Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Veritas Meteor

This car was one of the entrants in the Pre 1952 Grand Prix Cars race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 2000.
It's Michael Rudnig's 1,988cc straight-6 1950 Veritas Meteor F2 car that was driven in the race by Stanley Mann (Michael Rudnig drove Stanley Mann's Bentley Jackson special 'Old Mother Gun' - the car behind the Veritas here - in that race). The Veritas Meteor wasn't very successful in the 1950s, the best performances being by Karl Kling in his own Veritas Meteor Streamliner.

On 3 November 2015 I showed a photograph of Michael Rudnig's car that I took at Silverstone in 1997.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Lola Mk1 Prototype

This car took part in the 1950s Drum-Braked Sports Racing Cars race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005.
It's the 1958 Lola Mk1 Prototype of Richard Wills which had recently been restored by Hall & Hall. Originally powered by a Coventry Climax 4-cylinder 1,098cc FWA engine, the programme at this Donington Park event showed its engine then to have a capacity of 1,220cc.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Two Brabhams

These two cars competed in the HSCC Classic Racing Cars Championship Race at the HSCC's Historic Race Meeting at Oulton Park in June 2001.
This is David Newton's 1,498cc 1965 Brabham BT14. The BT14 was intended for Formula Libre racing and 10 examples of the car were produced in 1965/66. I've seen that this car is claimed to be chassis #FL-9-65, but that seems unlikely looking at the recorded history of that car.
This car is the 1,600cc 1965 Brabham BT16 of Cliff Giddens, a car intended for Formula 2 racing, and appears to be chassis #F2-7-65.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Jaguar XK220

This car did not compete in any of the races, but was in the paddock at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1999.
It's a Jaguar XJ220, a car that was developed for Group C racing by JaguarSport Ltd in conjunction with Tom Walkinshaw Racing in the 1990s. This particular car is one of those prepared by Don Law Racing. The production versions of the XJ220 were powered by a 3½ litre turbocharged V6 engine.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday's Ferrari

The SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004 included a Ferrari display and also a track demonstration by various Ferrari Corse Clienti members. This car formed part of the display in the paddock and was also taken on several laps of the circuit by Ferrari test driver Andrea Bertolini.
It's the 3-litre V10 Ferrari F2002, one of the most successful Grand Prix cars of all time, and which was driven in the 2002 season by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Of the 17 races in the 2002 season, Michael Schumacher won 11, with 5 second places and a third place. Rubens Barrichello won 4 races, with 5 second places and a third. The other two races were won by Ralf Schumacher in a Williams and David Coulthard in a McLaren.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Classic Car Show Manchester

The 2017 Classic Car Show Manchester is due to be held at EventCity this coming weekend, and here are a few photographs taken at last year's show.
1957 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
1956 Citroën Traction Avant
1981 Delorean DMC-12
1968 Morris Minor 1000
1957 Heinkel Kabine Microcar
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

All the photographs I took that day are in this Flickr album.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Cooper Bristol

The Cooper Bristol was the car with which 1958 World Champion Mike Hawthorn made his name in the 1952 season, and which alongside HWM and Connaught carried the British flag in the 1952 and 1953 seasons when the World Championship was run to Formula 2 regulations. The engines were Bristol-built derivatives of the 1,971cc BMW 328's straight-6 engines that powered all Bristol cars until 1961. Ten examples of the Cooper Bristol were entered in the Twelve Lap Scratch Race for Post War Racing Cars at the VSCC's meeting at Oulton Park in August 1996, and three of those cars are pictured below.
This is the 1952 model of Proby Cautley, a Mark I car. The Mark I car was later designated Type 20.

This is the 1953 car of Roderick MacPherson, a Mark II car, later called a Type 23.

This car shown at Lodge Corner during the race is the 1952 T20 Mark I car of Spencer Flack.

On 17 July 2016 I showed a photograph of four Cooper Bristols at Silverstone in 1996 which included two of the cars shown above.