Thursday, 14 December 2017

Talbot Lago T26C

The entry list for the 12 Lap Allcomers Scratch Race at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in July 1987 included three of the 1940s 4½ litre straight-6 Talbot Lago T26C cars, and I took photographs of all three.
The Talbot Lago T26C was produced from 1948 to 1950 and this is Richard Pilkington's 1950 model, chassis 100057, a car that could be used for Grand Prix racing but also due to its offset driving position, with motorcycle mudguards and rudimentary lighting equipment it could be used in Sports Car racing. One such car, driven by father and son Louis and Jean-Louis Rosier, won the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hour race. On 21 September 2017 I showed a photograph of this car at Donington Park in 2006.
This is Colin Crabbe's 1949 model, probably chassis 110008. The Grand Prix regulations for 1946 to 1949, and for 1950 and 1951 after the World Drivers' Championship was introduced, stipulated a maximum capacity of 4½ litres for unsupercharged engine and 1½ litres for those with superchargers.
This is Kerry Wilson's car, described in the programme of the event as a 1945 model - presumably a misprint as the T26C didn't make an appearance till 1948.
Kerry Wilson being pushed from the paddock to the pits prior to a practice session.
Kerry Wilson at Lodge Corner during the race.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Buick 5 Tourer

This was one of the entries in the LAC's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in June 1990, starting from the Exchange Station car park in Manchester.
It's not listed in the programme of the event, but it took part again the following year where it was described as a 1908 Buick 5 Tourer, and on 23 March 2017 I showed a photograph of it at the 1991 run. According to the DVLA record it has a 5,507cc engine.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Lorraine Dietrich CR2

This car took part in The Edwardian Race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in June 2008.
It's the 8,620cc 1905 Lorraine Dietrich CR2 of John Brydon, but there's no other information about the car in the programme of the event. There's a number 97 on the car bonnet, and a 199 attached to the front of the car which I presume is the number it was intended to have at this meeting, but it's actually numbered 114 in the programme.
On 1 July 2013 I showed a photograph that I took of this car at the 2006 Donington Park SeeRed meeting.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Maserati 450S

This car was entered in the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association Sports Car Race at the Christie's International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1992.
It's Thomas Bscher's 1957 Maserati 450S, and as with many Maseratis it's a bit of a conundrum. It's either chassis 4505 or 4506 and originally had a 4½ litre V8 engine. The history of 4505 says that it was renumbered to 4506 in 1957 and sold to John Edgar in June of that year. In July 1958 John Edgar had a 6.3 litre Pontiac engine installed in the car, but about 12 months later this was replaced with a 5.7 litre Maserati V8 unit. In 1980 when in the ownership of Peter Kaus a 6.2 litre Maserati marine engine was fitted and the car was acquired by Thomas Bscher around 1990. The programme of this Silverstone meeting showed the engine capacity to be 5,600cc. On 28 July 2015 I showed 2 photographs of the car at the Coys meeting at Silverstone in 1993 where the engine capacity was again said to be 5,600cc.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Lister Costin

This car took part in the Pre '60 Historic Sports Cars Championship race at the HSCC Spring Historic Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 1987.
It's shown in the programme of the event as Mike Freeman's 1959 Lister Jaguar Costin with a 3,870cc engine and is chassis BHL 133. The 1959 car was designed by Frank Costin to accommodate a Chevrolet Corvette engine, which most of them did, although a few of the cars used the same Jaguar engine as the earlier Lister 'Knobbly' cars. I've previously shown photographs of the Costin bodied Listers on 12 April 2016 and 21 February 2017.
Nice to see the old, largely grass-covered Oulton Park paddock.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Mercedes Benz W125

On 22 March 2015 and 2 May 2016 I showed photographs of the 1937 Mercedes Benz W125 that was taken from the Mercedes Benz museum to the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2007. Here are some more photographs of the car I took that day, both in the paddock and during demonstration runs round the circuit driven by Tony Dron.

This photograph was taken at McLeans Corner

These two photographs were taken at Redgate

Friday, 8 December 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This was one of the cars at the Passione Ferrari meeting at Silverstone in September 2017.
It's a 2006 Ferrari 575 GTZ, one of only 6 cars that were built, none of them identical, as a result of a request by Japanese collector Yushiyuki Hayashi for a modern version of the Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Zagato TdF of the 1950s. The cars were based on the Ferrari 575 Maranello and have the same 5,748cc V12 engine.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Jaguar E-type

This car was one of a group of Jaguars that paraded round the Oulton Park circuit during a break in the racing at the Jaguar Drivers' Club's Cheshire Cats Trophy Meeting in April 1987.
There's no information about the car in the programme of the event, but it appears to be a Jaguar E-type Lightweight replica.....
.....with Ecurie Ecosse badging.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Embraer ERJ-145LU

Eastern Airways flight BE2994 from Glasgow to Manchester at 12:04pm on 19 November 2017 passing over Hyde a few minutes before landing at Manchester Airport.
It's an Embraer ERJ-145LU and the registration mark is G-CISK

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

BRM P261

This was one of the cars competing in the HGPCA Pre-1966 GP Cars Race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2006.
It's the 1,498cc V8 1964 BRM P261 of Richard Attwood. On 10 May 2017 I showed a photograph of two of these cars at Silverstone in 1999, one of which was chassis P261/5. The website gives details of all the P261 cars, and this one appears to be chassis P261/7.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Jowett 8hp

This vehicle took part in the Greater Manchester Transport Society's Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally at Heaton Park, Manchester in September 1998.
It's the 1937 Jowett 8hp Dropside Pick-up of Michael Fishwick and has a 946cc side-valve flat twin engine. The programme of the event said this about the vehicle:

Jowett 8hp  1937
Entered by        Michael Fishwick, Marple, Nr. Stockport
Used for over 50 years by Roy Braddock in connection with his Jowett Garage in Marple and is still in
mainly original condition. Now only used for vintage rallies and shows.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Chevrolet Corvette

This car took part in the RAC Tourist Trophy Race for Historic Cars at the Silverstone Classic meeting of July 2010.
It's the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 driven in the hour long race by Bernie Chodosh and John Young. According to the programme of the event it had a 4,700cc engine, which probably means that it was the 283 cu in small-block V8 which actually equates to 4,638cc. The car warranted a note in the programme on the page about the TT race: 'Finally, don't look for it, you will hear it first! Keep an ear open for the enthusiastically driven Corvette of Bernie Chodosh.'

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Aston Martin DB2

This car is approaching Lodge Corner during the Pre-1959 Aston Martin Race at the Aston Martin Owners Club's Historic Car Races meeting at Oulton Park in September 1986.
It's the 1952 Aston Martin DB2 of Martin Cheetham. The DB2 had a 2,580cc straight-6 engine, and it was produced between 1950 and 1953 before being superseded by the DB2/4. Martin Cheetham's car is chassis LML/50/201, and you can read this description of the car when it was offered for sale by Car & Classic on behalf of the Dutch Houtkamp Collection.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car competed in a Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge race at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
It's the 2 litre V6 1964 Ferrari Dino 206S of Harry Leventis and you can see the official Ferrari overview of the car here. The car is chassis #0834, and on 7 September 2012 I showed a photograph of this car that I took during the race. On 17 February 2017 I showed a photograph that I took of the car at Silverstone in July 2010.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Here are a couple of photographs I took of a car earlier this year in a car park in Hyde.
It's a Mercedes-Benz 280SL, the largest capacity variant of the W113 model. It had a 2,778cc inline 6-cylinder M130 engine and was in production from 1967 to 1971.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton

This car was amongst others displayed by Coys Auctions at the Silverstone Historic Tribute meeting in June 2004.
It's a 1934 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton, chassis number 2579 and engine J-555, which apparently had a Willoughby Berline body before being rebodied as a replica Brunn Torpedo Phaeton. The Duesenberg Model J engine was a 7 litre straight-8.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

McLaren M6B

This car competed in the HSCC Atlantic Computers Historic GT Championship race at the Historic Sports Car Club's Spring Historic Race meeting at Oulton Park in May 1986.
It's Martin Bolsover's 1968 5 litre McLaren M6B. The M6B was a Can-Am car and was the customer version of the M6A. They were provided without engines which the customers would fit themselves.

On 22 June 2016 I showed a photograph of this car (and other McLarens) at the HSCC's meeting at Oulton Park in 1987.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Spice SE90C

This is Redgate, the first corner of the first lap of the race for Group C/GTP Cars at the VSCC's SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005.
The leader, number 21, is the 1990 Spice SE90C Cosworth of David Mercer. Behind him is the number 18 Aston Martin AMR-1 of Paul Whight and Gavan Kershaw and on the outside number 70 is a Ford Dallara DP Prototype that isn't listed in the programme of the event. The red and blue number 12 is the Spice-Chevrolet GTP car of Jim Mullen, and you can just see the nose of the number 32 Jaguar XJR-12D of Nick Rini.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Emeryson Mk2

I took the photographs of this car on practice day for the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1962.
It's Tony Settember's 1961 Emeryson Mk2, powered by a 1½ litre Climax engine, in which he qualified in 19th place on the grid and finished the race in 11th position. The car is chassis 1004, which I featured on 1 March 2016 at a meeting at Donington Park in 2004.
Here's Tony Settember approaching Waterway Corner during a practice session.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Surtees TS16

This car competed in the class for 1972 - 1977 Formula 1 cars at the Silverstone Historic Festival meeting of August 2001.
It's Chris Perkins' 1975 V8 Cosworth-engined 2,993cc Surtees TS16. The TS16 was campaigned by the Surtees team during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, but suffered a string of retirements and low placings, the best being a 4th place in the 1974 Brazilian Grand Prix by Carlos Pace. You can read here the full racing record of the car pictured above, chassis TS16/02, which is the car he drove in that race.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car was amongst the spectators' car at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2017.
It's a 2003 5.7 litre V12 Ferrari 575M Maranello

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Kurtis Offenhauser KK500G

This car contested the Ron Flockhart Memorial Trophy Race at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
It's John Guyatt's 1957 Kurtis Offenhauser KK500G, which took part in the Indianapolis 500 race as the Mirror Glaze Special. Stuart Harper drove the 4.2 litre car at Donington Park, and it was shown in the programme of the event as a Kurtis-Indy single seater. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Here are photographs I took of of four of the Bentleys at the Footman James Classic Car Show at EventCity, Manchester in September 2017.
This is a 1955 Bentley R-Type, and a note attached to the car said:
'Standard Steel saloon with automatic gearbox
Engine 4.566cc, 6 cylinders in line, number B162 Z
Registration number KWM 289
Registered January 1955 and sold by Rolls-Royce agents Watson's of Liverpool to Mr A Letheren of Liverpool.
Second owner was Mr W E McLelland of Ightham Kent who bought the car on 6th August 1958.
The ownership is then unknown until 1994 when a Mr G Heinfeld in Arizona USA sold it to Mr J Lindahl of Minnesota. Mr Lindahl spent a considerable amount of money having the car restored and repainted, and although he died in 2000 his widow kept the car until August 2007 when I purchased it.
I bought the car on the internet without actually having seen it in reality, although I had dozens of emails and phone calls with the seller and many photographs sent. I have had a reasonable amount of mechanical work done to make it roadworthy for a MOT, and registered it with its original number as delivered new.'

This is a 1934 Bentley 3½ litre Sports Saloon, chassis number B42AH and registration number VG 6542. A note attached to this one said:
'This handsome car, which started life as a Mann Egerton Trials car (demonstrator) has had at least seven owners and obviously been used and enjoyed. It now has a 4¼ litre engine, reputedly factory-fitted, and still starts, stops and drives extremely well. The body style by one of the lesser known coach builders, Mann Egerton is much admired, especially by the ladies. Less commendable, the sliding roof is not exactly water tight and having to open the boot to gain access to the petrol filler is decidedly inconvenient! The passenger compartment is best described as compact, with the occupants having a generous degree of togetherness.
The current owners are currently undertaking a gentle and sympathetic "rolling restoration", whilst thoroughly enjoying the car's qualities in the meantime. It is likely that the present colour scheme and white sidewall tyres will be retained.
Club members may recall that the immediate past owner of B42AH was the internationally renowned artist, the late Peter Miller, whose skill at painting pictures of our cars was second to none and are the proud owners of his works.'

This is a 1952 Bentley R-Type with body be Freestone & Webb. A note on the car says:
'Prior to the launch of the new Bentley R-Type in 1952, the first 10 rolling chassis to be built at Crewe were sent to the top UK Coachbuilders of the day. The idea being to have a number of different bespoke "coach built" cars available on display at the 1952 Earls Court International Motor Show to complement the "standard steel" Bentley R-Type saloons at the model's launch. One of two chassis delivered to Coachbuilders Freestone and Webb of London, this chassis is fitted with flamboyant and elegant coachwork known as an "Empress".
The car is unique and was built specifically for display at the 1952 Motor Show to showcase the skills of the Company's craftsmen, taking several months to complete prior to the show. The bodywork is hand formed aluminium over an Ash (timber) frame, fitted with steel front wings and bonnet. It has all the luxury its "super rich" owner would expect, including drinks cabinet (driver's door) together with a colour coded fitted picnic set (passenger door), 4 picnic tables (complete with cup holders!), vanity mirrors, cigar lighters, heated rear window, a transistor radio, and a matching set of luggage in the boot. Making it not surprisingly, one of the most expensive cars available at the show, costing an "eye-watering" £6,500.
To put that in perspective the average working wage in 1952 was about £5 per week, or £250 a year! At the show you could have bought an Aston Martin DB2 at £2,500, together with a Jaguar XK120 at £1,200, and a Morris Minor at £600. THEN you could have gone out and bought a large detached house with the other £2,300, all for the price of this car!
It has a wonderful history, being in continuous use for the majority of its 64 year life, with 2 long term owners. The first being the West German Embassy in London (1953-1979), where on diplomatic plates 159D150 it would have been frequently seen around Whitehall, the various London Embassies, and no doubt on occasion Downing Street. The second was a Dr L Shiers (1979-2006), an eminent Orthopaedic Surgeon (who invented the artificial knee joint back in the early 1950's), and had his practice in Harley Street, London.
The car came with all its handbooks, tools, and a complete service history! It has never been restored just maintained, looked after and repaired as required, primarily by the two careful long term owners.
It's a wonderful old car to own, that wears its patina and age with pride!'

This Bentley didn't display any information, and I've not been able to find out much about it, only that it's a 1935 car. It seems to be one of the Derby-built 3½ litre cars and apparently once belonged to the celebrated railway photographer Ivo Peters..

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Jaguar R1

This car was part of a display at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 2000 covering 50 years of Grand Prix racing.
It's the 2000 Jaguar R1 with a 3 litre V10 Ford Cosworth engine. Ford had taken over the Stewart Racing Team after the 1999 season and the resulting cars were badged as Jaguars, Johnny Herbert being retained as one of the drivers and teamed with Eddie Irvine. The car didn't have much success, but the team persevered for the next four seasons without any great improvement and were taken over by the Red Bull Racing Team in 2005.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Alfa Romeo RLSS

This car is approaching Lodge Corner in a handicap race at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Oulton Park in June 1982.
It's David Black's 1924 Alfa Romeo RLSS, a car that was produced by Alfa Romeo from 1922 to 1927. It had an in-line 6 cylinder engine with a capacity of 2,996cc.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Rolls Royce 20

This car is pictured in the Exchange Station car park in Manchester coming up to the start line for the LAC's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in May 1987.
It's a 1926 Rolls Royce 20 with a six cylinder in-line 3,127cc engine, and the programme of the event said this about it:

128     1926 Rolls Royce 20,
            Reg: OJ 9371  6 cylinder  20hp
            (William Parkinson, Atherton)
The Twenty was built to the same high standard as
the Phantom, but intended for the owner/driver.
Available in chassis form for a bargain £1,100.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Stanguellini FJ

I took this photograph at the HGPCA's International Historic Grand Prix meeting at Donington Park in May 2004.
The car didn't compete in any of the races at the meeting - there were none for which it was eligible - but it's a Stanguellini Formula Junior car from the late 1950s. Formula Junior was conceived in 1958 as a class of racing which would form a relatively inexpensive entry level class for drivers to take their first steps to a racing career. The engine, transmission and brakes of the car had to be sourced from production cars with a 1,000cc limit on cars weighing 360kg and 1,100cc for 400kg cars. Italian cars mostly using the Fiat 1,100cc engine were the most successful in the first two years as the British manufacturers still concentrated on the 500cc Formula 3 series. Cooper, Lotus and others soon started to produce mid-engined Formula Junior cars though, and by 1960 British cars were picking up most of the victories.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday's Ferrari

This car took part in the Coys of Kensington Pre-1964 GT Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1999.
It's the 1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso of Paul Osborn, chassis #5031GT, with the 3 litre V12 engine used by all the Ferrari 250 range. The programme of the event lists the drivers of this car as Tony Dron and Paul Osborn, but the record says the driver was Terry Hoyle.

On 22 November 2013 I showed a photograph of this car at the 1996 Coys meeting at Silverstone.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

De Tomaso Mangusta

This was one of the competitors in the Historic Road Sports Championship race at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2017.
It's the 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta of Mike Eagles
The Mangusta was produced by the Italian manufacturer De Tomaso from 1967 to 1971, initially with a Ford V8 engine of 4,728cc and later with the larger 4,949cc unit. According to the programme of the event this car has a 5,500cc engine.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Riley 12/4 Special

This car took part in two 5 lap handicap races and an 8 lap scratch race at the VSCC's Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies meeting at Donington Park in June 2003.
It's Christopher Roden's 1934 Riley 12/4 Special with the Hugh Rose designed 4 cylinder 1,496cc 12/4 engine, based on the Riley Nine engine.