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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Lamborghini Miura

This was one of the cars displayed by the Lamborghini Owners Club at the Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992.
It's a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400S, powered by a 3,929cc V12 engine. According to the Lamborghini Registry the car was registered in London on 9 August 1968 and was the 241st Miura produced, the chassis number being 3670 and the engine number 2205.

On 11 April 2016 I showed a photograph of two Miuras at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in 1996.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car took part in the Aston Martin GT Challenge race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's meeting at Oulton Park in May 2017. They used to call this an Intermarque race, but it's now apparently called 'Multimarque'.
It's the 2000 Ferrari 360 driven in the 50 minute race by Matthew Wilton and John Cowen. There were two versions of the Ferrari 360, the Modena and the Challenge, as well as a Spider version, each with a 3.6 litre V8 engine. It doesn't say in the programme of the event which version this is, but presumably it's the Challenge.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Stanley Steamer

This was one of the Concours D'Elegance entrants at the VSCC's Boulogne and Hawthorn Trophies Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 2005.
It's Mark Clark's 20hp 1907 Stanley Steamer H5 but, apart from a list of the Concours entrants, there's no mention of it in the programme of the meeting.
I came across the car being driven round the paddock a couple of times during the day.
The chassis number is 3708, and it's listed here in the Stanley Register Online. In September 2007 it took part in an 40 mile run of Edwardian cars from Donington Park, and on 17 March 2016 I showed a photograph that I took in the paddock on that occasion.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Kurtis 500S

This car took part in the HGPCA Race for Pre-1959 Drum-Braked Sports Cars at the HGPCA's Donington International Historic Grand Prix meeting in May 2004.
It's Christopher Keen's 1954 Kurtis 500S, shown in the programme of the event as having a 283 cu in (4.6 litres), presumably Offenhauser, engine.
Here's the car in the middle of the pack approaching the Old Hairpin during the race.

On 23 February 2016 I showed photographs of this car during a VSCC meeting at Oulton Park in June 2006.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

HWM Jaguar

This car was driven by Noel Cunningham-Reid in the sports car race at the British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone in July 1956.
It's one of the two HWM Jaguars built by George Abecassis and John Heath in 1955, XPE 2, chassis #025 being George's car and John Heath's was given the number HWM 1. After John Heath's fatal accident in the 1956 Mille Miglia George Abecassis gave up racing and the car was campaigned for the rest of that season, and the next two years by Noel Cunningham-Reid, Peter Blond and Roy Bloxham.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Mercedes Benz 300SL

I saw this car recently in Hyde outside a Garage/MoT Test Centre.
When people mention the Mercedes Benz 300SL I immediately think of the Gullwing W198 model produced between 1954 and 1963 with the straight-6 2,996cc M198 engine. This, though, is the R107/SL model that Mercedes Benz made from 1985 and 1989 and has the straight-6 2,962cc M103 engine.
The registration number starts with 'F' and was therefore originally issued to a car first registered between 1 August 1967 and 31 July 1968.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pontiac Firebird

The Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2004 included the HSCC 70's Roadsports Championship Race for the Wespray Castings Trophy, and the competitors included this car.
This is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird at Foulstons (now Britten's) chicane during the race, the entrant and driver being Robin Gray according to the programme of the event, although this Pontiac Owners Club website says that the owner was Neville Day. The car is shown in the programme as having a 6,600cc engine, so it's the Pontiac 400 cu in V8 unit.