Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Sunbeam 12/16

I took this photograph at the Northern Classic Car Show at G-Mex, Manchester in August 1989.
It's a 1913 Sunbeam 12/16, but there's no mention of it in the brochure of the event. This is the only information I have been able to find about the car.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Aston Martin DB3S

I photographed this car at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1993 waiting in the paddock to go onto the track to take part in a practice session.
It's Hubert Fabri's 3-litre straight-6 1955 Aston Martin DB3S. Starting in 1953, ten cars were built for the works Aston Martin team and growing demand for a production version caused Aston Martin to build a series of 'customer' cars starting in 1955. OXE 472 was one of three customer cars delivered to Australian Tony Gaze's Kangaroo Stable in that year and is chassis DB3S/102 (the other two were DB3S/103 & DB3S/104 and were registered as OXE 473 & OXE 474). DB3S/104 was sold by Sotheby's in 2009 and here is their description of Lot 562 at that auction.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Frazer Nash High Speed

I took this photograph at Mc Lean's corner during the Invited Pre-1961 Sports & GT Cars Race at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in May 2011.
It's Ned Spieker in his 1948 Frazer Nash High Speed leading the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 of James Campbell. The Frazer Nash, which is chassis 421/100/004, has a 2-litre Bristol engine and was originally delivered to a Frantisek Dobry of Czechoslovakia in December 1948. After Harold Adlington and Norman Culpan finished in third place at the 1949 Le Mans 24 Hour race in Frazer Nash High Speed chassis 421/100/008 subsequent cars were known as Frazer Nash Le Mans models.

I showed a photograph of James Campbell's Aston Martin DB2/4 on 3 October 2015.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Jaguar D-Type

This is a photograph I took of a car that competed in the sports car race at the Aintree 200 meeting in April 1960.
It's Mike Salmon's 1955 Jaguar D-Type, chassis #XKD504, originally a Jaguar works car but later campaigned by Ecurie Ecosse. Sotheby's related the history of XKD504 when it was offered for auction in September 2013.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Austin Healey

This photograph was taken at the HSCC's Summer Race Meeting at Oulton Park in July 1992 and shows three Austin Healeys that took part in the HSCC Classic Sports Car Championship race at that event.
The car on the left is the 1961 Austin Healey 3000 of David Summerson, a car that was produced between 1959 and 1967 with a straight-six 2,912cc engine, although the programme says this car had a capacity of 2,996cc. The other two cars are both examples of the Austin Healey 100/6, the predecessor of the 3000 and produced from 1956 to 1959. It also had a straight-six engine with a capacity of 2,639cc. The middle car is the 1958 car of Rob Wilson, a car that the programme says has an engine of 2,962cc, and the car on the right is Eddie Falkous' 1957 model which has a 2,996cc engine according to the programme.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday's Ferrari

Saw this car recently being refuelled at a local filling station.
It's a 4.3 litre V8 Ferrari F430, a car produced between 2004 and 2009.
The '55' on the number plate suggests that it was first registered between 1 September 2005 and 28 February 2006.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Maserati Birdcage

Three Maserati 'Birdcage' cars took part in the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association Sports Car Race at the Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992, one 2-litre T60 model and two of the 3-litre T61's. All three are pictured below.
The car above and below is Nick Mason's 2-litre 1959 Maserati T60 and is chassis #2466.

This is Lindsay Owen-Jones' 3-litre 1960 Maserati T61. chassis #2458.

Above and below is Jeffrey Pattinson's 3-litre 1961 Maserati T61, chassis #2453.

The programme of the event said this about the 'Birdcage' Maseratis:

'Maserati's final fling on the international stage was with their legendary 'Birdcage' models, so named because of the multitude of small tubes which made up their chassis. They proved faster than anything else in 1960 but also more fragile, though the quasi-works Camoradi team managed to win the gruelling 1000km at the Nürburgring that year and again in 1961.
The car entered here by Lindsay Owen-Jones is an ex-Camoradi T61, used once or twice by Stirling Moss (but not in his Nürburgring victory). Nick Mason's is a 2-litre version, a T60 rather than a 2.9-litre T61, originally campaigned by Scuderia Serenissima.'