Friday, 28 April 2017

Ferrari 250 GT TdF

This car competed in the Coys of Kensington Ferrari GT Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1997.
It's the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta TdF of Edmond Pery, and is the 1 louvre model. It's chassis #0931GT, although the website shows it to have been wearing number 48 at this meeting - but number 48 at Silverstone was the Ferrari 250 GTO of Anthony Wang. I've shown photographs of the 250 GT TdF several times previously, which you can see if you type 'TdF' into the search box at the top right of the screen.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Atkinson PD746

I took this photograph in Heaton Park, Manchester at the Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally in September 1996.
It's the 1955 Atkinson PD746 of the Greater Manchester Transport Museum collection, formerly operated by the SHMD Joint Board (Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield). It entered service in 1955 and was withdrawn in 1969, and is apparently the only double-deck bus ever produced by Atkinson for the UK market. When I started work in Manchester in 1960 I probably sometimes travelled on this vehicle, as I caught the bus from Denton on a service jointly operated by SHMD and Manchester Corporation Transport buses.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Alfa Romeo 8C-35

Here are some photographs I took when I visited the Donington Park museum in October 1989.
It's a 1936 Alfa Romeo 8C-35, an ex-Scuderia Ferrari car, chassis #50013, that was owned by the late Dennis Poore from just after the war until he died in 1987. He competed regularly, and successfully, in the car in this green livery until 1955, after which it was put in storage until it was sold after his death. 
The car then spent a few years in the Donington Park museum, but was subsequently sold to Peter Giddings who had the car fully restored in its original Scuderia Ferrari guise - and painted red, of course.
On 27 February 2016 I showed photographs I'd taken at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in 1997 of an Alfa Romeo 8C-35, but I don't know if it's the same car.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lola-Aston Martin T70

This car took part in the HSCC Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship race at the HSCC's Spring Historic Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 1987.
It's a 1967 Lola-Aston Martin T70, one of two cars built to compete in the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hour race, although both cars retired very early in that race. The car was entered in the Oulton Park race by Peter Millward and driven by Mike Wilde.
Here's Mike Wilde at Old Hall Corner during the morning practice session, followed by the 1969 McLaren M8C of Ted Williams.

On 6 October 2015 I showed a photograph of a Lola-Aston Martin T70 at the 1996 Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone, but I don't know if it's the same car as this one, or the sister car.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sentinel Steam Wagon

When I went to the Coys International Historic Festival meetings at Silverstone in the 1990s there was always a sprinkling of vintage commercial vehicles to be seen in the paddock, and here's one that was there in July 1995.
It's a 1934 Sentinel S4 Steam Wagon, no. 9016, made by Sentinel Waggon Works (1920) Ltd of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Commercial steam vehicles were popular in the Great Britain from the later years of the 19th century until the mid-1930s though a few continued to be used until the 1960s. I remember seeing one in the centre of Liverpool on a couple of occasions in the 1950s when on my way to race meetings at Aintree.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

PM Poggi FJ

This car competed in the race for Front-engined Formula Junior Racing Cars at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in May 2011.
It's the 1959 PM Poggi of Michael Waller, and the only information I have on this car is that it's powered by a 1098cc Fiat engine.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

TVR Tuscan

This car took part in the Cheshire Cats' Trophy Race, which was for roadgoing production sportscars, at the Jaguar Drivers' Club's Cheshire Cats' Trophy Meeting at Oulton Park in April 1987.
It's Paul Weldon's 1967 TVR Tuscan. The Tuscan, first produced in 1967, was based on the Grantura and the early cars were powered by a 289 cu in (4.7 litre) Ford V8 engine. Later cars had a 4.9 litre Ford V8 engine, but few vehicles were sold with the V8 engines and in 1969 the Tuscan was given a 3 litre V6 Ford engine. Paul Weldon's car has the early 4.7 litre engine.