Saturday, 25 March 2017

Gordini T17S

I've shown previously, on 16 June 2016, photographs of 2 OSCA sports cars that took part in the Formula 2 race at the British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone in July 1956, Here's another of the cars that took part in that race - once again photographed by my brother.
It's a Gordini T17S, and was driven in the race by André Pilette who had driven the car in the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hour race partnered by fellow Belgian Mme Gilberte Thirion.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Today's car competed in the Shell Historic Ferrari/Maserati Challenge races at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's the 1964 Ferrari 250LM which says was at that time jointly owned by Andre Lara Resende and Frederico della Noce, and was driven on that day by Frederico della Noce. The programme of the event, however, says that it was due to be driven by Andre Lara Resende. The car is serial number 5899.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


This car took part in the Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1991 and is pictured here before the start of the run in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester.
It's a 1908 Buick 5 Tourer, and the programme of the event had this to say about it:

18     1908 Buick 5 Tourer
         Reg: DS 8447   4 cylinder   40hp
         (Eric Bond, Newton-le-Willows)
Imported from America in 1989, this model
is believed to be the largest Edwardian Buick
manufactured. It has inboard and outboard
brakes on the rear wheels only.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lola T332

This Formula 5000 car competed in the Derek Bell Trophy race at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2008.
The event featured a celebration of 50 years of Lola racing cars with a display and a track parade of various Lola cars, and here's the T332 at Hilltop approaching Knickerbrook during the parade.....
.....and here's Frank Lyons rounding Lodge Corner during the Derek Bell Trophy race, There's a website that records details of all Lola T332s produced, but I can't identify this car from that list.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Maserati 4CLT

A note in the programme for the 1998 event says:

'The sensational highlight of this year's Coys International Historic Festival Presented by Chrysler is undoubtedly the re-creation of the 1948 British Grand Prix grid. This was by far the most important race held in Britain since the War but also the first ever Formula 1 race at Silverstone. History was being made and, this weekend, thanks to a great deal of hard work and research, it will be re-created with perhaps as many as 17 of the original 26 cars that were present that October day.
Where the actual car no longer exists, or is not available, an admirable substitute of the same model has been sourced, with the exception of the sole Alfa Romeo. Each car will carry the same number it was given for the 1948 race, and perhaps the most emotive of all will be the number 27 Maserati. Not only is this the car that raced in 1948, but it will have in its cockpit the same driver who drove it 50 years ago: Roy Salvadori.'

The cars were on display in the paddock at times during the meeting (several of them were competing in races at the event) and here's one of the photographs I took of two of the cars.
They are both Maserati 4CLTs, numbered 18 and 19 in the 1948 race. The programme says this about them:

18 Maserati 4CLT
Although this is a Scuderia Ambrosiana 4CLT, it is not actually the car driven to victory here in 1948 by Luigi Villoresi. But it was at Silverstone that day, a sister car to the winner, entered as No. 28 for Leslie Brooke. Raced more recently by Peter Hannan it is now owned by great Maserati enthusiast and, of course 1995 Global GT Champion, Thomas Bscher, who has retired it from racing but will drive it this weekend.

19 Maserati 4CLT
Again a substitute car, this time to the one entered for "B.Bira", believed to be the sister Squadra Achille Varzi car raced by Fangio. Owned by Jean Louis Duret from France.

Monday, 20 March 2017


The VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in May 2001 featured the return of Auto Union C- and D-types to the circuit where they had appeared in 1937 and 1938, winning on both occasions. As well as those two cars there was a selection of other cars and motorcycles from the Audi stable, and three of the motorcycles are pictured below.
Above and below are two examples of the NSU Rennmax with which Werner Haas and Reg Armstrong finished first and second in the 250cc class in the 1953 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.

This one is a 1929 DKW Supersport 500

Sunday, 19 March 2017


Photographs I took of some of the Austins at the Footman James Classic Car Show Manchester at EventCity in September 2016.
1974 Austin Allegro 1100 DL

This is a 1937 Austin, and I think it's an Austin 12