Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Kieft Climax

I photographed this car in the pit garage at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2006.
It's shown in the programme of the event as Alan Couper's 1959 Kieft Climax, with an engine capacity of 1098cc. I've not been able to find out much about this car, but it differs from photographs I've seen of all the other Kieft 1100 sports cars, which have a front grille like the one that I featured on 31 January 2016. I suspect the car above may be the one described in this H&H Auctioneers offering of 26 July 2006. If it is, then it's chassis #K321.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Sunbeam 3-litre

This car's pictured in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester approaching the start-line of the Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1990.
It's John Tattersall's 1925 Sunbeam 3-litre, except that the short entry in the programme seems to cast doubts about the engine capacity:

138     1925 Sunbeam 3-litre
            Reg: YN 7831  6 cylinder  3,500cc
            (John Tattersall, Burnley)

I've looked through all the pre-war Sunbeam cars and the nearest I can find to 3½ litre engines are the Sunbeam 25 of 1927 to 1932, which was 3618cc, and the Sunbeam 20 of 1931 to 1933 and the Sunbeam 25 of 1934 to 1935, which were both 3317cc. I suspect the figure in the programme was a misprint - the Sunbeam 3-litre actually has a capacity of 2916cc.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

McLaren M1B

Here's a car taking part in the HSCC Classic Racing Cars Race for the Retro Track and Air Trophy at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2004.
It's Chris Wilson at Foulstons chicane in his 1965/6 4.7 litre McLaren M1B. This car is chassis #30/09 which was put up for auction by H&H Auctioneers in 2013, and you can read what they had to say about it here. I've shown photographs of the McLaren M1B previously on 8 January 2015, 7 February 2016, 22 June 2016 and 7 December 2016.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Jaguar XJR-15

This was one of the display cars at the Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992.
It's a 1991 6 litre V12 Jaguar XJR-15, 53 of which were produced between 1990 and 1992. It was conceived by Tom Walkinshaw as a road-going version of the XJR-9 that won the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour race and built specifically to take part in the three-race Jaguar Sport Intercontinental Challenge series that took place as support races for the Grands Prix at Monaco, Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps in 1991. This particular car was driven by Derek Warwick who won the first race at Monaco, failed to finish at Silverstone and finished 14th and last at Spa-Francorchamps. The series was won by the German Armin Hahne with two fifth places then a win in the final race.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car took part in the Ron Flockhart Memorial Trophy race at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005.
It's Tony Smith's 1960 Ferrari 246 Dino, chassis #0788F, and it's the car in which Phil Hill won the last Formula One Grand Prix race to be won by a front-engined car. That was the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 1960 when the major British teams boycotted the race because it was run using the combined road and banked oval circuit which they deemed to be unsafe.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Toyota Aygo & Co-wheels Car Club

I'd walked past this car at various times over the last few weeks at Salford Quays and never really got round to finding out what the 'Co-wheels car club' was.
So a couple of weeks ago I took these photographs of the car and looked up the club on the Internet. It turns out that it's a club that you pay to join and have the use of a car that you have to pre-book for a specified period - by the hour or day. You pay a joining fee and agree a minimum £5 monthly spend, then pay for the period of hire plus a mileage charge. You don't have to pay for any petrol you may have to put in the car whilst you're using it, this is covered by the mileage charge. I've not costed it out to see if it's cheaper than hiring a vehicle the traditional way, but if you don't have a car and don't have the need to use one all that frequently I would imagine that it's much less cheaper than buying one.

Co-wheels car club - check it out.

This car, by the way, is a Toyota Aygo Second Generation, and the '66' on the number plate indicates that it was first registered between 1 September 2016 and 28 February 2017.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Lola Mk1

I took this photograph at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2003 where this car was entered in the BRDC Historic Sports Car Championship race.
It's Peter Austin's 1960 Lola Mk1. These cars were produced by Lola Cars from 1958 to 1962, initially with a 1100cc Coventry Climax FWA engine. The programme of the event shows that this one has an engine of 1490cc and it appears to be chassis #BR-19. On 7 July 2015 I showed a couple of photographs of the Lola Mk1 of Brian Ashby at the Aston Martin Owners Club's meeting at Oulton Park in September 1986.