I photographed this car in the paddock at the Vintage Sports Car Club's Boulogne and Hawthorn Trophies Race Meeting at Oulton Park in June 2006.
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Saturday, 17 February 2018
I photographed this car in the paddock at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's Hubert Fabri's 1928 2 litre Straight-8 supercharged Bugatti T35C, chassis #4871. I always have trouble remembering the difference between the different types of pre-war Bugattis and I came across this list on an 8w.forix.com site that is a great help:
The T35C was a supercharged 2-litre model equipped with a Roots compressor to give some 125 bhp. Here is a list of the various Bugatti variants:
The original 1924 model: Type 35: 60*88 mm = 1991cc
The 1925-'26 model: Type 35: 52*88 mm = 1495cc
The voiturette model: Type 35: 51.3*66 mm = 1091cc
The detuned production model, the "Tecla": Type 35A: 60*88 mm = 1991cc
The long stroke 2.3 litre 'Targa Florio' model: Type 35T: 60*100 mm = 2262cc
The supercharged variant of the 35T model: Type 35B: 60*100 mm = 2262cc supercharged
The 2-litre supercharged model: Type 35C: 60*88 mm = 1991cc supercharged
The 4-cylinder engine model: Type 37: 69*100 mm = 1496cc 4 cylinder
The supercharged variant of 4-cylinder T37: Type 37A: 69*100 mm = 1496cc supercharged
The short-stroke model: Type 39: 60*66 mm = 1493cc
The supercharged variant of T39: Type 39A: 60*66 mm = 1493cc supercharged
The d.o.c. 2 valves/cyl model: Type 51: 60*88 mm = 1991cc supercharged
The long-stroke variant of the d.o.c. T51: Type 51-1: 60*100 mm = 2262cc supercharged
The short-stroke variant of the d.o.c. T51: Type 51A: 60*66 mm = 1493cc supercharged
(All with 8-cylinder engines unless noted otherwise)
On 8 June 2017 I showed a photograph of this car at the Silverstone Historic Tribute meeting in 2004.
Friday, 16 February 2018
This car took part in the Coys of Kensington Ferrari GT Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1997.
It's the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO of Peter Sachs, chassis #4091GT. Some Ferrari 250 GTOs had their original engines replaced by 4 litre V12 units, but this car still has the 2,953cc V12 engine. Peter Sachs acquired the car in 1981 and has competed regularly with it both in the USA and in Europe and you can read the history of the car here.
Thursday, 15 February 2018
I photographed this car during the Friday practice day for the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1962.
This is Jo Bonnier in the paddock in his 1962 Flat-eight air cooled 1½ litre Porsche 804 just about to go out on track during a practice session. He qualified in seventh place on the grid but retired from the race on lap 27 with a broken differential. Jo Bonnier didn't manage a top three finish with the car in 1962, but his team mate Dan Gurney won the French Grand Prix and finished third in the German Grand Prix.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
This car competed in the Historic Motor Racing News Gentlemen Drivers GT and Sports Endurance Race at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2005.
It's a 1956 Aston Martin DB3S, driven in the 90 minute long race by David Bennett and Ted Rollason. It's the last of the works cars, chassis #DB3S/10, and has the usual 2,992cc straight-six Lagonda engine. After being raced by the Aston Martin Team in 1956 and 1957 it passed into the hands of John Dalton for two years, then had various owners including Tony Smith, manager of Pink Floyd and other bands.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
This car took part in a 10 Lap Scratch Race for 1950s Sports Racing Cars at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in May 2001.
It's Nick Wigley's 1953 Tojeiro Bristol, with a 1,971cc straight-6 engine derived from the pre-war BMW 328. This is the car that inspired the AC Ace Bristol, which in turn led to the Ford V8-engined AC Cobra.
On 15 August 2016 I showed a photograph of this car at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in 2002.
Monday, 12 February 2018
This car took part in the Classic & Sportscar Pre '68 GP and Tasman Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in August 1996.
It's the 3 litre V12 1967 BRM P133 of Ean Pugh - at least that's what it says in the programme of the event. The P133 was produced in Bourne by BRM following the design of Len Terry's P126 which was built by his own Transatlantic Automotive Consultants company. There is some suggestion that the car pictured above is actually a P126. Only two examples of the P133 were built, the second of which was written off in an accident at the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix by Pedro Rodriguez. The remaining P133 was driven in the 1968 season by Pedro Rodriguez, and by Jackie Oliver in the first part of the 1969 season.