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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Packard

This car took part in the Lancashire Automobile Club's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1990 and is seen here in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester before the start.
It's not listed in the programme of the event, but it's a 1929 Packard with an engine of 5.2 litres, which would appear to make it a Packard 8 with an inline 8-cylinder engine.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Here's one of the cars that took part in the 45 minute long Intermarque Championship race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's meeting at Oulton Park in May 2015.
It's the 3½ litre V8 Ferrari F355 Challenge driven in the race by Vance Kearney and Lee Moulden.
Here's the car at Knickerbrook during the race.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mercedes Benz W154

I took this photograph at the Donington Park Museum in May 1989.
It's a 1939 Mercedes Benz W154, sometimes known as a W163 though it's actually a 1938 W154 with the M154 engine replaced by the 1939 M163 unit.

During the Second World War Mercedes Benz had stored its racing cars in and around the factory at Unterturkheim, but later in the war when the allied bombing became more of a threat many of the cars were taken to other, less targeted places for safety. They were usually stored in pairs and this car, chassis W154/10, together with W154/9, was walled up in the workshops of Czech pre-war racing driver Antonin Vitvar in Stará Paka. After the war W154/9 ended up in the USA and W154/10 was handed over to the National Technical Museum of Prague. Many years later the car was sent to Tom Wheatcroft's workshops at Donington Park for restoration and then had a period on loan at the Museum.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Triumph TR2

I photographed this car at a small motoring meet at the top of Werneth Low in Hyde in July 1991.
It's a 1954 Triumph TR2, a car which replaced the dated Triumph Roadster and was powered by the 4-cylinder inline 1,991cc engine from the Standard Vanguard. It vied with the MGA and Austin Healey 100 for the sports car market in the mid-1950s.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Maserati A6GCM

This car competed 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 John May's 1951 Maserati A6GCM, a car designed by Alberto Massimino and Vittorio Bellentani with a 6-cylinder in line 2-litre engine for Formula 2 racing. According to the programme of the event John May's car had an engine capacity of 1,985cc, and it looks as if it is chassis 2033.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Tatra Type 11

This car competed in one of the handicap races at the VSCC's Hawthorn Memorial Trophies Race Meeting at Oulton Park in July 2015.
It's Duncan Arthurs' 1925 Tatra Type 11 Rennwagen, produced by Tatra in Kopřivnice in what was then Czechoslovakia and is now the Czech Republic.
The car was designed by Hans Ledwinka and has a 1,056cc 2-cylinder air-cooled engine.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Aston Martin DB3S Coupe

This is a photograph I remember taking at Aintree in the late 1950s or early 1960s, but I can't remember which meeting it was.
It's an Aston Martin DB3S Coupe, and the only thing I can remember about it is that it was driven by Jean Bloxam that day. An internet search has shown the car to be chassis number DB3S/120, which was previously the personal road car of David Brown, then the owner of Aston Martin (and the 'DB' in the Aston Martins of that period), and it seems most likely that my photograph was taken in 1959.