for which it was eligible - but it's a Stanguellini Formula Junior car from the late 1950s. Formula Junior was conceived in 1958 as a class of racing which would form a relatively inexpensive entry level class for drivers to take their first steps to a racing career. The engine, transmission and brakes of the car had to be sourced from production cars with a 1,000cc limit on cars weighing 360kg and 1,100cc for 400kg cars. Italian cars mostly using the Fiat 1,100cc engine were the most successful in the first two years as the British manufacturers still concentrated on the 500cc Formula 3 series. Cooper, Lotus and others soon started to produce mid-engined Formula Junior cars though, and by 1960 British cars were picking up most of the victories.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday's Ferrari

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 1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso of Paul Osborn, chassis #5031GT, with the 3 litre V12 engine used by all the Ferrari 250 range. The programme of the event lists the drivers of this car as Tony Dron and Paul Osborn, but the record says the driver was Terry Hoyle.

On 22 November 2013 I showed a photograph of this car at the 1996 Coys meeting at Silverstone.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

De Tomaso Mangusta

This was one of the competitors in the Historic Road Sports Championship race at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2017.
It's the 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta of Mike Eagles
The Mangusta was produced by the Italian manufacturer De Tomaso from 1967 to 1971, initially with a Ford V8 engine of 4,728cc and later with the larger 4,949cc unit. According to the programme of the event this car has a 5,500cc engine.