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Friday, 25 May 2018

Friday's Ferrari

One of the cars I photographed at the Ferrari Racing Days meeting at Silverstone in September 2017.
It's a 2011 Ferrari California, with a 4,297cc V8 engine - the first front-engined Ferrari to have a V8 engine.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Alfa Romeo 158

This car took part in two rounds of the Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge race series at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
The car is described in the programme of the event as a 1939 Alfa Romeo 158, Alfa Romeo cars from 1933 to 1939 being eligible for this series as the Alfa Romeo racing team in those years was run by Scuderia Ferrari. The straight-8 1½ litre supercharged car is better known, of course, for taking Giuseppe Farina to the first Drivers World Championship in 1950. This car belonged to Carlo Vögele who was named alongside Willie Green in the programme as driver for both races.
The car is seen here leaving the pits during a practice session, and I presume the driver is Carlo Vögele as I have a photograph of him in a black helmet driving a Maserati Tipo 61 at this same meeting.
This photograph was taken at Redgate corner during the first of the two races in which it featured, and because the driver's not wearing a black helmet I assume it's Willie Green.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Hans Herrmann

I took this photograph on practice day for the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1959.
On the left is Hans Herrmann who drove in Grand Prix races from 1953 to 1969 for a variety of teams, including Mercedes-Benz, Maserati and Porsche, several private entrants, and in cars ranging from a Veritas Meteor to a Lotus 59B. I think that the gentleman on the right could be Guglielmo Dei, founder of the Scuderia Centro Sud, for whom Hans Herrmann drove a Maserati-engined Cooper T51 in this race. He qualified in nineteenth position on the grid alongside his team-mate Fritz d'Orey who drove a Maserati 250F. Hans Herrmann retired with gearbox problems after 21 laps of the race.

Hans Herrmann's best season in Formula One was 1954 when he had 3rd and 4th place finishes in the Swiss and Italian Grands Prix respectively, but he is probably better known for his efforts with the Porsche team at Le Mans between 1953 and 1970, gaining four class wins, and an overall victory with Richard Attwood in a Porsche 917K in 1970 - after which he announced his retirement from motor racing.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Scrutineering Bay

The first thing competitors have to do when they arrive at a circuit is to take their car to the scrutineering bay for it to be checked to ensure that it complies with all the relevant regulations and is in a safe condition to take part in the racing. I took this photograph at the scrutineering bay at Oulton Park at the Gold Cup meeting in August 2002.
Car number 28 (actually number 24 in the programme of the event) is the 1955 Jaguar XK140 of Trevor Groom, chassis number 804394. This car has the straight-6 DOHC 3,442cc XK6 engine whereas the car next to it, the 1951 Jaguar XK120 of Richard Hackett, has the larger 3,781cc version of that engine. The red car behind is the 1,995cc 1977 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo of Gordon Russell, and the car number 6 in the background waiting its turn to be checked is the 7,206cc Chrysler V8-engined 1970 Jensen Interceptor of John Gadbury.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Cooper T51

This car competed in the HGPCA Race for Pre-1966 Grand Prix Cars at the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association's International Historic Grand Prix meeting at Donington Park in May 2004. 
It's John Clark's 2½ litre Climax-engined 1959 Cooper T51. The T51 was the car with which Jack Brabham won his first World Championship in 1959, and on 20 May 2014 I showed photographs of Jack Brabham in a Cooper T51 at Silverstone in 1993.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Gordini 23S

This was one of the entrants in the 1 hour long RAC Woodcote Trophy for Pre 1956 Sports Cars race at the Silverstone Classic meeting in July 2010.
It's the 1949 Gordini 23S driven in the race by Eddie McGuire and Nick Wigley and has a 2,262cc straight-6 engine.

On 1 November 2015 I showed photographs of this car at Donington Park in 2004.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Kieft CK52

This car competed in the 500cc Formula 3 Class in the AMOC Miller Oils Historic Formula Junior Championship race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 2002.
It's Rod Delves' 1952 Kieft CK52 Formula 3 car, with a 498cc Manx Norton engine. This Formula started soon after the Second World War as an inexpensive way to go motor racing with a simple chassis powered by a 500cc motor cycle engine, typically Norton or JAP. It produced a whole range of home-made 'Specials' and also limited production runs by the likes of Cyril Kieft and Charles & John Cooper - the latter going on to greater things with their Formula 1 cars. There's a 500 Owners Association for enthusiasts and owners of these cars.

I've shown photographs of the Kieft F3 car previously, on 16 February 2016, 23 March 2016, 27 June 2016 and 25 October 2017.