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Stoneleigh Special

A while back The Special Correspondent travelled up to Stoneleigh for the latest edition of Race Retro. As ever he spotted a few gems hidden away amongst the sheds……………so Rare and Interesting it is…………………

The exhibiting club did nothing to enlighten their visitors about the cars on their stand but in fact the two Triumph TRs have important competition history. I am indebted to my good friend Rob Rowland, the former TR archivist, for giving me corrected information on them. This TR3 is an ex-works factory car driven by Annie Bousquet and Jo Ashfield in the 1956 Midnight Sun Rally to 13th in class.

A month later Tom and Anne Wisdom took it on the Alpine Rally, came 5th in class, winning an Alpine Cup. The car was then prepared with two other TR3s as factory entries for the 1957 Sebring 12-Hour race where it finished 21st and second in class, driven by Bob Oker and Ed Pennybacker.

This TR4 also has Sebring history. It was one of three selected at random from a shipment to the U.S.A. by Kas Kastner and race-prepared by his team for the 1963 race. This number 38 was hit from behind by an A.C. Cobra not long after the start but managed to finish 24th and second in class, piloted by Charles Gates, Bob Cole and Ed Diehl.
Some published results of the TRs at Sebring may contain unintended errors – these are the corrected versions.


This is a 1958 Lotus 15, powered by an aluminium alloy 3532 c.c. Buick V8 with twin Holley carbs giving 240 bhp and driving through an XK140 gearbox. The car was campaigned by Dizzy Addicott in 1961 and 1962.


Arnott was a family-owned manufacturer of superchargers and carburettors in Harlesden, north London. In 1951 they decided to design and construct a car for the 500 c.c. Formula 3 category. Designed by Daphne Arnott and George Thornton, the prototype had its first outing at Brands Hatch in the October. The car has a tubular chassis and uses torsion bar suspension. This car is one of a batch of 9 built in 1952 and in the September Gerald Smith had two wins on the day at Brands Hatch. Further successes were scored by Ivor Bueb, John Brise and Dennis Taylor.
An Arnott sports coupé with an 1100 c.c. Coventry Climax engine ran at Le Mans in 1957.


Not many will remember the Toj sports racers, the name an acronym for “Team Obermoser Jörg”, which embraced the racing activities of its German leader, a successful supplier of electrical equipment to industry in the 1970s. This is the SC302, built in 1977 and powered by a 3-litre Cosworth DFV motor. That season it gave the Alfa Romeos something to worry about especially when Rolf Stommelen was at the wheel!
TAILPIECE


A brace of 21st century racing Bentleys, the Le Mans Speed 8 and the GT3.

Retro Rockets

Another month, another show, this time the Race Retro held at Stoneleigh Park. My good friend David Blumlein made a few laps of the halls and, as usual, spotted a few gems hidden in the shadows. He has kindly agreed to share them with us.

jb

1964 Elva GT 160

This is the third chassis of only three built. Designed by Trevor Fiore (Trevor Frost), the body was constructed by Carrozzeria Fissore in Turin. Power came from a mid-mounted BMW 2-litre, 4 cylinder engine.

1964 Elva GT 160

Richard Wrottesley used chassis no. 1 to run at Le Mans in 1965, having clocked 17th fastest in the April Test day.The car retired from the race with transmission problems after only 29 laps. It had also taken part that year’s Nürburgring 1000 km. event but again the transmission failed only completing 4 laps.

1964 Elva GT 160

The car on display at Race Retro had been an exhibit at the 1964 Turin Motor Show.

Bentley 4½-Litre

Bentley 4½-Litre

This is the car that normally lives in the Campbell Shed at Brooklands. It took part in the 1929 Double Twelve race at Brooklands in May, driven by its owner N. Holder and Sir Tim Birkin. Having fifnished 4th at the end of the first day, the Bentley retired after 18 hours of racing with back axle failure. The engine broke in the June Six Hour Race at Brooklands and the car non-started at the Irish Grand Prix.

Gemini Formula Junior Mk IV

Gemini Formula Junior Mk IV

This car was created by Graham Warner’s Chequered Flag organisation based in Chiswick. It was the most advanced design of any Formula Junior car, featuring inboard brakes, front and rear, and side-mounted radiators.

1967 Mini-Marcos GT 1.3

1967 Mini-Marcos GT 1.3

This car ran in the 1976 Targa Florio (race number 176), driven by Jan-Eric Andreasson and Johnny Lundberger; it retired on the first lap after an accident.

1989 Spice SE89P Group C

1989 Spice SE89P Group C

Chassis No. 002 with a 6.6 litre V-8 Pontiac engine and Hewland gearbox.

Pontiac V-8

The Spice raced between 1989 and 1991 in the IMSA GT Championship. Paul Newman drove the car twice in 1990.

1961 Jaguar E-Type SSN 300

1961 Jaguar E-Type SSN 300

Originally delivered as a demonstrator to Dumbuck garage, the Jaguar dealership run by the Stewart family. Jackie’s impressive performance with it at Charterhall in 1962 prompted David Murray to invite him to drive for Ecurie Ecosse. Subsequently the car was sold to Eric Liddell (father of the current racer Robin) who had many wins with it, including two at the very last Charterhall meeting in 1964.

1963 Lightweight E-Type 3.8 litre

1963 Lightweight E-Type 3.8 litre


This is the 9th of the 12 Lightweight E-Types made and was used by Peter Sucliffe during 1963-65. Wins were scored at Mallory park, Zolder and Montlhéry.

1935 Le Mans Austin Seven

1935 Le Mans Austin Seven

This beautifully restored car was one of four Austin Sevens that ran in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1935. It was privately entered by John Carr who shared the wheel with John Barbour; the other three cars were “works” entries. Only two of the Austin Sevens finished and this car proudly came home in 27th position, ahead of the sole surviving factory machine. It was the highest placed 750cc. car that year.

It was depicted in a pit setting reminding viewers that the little team was supported by Harry Ferguson’s Belfast Austin agency.

Images and words, copyright and courtesy of David Blumlein.