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With the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally winner, the car
he drove and the team that made it possible
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Theres one for sale right now

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Examining Eagles latest reimagined E-type


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Epic 6000-mile escapade in South America
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50-year restoration of the GT40s inspiration


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Back on the gravel after a 25-year hibernation


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Leonardo Fioravantis flight of fancy made real


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A whole new attitude for Italys graceful GT


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Jimmy McRae reunited with a Chevette HSR

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124 At the lyse Palace with De Gaulles DS

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Cars to buy this year; BMWs centenary
celebrated; AMG GT R and Bentley tested

Page 51
Monthly missives from Jay Leno, Derek Bell,
Stephen Bayley and Robert Coucher

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20 TVs multi-talented motor restorer Ant Anstead

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Reader discovers last De Tomasos in restoration

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Mark Dixon is reunited with his old rally Rover


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46 170 Artist who brought colour to cars, Paule Marrot

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Keeping campers in hot tea: the Primus stove

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How Omega has touched the lives of so many

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166 A private museum hidden away in Albuquerque


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Auction news, previews, star buys and advice


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In 1977 I was eight years old, playing
with an Alitalia-livered Lancia Stratos
model. To celebrate the 40th anniversary
I brought together the 1977 Monte Carlo

Rally-winning Stratos, the team that worked

on it and driver Sandro Munari himself.
Its a childhood fantasy come true.
Turn to pages 64-80 for the full story.

Waiting for our
star cars
WE LOVE IT when a plan comes together. While on the subject of long waits, how I truly felt privileged to be photographing
Back in August last year, deputy editor Mark about the owner of the Peugeot 205 rally car on the Lola; it played such an important
Dixon and I latched onto two fantastic but very pages 116-121. He bought it new, rallied it, part in history, as well as being a beautiful
different cars that we just had to feature in the blew the engine to smithereens, sold it in machine. It was a warm desert day, we had
pages of Octane but weve had to wait this pieces and then 25 years later happened to the track to ourselves and, when the owner
long to be able to do so. see it for sale in exactly the same condition. fired it up for the first time, the thing roared
At The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, we What could he do but buy it back, restore it and and my camera clicked away. Perfect.
saw the just-about-finished Lola GT and knew then start a rally series especially for the 205? The Lola GT is featured on pages 104-114.
immediately that wed found the winner of the And lets drag this tenuous theme out to one
Octane Editors Choice award. The car looks more feature car, the cover-star Lancia Stratos,
amazing, as youll see on pages 104-114, but which won the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally in the
its the human side the former Shelby hands of Sandro Munari. A full 40 years on, we
factory race driver waiting 30 years to start the managed to bring together car, driver, co-driver
restoration that really makes the story. Our and mechanics for an emotional reunion.
photoshoot took place at the very first test-run But it is not really the car itself, more the
of the completed car. magical memories it brings back, said Munari
At the McCalls Motorworks Revival event, and who are we to argue. Were just delighted
a crowd had gathered around a roof-chopped that the plan worked out so well.
Outlaw Lancia Aurelia. We knew of the car
but hadnt seen it in the metal; when we did, we GERARD BROWN
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The cars to buy in 2017

Well admit that were following our hearts as much as our heads with
these suggestions but, if you dont do it now, dont blame us later
Words Chris Bietzk, Mark Dixon, David Lillywhite and Glen Waddington


Select lumps of J-tin are now hot property, and
the first-gen Celica is getting there. Handsome
(if you steer clear of the mid-period US plastic-
bumper cars), lively (for the day) and well-
built (no qualifier needed; it was a Toyota),
it deserved its Baby Mustang nickname. CB


Convertibles fetch six-figure sums these days,
but a plain-Jeanne saloon every bit the same
masterpiece of engineering can still be had
for Ford Fiesta money. Cars this influential,
this easy to live with and this good to drive
are rarely this cheap. Forget future values,
because youll probably never want to sell. CB

3. BMW Z4M COUP 15,000-30,000

Many have tipped the E46-generation M3
as the place to put your modern(ish) BMW
money, but 20,000 in a well-kept Z4M coup 2 3
could make more sense if you dont need the
space. Only 200 came to the UK, way fewer
than the roadster. And look what happened
to the breadvan Z3M that preceded it GW

4. JAGUAR 2.4 Mk1 20,000-30,000

The original compact saloon may only be
a 2.4 but it comes with the Dinky Toy jelly-
mould shape and Art Deco spats, and it goes
perfectly well. So much rarer than an XK,
less ostentatious, and a third the price. MD 4
If you like your Landy with a dash of comfort,
the 1980s County Station Wagons not only
came in funky two-tone colour schemes with
lairy side-stripes but also had tweed cloth seat
facings. So you can drive a proper old Land
Rover but your bum will stay warm, too. MD

5 6. RENAULT-ALPINE GTA 8000-15,000
Name a rear-engined sports car with history
at Le Mans and on the Monte. Now name
one thats not a 911. With Alpine about to be
relaunched, now could be the time to buy a
GTA, once the worlds most aerodynamic car
and still a stunning looker. Turbo version has
performance to match; wide-bodied Le Mans
is the most sought-after. GW

7. SUBARU IMPREZA P1 10,000-30,000

The two-door P1 is the Holy Grail of first-
generation Impreza Turbos. Only 1000
were built by Prodrive, with the (stronger)
Japanese-market body and a 276bhp version
of the turbo flat-four. Prices are only going
one way. Same goes for other limited-edition
Scoobies, such as the RB5 though theyre
still some way behind the P1. GW

8. TOURING CARS 20,000-200,000

Touring Cars of the 1980s and early 90s are
6 7 suddenly big news in UK Historic racing,
with headline races at Goodwood Members
Meeting and Silverstone Classics, and series
with HSCC and CTCRC. Sierra Cosworths
and M3s are core but one of the cheapest ways
in is the good old Alfa Romeo GTV6. DL

9. MGA 14,000-30,000
With the best now asking far more than our
top figure, one of the last bastions of attainable
mid-century automotive glamour seems to
8 9 be trundling (MGAs were always slower than
they looked) beyond the reach of normal folk.
Ignore the potentially vexatious Twin Cam,
buy a tidy car on steels and use it often. CB

10. PORSCHE BOXSTER 9000-15,000

Its scarcely credible that you can get so much
proper Porsche for so little money and a
convertible, to boot. Find out more in our
Buying Guide on page 196. MD



11. PORSCHE 997 GT3 80,000-100,000 11

You know a cars going to end up out of reach
all too soon when it hasnt actually depreciated
from new. Always the purists favourite 911, the
GT3 went without turbos and driver aids to
focus on feedback, precision and involvement
at their height in the 997 generation.
Buy now, enjoy, treat as a pension plan. GW

12. JAGUAR XJ SERIES 3 5000-20,000

Has there ever been a better-looking saloon?
We all know the best Series 1s have become
highly collectable, but the S3 best-engineered
and most refined of the lot is taking a long
time to follow suit. Immaculate and historyd
4.2s are out there for 15,000 and wont
always be; if you can stomach its complexity,
the XJ12 is stunningly refined and brisk. GW

13. CITRON AMI 4000-10,000

The brilliantly kooky 3CV has become a
very rare sight in the UK. The Ami 6 Berline
with its far-out, reverse-rake rear window is 12
priciest; the Ami 8 with better-resolved front
styling remains a bargain. A search for either
will inevitably lead you to the Continent. CB

14. ALFA ROMEO 75 3000-5000

Alfa Romeo had nothing left in the cupboard,
so the 75 looked even weirder than the 1970s
Giulietta on which it was based. But Alfa
gradually honed the bits you cant see, making
this the finest-handling of all its transaxle cars.
If you can find one, a late, unmolested 3.0-litre
manual is a thing of joy. GW


Just as Group B rally cars were given new life
by the Slowly Sideways demonstration group,
so the new 90s Endurance Legends is allowing

1990-2005 GTs and Sports Prototypes to be
driven on UK and European circuits. Think
Porsche 993 GT2 to McLaren F1 GTR. DL

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New era dawns for Donington circuit; a celebration of SAID
streamlining; fuel injection for cars with SU carburettors

Donington Park bought SU launches carburettor-look Jaguar Land Rover goes on Can you check under
by MotorSport Vision fuel injection system attack over Defender defence Alecs vehicle and see
Dr Jonathan Palmers company Following Jenveys launch of a JLR has won a trademark
MotorSport Vision has added Weber DCOE-lookalike injection infringement case against Canadian if theres an oil leak?
Donington circuit whose GP system, SU brand owner Burlen company Bombardier Recreational Forensic officer on BBC1s
Silent Witness, on discovering
history goes back to the Silver Fuel Systems has announced a products, which was marketing a an oil-stained driveway, calling
Arrows of the 1930s to a similar idea to be available initially recreational off-roader badged his colleague about a suspects
portfolio that already includes in an HD8 size as fitted to Jaguar Defender. JLR is determined to Series III Land Rover. Cue mirth
from Landy-owning viewers
Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton XKs. As with the original carbs, protect use of the name and the
Park and Cadwell Park. The lease is each SUi will feed at least two body shape, referring also to the
initially for 21 years and Palmer is
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cylinders. The kits will include
sensors, wiring and an ECU.
Ineos company that had been
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We plan a great new
events and even better value. of the original vehicle. era for Donington, with
HCS takes over well-known much enhanced quality
Jet cars to thrust their stuff at UK engineering company Group B rally cars to take to
Santa Pods Easter festival Belgium-based Historic Irelands Kerry stages of experience
Jet engines are to join pistons for Competition Services, run by Following on from 2016s Circuit Ex-F1 driver Jonathan Palmer,
announcing the acquisition
the Pods season-opening Festival Julian Messent, has acquired a Dj Vu, with period rally cars of Donington circuit by his
of Power. Entries include Martin majority stake in the UKs demonstrated on old Circuit of company MotorSport Vision.
Hills FireForce 3 and 4 Funny Cars Formhalls Vintage and Racing Ireland stages, this years Dj Vu
and his five-second FireForce 5 company. Formhalls is renowned event is centred in County Kerry
dragster, Gerd Habermanns for its white-metalling and and will feature machinery from I put the passenger
jet-powered yellow school bus from engine-building services. rallyings most spectacular era, the window down and now
Germany, and Herv Franquins Group B cars of the 1980s. Dates
Peugeot 205 jetting in from France. Test your hillclimb car are 15-16 April. it wont come back up
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Streamlining celebrated The Worcestershire hillclimb, Dan Gurneys Eagles land minutes after taking delivery.
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Campbell commemorated
liken it to a blue lobster. That first record was set
at 202.32mph; K7 set six more up to the end of
1964, four of them on Coniston Water, the last on
Lake Dumbleyung in Australia at 276.33mph.
Daughter Gina leads the tributes, precisely 50 years after In 1966, K7s engine was uprated from the
3500lb static thrust original to a 4500lb Bristol
Donald Campbells ill-fated water speed record run Orpheus unit from a Folland Gnat aircraft.
Words John Simister Campbell was aiming for 300mph and, after
solving fuel starvation problems in December
AT 8.51AM ON 4 JANUARY 1967, Donald which restricted speed to 250mph, it was time in
Campbells attempt at setting a new world water January 1967 to go for a new record.
speed record ended in disaster as his hydroplane, The first run achieved an average of 297.6mph
Bluebird K7, broke up. On 4 January this year, with a peak speed over 310mph, but a new record
50 years to the minute since Campbell was killed, would involve a return run. K7 was just 200 yards
his daughter Gina laid flowers on Coniston Water from the end of that run when violent bouncing
exactly where the accident happened. and a sudden cut in engine thrust caused the nose
It was the most poignant moment in a weekend to lift and K7 to somersault and break up.
of events organised by the Speed Record Club to Work didnt begin to recover the wreckage
mark Campbells death. Speaking at Coniston until 2000. Campbells body was retrieved the

Water, Gina Campbell said: My dad did not do following year, and buried in Coniston Cemetery.
things for public display but I think he would Bill Smith located the wreck, organised its
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be delighted to see the public here today. The Donald Campbell in reflective mood before the record run; recovery and has masterminded its restoration
enormity of what he did I just didnt grasp for a Gina Campbell and mascot on the lake, about to lay flowers. on behalf of the Campbell Family Heritage Trust
long time. Im so pleased and proud its not just and Conistons Ruskin Museum, to which Gina
old fogeys like me that have been inspired by Mr Whoppit, which was her fathers mascot and Campbell donated K7. The engine, installed in
what he did. Its young people, too. which was recovered from the wreckage. K7s hull, was tested in November.
It was beyond these days of risk assessment Donald Campbell had already set world water Meanwhile, as part of the anniversary event,
and Health and Safety, she added after laying a speed records in Bluebird K7, the first in 1955 at Ian Lazenby ran a one-sixth scale model of K7,
wreath at her fathers grave. He went and did Ullswater, two years after work began on the itself jet-powered, on Ullswater. Ians father Ernie
what he did, and he did it most times with huge steel-spaceframed, turbojet-powered craft with began building the model in 2005 and completed
success. Gina Campbell held a teddy bear, named its pair of front pontoons that caused Donald to it two years later.

Double bill at Brooklands Double Twelve hardcore was laid on the straight under the
hangars concrete base, leaving the straight
itself remarkably well reserved.
June event will feature the re-opening of the Finishing Straight The re-opening will include a reinterpretation
Words John Simister of the 1907 opening parade with veteran cars,
surviving Brooklands racing machinery and
THE BROOKLANDS Double Twelve Motor Clockwise from top left taxi-ing runs by the museums historic aircraft.
Test Hill Challenge promises spectacular starts; Finishing
Sport Festival is a regular June fixture, but the Straight in its heyday; Wellingtons under construction.
The Double Twelve itself is made up of the
dates take on a special significance this year. Speed Trials (a timed sprint) on the adjacent
The events first day of two, 17 June, will unfold under a Bellman hangar since 1940, when the Mercedes-Benz World track, Driving Tests and
110 years to the day since the Brooklands former aircraft manufacturing site was given the Concours, the results aggregated over the
circuit opened in 1907. To mark the anniversary, over to wartime production of the Wellington two days. A Test Hill Challenge, car club
Brooklands will stage a grand re-opening of the bomber. The hangar, itself now a listed building, displays and live music are also planned.
original Finishing Straight, its uncovering close has been dismantled and renovated, and it will Well be digging deeply into Brooklands
to completion as we go to press. be re-erected to the right of the straight as seen ambitious renovation plans in the next issue of
The Finishing Straight has been hidden in the period photograph above. A layer of Octane, and reporting on the work so far.

Early racing Renault lands on its feet

A pioneer US racing car is donated to the Simeone Museum

A RENAULT IN THE USA? These are not between four giant, slightly oversquare cylinders.
normally words youd find in the same sentence, The cars sent to the US were in similar vein, and
unless the unlikely 1980s joint venture with AMC Vanderbilt got friends such as Guggenheim, Paine,
is part of the conversation, but this one has been Whitney and Dodge to buy them. They scored
there since its 1907 birth. It was one of the first many successes, including a 24-hour endurance
cars to be raced in America, and now it has a race at a converted horse-racing track in New York.
permanent home at the Simeone Foundation The cars, overtaken by progress, gradually went
Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. to ground, but four possibly five have survived.
Millionaire William K Vanderbilt was one of This Simeone Museum example had a post-racing
Americas racing pioneers. He wanted a Renault to life dragging a large wet canvas around a dusty
race following the marques victory in the carnage- horse-racing track before a race, and was rescued
strewn 1903 Paris-to-Madrid event (curtailed in from oblivion in 1928 by Kirk Gibson, in whose
Bordeaux) and in the first race to be called a Grand family it has stayed until now.
Prix, held in 1906 on what later broadly became Gibson and his wealthy friends demonstrated
the Le Mans circuit. Renault acceded to the Renault during the 1930s along with other
Vanderbilts request, but only on condition that he early racing cars, and later it passed to Kirk Gibson
took 10 cars and found buyers for the other nine. Junior. Now he and his family have donated it to
Top and above
The 1906 GP winner was a monster machine in the Simeone Museum, where it is on display with The 1907 Renault racer stayed with two generations of
the genre of the time, its 12,986cc distributed other pre-World War One racing machinery. Gibsons; its now part of the Simeone Museum collection.


Left and below

Chapouris in the Pete & Jakes
days; with Alex Xydias and the
re-born SO-CAL operations
Roadsters, finished in the shops
famous scalloped paint scheme.

Pete Chapouris 1940-2017
to protect the name since closing shop in 1963.
In November 1997, SO-CAL (now in capitals)
was back in business. Talk about right time, right
place: the hobby was tiring of Boyd Coddingtons
He resurrected the So-Cal Speed Shop and built some smooth look, and Petes New Traditionalist
approach became the next big thing.
of the most influential hot rods of the post-war era Surrounded by his old cohorts, Pete and
Words Tony Thacker SO-CAL turned out some amazing cars: the Bob
McGee Roadster, Kopperhed for Gibbons, the
CHAPOURIS GOT HIS start in hot rodding Chapouriss marketing strategy once again Duffy Livingston Eliminator and the iconic red-
because his dad worked for Edison, installing jump-started the industry. and-white scalloped SO-CAL Roadster. It would
power lines between Los Angeles and Boulder In 1986, the Pete & Jakes operation was sold be cloned around the world, just like The Kid.
Dam. Dad earned good money and could afford and Chapouris moved to the Specialty Equipment Petes innate skill at being in the right place and
to fix up his cars. His first hot rod was a Model A, Market Association (SEMA) as vice-president of doing the right thing garnered lots of attention.
as would be his sons. marketing. He brought personality and pizzazz; The first big job was a Bonneville ZT-T wagon for
Pete Chapouriss break into the industry came more importantly, he brought passion for hot MG Rover. It didnt set a record but ran 225mph
through his old friend Gray Baskerville at Hot rods of all kinds. He helped initiate programmes and returned SO-CAL to its lakes racing roots.
Rod magazine. Gray introduced Pete to Jim Jake that are still in place today, and was inducted into Such a fine guy, with a great eye for line, form and
Jacobs, as they were both bucking the resto-rod the SEMA Hall of Fame in 1999. detail, said MG Rover (and McLaren F1)
style that was popular at the time dammit, they From SEMA it was up the hill to Crestline, designer Peter Stevens of Chapouris.
were chopping the tops. Gray put Jakes Coupe California, where he overbuilt the neighbourhood One of Petes proudest moments came when
and what became The California Kid on the cover with a huge shop which turned out numerous he worked with Mark Reuss and Al Oppenheiser
of the November 1973 issue of Rod & Custom. significant hot rods including Limefire, the on the GM Bonneville programme, particularly
Suddenly, Pete and Jake were in business. They Pierson Brothers Coupe, the Doane Spencer when they wanted all the cars in SO-CAL colours.
got a call from Batman producer Howie Horowitz Roadster, HogZZillas for Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Regardless of all the project cars, though, Petes
looking for a car for his TV movie called, yes, The Top and, fortuitously, the So-Cal Belly Tank enduring mission was to help young people
California Kid. The show put The California Kid in Lakester for Bruce Meyer. discover their talents. So in 2010 he co-created
households all across America, initiating Cal Kid Being so far removed from the action didnt the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts
clones around the world. work for Pete, so in 1995 he moved back to LA (AXC) at Fairplex, Pomona.
Hot rod trends seem to shift every 10 years or and opened a new shop, PC3g, in Pomona. It was AXCs goal is to help high-school students
so. A decade after The California Kid, Pete and a struggle, and Pete didnt know what to do. Then, prepare for a career in the automotive industry.
Jake launched the Fat Attack with Petes purple- one night, he had an epiphany: resurrect the Former SO-CAL shop manager Shane Weckerly
flamed 39 Ford convertible. Hot rodding a so- So-Cal Speed Shop. He made the call to So-Cal says it best: He took all the young guys under his
called fat-fendered car was nothing new, but founder Alex Xydias, who had been canny enough wing, and guided them towards greatness.


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Allards Monte winner

Lets be absolutely clear: any resemblance
between this cheaply made, 5in-long toy car
and the real-life Allard P1 is more down to luck
than judgment.
With its grinning driver and passenger
depicted in the crudest possible 3D through
imaginary windscreen and side windows, its
certainly charming, and there are speed-
suggestive whooshes of air around the
wheelarches. The only design sophistication is
a separate tinplate grille and headlights, held
in place by the crimping method which

Dont write off books yet

secures the one-piece stamped body to the
baseplate with its rattly, hollow tin wheels.
Dont get me wrong, I love its naivety. It was
made by GTP, Glamorgan Toy Products. The
company, founded by Jacob Beatus in 1935
Reports of the death of motoring books may have been exaggerated and vanished by 1953 (although his packaging
Words and photography Martin Gurdon business survives to this day), made simple
tinplate toys that were mostly sold by
Woolworths. The plant was on the Treforest
DO MOTORING BOOKS have a future? Print It looks as though the coffee table-sized Industrial Estate in Glamorgan, South Wales.
media has massively retrenched in the face of photographic histories are here to stay, but only if GTP made several variations on this generic
online content and the web has eaten into TV done to a high standard. Thats where the market saloon police car, taxi, re chiefs car,
and music sales, but vinyl records overtook is changing; you get what you pay for, he adds. chauffeur-driven limo and basically they
were just different sheets of printed tinplate
downloads in December. Could automotive Porter Press International, a long-established, stamped out from the same press. But the
books enjoy a similar Indian summer? bigger niche car publisher offering factual titles No 533 Rally Car here caused the most
I think the bleaker days are behind us, says and biographies (Sir Stirling Moss was a recent interest, being from the period, 1950-53, when
Mark Hughes, freelance motoring book publisher subject), has embraced some of these trends. Sydney Allard was in the unique position of
and former Haynes editorial director. It was Its a tough old game, agrees founder Philip campaigning a car bearing his own name in
difficult for about five years after the 2008 crash. Porter. You can publish books on Porsche, the annual Monte Carlo Rally.
Allard started in 1949 and put in some
We were getting hit by the internet, and high Ferrari and ERA, and the ERA book will fly off spectacular drives until, in 1952, he achieved
street bookshops pulled out of car books because the shelves because there arent many others. the near-impossible and won the event outright
they were under the cosh from Amazon, and the He once asked someone at publishing giant in a P1 saloon. It was one of the coldest,
books were so niche. Simon & Schuster if its success rate was about snowiest, iciest and darkest Montes ever, but
He thinks some formats, such as reference one in five. They said one in ten to one in 20. the combination of Sydneys driving precision
works and book of the car generic titles, are One of Porters endeavours is biographies of and Tom Lushs navigation brought victory.
Allards wife was encountered in a ditch en
dead in the water but that high-end specialist individual cars, often paid for by owners and sold route after her own P1 had crashed out; once
titles have a future, in part because they are often in limited numbers. This allows them to be they had checked that she was alright, they
beautiful objects. There are still specialist funded and produced as he would like, keeps simply pressed on!
publishers who produce lavish titles with lots of skilled writers, editors and designers busy, and GTP quickly capitalised on the success,
pages and good content, says Hughes, adding that results in potentially definitive works. emblazoning MONTE CARLO RALLY on the
the internet makes telling clients about them As for eBooks, Foyles Christian Whitehead roofs of freshly minted No 533s before they
were dispatched to eager young customers.
easier. He singles out motor sport autobiographies thinks theyve come and gone but he reckons As Sydneys win was the rst for Britain since
and near-bespoke single-marque or model car-themed examples havent reached their Donald Healey with his Invicta in 1931, its
histories as examples, saying these are often potential. Having quality sound clips and video rather surprising how little is known about his
produced by little enterprises, publishing books would be a tremendous step forward, he explains. epic victory. Thats all down to the course of
for people who still love them. Marque histories are still as important today history and, as Harold Macmillan reputedly
Christian Whitehead (above) is Foyles as they were. Publishers just need to make sure said, events, dear boy, events.
At almost the exact moment that Sydney
bookshops transport book buyer. He says that theyre investing in new areas of interest. Allard arrived back at Dover, King George VI
car book publishing sometimes suffers an The consensus seems to be that, like LPs, car passed away, and the mass mourning meant
overlapping of genres and repetition, with endless books may have a smaller, more niche market, a deserved and proper heros welcome for
titles on E-types, Ferraris and VW Beetles. but its one that is more than avoiding extinction. Allard never happened. Giles Chapman

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If it moves, insure it
UK Government is forced to take action after EU court ruling
Words John Simister

DOES IT MAKE sense for your restoration project,

notified as off-the-road with a SORN declaration
because its in pieces, to require accident insurance?
What if the only way it can be insured is by being
roadworthy and MoT tested, so by being in pieces YOUR QUOTE
its illegal? Thats one of the paradoxes posed by
the Governments review of motor insurance. Theres
a public consultation via an online questionnaire on
Select your veh
NMOWER Brian Laban
the whole business, closing at the end of March. FAIRGROUND

Whats going on? In 2007, a Mr Vnuk, a Slovenian FORKLIFT TRU


farm worker, was knocked off his ladder by a tractors ELECTRICALLY Reporting the passing of a well-known
trailer. He claimed compensation but the problem Intended place
of use motoring figure is a necessary hazard
D WITH PUBLIC in this job, but its especially hard when
was that the accident happened on private land, use PRIVATE LAN
its one of your own. Brian Laban, who
on which the tractors insurance didnt cover. OTHER PUBLIC
succumbed to cancer just after
Mr Vnuk lost his claim twice in the Slovenian Christmas at the age of 68, was truly
appeals court, but that court then went to the the informed motoring and motor sport
journalists informed motoring and
European Court of Justice which in 2014 ruled in Would a dodgem car need a number plate? The motor sport journalist. He seemed to
Mr Vnuks favour. This is why the EU including the consultation sets out two approaches. know everyone and had anecdotes
UK, currently is obliged to re-think the areas that The comprehensive option, as favoured by the about them all, always told with his
motor insurance covers. EU, all-embracingly requires that all vehicles being straightforward Yorkshire humour,
The points at issue are: (1) requiring vehicles to be used in a way consistent with the vehicles normal bullshit monitor on full alert.
Brians output was prodigious,
insured to cover use on private land to which the function and purpose would be required to have with over 40 books to his name, all
public has access; (2) requiring insurance even if the third-party insurance (not necessarily comprehensive, produced while writing or editing for
public doesnt have access; (3) expanding the in the way normally understood for insurance), even magazines, newspapers, websites or
definition of what constitutes a motor vehicle, which if used only on private land. Whether that includes anyone else. He started on this road in
1973, as the British Automobile Racing
may be far beyond what currently bears a registration exercising or testing your SORN vehicle is as yet
Clubs press officer, and seemingly
number; (4) deciding whether what is nominally a unclear, but use does suggest a functional vehicle. never paused for breath. He thrived on
motor vehicle is functionally one at a given time, and The UK will have to adopt this approach while it crises, always forging ahead with the
capable of being used for its intended purpose, which remains in the EU, if the EU so dictates, but the detail next thing and never looking back,
a SORN vehicle may well not be. is up for discussion. always panicking about having too
much to do while actually getting nearly
Theres a minefield of ramifications from this. The amended directive option, favoured by the all of it done, apart from getting on top
Vehicles used in motor sport might need wider- Government, would still require insurance for a wider of his collection of old motor cars.
ranging insurance than they currently have, if indeed range of vehicles than now to be insured when used In recent times this consisted of an
they have any at all. Would the burden fall on the on private land with public access, but otherwise MG TB, a Triumph Dolomite Sprint,
a race-spec Jaguar S-type and the first
vehicle driver, the owner or the event organiser? leaves things closer to how they are now. The EUs
right-hand-drive, five-speed Golf GTI,
Vehicles caught in the new net could include ride-on new insurance directive, yet to be enacted, would be but there may well have been others.
lawnmowers, Segways, fairground dodgem cars, amended after Brexit. Either way, premiums will rise, This writer last saw him, and shared a
mobility scooters, forklift trucks, golf buggies, there will be more forms to complete, more claims car with him on a press launch, in late
electrically assisted bicycles and more. There could will be made, people will be more worried about 2014. Brian looked exactly as he had
done 25 years earlier; he never allowed
even be a case for including human-powered bicycles, using historic vehicles in ambiguous circumstances, himself the time to acknowledge the
if the thinking is taken to its logical conclusion. and life will get a little more complicated. Find the passing years. Well miss him.
Would there need to be registry of all such vehicles? questionnaire on John Simister

WHY WE LOVE ahead and social progress unstoppable. New Roads

For Old shows urban motorways cutting through the
Ranks Look at Life films clutter, towering over the rooftops of dilapidated
terraces whose roads lead nowhere, now that the
more important fast traffic has free rein. Transport
It was a gentler world in 1959, when the Rank Minister Ernest Marples features a lot.
Organisation (symbol: man hitting a giant gong) Then theres Down In The Dumps on scrapyards
began its 10-year series of mini-documentaries on, and the scourge of abandoned wrecks, featuring
well, life. They were shown in cinemas before the a very sound-looking 1930s Dodge (left) entering
main event, and several had a motoring theme. the new-fangled crusher. What Price Safety?
The tone was one of wonderment and assumptive introduces seatbelts and has a Rover P6, an E-type
optimism, with music to match. The past was and a DB4 being ragged mercilessly around the
rubbish, with war still a powerful memory for many; MIRA test track. Its compelling stuff. And,
the future was bright, with new technology rushing thankfully, theyre all on YouTube. John Simister

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Get on the cam

Mild, hairy, fast road, rally, peaky, full
race many are the adjectives applied to
camshafts, depending on what they do to
an engines demeanour. The history of
sporting cars is full of camshaft lore: BMC
Special Tunings 631 or 749 cams for hot
Minis, a Cosworth A2 in a souped-up
Ford, Isky cams in US hot rods.
Underpinning all camshaft designs, though,

Londons classic show is go are some undeniable truths.

More overlap the period when exhaust
and inlet valves are both open tends to
boost high-revs power at the expense of
Covetable cars and historic racers set to excel at ExCel low-down vigour. More valve lift makes
everything better everywhere provided the
Words John Simister ports and valves are big enough. More
duration the length of time a valve is open
BETWEEN 23 AND 26 February, and separated series promoters plus famous Historic motor allows more intake air in and gives a
only by a wide corridor, two shows covered by sport manufacturers and suppliers. Octane has a bigger chance for the exhaust to escape.
Up to a point, anyway; the valves have to
one entry ticket will draw car enthusiasts to stand in each show, shared with sister magazine
be shut some of the time, otherwise the
Londons ExCel exhibition centre. The third Evo in the London Classic Car Show hall, jointly mixture will never be compressed and
London Classic Car Show will celebrate 70 years featuring concept cars past and present such as therell be nothing for the burning gases to
of Ferrari, see 60 classics in action on the Grand Peugeots sleek Oxia supercar from 1988. work against when theyre forcing the
Avenue that runs up the halls middle, feature a Classic car dealers and clubs will abound, but piston down. That time can be short in a
pop-up Beaulieu Autojumble and, on the the centrepiece is the Grand Avenues Perfect 10: really revvy racing engine, which is why
Cosworths Keith Duckworth dubbed his
Thursday evening, host a gala evening on stage ten categories of body style, from single-seaters
early Ford Formula Junior camshaft the
with Jacky Ickx as the guest of honour. and streamliners to shooting brakes and saloons, Windmill cam after the famous theatre.
Some of Ickxs past racing cars will form a each represented by six examples including some As in: We never close.
major display, and Ickx himself will open the competition cars. Broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost So its all a compromise, slanted to suit
Historic Motorsport International Show. Here, will host talks and a Q&A, covering Historic the purpose. Knowledge changes, so do
exhibitors include event organisers and race motor sport and the classic car industry. fashions, so do legislative requirements for
emissions and suchlike, so do fuels. It was
usual in past times for camshafts to be
symmetrical in their inlet and exhaust
events, but clever people have found new

Tables turned on villain

ways of getting more out of old engines by
opening minds, shunning needless
convention and observing what designers
Classic dealer Graeme Hunt foils robbery at Kensington showroom of modern engines sometimes do.
Ken Newman, of long-established
camshaft creator Newman Cams (set up
A THIEF slipped into Graeme Hunts Radley by father David in 1967), describes the
Mews showroom on 1 December and tried to thinking. Therell be a shorter duration on
make off with a valuable Transcriptors Hydraulic the inlet valve than the exhaust valve, but
Reference turntable. Hunt and his colleague gave more lift, he explains. Thats actually the
reverse of some very early engines, which
chase and pinned the culprit to the cobbles for 20
tended to have a mild inlet lobe and a big
minutes before the police arrived. exhaust one. Helpfully, more-volatile
While Hunt was giving a statement a brain modern fuels make for a better tickover
haemorrhage struck, leading to a nine-hour with hotter camshafts, and mapped
operation by leading neurosurgeon Mr Nair on ignition or full engine management can
14 December. Octane is delighted to report the make a tuned engine surprisingly tractable.
Camshaft design is highly complicated
operation was a success and Graeme is recovering
and calls for much mathematics. Or you

well. We look forward to his No 1 buzz cut growing can just rely on experience: Its still a bit of
back to his usual, more luxurious bouffant. a black art, says Ken. Which, in this digital
Meanwhile, business continues at the Mews. age, is strangely comforting. John Simister

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Friday 10 February 2017


Mopar celebrates 80th

The worlds oldest manufacturer-owned
aftermarket parts brand is 80 years old this
year. But Mopar means more than just an
oil filter or a fanbelt. Its also enthusiast
shorthand for any car, particularly a quick
one, produced by the US end of the
Chrysler Corporation and wearing
Chrysler, Plymouth or Dodge badges.
Nowadays Chrysler is merged with Fiat,
which means that Europes Fiats are
serviced with Mopar-branded parts. Back
in the Mopar musclecar heyday, Detroit
wouldnt have seen that coming

The rst manifestation of the Mopar (MOtor
PARts) brand in 1937 was on cans of
antifreeze. Lasts all winter was the promise.


Keeping it cleverly simple

Ewen Getleys Bentley 3/4 Litre
Words and photography Paul Hardiman

EWEN GETLEY learned to drive in this car, about doubled to 9.5:1, and it runs 2in SUs to The Big Daddy, one of the biggest names in
aged 13, in fields. When he was 18 his dad, improve the top end, but is back on Bosch drag racing, took to Chrysler Hemi power in
whod bought it in 1956 as collegiate transport magnetos. 9.5:1 is as much as I can get before 1956 and has stayed with Mopar ever since.
before he went up to Cambridge, handed it hitting the valves, says Ewen. Of which there He stopped racing in 1970 but has since
over to him. Now, after a career in engineering, are four per cylinder, opened by an overhead promoted the Mopar Drag Pak Dodge
Challenger: 0-145mph in 9.4 seconds.
Getley owns and runs Kingsbury Racing Shop camshaft which, remarkably, remains standard.
at Bicester Heritage, exploiting the subtleties of Flowbench work shows very good breathing
tuning vintage Bentleys accumulated during a through the engine a consequence of the
lifetime of tinkering with this car. The art of work WO did on aircraft engines during WW1
understanding the four-cylinder Bentley is: and its dead reliable, according to Ewen.
keep it simple, but do it well. It pulls 4200rpm in top gear, which equals
This is a 1924 3-Litre Red Label, which has about 120mph on Dunlop Racers, though the
Brooklands history it won a Junior Car Club Blockleys that Ewen runs on the road would
race there in June 1933. Its now on a 9ft- probably confer a few more mph as theyre
wheelbase chassis, same as a Super Sports, and taller, giving a larger rolling diameter.
it became a 4 Litre or a 3/4 as Bentley Its beautifully neutral when you go in too
circles term it in 1986. Its about as original as fast it just slides sideways and scrubs off speed THE FIRST EUROPEAN CONNECTION
Chrysler UK (ex-Rootes Group) and Chrysler
Old No 1!, Getley jokes. and the chassis is a bit nervous, but quick to France (ex-Simca) were served by Mopar-
Thing is, it remains matching numbers catch. It has been the quickest vintage sports branded spares. They became Motaquip
because the Bentley wears its engine number car both in the dry and the wet at VSCC sprints when Peugeot bought Chrysler Europe.
on one of the bearers cast into the crankcase: to and hillclimbs, and won the Lycett Trophy for
make a 3 Litre into a 4 you change the block, all-round performance in a single car. But its
which includes the head and valve gear. versatile, he adds, pointing to a picture on the
Such cross-pollination makes for the wall of it ascending Drumhouse on the VSCC
sweetest strain of Cricklewood Bentley, and Lakeland Trial. And you can still take three
this one is quick, probably the quickest one friends to the pub or the family on holiday: can
racing. It delivers a conservative 220bhp (at there be a better vintage car?
4500rpm) and weighs just 1050kg, giving it a Development continues as Ewen uses it as a
power-to-weight ratio about the same as a 911 mobile test-bed for new parts produced by
2.7 RS Tourings. Getting the weight out of Kingsbury, named after the works in north
them is the thing, and making them handle, London which became Bentleys original racing CRATE HEMI
shop, but he is determined to avoid the popular Today you can buy a brand new old-style
says its creator. Theres nothing radically
Hemi engine from the Mopar Pro Shop, ready
different about the engine. Its about optimising option of a non-standard 5.3-litre engine block. to t, in a variety of favourite sizes from 426ci
whats already there, because what you start I want it to be the first 4 to 300bhp and upwards. Prices currently start at $16,950 for
with is pretty good. Compression has been just were well on the way. a 1960s-style Generation Two unit.


Rain didnt stop play at the former RAF
bases popular bring a classic meeting.

in association with

Guy Woodlie-Thomas smokes Black magic: Dodges Shakedown Challenger
away in his Humber 8/18 Tourer. marries 1971 shell with modern drivetrain.

AUTOSPORT Enthusiasts scramble to Bicester Heritage;
50 years of the DFV engine at Autosport
12 15 JANUARY International; vintage crews go competing
Amazing! A full grid of 49s,
courtesy of Classic Team Lotus.


Frank Lyons shows the eects of
the g-force generated by his 1172cc
Cannon trials car as it achieves li -o.

IGNITION / Events in association with

100 Years BMW

Autoworld, Brussels, Belgium
16 December 2016 8 January 2017
Photography Dirk de Jager

A DISPLAY OF around 50 cars and move at fantastic speeds. I wanted my BMW

motorbikes at Belgiums premier motor Art Car to express the same qualities.
museum rounded off BMWs centennial year. Competition cars included the 1800 TiSA,
The vehicles were garnered from BMW in 2002tii, 3.0 CSL and the 2016 Spa 24 Hours
Munich as well as from international collectors, M6 GT3. As well as the full-size cars and bikes,
and covered every era of the marques 100-year a collection of 200 scale models told the tale of
history, with significant models from the pre- BMWs success in motor sport. The iconic
war 328 racer to todays i8 hybrid sports car. M-cars warranted a special display, including
Representing BMWs 17 Art Cars was the an M1, M535i and E30 M3.
1989 E30 M3 painted in bright colours by
Australian Ken Done and inspired by his love Clockwise from top right
BMW icons on display at Autoworld included
for his native countrys landscape and animals. R66 bike; 507 and Glas 1600 GT (behind);
Of the car he once said: I have painted parrots Art Car by Ken Done; 328 in front of 2002s
and parrot fish. Both are beautiful and able to and 3-series; and Isetta 300 and 600.


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William Medcalf open morning The next car park was less spectacular but
just as eclectic in content. A rorty-sounding
MGB GT, a Riley Special, a Minor Tourer just
West Sussex, UK 7 January restored as part of a wedding hire business,
Words David Lillywhite Photography Tony Large several Morgan three-wheelers, a Mk1 Cortina,
an XK150, a Defender, Bentleys Mulsanne and
SOMETIMES ITS the most innocuous Arnage You get the idea. As for the packed
events that provide the greatest thrills. One moderns car park, there was amusement when
week into 2017, William Medcalf Vintage someone called out Does anyone here have a
Bentley launched the first of its new open Continental GT? and several hands went up.
showroom mornings at the company HQ in The big draw of the morning, though, was
Hill Brow, West Sussex. To mark the occasion, the chance to see behind the scenes at the
customers and Octane readers were invited Medcalf facility. Nothing was out of bounds,
along and the result was a wonderful gathering including the restoration areas, the engine
of a wide and wild variety of classics. shop, the stores and the new mezzanine, where
A team of marshals was needed to direct the recently discovered 1928 Le Mans Bentley
visitors around the overflowing car parks, with chassis nestles alongside the Medcalf family
pre-war machinery allowed pride of place next Minor van and Williams racing Mini.
to the showroom, post-war classics next door, The company holds 1100 lines of stock
and moderns tucked away round the back of for vintage Bentleys. Complete gasket sets?
the neighbouring industrial estate. No problem. New, stronger differential and
A trail of oil led to the heavily campaigned halfshafts? Yes perfect for rallying, which
Itala of David and Karen Ayre, the oldest of all tends to destroy the standard items.
the cars present. London dealer Gregor Fisken With all this over, William put out an
turned up with wife and kids packed into their attention paddock notice over the PA for
lovely 4 Litre Maythorn Saloon, the last in a everyone to return to their cars for a convoy to
line-up of ten pre-war cars that also included Brooklands, to view the newly revealed start-
a tiny (especially noticeable in this company of finish straight (see page 27).
behemoths) T-series MG and a fascinating From top
Wish you hadnt missed out? The Medcalf
James Young-bodied Bentley 4 Sedanca Inside the showroom; the Royal Automobile Club brought open showroom mornings will take place every
Coup with parallel-opening doors. its mobile catering unit; Louise Cartledges patinated 3 Litre. Saturday, from 9am to noon.

IGNITION / Events Diary

A selection of highlights to make the
bleak midwinter seem a little less so

as the Akshardham Temple towards

the Buddh International Circuit.

23-26 February
London Classic Car Show
and Historic Motorsport
Three Legs of Man, 16-18 March
Following the success of last years
Image: HERO inaugural London Classic Car Show Goodwood Members Meeting, 18-19 March. Image: Goodwood
at the ExCeL, the organisers have
3-5 February announced that the 2017 Show will popular with enthusiasts as it 10-12 March
Bremen Classic Motor Show be complemented by a motor sport is with the trade; in fact it is Amelia Island Concours
Switching places on the calendar showcase; entry to both events is now one of the more important dElegance
with Rtromobile this year, the covered by a single ticket. Among dates on the calendar for the The winner of the 2016 IHMA
German show is an inclusive affair, the attractions is a display dedicated many Spanish car clubs. prize for Motoring Event of the Year
with all eras and most marques to Cosworths brilliant DFV engine, will doubtless put on a first-class
represented by 650-odd exhibitors. which turns 50 this year. show again in 2017, welcoming
Special displays this time will 2-4 March some of the best cars in the world
celebrate Zndapp and Karmann. WinteRace to sun-soaked Florida. Al Unser Sr 24-26 February A field of 80 pre-1977 cars in six has been confirmed as the guest
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Centre in Paris is filled with top- usual, as Group B cars tear around snow and more snow. Porsche 917K from Le Mans.
notch classic cars, but theres room Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
for plenty of quirky fare, too; tank Inside the venue visitors will enjoy
enthusiasts are always catered for displays, auction action and live 3-5 March 16-18 March
here! Among the key displays at interviews with racing stars. Antwerp Classic Salon Three Legs of Man
the 2017 show will be a tribute to More than 350 exhibitors from Nowhere are classics given a
Group B rallying, featuring Audi 14 countries are set to attend the warmer welcome than on the
Quattros, Lancia 037s, Peugeot 24-26 February 40th Classic Salon, which will Isle of Man, and in mid-March
205 T16s and many more mad ClassicAuto Madrid boast a goldmine of parts and the motor sport paradise hosts
machines besides. First held in 2010, ClassicAuto has collectables in addition to displays this two-day, three-leg event grown from a purely commercial from clubs, dealers and museums. featuring more than 20 tests
event into a bustling show as and some 15 regularity sections.
17-19 February
21 Gun Salute
At once a vintage car gathering 16-19 March
and a cultural tour of New Delhi, Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix
21 Gun Salute sees Indias capital Hot on the heels of the Amelia
welcome a quality field of cars to Island Concours comes this SVRA-
the Red Fort in the centre of the organised meeting, which should
city for a concours, before they draw big crowds in its second year.
motor past other historic sites such Fernandina Beach Airport hosts the
action and, if the 2016 list of entries
is anything to go by, there should be
some interesting rarities on show.

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Ring master
So confident is Mercedes-AMG of the GT Rs abilities
at a certain track, it named the paint colour after it
Words Kyle Fortune

SAND-BAGGING. Thats what the people at of which was around the Nrburgring its Factor in wider tracks front and rear as well
AMG did when I last experienced the AMG Green Hell Magno paint amusingly nods to. All as those wings and its clear that those in the
GT R. I was at the Nrburgring, in the this creates a sharper, more immersive and aerodynamics department have been extremely
passenger seat with AMG racer and GT R capable AMG. Helping achieve that is the usual busy indeed. That aero work is enhanced by
development driver Thomas Jger driving me go-faster recipe of less and more, less being rear-wheel steering, improving both agility and
around. Afterwards I was quietly pulled to one weight, the GT R shedding 15kg over the GT S stability, again to the benefit of those lap times,
side and asked if Id timed the lap. No, was my via a race engineers exotic material wish-list, while the suspension retains adaptive dampers
short answer. Not for want of trying, but Jgers the GT R having more carbonfibre, aluminium with variable settings, though its now a coil-
ferocity behind the wheel left me unable to do and titanium than any of its relatives. over set-up with adjustability. Then theres the
so. It felt quick, though. Very, very quick. Seven That 15kg might not sound like so much, until traction control system, the GT R offering nine
minutes 20 seconds is around the time we you consider the mores. Obviously theres more yes, nine! settings, all the electronic
expect, said the PR man from AMG. power, AMGs 4.0-litre biturbo V8 re-worked thresholds and controls tuned to suit the GT
I had been used. Fast-forward a couple of to produce 577bhp and 516lb ft via revised Rs more focused, hardcore nature.
months and it has managed ten seconds less breathing, more charge pressure from faster- December means the Nrburgring is out of
than that, AMGs rival to the 911 GT3 RS spinning turbos, and lighter, stronger internals. the question for seat time, but Portimao in
monstering its most obvious foe around the Theres active aerodynamics, an element in the Portugal is open for business. Bernd Schneider
benchmark track. So its fast, but then so is the front splitter adding 2kg of mass, but generating is suggesting a few laps in Race mode, which
GT S from which the R is derived. a more useful 40kg of downforce when its leaves the ESP on. For now. That a five-time
Here theres some sophistication, lessons extended. It contributes to the overall 155kg DTM champion is sensationally quick isnt a
learned from both its AMG GT3 racer relation of downforce, that number achieved despite surprise; what is, is that its possible to just
and the extensive development work much a reduction in drag over the standard car. about keep up, despite a serious shortfall

Left and above
A little lighter than the
GT S on which its
based, and more
powerful too, but
trick aero and traction
control count for more.

ITS NOT THE WAY IT Its not the way it gathers speed that shocks
so much, though. Its what it can do with it. At
that having multiple modes of traction control
is actually useful, rather than merely a
GATHERS SPEED THAT the end of the main straight a brief glance at the
speedometer reveals 165mph. Standing on the
gimmick. Six is fine for the faster stuff, though
wind closer to completely off and the GT R
SHOCKS SO MUCH, optional, but must-have, carbon ceramic brakes will arc out of slower bends with wilful
sees the GT R scrub off its speed with a disregard for its rear tyres.
THOUGH. ITS WHAT physicality thats incredible for a road car. Too Juvenile stuff, perhaps, but it highlights the
IT CAN DO WITH IT much braking for the first couple of laps, the
fast right-hander that follows can be taken
sophistication of the development work on the
GT Rs chassis. On the road it remains
faster, the combination of the sharper turn-in impressive; its suspension is obviously taut, but
in talent. The GT R is immediately a friendlier, response, the greater stability and the sheer grip not overly compromised given its focus, the
easier car to drive than its GT S relation, the it generates allowing it to do so. Reach and Mercedes losing some of its civility in favour of
limits significantly higher, but also delivered breach its high limits and itll move around, but a far more involving, interesting drive. Its
with greater clarity. the way the GT R communicates whats going worth it; the GT R is a sensational car.
The responsiveness of the controls helps, the on means that, unlike its GT S relation, its Theres more to come, too, AMG boss Tobias
engines keenness for revs, the automatic never intimidating, but something that can be Moers recently announcing AMGs F1-derived
transmissions deftness in selecting ratios enjoyed, even exploited. hypercar, and not quite admitting (though
whether left alone or via the paddleshift, and Schneider suggests ESP-off and that nine- neither denying) that theres space for a Black
the sensational soundtrack from the blaring mode traction control setting to be dialled Series above the GT R. On AMGs current
titanium exhaust thats been added to it, around to six. That Im even considering it form, and on evidence of the GT R and the
bringing a racers edge, and wicked pace. underlines how impressive the GT R is, and recent E63S, rivals should be worried.


Torque of the country

Rather like a well-known type of oven, this Bentley burns oil to hugely impressive effect
Words Robert Coucher

BENTLEYS WERE LONG known for their Scorpion all-season tyres, signal intent and, yes,
low-revving, large-capacity, high-torque engines. the V8-DIESEL badges are a delete option.
And with this latest iteration, the bloody Climb up into the high, bolstered chair and
thump is back. This Bentayga is Bentleys first the interior appointment is supreme swathes
diesel and the specifications are astonishing: of leather, cross stitching, chrome organ-stop
429bhp at 3750rpm, 664lbft at 1000rpm, controls, burr walnut and other twinkling
0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of jewellery. Fire the engine and all of a sudden
168mph from a diesel SUV! nothing happens. You cant hear it. Hop out and
But why would you bother with the fastest stand next to the bonnet and you can just about
diesel SUV on the market when the W12 petrol make out a slight diesel tickover. Pull the
version is more than man enough? Set off on a chunky, eight-speed auto selector back into
600-mile tour (walking in Scotland, wine- Drive and the 2390kg Bentayga wafts off on its
tasting in Bordeaux, skiing in Verbier) and almost instant mountain of torque.
youll do so on just one tank. Thats why. The power delivery is the nearest any internal
The secret is the triple-charged 4.0-litre V8 combustion (or even pressure combustion)
(co-developed with Audi, whose diesels did power unit comes to an instant-torque electric
rather well at Le Mans). It employs two twin- motor. The thrust is fabulous, near-silent, silken
scroll turbochargers, plus an electrically and refined. While the acceleration could be
powered supercharger that primes the first described as astonishing, with so little apparent
turbo in the mid- range and the second at the effort or drama it is more amazing.
top end good to see a charger back on a On the road the Bentayga is no sports car
Bentley once again. This set-up offers the full (though it does have a Sports mode) yet it
664lb ft force at just 1000rpm and a claimed can be hustled thanks to its four-wheel-drive
35.8mpg. The CO2 emissions figure of 210g/ traction, powerful brakes, sharp-enough
km is the lowest ever for a Bentley, too. steering and that smooth, instant power Above and below
The Bentayga has never been an elegant delivery. As a car enthusiast you might miss an V8 diesel employs two
machine because, well, its an SUV. But it sure engine note because this one simply thrums, turbos and a supercharger for
instant massive torque and
offers presence, even if its a bit bling. The but as a capacious gentlemans GT this diesel country-crossing range on a
signature meshed radiator grille, together with SUV delivers and will be more than capable of full tank, though there are few
meaty alloys shod with 285/45/R21 Pirelli taking you off-road at your next shoot. clues that its an oil-burner.



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IGNITION / Opinion

The Collector

he other day I started up my 41 Plymouth, Anyway, we had to replace the Vanos unit, which
for the first time in over a year. Every collector has controls the cam timing. Taking the engine out was
one or two vehicles that dont get driven as often pretty straightforward. And we did it without using a
as the others. My Plymouth is not special, just a single tool from the toolroll! As sophisticated as the F1s
good old girl. Its unrestored, a two-door business powerplant is, its still a car. Its a V12 and compared to
coupe; the Deluxe model with heater, radio and three- modern cars its pretty straightforward. A good mechanic
speed column shifter, with a vacuum assist to make can look at that engine and pretty much figure out
shifting easier, a 201ci six-cylinder flathead engine and what they have to do. Would I try this with my McLaren
about 87 horsepower. P1 or a 918? Not on your life.
Even after sitting for over a year, the engine cranked Remember the Ray Bradbury book Fahrenheit 451?
about half a dozen times and started right up. The reason Where all the books are destroyed and so each person
it made me smile is that so many modern cars would needs to memorise one book, and become an expert
be almost inoperable after sitting for so long. If they on it. Thats what seems to be happening with
are not turned over every week or two, injectors get supercars. Theres only a few Veyron guys and a handful JAY LENO
clogged from lack of use. And you have to keep them of P1 guys. I dont know many Porsche dealerships that Comedian and talk show
on a trickle-charger. could actually work on a 918; there legend Jay Leno is one of the
most famous entertainers in
I have a 2002 Firebird that I cant be many.
had to get emissions-tested. The
battery was ten years old so I
THE LAST REAL I feel that the days of the
general mechanic who can work
the USA. He is also a true
petrolhead, with a massive

collection of cars and bikes
changed it for the exact same on anything are just about over. (see www.jaylenosgarage.
factory-standard battery. And Those lucky enough to be trained com). Jay was speaking
swapping the battery confused ABLE TO DO ON A mechanics on machines like the with Jeremy Hart.
the computer, so they couldnt
get it to pass the emissions test. MODERN CAR AT MY McLaren P1 and LaFerrari pretty
much have jobs for life, travelling
The technician said, drive it for 50
or 100 miles and see if it re-boots. OWN GARAGE WAS the world, re-booting computers on
10-to-20-year-old supercars, many
Im still waiting.
When I called my Porsche ON THE M LAREN F1 c
with very low mileage.
The way technology is going,
dealer about getting a part for my collecting modern cars will be
Carrera GT, he said We dont work on any of the really extremely hard. The fun part about working on old cars
old stuff. I said its a 2004! He said hed check to see if is that, if you dont have the proper tools, you can
any of the old guys are still around who worked on them. measure up what you need, go to the lathe, and make
I mean, how old could they be? Forty-five? one. On modern cars, if the manufacturer decides to
I have a warning light on my 2005 Mercedes SLR lock you out of their code then thats it, youre pretty
McLaren nobody can turn off. It doesnt seem to affect much done. Unless you have the Ferrari code-reader, for
anything. The car runs beautifully. But nobody knows instance which someone told me is $25,000 youre
how to deal with it. I wanted to put new tyres on it too not going to get to work on the car. Thats it. So any
and, like many cars, it has a locking lug nut. So I gave the work on these cars in the future will probably mean
tyre guy the key for the lug. And he lost it. So we called having to go back to manufacturers. How much is that
Mercedes and McLaren, quoting the serial number, but going to cost?
we couldnt get one and couldnt make one. So we had to Thats fine for rich guys, who will always be able to
torch the lug nuts and cut the wheels to get them off. have somebody take care of their car. Its the little guy
The last real maintenance I was able to do on a modern whos going to get screwed. Unless they stick to analogue
car at my own garage was, surprisingly, on the McLaren cars from the 1970s and earlier.
F1. Ironically the F1 comes with a tool kit. A tool roll, In 100 years from now, after my garage has been
actually, which contains wrenches, pliers and buried under some massive earthquake, and some
screwdrivers, all made of titanium. Was there ever an F1 automotive archaeologist will find my stash and dig it
owner whose car broke down on the motorway, pulled up, Im guessing the only one theyll be able to drive
out his trusty tool roll and got it going again? away is the 41 Plymouth!


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We are delighted to offer this genuine factory-built Porsche 962 which was supplied new to Brun Motorsport for the 1990 World Championship and liveried in the famous
Repsol sponsorship. Chassis 962-163 was built by Porsche in July 1990, being one of the final 962s constructed at the factory with carbon tub and fully water-cooled
3.0 litre Turbo engine with Bosch MP 1.78 ignition and fuel system.
Raced only twice, its debut at Montreal in 1990 resulted in retirement after just 22 laps, chassis 163 then completed a further 56 race laps in Mexico, before a broken
drive-shaft forced retirement at this, the final round of the World Sportscar Championship. As such and having been in storage ever since, the present condition of this car
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1988 Porsche 962C | Chassis # RLR-200
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built for the 1988 season for Derek Bell to lead the World Championship assault for the RLR team. The car went on to compete in the 1989 World Championship season,
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This famous Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 962 has been in the hands of some great drivers and comes with a superbly documented history file which includes its original,
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Since this time, the car has been beautifully re-painted back into its 1989 Le Mans CABIN livery. The recent amalgamation of the Peter Auto - Group C Racing series,
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IGNITION / Opinion

The Legend

ooking back, my itinerary in 2016 was of the years ago; of marketing opportunities. Its all about
eye-watering variety. I may be a former racing making new heritage, if you will, but not forgetting
driver, but I seemed to be busier than ever. It was where you came from.
a wonderful year, though, full of great experiences As such, our road trip incorporated a special dinner
that I wont forget in a hurry. I saved the best til in association with the Bruce McLaren Scholarship
last, too, an eight-day trip to New Zealand with scheme, his daughter Amanda attending alongside her
McLaren Automotive shortly before Christmas, husband Stephen. Scroll back to the late 50s and into the
promising an epic drive. It was all that and more, and 1960s, and several Kiwis came over to the UK on
on so many levels. scholarship deals to become drivers. Whats more, they
I used to love racing in the Tasman series back in the were annoyingly talented, with Bruce being very much
late 60s. I have written about it before, so wont re-tread to the fore. And thats before you factor in the many
familiar ground, save to say that we were always made engineers, mechanics and fabricators who set sail for
to feel welcome when racing Down Under, whether in Blighty and entered into motor racing lore. This mass-
Australia or New Zealand. People would often say migration of talent ended a long time ago, but this DEREK BELL
that they had been reading about us all year so to programme aims to send a student to Europe to become Derek took up racing in 1964
have us in town for a weekend immersed in racing car design and in a Lotus 7, won two World
Sportscar Championships
was pretty special. In-between engineering. Who knows, the lucky
cocktail parties, barbecues and the
like, we would often try to
WHAT IMPRESSES recipient may end up becoming
equally legendary.
(1985 and 1986), the 24
Hours of Daytona three

times in 1986, 1987 and
reciprocate; to give something c Sadly, New Zealand has had more 1989, and Le Mans five
back. We would earn our keep by than its fair share of heartbreak of times in 1975, 1981,
visiting schools and hospitals. IS THAT IT HONOURS late, our arrival following soon after 1982, 1986 and 1987.
He was speaking with
That sort of thing mattered to a lot
of people, even if I didnt fully ITS HERITAGE the earthquake, which left a trail of
devastation in its wake. I will admit
Richard Heseltine.

appreciate it at the time.

Its funny how memories WITHOUT BLUSTER to being a bit nervous about our
party rocking up in town with a load
come back unbidden and in
Technicolor and this was AND FANFARE of supercars; that it would somehow
appear disrespectful. Those fears
certainly the case on my first were soon assuaged, though.
visit to New Zealand in decades. It is just the most McLaren owners are hugely enthusiastic, but not at all
amazing country and one that I recommend everyone showy. Whats more, they are not wary of letting others
should visit at least once during their lifetime. Close on play with their toys. Wherever we stopped, crowds
30 McLaren owners took part in the event, which assembled and people were genuinely pleased to see us.
covered around 2000km of driving on some of the It was almost like the Tasman years all over again. Kids in
most amazing roads imaginable, accompanied by scenic particular were drawn to us like a moth to a flame. They
vistas that took your breath away. would sit in the cars and beam from ear to ear. You didnt
As time went by, I started to recall experiences from need to be psychic to know what they were imagining.
when I raced in Tasman; the sort of thing that made me I wouldnt have missed that for anything.
feel a little wistful. I also thought about Bruce McLaren On a personal note, being helicoptered onto a glacier
who, quite aside from being a superb driver and team left me open-mouthed, and the gala do in Auckland
principal, was also a lovely chap. He was that rarest of was riotously enjoyable. I was joined on stage by
things: a natural leader for whom nobody ever had a bad Bruno Senna and my old mate Stefan Johansson. Weve
word to say. I drove for him once, even if my outing in all been around the block a few times, and I think the
the 1969 British Grand Prix aboard the four-wheel-drive audience enjoyed us telling tall tales and ripping the
M9 remains something of a career footnote. mickey out of each other. But, most of all, what I took
One thing that impresses me about McLaren, the away from that magical eight days was a rekindled love
marque, all these years later is that it honours its heritage of a country that is quite unlike any other. That, and a
without bluster and fanfare. It isnt just a case of leeching reinforced appreciation of Bruce McLaren. He left
off the accomplishments of something that happened behind quite a legacy, thats for sure.

7 Editio
IGNITION / Opinion

The Aesthete

here are years when more happens than usual. different artistic expressions for these gloriously different
Caused by climacteric oscillations, who can say, engines. All cars look the same. Are you mad?
but 1848 was, for example, a year of remarkable It is tempting to think of 1967 as a miracle year for car
revolutions in all of Europe. So much happened design. Will such variety ever be repeated? Certainly
in 1913 that Florian Illies recently wrote a whole 1977 had less to offer: the year of the Daewoo Maepsy (a
book about it with lots of Viennese angst, but only after kimchi-flavoured Opel Kadett) and the Peugeot 305, a
Liliane Brion-Guerry had devoted three entire volumes car that marks the beginning of that manufacturers
to the same 12 months with lots of Parisian lan. descent from principled ingenuity to anhedonic market-
Personally, I have always been fascinated by 1957. It led banality. We will pass over the Triumph TR7, whose
was when the last Jaguar D-type won at Le Mans, the strange, scalloped lateral panels made Giugiaro say:
Space Age began with the launch of the Soviet Sputnik 1, Dear me, have they done that on the other side as well?
while Bill Haley and his earthbound Comets landed at Yet two 1977 cars demonstrated mans perverse genius
Southampton, introducing Britain to rock n roll. Plus in finding idiosyncratic answers to questions not asked.
the Chevrolet Bel-Air, Detroit Baroque at its outrageous Each a big 2+2 with ample power and luxury, offered by STEPHEN BAYLEY
peak. Goodness, what a busy year. Then there was 1967. manufacturers with reputations for engineering integrity. Author, critic, consultant,
One of the most boring tropes Winking at each other like Gustav broadcaster, debater and
curator, Stephen co-created
is: All cars nowadays look the and Hermann in a north European
same. I actually never mind when
people are hostile in this way.
ONE OF THE MOST gay sauna, I give you the Volvo 262C
and the Porsche 928. If I ever
the Boilerhouse Project at
Londons V&A, was chief

executive of The Design
Theres no doubt that the become disenchanted with looking Museum, and fell out with
automobile offers only limited at cars, I will return here to refresh Peter Mandelson when he
evidence of mans ingenuity PROPORTIONED CARS my sense of awe at the superhuman told him the Millennium
Dome could turn out
and artistry, while providing
irrefutable proof of his selfishness, EVER MADE: ARCTIC curiosity of these machines.
The only explanation for the
to be crap.

brutality, venality, stupidity and

general inclination to destroy the SNOW-SHOES WITH Volvo is that, while they were
discussing a personal car for the US
planet and its occupants. Still, its
true that all artefacts created in ARMANI DETAILS! market, someone slipped magic
mushrooms into the lingonberry
a common era exemplify the compote, promptly called Bertone
Zeitgeist or Spirit of the Age, and why should they not? in Turin and asked him to turn the cumbersome six-
To be sure, shared circumstances often lead to similar cylinder 164 into a coup. The result was one of the most
solutions to shared problems. But 1967 confounds that. shockingly ill-proportioned, maladroit and odd cars
Its the year that gave us the Alfa Romeo Montreal: ever made. Arctic snow-shoes with Armani details!
Marcello Gandini asserting himself at Bertone. Claus Superlatively ugly, thus fascinating.
Luthes NSU Ro80? Still a technical and aesthetic Only slightly less curious impulses gave rise to the
achievement that astonishes. Dino 206? The most 928. Its designer was Wolfgang Mobius, working under
beautiful Ferrari ever. By contrast, the Fiat 125 was an Anatole Lapine who, with or without a knowing
Italian Lotus-Cortina, but with better seats and superior reference to the Hollywood depressive Nathanael West,
reliability. The quirky Saab 99 was a Mini designed by told me his education had been at The University of
aerospace engineers. So that was a good thing. Hard Knocks. Thus, the company founded by a professor
Or the Citron Dyane, a de luxe 2cv. One version was of daunting academic attainment left the design of its
called Weekend because, the joke went, it was so slow most ambitious product to an ex-GM Latvian-American
that it took two whole days to get anywhere. I had one. who wanted a German Chevrolet Camaro. Its these
Beige with brown perforated vinyl trim. It took me all cultural absurdities that make car design so fascinating.
over Europe and I once mended the throttle linkage with Though the Volvo 262C and Porsche 928 have all but
a wire coathanger. So thats a V8, a twin-rotor Wankel, a disappeared, the anthropologists myth of the perpetual
V6, a twin-cam four, a single-overhead-cam four that return predicts a comeback. But I am less confident
would eventually birth the first popular turbo, and an air- about 2017s potential for leaving us with future classics.
cooled flat-twin. And the designers found satisfyingly 1967 and 1977? Look back not in anger, but in wonder.

IGNITION / Opinion

The Driver

ritish drivers are generally excellent. You wouldnt the Tube is efficient if ghastly at rush hour. It moves
think so from reading the newspapers or watching an amazing 4.8 million passengers per day.
television, where driving is reported as a contact Londons problems include a significant rise in
sport with horrendous resulting carnage. Of population, economic growth, the cycle superhighway,
course, every road injury or death is a tragedy but mail order deliveries and Uber taxis. Take ex-Mayor
the fact remains that Britain has some of the lowest road Boris Johnsons cycle lanes. With a worrying number of
death statistics in Europe, only bettered by Norway and cycle deaths in the past, something certainly had to be
Sweden. Ukraine is the worst, followed by Portugal, done. But reducing the Embankment and other major
Italy, France, Germany, then Spain. arteries down to single lanes cannot be the answer. What
Being a small island, Britain suffers terrible traffic happens during the rush hour is that the Lycra Lads get
congestion (Londons is the worst in Europe). So it is annoyed with the Boris Bike plodders, so they cut and
remarkable that the vast majority of British drivers are thrust into the traffic lanes, slowing it all down further.
safe and considerate. I grew up in South Africa (fewer And during the day it is mostly empty. We now learn, just
vehicles, five times the space) where the road death rate eight months after the superhighway on the Embankment ROBERT COUCHER
over the Christmas weekend is higher than the annual was opened, that a large section of it is to be rerouted. Robert grew up with classic
UK rate. Driving in Europe is a This causes a knock-on effect for cars, and has owned a
Lancia Aurelia B20GT,
pleasure but some of the motorists those of us who drive cars, especially
are scary. In France, tailgating is
the norm, and in Italy theres no
MY PHILOSOPHY classic cars. Gridlock is taxing for
old vehicles with mechanical cooling
Alfa Romeo Giulietta and
Porsche 356C. He currently

uses his properly sorted
such thing as forming an orderly systems and no air conditioning. My 1955 Jaguar XK140 as his
queue, its just a free-for-all. Maybe everyday Jaguar XK 140 has been daily driver, and is a founding
thats stereotyping but just try CLASSIC CAR THATS upgraded to cope and opening the editor of this magazine.
driving down to the Le Mans 24
Hours or clocking into the READY TO DRIVE TO window does cool things down a bit
inside. The good news is that most
regularity sections on the Mille
Miglia! And in America the LE MANS OR THE Londoners dont get up early on the
weekend, as a blast across London
undertaking and full lane changes
at 70mph are hair-raising. LOCAL DELI along the Strand to the Savoy for
breakfast one Sunday morning
The one thing that gets a British attested. And getting off the
driver flustered is infringing their personal space. motorways and finding the backroads to Goodwood,
Considering the rapidly deteriorating traffic congestion Silverstone or Castle Combe circuits is always a pleasure.
its a wonder that the drivers here remain so calm and Having cut my classic car fleet down to just the
stoic, but thats the national character on four wheels. Jaguar, I feel a sense of relief. My philosophy has always
Living in London, one of the greatest cities in the been to have a single classic car thats in good nick, ready
world, Ive noticed how the traffic conditions have now to drive to Edinburgh, Le Mans, the Alps, or the local
reached gridlock in many areas. Figures show London deli multiple cars can become a hassle and a worry in
suffers from 12,776 congestion hotspots, so its no busy London. Other solutions? Columnist Jay Leno has
surprise that in the last year its average traffic speed a warehouse for his cars in Burbank, California, and if
has dropped to 7.8mph (down from a less-than-heady you have a house in the country with plenty of
8.1mph the year before). This is slower than a horse and weatherproof garaging, then the more classics the better.
cart of 100 years ago. And some boffin has determined Being a denizen of such a large city means adapting.
that traffic congestion costs the country 4.3 billion a Im as guilty as any of using belching buses, filling up
year. Yet the actual traffic volume has declined and trains, relying on home deliveries and the occasional
people are taking fewer bus journeys. minicab. Maybe I should find a compact hybrid like
I ride my bicycle nearly every day. It is simply the best Mark Dixons Honda Insight or borrow Sir Stirlings
way to get about the city, with no parking problems and Renault Twizy, as I enjoy electric propulsion in town.
a bit of exercise thrown in without the need to resort to In the meantime, Ill enjoy my bicycle (Im trying an
any Lycra whatsoever. I also use the No 19, 319 and 49 electric one soon) and get up early with the Jaguar,
buses, which are rather gentle when not in a hurry, and which now has a sat-nav to help me get lost.

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IGNITION / Gearbox

1. I carry my life in my Land Rover
Discovery I have always had a workhorse.
I never clean her and have a reputation
for filling her with rubbish. Shes on her
Car builder, designer, artist, footballer and TV presenter second engine, which was installed to
Interview and photography Martyn Goddard keep her going for a bit longer.

2. Ive played more than 700 semi-pro

football games at Ryman and Conference
level. I carry my boots in my car just
in case I sniff out a game. The last two
seasons Ive played for Arsenal Legends
team as a Spurs fan!

3. Ive really got into racing and have my

MSA race licence. In 2016 I competed in
2 an Austin A35, VW VR6, Ginetta G50
and the Lotus Elite on Channel 4s For The
Love Of Cars. In fact, I have got the bug to
such an extent that I bought myself a new
Ginetta for the 2017 season
4. Im hugely proud of my six-year police
career and these certificates. Being a
member of the Tactical Firearms Unit
3 meant I attended some dangerous
incidents. Being awarded for bravery
twice is something I will never forget.

5. I build loads of unique cars. This new

GT was designed and built from scratch
and inspired by the cars Ive restored over
the years. Although it is unnamed at
present, this one will be available in both
petrol V8 and fully electric form.
4 5
6. Anyone who knows me knows I
ALWAYS wear my rigger boots! I go
through two pairs every year and always
buy the same ones each time. They are
so well-worn they feel like slippers.

7. Travelling is a privilege and in 2016

I made 22 flights around the world. Im
a light traveller so often jump on a plane
in whatever Im wearing plus my passport.

6 7 8 8. My bonkers cockerpoo Teddy Ruxpin.

He causes so much nuisance at home, but
hes also a legend and family member.

9. I am a self-confessed professional cake

eater. I have a strict cake rule for those
attending the workshop and even have
a cake leader board. I eat cake daily.

10. Youre only as good as your tools and

I use the best! I am something of a tool
magpie and a little obsessive. If its
available I need it. I lay them out with
9 10 OCD precision and I get a lot of stick
from the team in the workshop.

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IGNITION / Letters

Faster isnt always better

How I agree with Jay Leno in
Octane 164 about how cars have
become too fast. He is in a better
position than most to give his
views on this, given his access to
pretty much all of the latest crop
of cars you cant really use.
Unfortunately, manufacturers
of high-performance cars are in John Bolsters road tests of them.
a constant arms race to provide In all honesty, it has provided
the next ludicrously powerful more fun and driving pleasure
machines, which need massive than anything else I have owned,
Letter amounts of computer technology and it does so without resorting
of the to provide some sort of control to licence-losing speeds. I am now
month for the people who can afford 70 years old and, while I can still
them but do not possess the skills get in and, more importantly, out
to drive them without it. of it, I shall continue to enjoy it.

De Tomasos discovered I have owned some interesting

cars, including a 4.2-litre E-type
Jaguar back in the 1970s which,
The Seven seems to be a car type
missing from Jays collection and
I recommend he rectifies that
THE ARRIVAL OF the latest issue of Octane always guarantees I admit, I drove at reckless speeds situation soon.
an escape from the real world for a few hours. But issue 164, in all over the place. You were much Remember, the paradox of
particular, brought back some fond memories. less likely to get caught then but speed is the faster you go, the
It was back in 1997 when I first visited Modenas motor valley things have changed since in a big less time you have to enjoy it.
Im not even sure it was called this at the time. During a five-day trip way. In more recent times I have Richard Bradbury, Surrey
I visited Lamborghini, Ferrari and a little car manufacturer named driven a Lamborghini Diablo,
De Tomaso. I remember I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the Noble M12 GTO, Honda NSX Action heroes
craftsmanship of this small company. Besides production of the and others, so I am in a position I have subscribed to Octane from
Guara and Bigua there were some historic cars on display. As well as to have some opinion on this. your first year and the standard of
the familiar Pantera there was a single-seater and some engines to be However, my only indulgence photography just gets better. In
seen [bottom right]. as a second car is a 1992 Octane 164 I enjoyed your report
Ever since that visit Ive never forgotten about De Tomaso. Ive Caterham Seven HPC which on the New Atalanta with pics by
even kept both the sales brochures that were given to me during my I bought in 1996 and cherish to Charlie Magee [below].
visit. This young teenager had been infected for life. this day. Back in the 60s I lusted While all the photos are
My love for Italian cars never faded and so we fast-forward to after a Lotus Seven, having read excellent, are they reproduced
2016. In May my partner and I visited the motor valley again, this
time in our own Ferrari yes, dreams can indeed come true. Arriving
in one of their products means you are never short of conversation.
While visiting a classic car dealer in Maranello, I learned that some
of the De Tomaso prototypes had been found and saved.
While talking about cars in general and the fate of De Tomaso,
I was excited to be invited to see the cars! They were undergoing
restoration in a nearby workshop. Seeing the cars in their unrestored
state was painful, as it would be for any car enthusiast, but I knew
they were in good hands, and at last someone was willing to invest
in saving a little piece of De Tomasos heritage.
Reading the article in Octane 164 certainly was a trip down
memory lane: some old memories, some more recent. I hope the CHARLIE MAGEE
story of De Tomaso will never be forgotten and, fingers crossed,
it might even rise from the ashes one day.
Enclosed are some pictures I took of the prototypes during
restoration [Bigua is bottom left, new Pantera at top] and from my
visit in 1997. The readers of Octane may appreciate them.
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IGNITION / Letters

think the E-type was out yet but Bentley in bloom

the lines suggested Jaguar and I Around three years ago I noticed
remember the rivets in the centre an irresistibly beautiful Bentley
section being very prominent. parked under a blossom-covered
The badge said XKSS and the tree in the car park at a National
bright red sports car certainly set Trust property in Cheshire.
tongues wagging, as it was often As a keen amateur artist, I
seen being driven enthusiastically decided that I must use the car as
and the squeal of brakes a subject of one of my artworks
sometimes announced its arrival and now I would dearly like to
ahead of the exhaust note. find the owner. Can anyone help?
Later we learned that the chap The cars registration is XK 578.
had wrapped the red Jag around Philip Johnson, Staffordshire
a concrete column on the newly
opened M5. It had then caught
fire and been destroyed.
Anton Fletcher, Worcestershire

Coincidentally, we also received the

following letter about a red XKSS.
Is it the same car? MD

Vintage red at the Chteau

I loved your article How to build
a new XKSS in Octane 163.
Heres a photo [below] of Bill Fergie in a far-off land
Riggs car being driven by his son I was astounded to see the

Mark at Chteau Impney in 1962. Ferguson TE20 tractor in Gone

Im leaning up against the car, But Not Forgotten, Octane 163.
in the yellow sweater. I am a member of our local
The Rigg equipe campaigned historical society and we have just
this car, which previously was completed the restoration of such
direct from the camera or are they The main recipient of the BR1 was owned by the chairman of UDT a machine [below].
further improved via Photoshop? the Sopwith Camel. and registered as UDT 1, at many Although Im an Aussie, my
Would that be an insult to the Second, the Sopwith Camel did meetings but it was spun into the family migrated from England in
photographer or is it regarded as not end the Fokker scourge of bank at Becketts, Silverstone, 1948 and I was born in 1941 at
a part of the editorial process? 1915/16. The aircraft that ended considerably damaging the Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I believe
Chris Glasby, Cambridgeshire the Fokker E1-3 monoplanes monocoque and front subframe. it was very noisy at that time,
superiority were the Nieuport 11 After Bill had spoken to Lofty something to do with someone
Most images will receive a certain and 16 and the DH2 single-seat England at Jaguar I drove their lobbing great lumps of
amount of post-production but scouts. The Camel did not see transporter (the ex-Mike ironmongery in the direction
action shots like the one pictured on service until 1917, almost a year Hawthorn Green Line bus) to of London.
the previous page are best handled after the last Fokker monoplanes Browns Lane and picked up the Mike Iverson, Queensland, Australia
in camera because its difficult to had left the theatre. very last monocoque and front
add truly convincing motion blur John Starkey, Florida, USA subframe available after the fire,
on a computer. Charlie Magee according to Lofty England.
confirms that this Atalanta picture Mystery Midlands XKSS The car was rebuilt by Mark,
is basically a straight shot taken at Reading about the Jaguar XKSS myself and our mechanic Maurice
a slow shutter speed on an image- in Octane 163, I am reminded of Owen, who later became chief
stabilising lens. He says it helps not a time in the distant past when engineer of the Morgan Motor
to drink coffee beforehand! MD I worked in the offices of the Company, as a full D-type. It had
largest forge in Europe, which always had the works number
Bentleys Boche beater made automotive forgings for all XKD 539. The car was raced in
While I thoroughly enjoyed the the car, truck and tractor firms in club events until it was sold after Write to
article in Octane 163 about the UK and some in Europe. Bill Riggs death in 1964. Octane Letters,
Bentleys BR1 and BR2 radial One day a newly employed and Mike Virr, Connecticut, USA Dennis Publishing,
engines in World War One, there apparently well-connected young Bedford Technology Park,
were a couple of errors. chap turned up in a very noisy Thurleigh, MK44 2YA, UK
First, the BR1 [top] did not go white vintage sports car (possibly
into the Avro 504K. That aircraft the White Riley). A while later,
used either the 130hp Clerget, a colleague said Go and see what Please include your name, address
the 100hp Gnome or the 110hp so-and-so has turned up in today and a daytime telephone number.
Le Rhne. The BR1 did go into and there, parked in front of the Letters may be edited for clarity,
the later Avro 504L floatplane but offices, was a bright red, very and views expressed are not
not many of those were produced. modern-looking sports car. I dont necessarily those of Octane.

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Sandro Munari and his Lancia Stratos were unassailable on the
1977 Rallye Monte-Carlo. Four decades on, Octane meets both
Words Massimo Delb and Angus Frazer Photography Matthew Howell
Archive images McKlein


he sound comes first, an angry bark all he afforded his rivals as they chased him in vain through
more animal than mechanical that roils the Alpes-Maritimes.
around the Italian countryside. And I love this Stratos, says the Italian. I am fortunate that
then the Lancia Stratos HF that won due to my friendship with the owner, Guido Avandero, I
the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally graces us get to see it and drive it quite often. But it is not really the
with its presence. car itself, more the magical memories it brings back.
The four decades that have passed since that epic When Sandro Munari took the start of the Monte Carlo
victory have dimmed none of the cars brilliance. Even Rally in 1977 he already had three wins in the event under
today its wedge-like shape looks positively futuristic. Its his belt. He rates his first in 1972 as the most important
hard to imagine just what an effect this to borrow a line though, and not just because it was taken in an unfancied,
from The Carpenters interplanetary, most extraordinary understeering, front-wheel-drive Lancia Fulvia 1.6 Coup
craft would have had in a world populated by Ford Escorts HF against the might of the all-conquering, ultra-nimble,
and Vauxhall Chevettes. Harder still to reconcile that, by rear-engined, rear-drive Alpine-Renault A110s.
1977, the Stratos itself was almost something of an The Fulvia Coup was seven years old and not selling
oldtimer, having been unveiled in prototype guise way very well, so at the end of December 1971 Fiat shut down
back in 1971 at the Turin motor show and having gone on the production line and sent 6500 workers home, explains
to secure Lancia a hat-trick of World Rally Championships Munari. But after I won the Monte Carlo people crowded
between 1974 and 1976. into the dealerships to order a Fulvia, the production line
As it spears towards us the Stratos begins to slow, was reopened and the people who had been made
affording us a better chance to pore over it. It is a truly redundant got their jobs back!
imperial sight. There is haughtiness imbedded in those While 1972 was undoubtedly a dream victory, Munari
Bertone-penned lines that, in the Alitalia green, red and knew that after winning the rally in a Stratos in 1975 and
white battle colours, borders on arrogance. 1976, victory in 1977 would give him a hat-trick and
Just as the car pulls tantalisingly level, the driver Monte Carlo immortality. Today, at the age of 76, there is
reapplies the throttle and, with a howl from its Ferrari a slight frailty to the man they called Il Drago and his
Dino V6 engine, the Stratos surges contemptuously away breathing is a little laboured. But he has kept himself in
from us. It almost feels like we have reached out to stroke good shape. He has no problem fitting his slim frame into
a thoroughbred racehorse that has shaken its head his original Alitalia racing overalls and his memory of the
disdainfully and galloped off. drive of four decades ago is as crystal clear as the ice was
As we gaze at the fast-disappearing spoiler, those big, on the Col de Turini in 1977.
round taillights and the oh-so-1970s The Stratos always gave its best on
louvred window, the man standing beside Below and right slippery roads and the 1977 Monte Carlo
us smiles. Perhaps Sandro Munari is Munari (Parmalat overalls) and
co-driver Maiga (moustache)
was absolutely perfect for it because the
recalling that, between 22 and 28 January during the 77 Monte; the car snow did not stop falling, says Munari. The
1977, that particular view of the Stratos was still wears its original livery. car was quite similar to the specification


There is haughtiness in
those Bertone-penned lines
that, in the Alitalia green, red
and white battle colours,
borders on arrogance


of the Stratos I drove to victory in 1976, but Above and right on the brake pedal. I never used the
we adjusted the engine to give a little less In action on the Monte in handbrake to steer the car.
1977; today the car reveals
horsepower and to have better torque at its highly patinated interior
Instead Munari relied on the natural
lower revs for more traction and greater and mechanicals. inertia provided by the mid-mounted
control. We shortened the gear ratios too, engine to create a pendulum effect to set-up
because we were using the 24-valve engine the car for the endless snow-covered
that didnt really pull strongly until 4500rpm and there hairpin bends. As soon as you spot the corner, you start to
were not many very long straights to deal with. turn the steering wheel to move the car around beneath
So Munari had the satisfaction of knowing that his car you. If you understand it, and you are good, then you are
was perfectly honed for the rally. In addition, the Stratos safe and you are fast. If you dont, then the car is in charge.
gave him a huge advantage over the drivers of other, And presumably you are in a snow bank
far less sophisticated cars, as it could very quickly be What a treat it must have been to stand well wrapped-
further modified if the need arose. Removable front up and watch Munari drift the Stratos through the winter
and rear body panels gave easy access to the fully wonderland. And one man had an even better view, at
adjustable suspension, while the ratios of the five-speed least when he wasnt looking down at his roadbook. Silvio
gearbox mounted beneath the engine could also Maiga, now 67, sat just a few inches away from Munari
be quickly changed. guiding him to victory.
With its significantly reworked suspension, where all Sandro is absolutely right in calling it a dance, because
the rubber bushes were replaced with uni-bond joints, I do remember the very same feeling, recalls Maiga. At
Munaris TO N41648 Stratos was far removed from the some points I was able to raise my eyes from my notebook
once-green, 190bhp, 12-valve road car it had been based and find myself captivated by the magic of the moment.
on. With its competition 24-valve engine capable of Snow everywhere around us, the V6 engine singing at its
delivering up to 290bhp, and its chassis sharpened to a best and Sandro mastering the dancing Stratos flat-out in
near-knifepoint, the rally Stratos offered performance and fifth gear. And he made it all look so effortless, he was
handling that few could ever hope to access, never mind always calm, always precise, always master of the situation
master. For Munari, though, it was just perfect. and always, always terribly fast.
I still vividly remember the intense pleasure of piloting From stage three onwards, for mile after mile of snow-
my Stratos by using just the gas pedal to let her dance on covered mountain passes, Munari and Maiga held the lead
the snow always in a controlled drift without any form all the way to the end, keeping 228 rivals behind them.
of roughness, recalls Munari. For me it was easy, steering The huge variety of machinery in their wake included four
with my hands, right foot on the gas pedal and left one works Fiat 131 Abarths plus state-of-the-art Opel Kadett


Below and right

Stratoss styling is still stunning
even after four decades and more;
Munari and Maiga celebrate their
victory after an eventful rally.


Spending time with a Monte Carlo-winning

Lancia Stratos and its crew is very special indeed

GT/Es piloted by the likes of Walter I hated it!

Rhrl and Jean-Pierre Nicolas. What? I hated it, repeats
Not that everything ran Avandero with a cheeky twinkle in
completely smoothly for the crew of his eyes, because it meant the end
the Number 1 car. As Maiga recalls for me. Before the Stratos I could
with a shudder, disaster struck afford to buy a Fulvia and compete
almost within sight of the finish. against Sandro on some rallies. OK, I
During the climb from La Turbie to was never going to beat him, but at
the Col de la Madone de Gorbio, the least I could drive a similar car. Then,
lights, all of them, went out. It was after the Stratos came, everything in
the last night and there wasnt a light rallying changed forever.
to show us the road. The 1977 Monte Carlo-winning
Luckily the gremlins struck on a Stratos finally came into Avanderos
road section, not a special stage. As care in the early 1990s. Prior to that,
the navigator rummaged in the legendary Stratos engineer Claudio
fusebox in front of him, the driver Maglioli owned it, having purchased
peered desperately up at the top of it from the factory in 1984. Turn
the trees to try to determine the Above the clock back a little further and
course of the road. The most terrible ten Guido Avandero bought the TO N41648s last outing in the World
minutes ever, is Maigas verdict. Stratos from engineer Claudio Championship was in the forests of the UK
Maglioli Markku Aln had
Luckily a fast-response service team campaigned it after Munari.
on the 1979 Lombard RAC Rally. Sporting
headed-up by former British Grand Prix black-and-white Lancia England colours
driver turned principal Stratos development with Pirelli sponsorship, it was brought
engineer, Mike Parkes, was able to resolve the problem, at home in fifth place by Markku Aln and Ilkka Kivimki.
least partly. With just a few seconds to spare we got to the The year before that, it carried full black, red and white
start of the Col de Turini, the most important stage in the Pirelli livery for a second crack at the Monte Carlo Rally
most important rally in the world. But we had only two in 1978, this time running with two valves per cylinder,
lights working, not six, remembers Maiga. due to changes in the rules. But the best its crew of Fulvio
For Munari, a man famed for demanding utter Bacchelli and Arnaldo Bernacchini could manage was
perfection in all machinery, in all people and in all tenth place. Today it is fully restored to its 1977 Monte
circumstances, it was not ideal. I do remember very well Carlo Alitalia livery and, of course, the V6 engine runs
these minutes. It prevented me from having a good once more with the 24-valve cylinder heads.
perception and view of the side of the road with its walls Unfortunately, not even taking a few moments to recall
of snow. But these are the moments where all the training all those great names who climbed so elegantly and so
work and the testing come into play. I knew the road and effortlessly into the confined cockpit of the Stratos
we had a good idea of the conditions we would face. I guarantees a dignified entry for the novice. Even though
simply had to try to go as fast as possible and do my best, theres no visible rollcage to clamber over (its incorporated
hoping that it would be enough. into the monocoque and is therefore hidden by the
And it was. There were a good 25 or 30 cars on the bodywork), it still makes for an ungainly experience.
event capable of winning and we defeated them all, recalls Once nestled in the co-drivers seat, you realise how
Maiga proudly. There we were in the Princes Palace of very, very close together the crew sat. As Sandro
Monaco with Prince Rainier and his wonderful wife mentioned to us earlier: The Stratos was a very physical
Princess Grace presenting the trophy. I have only one car to drive; it was very hot inside even in such a cold
regret, that I did not immediately realise how important environment. I think we were living at about 55 to 60
that victory would be for us in the future. It was just the degrees inside the car. Factor in the extreme length of
conclusion of a normal, hard-working day. rallies in those days and you really would want to make
For us this has been very far from a normal working day. sure that you and your co-driver exchanged Christmas
Even in the occasionally pampered and often access-all- gifts of racing-spec endurance sport deodorant.
areas world of motoring journalism, spending time with a Such silly daydreams are banished from your mind the
Monte Carlo-winning Lancia Stratos and its crew counts moment the V6 barks into life right behind your ears. Its
as something very special indeed. And now things are set visceral cry fills the cabin and your whole world.
to get even better. It is time to have a ride in the car. Avandero, though, does not embark on a full charge
Before we clamber in, though, we take another stroll immediately; instead, he simply lets the Stratos trickle
around to admire the Stratoss beautiful lines. How did along at 1000rpm in 3rd gear a task it performs quite
the cars current owner, Guido Avandero, feel when he happily. The engine certainly seems to be a little more
first cast his eyes on it in the early 1970s? tractable now than it must have been in Sandros day.


This is a Maglioli engine, he explains proudly, referring As the V6 howls towards the redline and the Stratos
to the previous owner of the car, Claudio Maglioli. If cuts forwards, again the car seems to exude a sense of
Sandro Munari was hailed as the man who could always imperialism as if somehow it knows it was put on this
coax the most from the Stratos from a driving point of planet purely to win rallies. And you can see how, if you
view, then Maglioli is equally lauded as the engineer who could master this car, particularly in the snow of Monte
could extract just that little bit more than anyone else Carlo, that sense of superiority would become infectious
from every single nut and bolt. and you would be quite convinced of the peerlessness of
A highly successful Lancia racing driver turned your own abilities.
engineer, Maglioli stayed loyal to the Stratos after the Its easy to imagine how Sandro Munari might have
works team withdrew. He worked with the French thought: Let Ford, Porsche, Opel and even Fiat send
importer team and helped Bernard Darniche snatch a late what and whom they want. Ill beat them all. The rally and
victory on the 1979 Monte Carlo in the iconic blue the victory will be mine. And thus it proved many times.
Chardonnet Stratos. The history books recall that, despite Eventually the engine falls silent. We stand and watch
the brilliance of Darniches drive, his slender six-second right to the end, until the doors of the lorry the Stratos is
victory was ensured only after spectators placed rocks in loaded into are closed. And then the interplanetary, most
the path of Bjrn Waldegrds Ford Escort. extraordinary craft is gone from our sight.
Magliolis workshop was very close to Avanderos home Avandero is not sure when he will drive it again. He
in Biella, in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. I am takes it out on private roads, tracks and various events
lucky, explains Avandero, there are still some of the about five times a year. The last big outing was when
mechanics around who worked on the Stratos in the old Munari drove the car at the three-day Eiffel Rallye Festival
days and they know what to do. As he snaps down through in Germany in 2015. There it was awarded The
the crash gearbox and presses hard on the accelerator, its Champions Choice by judges including Walter Rhrl,
obvious that those mechanics have not lost their touch Hannu Mikkola, Stig Blomqvist and Timo Salonen.
since they kept the Stratos running in the dead of night Its reassuring to know that the Stratos casts its spell
four decades ago. on rallyings elite as well as on your average fan. End

1977 Lancia Stratos HF

Engine 2418cc V6, DOHC per bank, Kugelfischer fuel injection Power 270-290bhp @ 8500rpm Torque 188lb ft @ 6500rpm
Transmission Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Steering Rack and pinion Suspension Front: double wishbones, coil springs,
telescopic dampers. Rear: MacPherson struts with lower wishbones and radius arms Brakes Discs Weight 960kg
Performance Top speed c130mph. 0-60mph c4.8 sec


It takes more than a driver and a navigator to win
a rally. These are the men behind Lancias victory
Words Massimo Delb Photography Matthew Howell


solely responsible for the epic rallying success of the Author Massimo Delb
manoeuvres the Stratos
Lancia Stratos. The Lancia Racing Team, managed by with Piero Mario Spriano
Cesare Fiorio, was considered the perfect example of its otherwise known as Piero
type: organised, experienced and full of enthusiasm. The Stratos. Behind them, from left
best engineers and mechanics were part of it, and they all to right, are Sergio Martinetto
(former mechanic with the
have fond memories of that 1977 event. Lancia Corse race team),
Monte Carlo was the greatest event because of the engineer Gianni Tonti, electrical
media coverage all over the world, says Fiorio. We had genius Antonio Scintilla
already won it, with the Fulvia, which was a sort of Giannelli, Sandro Munari and
Elio Cavagnino, also an
miracle, and also with the Stratos. For me, the 1976 rally
ex-Lancia Corse mechanic.
was much more difficult to manage, because when I asked
the drivers to maintain their positons, I had a rebellion
from Bjrn Waldegrd, who was unhappy to be second to
Munari. To convince him not to fight, I had studded tyres
installed on his car before a clear tarmac special stage
In 1977 the biggest topic was the tyres; we had about
800 of them, and to choose the right kind depending on
the changing conditions was not an easy task. I still
remember those tyres, like a sort of porcupine, able to
stop the Stratos in 80 metres on the snow.
Second to that, the main task was to manage the fast
assistance vehicles, which had almost no radio coverage
because of the mountains and piles of snow surrounding
closed roads. We received help in creating radio coverage
from the Italian air force, using a couple of their aeroplanes
as wave bridges.
Engineer Gianni Tonti is one of the fathers of the
Stratos and was dispatched into the field for the 1977
Monte. I remember very well the feeling at the start of the
race, so snowy that the first three special stages from Gap
and Monte Carlo had to be deleted. We knew we had the


We had the best

car, but Fiat was
pushing hard to see
its 131 win, so we
felt very vulnerable

and Maiga when they drove away with working lights. Left
Gianni Tonti led Munaris
Giovanni Gariboldi was the engineer responsible for
support crew for the 1977
Pirelli sport tyres from 1963 to 1981. For the 1977 Monte Monte, and masterminded
Carlo we had the new BS [Battistrada Separato or split the fix when his lights failed.
tread], with a universal-design tread on studded tyres,
allowing us the use of smaller studs, meaning less
unsprung weight. The Stratos was very respectful of the
tyres, but for me it was very easy to see a used set and
recognise who drove it: Munari left them as new; Pinto
was definitely more aggressive.
Monte Carlo was the race, and we prepared the 1977
best car, but we knew too that Fiat was pushing hard to see winter tyres [the 5C], narrower than usual to increase the
its 131 win, so at a political level we felt very vulnerable. specific weight on the tyre for greater penetration in the
We had three works cars with Pirelli tyres, and a fourth hard snow, with 527 studs for each wheel. We prepared a
car with Bernard Darniche, backed by Lancia France special CN36 too, a tarmac tyre with studs included in the
that was the only car equipped with Michelins. We were tread. The strategy was, when conditions were mixed
very fast from the beginning, and that put us in a strong usually tarmac, snow, tarmac to have the rubber working
position, until Raffaele Pinto lost six minutes plunging at the start of a hill, then as the rubber was used up the
into snow, and Darniche crashed badly. To avoid any studs would start working, and then, with the tyres getting
further problems, Fiorio and Daniele Audetto [who was warmer going down, the compound would lose the studs
in charge of Fiat] agreed to keep the team order, and and we had a tarmac tyre again.
Andruet, who was fastest in the 131, was not happy at all Piero Mario Spriano, known to everybody as Piero
with the decision. Stratos, was also key to the success of the Stratos. He is
I remember helping to prepare some flying assistance the man who, during the 1976 Monte Carlo, fixed
areas, sometimes in such thick fog that it was impossible Munaris gearbox in record time using fresh butter to
to see the nearest white stripe in the road, and, despite speed up his work! He was not a formal employee of
this, the racing guys were achieving times on special Lancia, but his experience with the car is invaluable.
stages similar to those on sunny days. I grew up as a mechanic at the Maglioli firm in Biella,
I was in charge of the assistance where we fixed and the Stratos was our daily bread. We worked a lot with
Munaris lighting problem, we were waiting for him, the official team, and Mr Tonti really liked me, and when
alerted by Parkes. With me I had Scintilla, our best we were following the Chardonnet Stratos of Darniche, at
electrician, and I knew he could fix the problem. What the 1977 Monte, we were all mixed together, the works
Sandro did on that snowy Turini with almost no light still mechanics and us. I was in the Fiat 242 van with Casarsa,
astonishes me. We won, and with only two people in the and I still remember the start from Rome. We had to drive
technical office, against the 100-plus people of Fiat. 2000km before the race. To me the best word to define
The mechanics obviously played a fundamental role, those days is sleepless.
and Antonio Giannelli, alias Scintilla, was the star of the We were lucky, because the Stratos never breaks, and
1977 Rallye Monte-Carlo. I was with Tonti in an we had only to cope with routine emergencies. It is a
assistance area in Peille, just after the Turini. We had been simple car, with only an additional condenser, already
alerted by Parkes about Sandros problem, so we knew used in the Fulvia, to help make sure the platinum-tipped
exactly what to prepare for. It took me no more than four points do not burn. This device was red in all the other
minutes to dive under the dashboard to check which was cars I saw, but in this car it has always been green.
the burnt relay that created the problem, replace it and I have only two regrets: that I dont have pictures of the
change the right fuse. Not very difficult but for the event, because for us it was just another working day; and
uncomfortable position I had to work in, upside down of selling my personal Stratos in England in 1984 for
under the dash. Ill never forget the happy faces of Munari 35,000,000 Lire. Thats about 17,000! End

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Theres a Ferrari 250 GTO available on the open market
right now. What will it take to become its new owner?
Andrew English investigates
Illustration Mark Sommer

PLANNING ON BUYING a car this spring? Championship racing against Jaguar, Aston Enzo Ferrari tended to charge private
Probably not like this one you arent, unless Martin and Shelby. All 33 series I, three series II customers what he thought they could afford,
your butler is reading this article to you on your and three 330 GTO specials were built between but in the 250 GTOs pomp of the early 1960s
private yacht as you lounge in your gold-plated 1962 and 1964. Creative use of non-consecutive they sold for about $18,200 (6500 or
Jacuzzi. John Collins at Ferrari specialist chassis numbers and deft vehicle movements 125,094 in todays values). In the early
Talacrest has on his website an advert for one meant Ferrari got the GTO accepted for Group 1970s, when their competitiveness had long
of 39 examples of arguably the worlds most 3 homologation despite the FIAs ostensible disappeared, values fell below $10,000 (4000,
expensive and desirable car: a Ferrari 250 GTO requirement that 100 should be built. or 51,000 today) and one distinguished motor
or Gran Turismo Omologato. If you want it, the Based on the chassis and a hepped-up version sport historian tells of one offered at 2000
trade reckons youll need to hand over at least of the 250 SWB driveline, the GTO was a huge with a Dino 196SP thrown in as a sweetener.
$50 million (US) as he points out, its cheaper success. One of the last front-engined GTs, the Then the investment ramp-up started By
than a Picasso. GTO won its class in the FIA GT Championship the mid-1970s, Nick Mason was reputed to
Designed by a team that included Giotto for three years running as well as countless have paid $86,000 (43,000, or 222,526 in
Bizzarrini, the 250 GTO was launched in 1962 endurance races and hillclimbs. As an todays values). In 1987, Robert Brooks was
with a powerful 3.0-litre V12 and immaculately investment piece of industrial design, its been working for Christies when he dropped the
honed aerodynamics to go World Sportscar more than superlative, however. hammer on what remained for years the worlds

most expensive car, a Bugatti Royale, for $9.7 testing at Monza with Lorenzo Bandini at the And both men concur that theyre also fun.
million US (5.5 million). A few months earlier wheel, it was sold to egregious New York dealer The 250 GTO came at a point in motor-racing
the first GTO to be auctioned had just broken and Ferraris North American distributer Luigi history where successful racing cars could still
the 1 million barrier one fifth of what the Chinetti in March 1962 and raced in the just be raced on a track or a road circuit. Front-
Bugatti made. The classic car boom saw another Sebring 12 Hours later that month by Phil Hill engined and with a conventional layout, they
GTO sold privately in 1990 for 10 million, and Oliver Gendebien. It then sold to Bob have handling benign enough for gifted
before the market collapsed and the same GTO Grossman, who raced it at Le Mans in 62. amateurs to race quite competitively. When
was resold three years later for 2 million. Grossman sold in 63 and it was raced in John Surtees observed that the GTO was quite
Since then theyve recovered spectacularly, various American and Bahamas Speed Week an ordinary car, what he meant was that it had
culminating openly in August 2014, when events for the next decade. It changed hands a no bad habits when it got to its limits and that
Bonhams sold the ex-Fabrizio Violati 250 few times, was crashed, rebuilt in America, allowed an ordinary driver to drive it pretty
GTO chassis number 3851 for $38,115,000 allegedly had a replacement engine and, in quickly. Add in a brilliant power-to-weight
(22,843,633) at its Quail Lodge auction in 1987, was sold by plastic surgeon Dr Ron ratio, a beguiling soundtrack, the magic of the
Carmel, California. This was less than experts Finger to wealthy lawyer Bernard Carl, whom Ferrari name and the breathtaking coachwork,
had predicted, but Violatis collection was being Collins confirms as the vendor. and its small wonder that 250 GTOs have
sold quickly for profit and this was the only What hes not saying is what the arrangement become so valuable.
250 GTO in which its driver was killed; French is between him and Bernie Carl, though it With prices seemingly well on their way to
skiing champion Henri Oreillera died when he doesnt take the soothsaying talents of nine figures, however, as Kidston points out:
crashed into a marshals hut in October 1962 at Nostradamus to glean that this might include There are very few people capable of writing a
the Montlhry autodrome. permission to negotiate around the offer price, cheque in cold blood for that amount of money.
John Collins, like fellow Scot Tom Hartley, is which Collins confirms is $60 million (US) And its unsurprising that the generation of
a breed of granite-hard Granite City used car for the record, in February 1969, 3387 sold to gentlemen drivers who owned them for
dealers specialising at the apogee of the market. Kirk White for the princely sum of $5400. decades are now selling out to the masters of
Based in a fortified headquarters in the Thames Lawks a-mercy, how did GTOs get so the collecting universe.
Valley, hes gruff, to the point and doesnt suffer valuable? Collins says it is because theyre like Fact is, however, most of these deals are
fools gladly. I get the feeling he was a pretty a work of art. If youre a collector, you should leveraged in some way, dependent on time (to
fearless journalist when he worked for The have a GTO. Theyre the holy grail of classics, raise the cash via sales of other cars or assets),
Daily Express. Most of Collinss history and his they put you at the top of the tree.
company, Talacrest, is written by folk employed At the other end of the business spectrum,
by Collins, some of them good writers, some Simon Kidston agrees. Hes the founder of the
not so this Octane commission was not for
the faint-hearted.
eponymous Swiss-based classic-car consultancy
and brokerage, who has orchestrated at least IF YOURE A COLLECTOR,
Collins, though, is also widely respected, three sales of 250 GTOs including the most
liked and trusted by those who knock around
in this weird ber-investment car world, and
recent sale of Hartmuth Ibings car.
Theyve become a billionaires calling card,
when you hear him talking about what it is to
drive a GTO with his faithful German Shepherd
he says. Theres an unequivocal number in
existence and there are not really any GTOs
at his side, you can forgive the brusqueness.
Touchingly hes still looking to repurchase his
with horror-story histories. Theyve all been
documented thanks to author Jess Pourrets OF CLASSICS
first-ever car, a 1969 Triumph GT6. painstaking research decades ago.
I got involved in this business because a car
dealer ripped me off in the 1980s, he growls.
I bought my first Ferrari in 1976. I was a highly
paid photojournalist [and] if that car dealer
hadnt ripped me off, I would still be one.
I figured that if he could do it, I could do it
selling, not ripping people off.
And so Talacrest was formed in 1987. Story
goes, Collins begged and borrowed a lot of
money from friends to put down deposits on
some 3-million worth of cars from various
dealers. He then advertised those cars and sold
them for more than the dealers were asking.
Needless to say, they went ballistic, but a
commitment is a commitment and Collins was
in the business. Setting up as a used Ferrari
dealer next door to Maranello Concessionaires
in Egham, Surrey, describes Collinss chutzpah;
you need to get up early in the morning
to out-manoeuvre John.
This car will be the ninth GTO he has sold
In this case its chassis number 3387 GT, the
second GTO to be built. Originally used for


In most cases this involves painstaking in question had actually been sold at a record
research and discovery, just as if you were price, which subsequently helped inflate the
WOULD YOU buying a company or property, but in the case
of Ferrari theres potential salvation in its
value of the other 38 extant 250 GTOs.
Journalists need to have a care not to get
SERIOUSLY GO INTO own Classiche programme of authentication.
Collins says the Carl car doesnt have this.
involved in this sort of confabulation.
Like collecting duelling pistols or trophy

A $50-MILLION-PLUS Emmison says that while older buyers

tend to rely on innate or long market knowledge,
a new breed of younger and perhaps less
wives, owing a Ferrari 250 GTO is mainly a
male thing, a form of chest-beating virility
symbol, but they are also very beautiful pieces
CAR DEAL ON JUST knowledgable buyer likes to have the peace
of mind offered by this process.
of design, which hold a special place in dealers
hearts. As Kidston observes: If youre in the
THE SHAKE OF Kidston agrees. Its helpful to have, he says,
especially for less experienced buyers, but
business, of course youd be proud to say youve
sold a GTO, but the reality is that barely one
A HAND? there are cars where the history is so well-
known that the inclusion of Classiche
changes hand every year and no deal is ever
certification is superfluous, time-consuming, So is the GTO safe in its position as Numero
costly and occasionally humiliating, when the Uno investment Ferrari? Collins admits it isnt
factory, which hasnt been in the restoration even his favourite. Believe it or not I think
or the partial exchange of other not-so- business that long, tells a long-term owner my favourite Ferrari has to be a 330 LMB no,
valuable cars. And that usually involves what it thinks the car needs to make it original. actually a P4, he says.
brokers, agents, lawyers and time. I ask Collins And you also need to ascertain whether But he doesnt reckon the 250 GTO is
what the typical dance between seller, broker, there is a 250 GTO for sale at all. GTO about to be blown off its perch anytime soon.
dealer and lawyer is. transactions in general are notorious for the Itll remain at the top of the tree forever,
Brokers and agents are a pain in the arse, number of Walter Mitty characters they attract he says. Its got the looks and the performance
he answers. They piss me off; I dont like from nowhere, says Kidston, telling of hot and the exclusivity.
to have any dealings with brokers. They dont air offers to purchase from unlikely agents, Kidston tends to agree, though he suggests
have any financial involvement. They want you mysterious cars touted on the internet that, in time, the McLaren F1 could be a
to sign all sorts of crap and it just wastes your alongside superyachts and Da Vincis, and modern contender. For the moment, however,
time. I would rather a buyer comes to me middlemen who dont know one end of a GTO the GTO is in a different league. Nothing is
direct, deals with me, pays the money and from another. recession-proof and no-one should be under
takes the car away, with no frigging around You have to kiss a lot of frogs, he says. the impression that values only go one way but,
in-between. Emmison describes a sort of broker frenzy, with the 250 GTO, demand is likely to remain
So there you have it, although would you which Kidston also recognises. Its a bit like greater than the supply. As the saying goes,
seriously go into a $50-million-plus car deal on Brighton antique dealers and the search for the theyre not making them anymore.
just the shake of a hand? Martin Emmison, and ultimate grandfather clock. This is where one So as the pinnacle of the car collectors and
his partner Damen Bennion, whose law firm broker floats the idea that a GTO is for sale and investment market, the GTO looks set to stay
Goodman Derrick specialises in car-collecting another suggests he might have a buyer, when but, if you really have to have one, you need
and high-value investment transactions, point in reality there is no car and no buyer. Theres a almost bottomless pockets as well as a
out some of the pitfalls. suspicion in the trade that a bogus dance of this willingness to dance and kiss ponds full of
Title is the most important aspect, Emmison sort actually did happen to one GTO five years frogs on the way to being united with your
says. How can you be sure that the person ago, culminating in media stories that the car prince of automobiles. Caveat emptor! End
purporting to be the owner owns 100% of the
car? It could be that person only owns a
proportion of the car and behind the curtain
theres a sleeping partner, often a financier, who
if he doesnt get paid in the deal might have
a crack at title to the car.
Besides the normal checks that the car is
free from encumbrances finance, banks, hire
purchase (which, as Bennion points out, arent
always the easiest to discover) theres always
the risk of an ex-wife, disgruntled family
member or partner who might lay claim to part
of the value, especially when they learn what
the price is.
Theres also the potential problem of the
garagiste, Emmison says. Third parties such
as workshops who might have a workmans
lien over the car, which theyll hold against
all-comers until they get paid for their work.
The idea that someone might come out of
the woodwork and say Oi, thats my car is the
worst problem, he adds, but there are also
provenance issues, which are chiefly economic:
is the car as good as the seller says it is?



J u s t y o u r t y p e ?
This reimagined E-type goes beyond anything Jaguar ever tried to achieve.
Andrew English examines the philosophy behind Eagles Spyder GT
Photography James Lipman


Above and right urists turn away, sticklers and pedants workshops in darkest East Sussex, taking a tour, a tea and
Whichever angle you make a brew; theres nothing here for then getting behind the wheel and ejaculating Grouak
look at it from, the Eagle you. This car comes from a fantasy land. noises as it whizzes off so far so good.
Spyder is like a standard
E-type but different in
A far, far-away place where Cilla Black Whoa mister. Hold your horses. Eagle? E-type? Whats
so many subtle ways. pilots an E-type beyond the rings of going on? We need a history medley, spinning back
Saturn, while Lofty England runs through the decades in a whirl of televisual magic. Well,
Mission Control. Where ageing white male celebs believe 32 years at least, to when Eagle was founded by Henry
they can recapture the cool of Simon Dee, the 1960s TV Pearman, car collector/restorer/dealer/driver and all-
personality, driving up Manchesters Piccadilly Plaza in a round action guy who singlehandedly changed his
white E-type Jag with an adoring kinky-booted blonde in E-types rear tyre at the side of the road in the Pirelli
the passenger seat. And where an E-type can cost almost a Classic Marathon. Try it sometime, its not easy.
million quid, and a gran turismo has a soft top. Eagle did nice rebuilds, restorations, fettling and
Actually that last bit of fantasy was started by Jaguar. titivation, moved to the current buildings in 1992,
The Jaguar E Type G.T. Open Two-Seater, intoned the collected Paul Brace and fellow director Matthew
brochures back in the 1960s. Nor can one accuse Eagle of Dewhurst on the way and, at about the same time, got a
pushing the price of E-types through the stratosphere, commission to design and build the ultimate E-type.
not when Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations built six Hmm. While the ultimate E-type might sound like
Lightweight E-types to use up the unused chassis numbers something thought up by a mens magazine editor and a
and sold them for more than 1 million each. design guru, the car itself, Eagle 1, surpassed its billing,
Nevertheless, with a 4.2-litre Series II drophead costing being impressive enough for Eagle to get a second order,
up to 100,000 on the open market, by any measure the then a third (theyre now on the 36th Eagle). Problem
Eagle Spyder GT is an eye-wateringly expensive E-type. was, waiting lists grew to almost four years and the wealthy
It costs a basic 695,000 plus VAT, a total of 834,000, arent known for their patience.
not including the additional options of exclusive-to-Eagle Then one man (American, natch) asked for something
4.7-litre aluminium cylinder block from Crosthwaite & a bit different a bit special, says Brace. Hed first met
Gardiner, tubular driveshafts, and a magnesium-alloy Pearman when he was rallying a Porsche, so the 356
differential housing for the famous boxed-in E-type rear Speedster was in his mind when they suggested cutting
suspension, which in my day you bought for 200 from a back the roof, sculpting the rear of the cockpit and
scrapper and fitted into an undeserving Vauxhall Firenza reducing weather protection to a mere tonneau. Brace
special its as near to a million as makes no difference. even took one of their steel donor cars and cut it about
So yer basic, run-of-the-mill Eagle test drive consists of to make a prototype just to find out whether or not it
arriving at Henry Pearmans immaculately haphazard would work visually.


The stance is meatier, the
detailing tidier. What you cant
see here is the difference
wrought by a 330bhp,
4.7-litre straight-six.

E-types are so naturally beautiful, I couldnt take the

chance, he says.
Add a strengthened, deseamed aluminium alloy body
with a lower, more steeply raked windcreen created by RS
Panels and then painstakingly built-up with Eagles own
modifications such as power steering on a rebuilt version
of the existing steering rack, Eagles own five-speed
transmission and differential casing the list goes on.
The result was a machine of rare distinction. Its as much
the detailing as the whole that marks such cars out: the
fasteners, the fit and finish, the feeling that individual
components could be taken off the car and observed as
objects of beauty in their own right. It drove pretty well,
too; the first customer was well pleased.
Then they gave it to TV car bloke Jeremy Clarkson to
test and, while Octane contributor Mark Haless words
(you test the machine, not its owners) are in mind here,
theres little doubt that the great communicators
Stentorian endorsement has been a double-edged sword.
In some ways its been the bane of our lives, says Brace,
explaining that the high-profile association with the
Speedster (of which just five have been built; another is in
build right now) has intimidated people from coming to
see our range of standard steel-bodied cars. Brace stops
himself from saying affordable, for no E-type is cheap
these days, but there are some lovely used Es in Eagles
showrooms priced between 200,000 and 300,000.
Nevertheless, from its website to its photo gallery,
Eagle rejoices in its role as purveyor of Jags to the stars,
so it hasnt done too badly out of Clarkson.
Unassailably priced it might have been, but there was
one democratising drawback with the Speedster: the
weather. Few stayed in England. Eagles 18-strong staff set
out to create a low-drag coup version, based on Jaguars
single quixotic attempt to keep the E-type competitive
in GT racing back in the day.
Weve done a few of those, says Brace, but there was a
missing link. Thats why weve built the Spyder GT. Weve
kept much of the Speedster, but with a high, custom-built
windscreen and a hood.
Its the fourth iteration of Eagles enhanced E-types;
Brace and I stop gassing and get it out of the garage. Ive
crawled all over it and, unlike so many of its rivals, the
build quality is immaculate. Even the steering wheel is
straight, something not all fresh restorations manage.
Theres plenty of love that you dont see, including a
dinky little fusebox that sits behind the instruments, but
what you do see is well-chosen and mostly Jaguar in
origin. The seats are specially bolstered and mounted two
inches lower so you dont sit with your hair above the
windscreen. One contentious point is the central console,
a bespoke item, which is trimmed around a sheet of
Jaguar-style dimpled aluminium and sees the handbrake
hidden under an Austin Powers-style hinged cover.
Press the button and the 4.7-litre snarls into life.
Breathing in through triple two-inch SUs and out
through 2-inch diameter exhausts, the all-ally six is
good for 330bhp at 4800rpm and 340lb ft at 3600rpm and

Ive crawled all over it and, unlike
so many of its rivals, the build
quality is immaculate

Eagle Spyder GT
Engine 4.7-litre straight-
six, DOHC, three 2in SU
carburettors Power 330bhp @
4800rpm Torque 340lb ft @
3600rpm Transmission Five-
speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Steering Rack and pinion,
Suspension Front: double
wishbones, torsion bars,
hlins dampers. Rear: lower
wishbones, fixed-length
driveshafts, coil springs
over hlins dampers
Brakes Discs, inboard at rear
Weight 1029kg
Performance Top speed
170mph+. 0-60mph < 5.0sec

impression of piloting a runaway train that comes with

a standard E-type.
The ride is comfortable and supple, not crashing over
bumps or through potholes. The E-type tub was always
stiff, but the modifications imbue almost modern levels
of rigidity, which in turn give the hlins set-up something
to work with. There isnt enough wheel travel for the
damping to have the light and shade of a modern car,
though it also doesnt have that rolling-onto-the-outside-
front-tyre-before-all-hell-lets-loose characteristic of a
standard E, and, despite efforts to improve the suspension
geometry, the steering isnt the most communicative,
though it is well-weighted and precise. Perhaps losing the
power assistance would help; after all, the car weighs over
200kg less than a standard E and most of that is out of the
front end. Still, the dynamics feel sound and big vented
AP four-pot calipers provide lovely, progressive stopping,
pulling the car up all-square.
And everything works. Theres neer a sticky switch nor
a wobbly needle, it doesnt rattle, doors close without
a slam and it doesnt smell of hot oil, or fuel, just leather
and the countryside.
generates performance as well-balanced as those figures Its just an observation, but the Jaguar marque seems to
indicate. Top speed for the brave is claimed at more than attract superlatives of restoration like no other marque.
170mph and 0-60mph in a believable sub-five seconds. If Eagle makes some big and, in most cases, justifiable
youve ever seen an E at over 150mph, the aerodynamic claims, and it seems like almost a guilty reaction to the
lift defies description, but Eagle have long countered radical changes they have wrought. This car isnt
this tendency with a deeper front valance on all its particularly like an E-type to drive; its much, much better
commissions, including the Spyder. than that and you can throw it into situations where
But its torque that wafts this car along and makes it a standard car would be more than happy to kill you.
such a relaxed companion. The gearbox changes Think of the Spyder GT as a magnificent piece of post-
beautifully and has long ratios since the engine is man production engineering, enough to render disheartened
enough to pull in top from 1000rpm. Extend it up the anyone who has lain under their Jag in a freezing garage
range towards 5000rpm and you fair rocket down the with numb fingers and a chilling mug of tea. I find myself
road. We encourage customers to keep below 5000rpm, profoundly respectful and admiring although, just as pulled
says Brace, but it will go round to almost six. pork is roast meat for those who cant carve, an Eagle
Big performance is no more than youd expect with a special is for drivers who dont wish to wield a spanner.
kerbweight of only 1029kg, but its the way this car travels And so I sneak back into Eagles packed showroom
along undulating and occasionally potholed Sussex lanes before leaving, where Henry Pearmans steel-bodied
that is remarkable. hlins coil-overs and revamped E-types sit slumbering gently in all their glorious,
steering geometry with a bit more kingpin inclination and patinated authenticity. With due deference to the
negative camber for the big Vredesteins (215/60 R16s) extravagant and exotic Eagle specials, it is, I guess, a case
ensure it sits well at speed without the slightly horrifying of each to their own. End



What happens when 48 classic and vintage cars attempt a 27-day,
6000-mile rally from Buenos Aires to Lima via Patagonia, the
Andes and the Atacama desert? Read on for the highlights
Words and photography Gerard Brown

Serge and Jacqueline Berthiers 1973 Jensen Interceptor
Series III was perhaps an unlikely rally car but it turned
heads wherever it went. Here it is on Day 5, in the
Sierra de Languineo en route to Esquel in Argentina.

WITH THREE CROSSINGS of the Andes plunged to 53m below sea level, with a total the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
mountain range, a tour of the Atacama Desert, ascent of 66,311m in temperatures ranging There was also a Welsh welcome in an
a drive over the Altiplano and dramatic runs from a sweltering 41C down to a chilly and Argentinian valley. Initially settled in the
alongside both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, damp 5C. 1800s as part of the post-industrial emigration
the Endurance Rally Associations first Rally of At times, both men and machines suffered from Wales, the village of Ty Gwyn-Gaiman
The Incas was an incredible adventure. with the altitude and it was hard to decide who laid on a magnificent spread of sandwiches,
After being flagged off from Buenos Aires, was working hardest to get the necessary air in. cakes and tarts served by waitresses in
48 cars (divided into classes for vintage and While engines were tweaked to run better in traditional Welsh costumes.
classic) took on the most thrilling roads and the thin atmosphere, some of the crews had to This foray into South America has been a
epic scenery that South America had to offer, resort to bottled oxygen. great one, said rally director Fred Gallagher.
on a 6000-mile, 28-day odyssey through Of course, it wasnt all work and no play. The The landscapes have been amazing and the
Argentina, Chile and Peru, to finish at Lima. drivers needed respite at times as much as the competition was excellent.
This was a rally of extremes that, at times, machinery, and South America offers some of A second rally is being planned for 2017,
pushed the cars and their crews to the limits of the best places to recharge. Crews enjoyed a details of which will soon be available at
endurance. The topography en route forced a day at the luxurious Llao Llao resort amid the For now, feast your eyes
maximum altitude of almost 4600m and lakeland splendour of Bariloche, and a visit to on the majesty of this years event.


Far left
Leon and Hester Bothmas
1947 Bentley MkVI suffered
a blown differential, forcing
their withdrawal on day 25
although they then carried
on to the finish in a hire
car, fixed the problem and
continued to drive to Rio.

Far left and above

Clemens and Agneta Lansing
push their 1959 Mercedes-
Benz 219 Ponton over the
4560m Alto Chorillo on the
road to San Pedro de Atacama;
Barry Nash and Malcolm
Lister in 1969 Rover P5B.


Below and bottom

The world-famous Llao Llao resort
in Bariloche was just one of the
top-class hotels stayed in along the
route; Richard Everingham and
Seonaid Beningfields 1953 Bentley
R-Type makes a splash through one
of hundreds of water crossings.

Above and far right

In a beautifully prepared 1965
Porsche 911, Gavin and Diana
Henderson find themselves
under Chiles Llaima volcano;
Anton Gonnissen and Inge
Willemen take on the Los
Alerces National Park in their
1929 Bentley Special Speed 8.


Dominique Vananty and
Daniel Spadinis 1966 Citron
DS21 scrabbles for grip on
the Passo de Crdoba.

Layne and Len Treeters
enormous 1960 Chevrolet
Impala is nicknamed
The Cowboy Cadillac.

Chassis No. 990
Delivered new to Australia
and now registered
in the UK for the rst time
in over 90 years.

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Right and below

The Juan Manuel Fangio
tribute in Buenos Aires;
winners of the Vintageant
category, Chuck and Pamela
Lyford, in their 1938 Chevrolet
Fangio Coupe cars like this
have long-distance rallying
stamped into their DNA.

Left and above

Philip and Laurette Macwhirters 1969 Morgan
Plus 8 has visited 32 different countries and
finished in 12th place in Lima sideways through
the mud a speciality; the Lyfords savour their
well-deserved victory in Lima. End


Its more than 50 years since its
owner saw the Lola GT prototype
in Eric Broadleys workshop and
bought it. Finally, it runs again
Words Preston Lerner Photography Evan Klein


I n 1965, while walking through the Lola Cars shop

in Slough, Allen Grant spotted a forlorn race car in
the corner. It had no engine, no gearbox, minimal
race history. But hed been obsessed by the car
officially the Lola Mk6, but generally known as the
Lola GT ever since seeing photos of its dramatic
debut at the London Racing Car Show in 1963:
I thought it was the most beautiful car Id ever seen.
So Grant a Shelby American employee who was in
Europe racing a Cobra Daytona Coupe asked Lola
works manager Rob Rushbrook if company founder Eric
Broadley might consider selling it. The Lola GT was the
progenitor of the Ford GT40, and it had spawned a
Beverly Hills garage of the parents of Grants roommate,
Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman. Then it
sat in the garage of Grants parents in his hometown of
Modesto, California. Later, it sat at friends places and in
various garages that Grant himself owned in the Central
Valley, up in Washington and Oregon, and down in Palm
Springs. Grant desperately wanted to restore the car, and
he worked on it in fits and starts. But, mostly, the Lola GT
sat. And sat. And sat. For more than half a century.
Its still sitting but no longer in pieces in yet another
garage. Last August, it won the Octane Editors Choice
Award at The Quail during the Pebble Beach weekend.
After returning to Southern California for a brief low-
revolution in sports-prototype design. But Broadley was speed track outing, it was displayed at the Petersen
focused on getting the Lola GTs new-and-improved Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Although the car
successor, the T70, into production. looks like an artefact of an older and less sophisticated
Well, if ever, he would now, Rushbook told Grant. era, it pointed the way to the enormously influential and
I need the space, we could use the money. Make me an far more successful GT40 that followed. The Lola GT,
offer. Grant offered $3000 $2400 in cash, with $600 says curator Leslie Kendall, is the missing link.
to come when he could raise the money. Sold! The stories of the Lola GT and Allen Grant follow
Grant intended to race the prototype back in the States. oddly parallel paths. In 1957, while working as a quality
But while he worked on other projects, the Lola sat in the surveyor in the construction business, Broadley built

Left, far left and above
No wonder theres a smile
on Allen Grants face.
Sitting in the calm
turquoise interior of the
exquisite Lola GT racer
marks the culmination
of a 51-year odyssey.

a road-racing special. It was so successful that he created Autocar reported: It arrived late, and jury-rigged with
Lola Cars the next year, and by 1962 hed designed his wooden blocks, but the public reaction to this new shape
first Formula 1 car, which John Surtees drove to victory in was tremendous. Everything about the car looked right
a non-championship race at Mallory Park. For his next and its apparent potential left one breathless.
trick, Broadley tackled FIAs new grand touring prototype The Lola GT ran its first race at Silverstone in May
category with blue-sky design that could also be put into 1963. Ferrari refused to allow Surtees, by then a factory
production as a roadgoing GT car. driver, to race it, so Tony Maggs whod never even sat in
The Lola GT was conceived as a mid-engined machine the car took over at the last minute, started last on the
built around a steel central monocoque to which a tubular grid and finished ninth behind a bevy of Cooper Monacos
subframe was attached at the front. The engine was a and Lotus 19s and 23s. The next week, the car was at the
4.2-litre Ford Fairlane V8 that had been hot-rodded by Nrburgring, where it DNFd after being outclassed
Shelby American and mated to a four-speed Colotti Tipo by the Ferrari 250P prototypes.
37 transaxle. The suspension followed standard F1 But Broadley was already building two new cars
practice, and the running gear was conventional. What featuring lightweight aluminium chassis. The first was
made the car the breakout star of the Racing Car Show finished so late that drivers David Hobbs and Richard
was the glassfibre bodywork, styled by John Frayling, who Attwood were dispatched to Le Mans without the race
had been responsible for the sexy Lotus Elite. car. Broadley himself then drove the Lola GT from his
To modern eyes, the Lola GT looks like a first draft for original shop in Bromley to France, where the team barely
the iconic GT40 not by then on Fords drawing board made it through scrutineering. In the race, the car ran as
so its hard to appreciate the impact it had on contemporary high as eighth until the Colotti transaxle which had
viewers. It makes the [Ferrari] Berlinetta look like a lorry, been developed for the Lotus 29 Indy car and wasnt
one observer said as the car was rolled into Olympia. designed for road racing predictably failed. When they


Right and below

Followng a restoration that involved long
days through a very short summer, the Lola
was finished just in time for the Jet Center
Party in Monterey last August. Only now
does it get the chance to sing on the track.



1963 Lola Mk6

Engine 289ci (4736cc) 90 Ford V8, OHV, four-barrel Autolite carburettor Power 271bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 312lb ft @ 3400rpm Transmission Colotti Tipo 37 four-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Steering Rack and pinion
Suspension Front and rear: double wishbones, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar Brakes Discs
Weight c770kg Performance Top speed c180mph. 0-60mph c4sec

re-installed the gearbox, it had only three speeds instead Meanwhile, in the States, Allen Grant was following a Above and far left
of four, Hobbs recalls. Then I managed to get it jammed different route to Slough. In 1962, while attending college, The Thermal Club racetrack
near Palm Springs,
into neutral and crashed in the Esses. Eric was practically he successfully campaigned an AC Bristol in SCCA races California, was the venue
in tears after the race. in California. When he heard that Carroll Shelby was for Allen Grants first
shakedown test something
But there was a silver lining. Thanks to the cars stuffing Ford V8s into ACs, he hightailed it down to Los hed waited five decades for.
performance, Broadley came to the attention of Ford, Angeles and applied for a job racing Cobras. Well, I dont
which had decided to build a Le Mans prototype based on need drivers right now, Shelby drawled. Can you weld?
a mid-engined monocoque housing a big Ford V8 the He could. Grant was hired to work on production cars,
precise template pioneered by the Lola GT. So Broadley then race-cars, and was promoted upstairs to a sales
was hired to design what would be known as the GT40. position. In 1963, he sold a used Cobra to a car dealership
Ford Advanced Vehicles was set up in a spacious, brand- with a canny proviso that he be allowed to race it. Grant
new shop in Slough Trading Estate, near Heathrow won enough races to earn a ride the following year in Bill
Airport, and the prototype and first production Lola GT Thomass fast-but-wayward Cheetah. The year after that,
were bought by Ford to serve as test mules. Shelby hired Grant to race the Cobra Daytona Coupe.
(The third and last Lola GT was sold to Texas oilman Grant was third in the GT class at both Daytona and
John Mecom Jr. The irrepressible Augie Pabst gave the Sebring, then scored a class win with fellow Californian
Chevrolet-powered car its only two victories, in Nassau, Bob Bondurant at Monza. With Le Mans coming up and
where he outran Mecoms Corvette Grand Sports. I the GT40s scheduled to run several European races in the
wasnt supposed to win, so I guess you could call me a interim, Shelby kept Grant in England, where he worked
naughty boy, Pabst says with a laugh. He destroyed the as a mechanic at FAV. It was while spending time in
car a year later when the throttle stuck open at Riverside.) Slough that Grant walked next door into the Lola shop
Broadley himself strongly refuted the popular myth and noticed the Lola GT beckoning in the shadows.
that the GT40 was nothing more than a warmed-over When plans to race in Can-Am in 1966 fell through,
Lola GT. In fact, he later described his work for Ford as a Grant returned to college in California and eventually
horrendous experience. Broadley left the project in 1964 went into business building houses (he used his Lola GT
after a year of fighting the corporate bureaucracy. As part as collateral to finance his first project). He always planned
of the settlement with Ford, he received the Lola GT to give the car the restoration it deserved. But when he
prototype and relocated Lola Cars to a new shop adjacent had the money to work on the project, he didnt have the
to FAV. The lessons he learned with the GT40 were time, and when he had the time, he didnt have the money.
incorporated into the T70, which would become the most The good news was that the Lola had never been
succesful Lola ever built. wrecked or modified and, although Broadleys engineering




had been ahead of its time, the car was a handbuilt relic running. Turned out that the replacement Metalastic
of the early 1960s so the restoration didnt seem doughnuts on the driveshaft which Grant got with the
complicated. 99% of the pieces were original, Grant says. car were too brittle. But after a star turn at Quail Lodge,
Early on, he was able to acquire one of the major Grant finally got the car operational. He even managed to
components he didnt have a Tipo 37 Colotti transaxle. turn a few laps at The Thermal Club racetrack near Palm
Fabricator Scott Merrell began deconstructing the car Springs, though the rock-hard Dunlop tyres which had
in 2005. Then, Grant brought over Rob Senekal from been on the Lola when he bought it curtailed his speed.
South Africa, where hed worked for Superformance. The I cannot describe the euphoria I felt when I got in that
chassis was taken down to the tub and mounted on a car and started it up and shifted from first into second,
rotisserie. Grant commissioned Denny Aldridge to build Grant says. It was all I could do not to mash the throttle.
a 4.7-litre Ford V8 to 1963 specifications four-barrel Theres a well-known photo (below) of Grant beaming
Autolite carburettor, period-correct distributor, valve from the drivers seat of a Cobra after winning a race at
covers with no breathers, and so on. Bare-metal pieces Santa Barbara in 1963. Next to him, sporting a huge
were cadmium-plated. The seats were reupholstered in a pompadour, is his boyhood friend, George Lucas, who
mod aquamarine fabric that screams Swinging Sixties. used Grant as the inspiration for the John Milner character
Then came the 2008 recession and the project stalled. in the movie American Grafitti. Grants mop of blond hair
Grant moved to Palm Springs with the unfinished car. It has been replaced by a shaved head, and he now wears a
wasnt until May 2016, when he was invited to show the closely trimmed white goatee, but his big, affable grin still
car at the Jet Center Party, a centrepiece of the Monterey looks exactly the same as it did 50-odd years ago. And so,
Car Week, that work resumed. But with the invitation thanks to Grant, does the Lola GT prototype. End
came a deadline a mere three months away. The
calendar was not friendly, John Hill, a local enthusiast
who joined the restoration team, says drily.
Senekal returned from South Africa when the thrash
began. Grant obsessed over details ranging from paint
colours to the authenticity of fasteners. The internet was
scoured for missing parts, headlight covers fashioned and
cured in Hills kitchen oven. Twelve- and 14-hour days
werent uncommon. Nor was scorching summer heat. The
car wasnt finished until 24 hours before the Jet Center
Party, and it didnt reach Monterey until eight minutes
before the doors were scheduled to close.
Just as had been the case when the car was revealed at
the London Racing Car Show, the Lola GT wasnt

Above, inset
Allen Grant raced an AC Cobra
in the 1960s; his passenger
here is childhood friend turned
film-maker George Lucas.



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Fate is key to Dominic Delaney and his Group A Peugeot 205 rally car,
now back competing in his hands after disappearing for 25 years
Words Jim Blackstock Photography Paul Harmer


F ate is a divisive concept. But regardless of your own
personal stance, there is an air of fate surrounding
Dominic Delaneys Peugeot 205 rally car. Dominic
bought the car brand new on New Years Eve 1986 his
19th birthday and then bought it again 25 years later,
after it had been sat in a pair of sheds for the entire
interim period. It seems clear that this 205 was meant
to be Doms all along.
Motor sport has been a key part of his life for as long
as he can remember some of his first memories are of watching the RAC
Rally in the early 70s with his father, himself a keen road rally competitor.
So it was no surprise that Doms professional career would follow a similar
route. And having put himself through a two-year college course, he
walked into the TWR Racing headquarters and asked for a job, which was
an acceptable way of doing things in the 1980s, the decade of opportunity.
So it was that Dom found himself building engines for TWR Racing,
at the end of the Bastos Rover project and the beginning of the Jaguar
Group C programme. As such, he was earning reasonable money for an
18-year-old and, keen to start his own motor sport activity, he treated
himself to a brand new Peugeot 206 1.6 GTi. He collected the car from
the dealer on New Years Eve 1986, for two reasons: first, the dealer
was shut on 1 January, the date the car was registered, and second,
31 December is Doms birthday. And that year, he turned 19.
The original plan was to do some road rallies and the first he could get
an entry for was the Bath Festival, the next round of the then-Motoring
News Championship. Dom takes up the story: When youre 19, youre
going to win everything, arent you? We got an entry and sat on the start
line for the first selective essentially the same as a stage nowadays and
I had a sudden What am I doing? moment.
Then it was 3-2-1-GO! and we were off. A hundred yards into the
selective, there was a long, tightening right-hander covered in gravel and
I lifted. The car swapped ends and we went into the hedge backwards.
There was no damage, apart from a few marks but, by that point, it was
scratched and I didnt worry anymore. And so, at 19, did he win the first
event? No, we got hopelessly lost and if we even recorded a finish, which
Im not sure we did, it was around last.
After more road rallies, Dom converted the car to stage rally spec,
since it was clear the road rally series was on borrowed time. He bought a
proper Group A bolt-in rollcage from Peugeot Sport, along with the
genuine sump and tank guards, and before long the car was ready to
tackle stage rallies. Dom wanted to enjoy his motor sport and, instead
of single-venue rallies, driving 30 miles around an airfield in and out
of cones, he went out and did a series on gravel.
He suffered the inevitable engine failures, gearbox failures and class
wins until he got to the point where he and his co-driver(s) either retired
from the event or won their class, winning more often than retiring.
Then, one day, he was driving the Peugeot on the road: I was doing
30mph in fifth gear when the engine coughed and dropped onto three
cylinders. I pulled over, left it running and opened the bonnet. There was
a rod through the block and I could see the crankshaft still going round.
I had no money nothing left whatsoever. I pulled the engine out,
stripped it down and put it in the boot in boxes. It stayed like that for
Top and left
a month or so before I decided to sell it. I got 3000 for it not bad Owner Dominic
for an 18-month-old Peugeot that had been abused and that was the Delaney bought back
end of that. his GpA Peugeot
Dom then embarked on a career that saw him travelling the world for 25 years after he sold
it with a blown-up
some 20 years, working for various World Rally Championship and engine; stripped and
Formula 1 teams, including being part of the four world titles that caged interior is to full
Tommi Mkinen won with Mitsubishi. Eventually, he started a family Group A specification.

Below and right

Correct livery was eventually
sourced, from the 1987 RAC
Rally; this engine threw a rod in
1988, then lived in a box in the
boot until reunited with Dom
now its good for 8000rpm.

and set up his own independent Porsche specialist garage, servicing and dings in it from when I competed, and I decided to build it into a proper
repairing Porsches and preparing them for various forms of motor sport. Group A specification car. I got my sons to strip it for me, ready to build
A few times over the coming years he wondered whatever became it to FIA Historic spec for the Roger Albert Clark Rally in 2014.
of his 205 and even went so far as checking online to see if it was on the However, as is the way with so many labours of love, things didnt go
road, but he found the last time it had been taxed for road use was actually quite to plan. Because Dom would only do things right, building a 205
the last time he had done it, back in 1988. to Group A spec using proper parts was a very time-consuming business.
Fast-forward to 2013 and Dom was, as we all have been, sitting on the Brakes, for example. He contacted Alcon to see if the company would
sofa on a Sunday evening, idly surfing through eBay, when a pop-up re-manufacture the components it made for the original cars back in the
appeared, flagged Things you might like. He wasnt looking for anything 1980s. Yes, it would, if he would order 30 sets, otherwise they would not
in particular but clicked to see more and realised that this Peugeot 205 be economically viable. AP Racing took a look and helped out, including
rally car had stripes like his had, back in the day. The welding in some of swapping the rears to the original set-up.
the photos looked a bit familiar but the penny didnt finally drop until The 1.6 road cars used drums on the back but, for Group A use, these
he saw the corner of the numberplate. It was his old car. were machined down and used as carriers for discs, with a corresponding
Not only was it his old car for sale, but it was in exactly the same state caliper on the hub carrier. So that is what Dom did. He also had the
as when he had sold it almost a quarter of a century earlier. There were 20 bodies for the Bilstein dampers remade, using the originals instead of
minutes left on the auction, the bidding was up to 200 and Dom decided more modern versions. And so his 205 will have the notorious double-
he wanted no, needed the car, even though he had no idea what he bounce on landings and the rear-end kick that 205 drivers are so fond of.
would do with it. He put a maximum bid of 2500 on it and, 20 minutes The engine uses the original crankshaft but, once balanced, this is good
later, it was his for just 250. for 8000rpm. The Group A regulations allowed forged pistons, as well as
When he went to collect it, Dom didnt have the heart to tell the seller a fair bit of cylinder head work, while the homologation papers specify
he had owned it 25 years earlier but was very pleasantly surprised by the details for allowable camshafts, one of which Dom also had made
the condition it was in. In fact, he reckons its one of the straightest 205 from scratch. The gearbox is fitted with a close-ratio gearset and several
shells around. It was just as I had sold it the engine, still in bits, still final drives are permitted, along with several styles of limited-slip
in the same boxes I chucked it in, still in the boot. The guy I bought differential. Dom prefers the ZF plated style but others like the Quaife
it from had bought it from the guy I sold it to originally and it had been torque-biasing version, and both are allowed.
in barns ever since. Throughout the build process, there were numerous reminders that
They werent proper storage facilities but the car was protected from this car was always meant to be Doms. As we were building it, I came
the elements and there was plenty of air movement around, so it was in across holes in the dashboard that I remembered drilling for switches
remarkably good condition. I got it home and it still had a few dents and when I first owned the car. There was also a dent in the roof, that was


caused by a rear-end bounce that Dom thought would 1987 Group A Peugeot is no drama this is moving and doing something all
end in a roll but luckily didnt. When the car went 205 GTi 1.6 the time and, while it might not be the fastest way
to the paint shop, he specifically told them to leave the Engine 1598cc four-cylinder, through a stage, it certainly is the most fun.
OHC, balanced crankshaft,
dent. I went along to check it before they started From the passenger seat, that much is obvious.
forged pistons, GpA-spec camshaft,
painting it and they had filled the dent in. I told them Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection Dom takes me for a few laps of the test venue, which
to get the filler out. That was part of its history. Power 150bhp @ 7600rpm is complete with jumps, a water splash, long climbs
The livery was, surprisingly, one of the harder Torque 130lb ft @ 4500rpm with drop-offs, hairpins and fast, downhill sections,
aspects to get right. Youd think just googling Louise Transmission Five-speed manual, and not once do I jab the imaginary brake pedal. Its
front-wheel drive, limited-slip differential
Aitken-Walker or Mikael Sundstrm would throw Steering Rack and pinion busy very busy inside and, because the car is so
up loads of pictures, but try it! There are plenty of Suspension Front: MacPherson struts, small, the co-driver feels every little movement just
pictures of Colin McRae or Richard Burns in the 205 coil springs, adjustable Bilstein dampers, as much as the driver. They also bang elbows a few
Challenge cars [a toned-down version for a UK one- rose-jointed mounts. Rear: trailing arms, times but, again, thats part of the attraction of this
solid-mounted torsion beam,
make series] but not many of the works cars. We adjustable Bilstein dampers
pocket rocket.
found this one in the end, which Im sure is for the Brakes Discs Weight 780kg We get out of the car and Dom is red-faced and
1987 RAC Rally, and it suits the car well. Performance Top speed 103mph. smiling. My face is its usual colour but I am also
Since Dom put the car back together as a genuine 0-60mph 5.5sec (on gravel) smiling. And thats what this car is all about. Its
works Group A car, the day we meet at the Sweet covered in slime, with the distinctive smell of mud
Lamb complex in Wales for the photos is the first time he has been in it burning on hot exhaust, but everyone Dom, myself, the technicians and
for 25 years, other than for a three-mile shakedown the day before it was Doms 15-year-old rally-driving son Tom is smiling. And the smile is
loaded onto the trailer. all-important.
Typically, the Welsh winter weather is appalling but its a more-than- As far as Im concerned, its a tool, not a jewel, says Dom. Im not
appropriate debut for his car in its current guise. It is, as Dom explains, one for building showpiece cars they are to be used, pure and simple.
a fitting reunion: Getting back into the car at Sweet Lamb was a bit I love the old Escorts but there are so many around now that I wanted
like putting on a pair of really old trainers and finding that they are still something different. When people visit the workshop, they walk past the
very comfortable. Porsches and head straight for the Peugeot. Im lucky enough to have a
As Id only been up the road in the car, I was steady away to start couple of other cars a Porsche GT3 and a Lancia Delta Integrale thats
with but it soon started coming back to me. You really have to work the car in the period colours. But of them all, the Peugeot is the keeper.
to get the best from it. You chuck it around and you can feel it moving If I had to sell everything tomorrow, then I would never let this
under you and its so easy to control. Its not like modern cars, where there one go. Not again, not ever. End




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of the list of restoration candidates.
The timing of the competition was fortuitous: Road
and Races CEO, John Bradshaw, had recently acquired a
924 Carrera GT. Its a 1981 example that Bradshaw had
previously sold to a customer who had part-dissembled it
with restoration plans of his own. Eventually realising he
would never complete that restoration, the customer then
sold it back to Bradshaw.
That some of the work on the Carrera GT had already
started didnt make the project any easier, as Lee
Wibberley, Porsche Centre Boltons workshop controller,
explains: Although the car was partially stripped, most
of the removed components were just piled into a couple
of big boxes, so we werent sure which bits worked.
And, as it turned out, some key parts were missing. We
had to have new oil coolers and the rear section of the
exhaust made for us, and also had to hunt down some
new fuel injectors. The turbocharger required full
reconditioning and we decided to fit new bearings in the
engine. It was gratifying that, after wed reassembled the
car, the engine sparked up first time.
Although the Carrera GTs bodyshell was essentially
in excellent condition, restoring it wasnt without its
challenges, as John Bradshaw reveals. The car had been
stored underneath some heaters, and the effect of them
warming up and then cooling down time after time was
that the GTs polyurethane front wings and rear
wheelarch extensions had distorted.
You cant really use filler on polyurethane, so we had
to manipulate the panels back into shape using heat and
patience. Once the shell was completely stripped we sent
it away for dipping and electrophoretic coating its an
expensive process but the optimum way of making the
car rustproof for many years to come.
The Carrera GT was then meticulously painted in its
original black, for which flatting and polishing the paint
between coats took 75 hours. I wouldnt necessarily say it
was fun, confesses Bradshaw, but it was definitely
worthwhile. And it was a real pleasure to preserve one of
Porsches all-time greats.
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That road started here, with the prototype for what
became the 365 GTB/4. Jeroen Booij plots its journey
Photography Pieter E Kamp


Right and below right

Interior looks rather more 275
GTB than Daytona, unlike the
bodywork though the denitive
nose treatment was yet to come.

everal years ago I spoke to Leonardo Fioravanti the
man who, while working for Pininfarina, styled the
Ferrari Daytona. It proved to be his flagship design, and
the great designer set off on an anthology about the car
from the moment we sat down.
The Daytona was more or less born by chance. I saw
some 275 GTB chassis arriving at the workshop on a lorry. One day one
of those bodies was one step ahead in its building process. It came with
wheels, an engine, seats and a steering wheel, but it was otherwise naked.
On seeing it I thought to myself: we are doing it all wrong. I started
sketching and came up with a proposal for a new car. Farina told me it
was impossible to replace the 275 already, it was still too new. But he
liked what he saw. And so we showed it to Enzo Ferrari, who fell for its
profile but not so much for the front.
I had taken account of the 275s very long wheelbase, which had
made the design rather overbodied. We altered the front and asked
Ferrari once more for his opinion which was most unusual but
it was good. He liked it.
And so the 275s replacement arrived after just over 800 had been after, it was exported to the US, where it found new homes in
built. There had been six prototypes too, the very first of which had a Georgia, Mississippi, Illinois and finally southern California. Somewhere
completely different nose from the car we came to know as the Daytona in-between, the car underwent a bit of a facelift, being fitted with
something Fioravanti hadnt told me. And though I knew nothing headlights from a 275 GTB, and it changed in colour from grigio to
about it at the time, that very car was in the process of getting restored rosso. Van Bergen believes that must have been to make the car more
not far from my home in The Netherlands. attractive for sale.
Gerard van Bergen bought this unique Ferrari in 2003 without A prototype didnt mean much to many people in those days in
knowing what it was. As a hobby, he has restored several classics together America, he says. 275 GTBs had been rising in value for some time,
with a friend, mostly Mercedes-Benzes: We did a 300SL Roadster, a which must have had something to do with it.
Gullwing, a Pagoda and a 190SL, which we turned into an SLR. But The prototype found a new owner in Dutchman Henk van de Meene
slowly I became more interested in Ferraris, he says. I bought a in 1988. He stored it in his Swiss garage and sold it again in the early
Testarossa, an F512M and I restored a crashed F40. But I wanted to find 1990s to Carlo Perego, also in Switzerland. Another ten years passed
a 1960s GT, and then I came across this car in Switzerland. It was in a sad before Van Bergen became its ninth owner. He soon set about a
state but I managed to get it running and took part in a club rally in 2003. ground-up restoration.
Some of the older club members asked me: Do you have any idea what While Van Bergens first thought was to carry out the work himself,
that car is? And I would reply that it was something that needed an together with his restoration friend, it soon became clear that the job
awful lot of work. But I found out that it really was a very special car and was really meant for specialists. We were doing an inlet manifold when
I became desperate to find out all of its history. A long hunt ensued. a Ferrari club member came over to take a look. What on Earth are you
During his research, Van Bergen was in touch with Ferrari historian doing there? I know you like Mercedes, but this is way too heavy. It
Marcel Massini, who was adamant that it was indeed a prototype. needs to be lighter, he said. And so we started all over again.
With chassis number 10287, it turned out to be the first one of those six, With just a few photographs on which to base the work, it became
based on a 275 GTB and which came to life at Scagliettis workshop in clear that the body had been modified, too. Says Van Bergen: The rear
the spring of 1967, under the codename Study 109. It was used for wings were pretty bad, and needed lots of new metal. Meanwhile, he
testing at Modena Aerodrome, and sold before the 365 GTB/4 was began a search for light units of the right type. Not easy. The Fiat 850
unveiled in 1968, changing hands for 8,000,000 Lire (about the same Coup has very similar headlights, but the glass on these is ribbed. We
as a new 275 GTB) and registered in Rome. could only just see on the pictures that the Ferraris were not. It took me
The next owner, Gian Paolo Salgarella of Bologna, paid 3,000,000 Lire two years to find out what they were, Carello number this and that. Then
in 1972, at which point the car was said to have been damaged. Shortly I found a pair in the US and the guy wanted $1250 for them. Yes, I could
have had new lights made, but I wanted the real thing. I always thought
it would be worth it in the end.
Judging by the photographic report he keeps with the car, much work

Under that long bonnet was carried on that basis. The leather-clad aluminium dashboard; the
factory paper thats been used behind the door plates; seat frames that

is an experimental dry- have been restored and re-coated; the paint primer that was applied to
the cars body a year before it went to the spray booth, so it was perfectly

sump engine, with twin hardened; the cellulose paint that was made to original specification
And then theres the engine. Under that long bonnet youll stumble

spark plugs and three upon the worlds only 243-type Lampredi V12 engine. Its an
experimental dry-sump unit, with twin spark plugs and three valves per
cylinder. The block is based on the 330 GTs 4.0-litre, bored out to
valves per cylinder 4380cc, but Alex Jansen of Forza Service in Oss, who rebuilt it, believes


1967 Ferrari
Daytona prototype
Engine 4380cc dry-sump V12,
DOHC per bank, 36-valve, twin-plug,
six Weber 40 DCN carburettors
Power 352bhp @ 7500rpm
Torque 221lb ft @ 5000rpm (approx)
Transmission Five-speed manual,
rear-wheel drive Steering Worm
and roller Suspension Front and
rear: double wishbones, coil springs,
telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes Dunlop discs Weight 1350kg
Performance Top speed c175mph.
0-60mph c6.5sec

Above and right

At rst glance, its any
Daytona, though the tail is
quite different in detail;
36-valve V12 is unlike any
other Daytona engine.

the cylinder heads were specially cast by Ferrari. They

are totally flat, which means the combustion chambers
are formed by the hollowed-out tops of the pistons.
These flat heads also mean that the camshafts, two per
cylinder bank, fit under a single cover. This means
there was ample space for the twin spark plugs.
What did remain unchanged was the location of the
six Weber 40 DCN carburettors on top, although the
characteristic crackle-black air-filter box had to make
way for paired open trumpets, as on Ferraris
competition cars. There may even be a little more
competition thinking in this unique engine: Ferraris
P4 racers had a similar spark plug layout, plus double
inlet valves with one exhaust valve per cylinder.
Theres no doubt it gives a spirited sound, too. Van
Bergen switches on the petrol pump and turns the
little key. The starter rotates slowly and it takes a few revolutions before the restoration was completed. It has travelled, though, notably to the
all 12 cylinders catch and the engine fires with its characteristic metallic manicured lawns of the Concorso dEleganza Villa dEste and back via a
rasp. This is not the ideal car for twisty B-roads, says its caretaker above little detour to Maranello, to show the car to Marco Arrighi of Ferrari
the noise of the rumbling V12. It needs revs and runs at its finest when Classiche all that had been missing was the coveted Classiche certificate.
you shift gear at 7000rpm. But before getting even close to that, he warms That turned out to be quite the final hurdle, as Arrighi, together with
the engine gently. Once the gauge reaches 90C, he floors it and the Marcel Massini, found sketchy pictures of the car, just clear enough to
prototype dances from one roundabout to the next leaving the everyday show that it had left Maranello with triple tail-lights rather than twin
traffic behind and drivers looking puzzled. pairs. And so Van Bergen had to take a hacksaw to the tail of his just-
At lower revs the engine sputters and coughs now and then thats restored car; Ferrari, in an unusual gesture, granted Van Bergens team the
thanks to the cam timing, says engine builder Jansen but, as soon as a opportunity to make the change, rather than insisting on carrying out the
straight turns up and the revs rise, it breathes properly and its then, when work itself. That was fantastic, he says. Even though it was Ferrari
the revcounter needle jumps like the frequency needle-gauge on an Classiche, it would have felt to me as if I was handing over one of my
amplifier, that the goosebumps break out. children to an unknown surgeon.
In comparison with any modern sports car or GT, you sit high in the And so, despite ups, downs and the near-impossibility of tracing the
leather-clad bucket seats, and the consequent clear view ahead is aided correct parts during a process that took almost ten years, the man is
by slim windscreen pillars. The long nose stretches out in front while, extremely pleased with the result. And so is Ferrari, which rewarded the
immediately ahead, the instruments are recognisably those of a 275 restoration with a prominent display in its Maranello museum.
GTB, though the dashboard itself is calmer than that of Daytona Does Gerard van Bergen still dream of any other car? He takes just a
production cars. second or two before suggesting a Daytona Competizione. It needs to
The odometer reads 32,400km the restorers have resisted the be something extravagant, he says. An ordinary Daytona is just too
temptation to put it back to zero and Van Bergen has added few since common for me now. End


The sublime Lancia Aurelia B20 GT is a hard act to follow.
So how to make it better? Make it an outlaw!
Words Paul Hardiman Photography Paul Harmer


obody chops up Ferrari
250 GTEs any more to
what if they were to find an owner with
that same vision? The owners
make GTO replicas
but Lancia specialist
As it happened, there was a candidate, a
well-known California-based car collector, as
have track
Thornley Kelham had the
conviction to create the
TK co-founder Simon Thornley explains: He
came to us and said Would you be offended
records that
worlds first outlaw Lancia Aurelia. if I asked you to do an outlaw Aurelia? He encompass
Outlaw? Its a term applied to cars outside had pictures of a lowered S2, in 1953 by that
the mainstream series, and translates as the time they were messing with aerodynamics top-end
Italian fuorilegge hence Thornley Kelhams
website, Though it had
and wed earned our stripes doing the Bracco
car. So we said, yes, wed love to do an outlaw, collector cars
never been done before, the seeds had been
sown with the factorys chop-top racers of
but we want to keep it all Lancia.
Finding a donor wasnt difficult, as TK
as well as hot
the 50s. Taking a stock B20 GT coup, TK
started with a clean sheet and went the full
always has a couple in restoration and a couple
in the pipeline, but it was decided to base the
rods. This car
Monty provoking reactions polarised from build on a Series 6 so as not to offend the bridges the gap
mesmerisingly gorgeous to be careful with cognoscenti; the earlier series are the most
that gas axe, Eugene. Tellingly, the owners collectable and deemed the most precious, so
have track records that encompass dalliances it was as well not to start with one of those.
with top-end collector cars as well as hot rods. Thornley: The Series 5 is the least loved
This car bridges the gap. Seamlessly. but we didnt have one.
Having restored more than a dozen Aurelias So the focus turned to a 1957 Series 6
and, emboldened by the popularity of outlaw B20 GT that Thornley Kelham had in stock
(or hot-rodded) Porsche 356s, plus experience and, though its recognisably, undeniably
gained resurrecting the ex-Mille Miglia, Aurelia, just about every square foot of sheet
ex-Le Mans, ex-Carrera PanAmericana chop- metal was changed representing 1400 hours
top Bracco racer (see Octane 147), arguably of work. All four wings have a gentle swell,
the granddaddy of them all, the men at TK made from scratch by hand, while the rear
couldnt help muse What if? quarters are completely new and hug their
What if they were to create the coolest contents tightly as on a Ferrari 250 SWB. The
bad-boy B20 GT, its coup styling some door frames are bespoke and there are no
say by Boano at Ghia already sleek and rain gutters and a minimum of bright trim
low but subtly altered and re-engineered shaved, nosed and decked in hot rod speak
while remaining undeniably Aurelia. And along with no front indicators or bumper

Clockwise from far left
Lowered roof is a contentious aspect,
shaved door handles perhaps less so;
gorgeous Aniline leather bucket seats will
patinate quickly; trumpeted carburettors sit
within aluminium air-scoop; beautiful Monza
fuel filler and Tilton pedal assembly with brake
bias adjustment are further competition-style
tweaks; full set of custom Dunlop wheels
includes a spare; exquisite Jaeger instruments
have been given semi-matt black faces.


apertures. Even the fuel filler aperture took two
days to create. For the Aurelia, only floorpans are
Porsche Speedster seats and Tilton pedals with
brake bias-adjust. They should look out of place Seeing the
available pre-stamped. We make the rest, says
Wayne Kelham, who oversees the workshop.
but they catch the tone perfectly.
The wheel is Nardi, of course, the Jaeger dials finished body
in the metal, I
The work was by Matt Tupman, whod been standard but with the inner bezels painted
with TK for 3 years. The recessed Marchal black. The headlining is Alcantara, all trimmed
driving lights are simply fantastic, and any by Gary Wright. We used Aniline all-weather
brightwork is nickel-plated, not chromed, for a Connolly leather, which will wear-in fast and felt it would be a
more subtle shine. It rides on custom-centred look patinated quickly, says Thornley. The seat
Jaguar D-type-style Dunlop alloys shod in
Avon ZZs, beloved of racers, underlining that
lever buttons are turned out of aluminium, and
theres a period Clayton heater. The rollcage,
crime to paint it
this car was created for driving. The front screen painted the same gloss black as the body and
is custom-made but the rear is original, still dashboard, is so subtle you dont notice it at
with the factory dimples near the edges. The first, as it runs right through the dash.
door handles have been cut down, following The motor is a 2.5-litre Flaminia V6, which
Nardi practice on competition Aurelias back in has larger bores and shorter stroke than the
the day, and there are Ferrari competition-style Aurelia unit, bored to 2.8 with three twin-
bonnet catches. It wears 2.0-litre tail-lights choke Webers, beautiful headers and fabricated
(from the first two series of coups) because engine mounts, and even the plug-lead conduits
theyre just cool, says Thornley. are crackle-plated. With skimmed and ported
Theres no CAD/CAM in it, adds Kelham. heads and slightly more compression and
It was all drawn out full-size on sheets of brown cam it makes 170bhp-plus. Red crackle-finish
paper. Seeing the finished body in the metal cam covers are the only conceit and theres
in 2014, I felt it would be a crime to paint it. some very racer-esque open bellmouth and
I would have taken mine in clearcoat please, aluminium air scoop treatment up top. The
forever to display the art wrought underneath. Flaminia transaxle fits on the original mounts,
Black was the next obvious shade, the most though inside theres a hydraulic centre-thrust
unflattering colour for bodywork because any bearing, just one of the modern touches that
flaws or ripples become immediately obvious. have been integrated where you cant see them.
Inside, it goes a little more hot rod with a Even underneath there are delightful little
practical, minimalist look: quilted leather, details, such as the bronze drain plug in the

You dont have to work hard

to get places rapidly, so you
wonder why the factory never
offered the larger engine


transaxle. As well as the subtly reworked

body and extra power there are disc brakes all
Sullivan had a 13-year oval racing career,
winning 17 Indycar races including the 1985 A combination
round, operated by modern Tilton hardware
which you will find elsewhere on some
Indy 500 (having spun after overtaking Mario
Andretti for the lead!) and the 1988 CART
of hot rod,
vintage Bentleys.
It drives just like an Aurelia only more
Championship, following an F1 season with
Tyrrell. And hes a fully paid-up, box-ticked
custom, Monte
so, as a 911 Club Sport is to a 3.2 Carrera. petrolhead of the highest order too. Carlo Rally and
All of the Aurelias hallmarks are there As well as past ownership of a DB4,
stable platform, flowing chassis that exploits Mercedes Gullwing and a 911 RS 2.7 race influence,
momentum rather than sheer power, slightly Lightweight (which he sold to buy a Tuthill
railway-points gearchange and occasionally 911 rally car), he keeps a Porsche 356A as yet gentlemanly
ponderous steering when in roll just with
the best bits accentuated. So the 2.8 V6 is
well as a Vincent Black Shadow and he likes
to drive his cars, having just completed a
in presentation
notably harder-edged than the 2.0-litre or 2.5 1200-mile road trip in his smallblock-engined
and wants to rev, pulling more strongly with 32 Ford hot rod. I tend to keep one, enjoy it
a harder bark, and the brakes bite sharply but for a couple of years and then move on to
are quite progressive. something else, he explains.
The steering still loads up in corners thanks So one of these was an obvious candidate
to the sliding-pillar front suspension, but the for next on the list, especially as my wife says I
gearchange is as sweet as a transaxle cars can cant leave anything alone. Hed seen pictures
possibly get, and the view over the jewel-like of his friends car and on a visit to England
instruments remains super-cool, taking you went and tried it.
straight to the Carrera PanAmericana. Though I went out with Wayne and he showed me
it sounds like a Dino when you extend it to the how it all worked. Id driven an Aurelia and a
full chainsaw howl, this is an Aurelia that you Flaminia before with [dealer] Lukas Hni,
dont have to work hard to get places rapidly, after a DB MkIII and a Bentley R-Type, and
and you find yourself wondering why the thought they were fantastic. But I had so much
factory never offered the larger engine. more fun driving this one not mega-powerful
Even before the first car was finished there but it had just that little bit more sex appeal,
was another planned, for a friend of the owner, and I felt that we could have comfortably
whod sampled it before it left England. Danny carried on to Edinburgh. The Flaminia engine


in an Aurelia would have made a fantastic Over the past few years Ive been looking at 1957 Lancia Aurelia
factory hot rod. Outlaw Porsche 356s of varying levels, from B20 GT Outlaw
Sullivans Outlaw should be ready by extensive Emory creations to more basic stock- Engine 2775cc Lancia Flaminia
V6, OHV, triple twin-choke
summer, with a few detail changes: Were using looking coups with updated mechanicals.
Weber carburettors
Ferrari seats to keep it all Italian, and Im Though they have a very sporting character to Power 170bhp @ 5100rpm
looking forward to touring it as far as Sicily which I gravitate, Ive been thinking of a more Torque 189lb ft @ 3800rpm
with some friends while its still in Europe. stately car with substance and refinement. A Transmission Four-speed
Hes acutely aware that not everyone will combination of hot rod, custom, Monte Carlo manual, rear-wheel drive
Steering Worm and sector
approve. Every car is restorable, at a price. The Rally and race influence, yet gentlemanly in Suspension Front: sliding
car that I bought was a runner but I traded it for presentation. When I saw Simon and Waynes pillars with integrated hydraulic
an incomplete car, basically a shell, which will creation, it all came together. dampers, coil springs.
take about six weeks less metalwork. My foundation car is a neglected castaway Rear: de Dion axle, leaf
springs, telescopic dampers
The first Outlaw, now residing in California that requires a lot of love to bring back, and this Brakes Discs, inboard at rear
as Sullivans will, made a huge impact at is a way in which some cars will be saved. Weight 1209kg
Monterey Car Week in August 2016, stopping It would be sacrilegious to modify a nice, Performance Top speed c125mph.
the show at the Quail Lodge Concours and at original car to this extent, but there are 0-60mph c11sec
the Monterey Jet Center party, and led directly numerous Aurelias for those who seek a period
to a third commission, also from a Californian: car. A long-neglected body that needs major
Tex Otto was mesmerised. restoration and re-creation opens up the
Ive had several hot rods and have been possibility of creating a modern interpretation.
conflicted with cutting an unmolested car, he The Outlaw has certainly captured
says. I had a super-nice 32 Ford three-window imaginations since its first public outing at
coupe but I couldnt bear to have it chopped, Salon Priv in 2015. If twos company, is three
so I sold it to the next guy who did just a crowd? How many can you build before the
that without remorse. Coming from vintage cars uniqueness becomes diluted? Six, says
Ferraris, where modifications detract from Thornley. Thats our stated maximum.
provenance, resurrecting an abandoned Lancia The ultimate endorsement comes from
of which a few thousand were made looked Giovanni de Virgilio, son of Francesco who
like an opportunity to have classic Pinin Farina designed that V6 engine and was one of the
coachwork and a finely engineered chassis and Aurelias key creators. He told Thornley: Its a
drivetrainalongwithoptionsforpersonalisation very purposeful and realistic car that Gianni
in a contemporary grand tourer. Lancia could have built for a friend. End

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Theres more than one McRae in the rally star firmament.
We meet a 1970s hero and the car that made his name
Words and photography Mark Dixon Archive pictures Vauxhall

WE HOPE youll look at the photo opposite and think Soon afterwards, his mate Alan rolled the Cortina into
nice picture. What may not come across is the Force 10 a ball but the engine was rescued and put into a four-door
gale that was blowing in this particular part of County shell, which Jimmy bought as his first rally car. Within just
Kerry, Ireland, as we desperately struggled to prevent a couple of events, he was doing well enough to consider
Jimmy McRae from disappearing off the side of the upgrading, and duly bought ONeills Mk1 Escort Twin
mountain. Not for nothing does Jimmy have his foot Cam, very much the rally car du jour. Competing in that
braced against that rock. brought him into contact with David Porter of Perth
So it helps that Jimmy McRae is a genuinely nice guy Vauxhall dealer SMT, and hence into the world of Dealer
who doesnt mind (too much) getting frozen to the Team Vauxhall and rally history was about to be made.
marrow for just one more photograph. And it probably This was in the early 1970s, when Vauxhall was very
helps that Jimmy is a hardy Scot, born and bred in the much the underdog in motor sport, particularly rallying,
farmlands of Lanarkshire, south of Glasgow. Were across where arch-rival Ford ruled the roost. Obviously it wanted
the water today for the homage to the Circuit of Ireland, to change that situation but the bosses at General Motors
known as Circuit Dj Vu and run for the first time in werent willing to stump up the necessary moolah. Hence
2016 on some of the countys finest rallying roads. Jimmy the creation of Dealer Team Vauxhall, whereby dealerships
has been lent a genuine Chevette HSR for the event, and would pool their resources to fund what were effectively
were keen to hear more about his experiences back in works-approved but not works-financed entries.
the day with this silk-purse-from-sows-ear that elevated For every car a dealer sold, a pound I think it was up
Vauxhall into International rallyings premier league. to three pounds at one point went into the kitty, says
So, time to head to the haven of the caf at Molls Gap, Jimmy. Later on, the rally cars would end up being sold
itself a part of Circuit folklore. on. I remember Gerry Johnstone of DTV saying at the
Id never so much as sat in a rally car until I was 30 end of the Manx one year, Ill need to be on the phone to
years old, says Jimmy as he nurses a cup of coffee in the Ireland on Monday morning this ones advertised!
warm fug of the caf. Before that, it was always bikes: Thanks to Porter, Jimmy was able to buy a Magnum
motocross and scramblers. As with rallying, its all about Coup at cost, which SMT converted to Group 1 rally
balance, the balance between throttle and brake, keeping spec. It was a big bus compared to a Mk1 Escort and
the flow going. When I got started in rallying and won everyone went Whoah! Why have you done that? but
my class in the Scottish Championship, people were my answer was that everyone drove Escorts and I wanted
asking where Id come from, and the answer was bikes. something different, explains Jimmy. It paid off, because
Jimmys decision to become a rally driver may have within a year I had a sponsored drive.
happened a little late in life (his day job was in plumbing With his new Magnum, Jimmy went straight out and
and heating) but it was kickstarted by a memorable won the Arbroath Stages, but further success was initially
midnight run in a friends Mk1 Lotus Cortina: I was out denied by the fragility of the Magnums torque-tube rear
with Alan [ONeill] for a run in the lanes up axle. Once that problem had been overcome, he finished
the back of Hamilton and East Kilbride, because he second in Group 1 on the 1975 Lindisfarne Rally, beating
wanted me to co-drive for him, but I quickly came to the official DTV drivers Will Sparrow and Paul Faulkner.
conclusion No way! It was really scary and I knew that Reputedly, Jimmy drove like a man possessed because
if I was going to go rallying, there was only one seat hed been denied support to do the RAC Rally; it did the
Id be in, and that was the drivers. job and he was signed up for a fully supported DTV drive


Pentti Airikkala
wasnt one of my
favourite drivers.
He was something
of a law unto himself

in 1976. He was still rallying the slightly cumbersome

Magnum, but a big change was afoot
In September 1976, motor sport specialist Bill
Blydenstein started building the first of the new Chevette
HS rally cars, homologated to Group 4 spec, each with
Lotus twin-cam cylinder head, ZF five-speed gearbox and
a bespoke rear end that incorporated Opel Kadett chassis
parts and a Jaguar 340/Salisbury rear axle. And for 1977,
Vauxhall signed-up a promising Finnish rally driver called settings a bit, but I couldnt make major changes. For me, Clockwise from top left
Pentti Airikkala, alongside the British driver Chris Sclater. the HS was a chuck-it-into-corners sideways Finnish car, McRae behind the wheel of
Mervyn Johnstons genuine
Theres no doubt tht Airikkala put the HS on the map in and I like to think I was more refined than that. privateer HSR; on the Circuit
its first full season, his most spectacular performance When you were pushing hard on tarmac, however, of Ireland in an Ascona 400;
being a duel with fellow Finn, Ari Vanaten, in an Escort an HS was slightly more reliable than an Escort. Early on accelerating his HSR to first
RS throughout the Welsh Rally. Airikkala took the lead on we had a few issues with gearboxes and halfshafts, until overall on the 1980 Donegal;
at speed in 2016; towards the
the last afternoon and won by 57 seconds. they made them out of proper metal, but normally the
end of his GM days on the
During 1977, Jimmy had been soldiering on in his suspension only broke if you hit something! Lombard RAC in a Manta.
Magnum, but for 1978 he was brought in to partner Its fair to say that Airikkala had the lions share of good
Airikkala in a pair of HSs now fitted with Vauxhall luck during the 1978/79 seasons, McRae often struggling
cylinder heads after it had been discovered that the car with mechanical difficulties beyond his control, but the
was not homologated with the Lotus one! Its fair to say situation was reversed on the 1979 Manx when Airikkala
that Jimmy and Pentti did not become bosom buddies crashed out early on, and Jimmy took second overall after
He wasnt one of my favourite drivers, confesses an epic battle with Russell Brookes in an Escort 1800 RS.
Jimmy, clearly uncomfortable at being put on the spot. Over the 15 stages, the two drivers each claimed seven
He was something of a law unto himself, so we didnt fastest times, Terry Kabys TR7 V8 accounting for the
get on great. It was just his personality. I got on fine with remaining one.
other drivers, for example Russell Brookes. It was put Even greater things were to come. For 1980, Vauxhall
about that Russell and I didnt see eye-to-eye but we unveiled a new, improved HS, dubbed HSR and Jimmy
respected each others driving and after a rally or a recce promptly won the Circuit of Ireland.
wed go and have a pie and a pint together. The HS had been a road car turned into a rally car,
If Jimmy wasnt enamoured of his Finnish team-mate, while the HSR was more a proper rally car that happened
then he loved his new Vauxhall on tarmac, at least: to be based on a road car, explains Jimmy. This time I had
Because Pentti was Pentti and he was from Finland, the more input into the testing for the tarmac set-up, and it
cars were set-up to his style of driving on gravel, and I had better traction, handling and braking. The car sat a bit
couldnt get the best out of them. I could tweak the lower and the aerodynamics helped. (You can instantly


Above distinguish an HSR, like the car loaned to Jimmy by I was able to get to grips with the Ascona, in charge
McRae found the HSR Mervyn Johnston, above, by its fully flared arches, running of testing for the British side of the team.
a perfect tarmac car, thanks
to better aerodynamics and
boards, humped bonnet and faired-in headlights. Under It did indeed work out well for Jimmy. Driving the
revised rear suspension. the glassfibre is a completely revised rear suspension, with Ascona 400, he won two successive British Opens in 1981
four-link location, and a more powerful, 245bhp engine.) and 1982, with third and then second in the European
Jimmys win on the Circuit of Ireland is one of his most Championship, too. What must have been particularly
memorable drives. My co-driver was Mike Nicholson sweet was to beat Airikkala and his Escort in 1981.
and over five days we were never more than half-a-minute He went on to put up a valiant opposition to the new
apart from Ari Vatanen and Dave Richards in the Audi Quattros in a Manta 400, including a brilliant third
Rothmans Escort. On the Monday night we had a big on the RAC Rally. When the GM support dried up, he
moment and I turned to Mike and said Look, lets settle scored a Metro 6R4 for 1986 four-wheel drive was
for second; were going to crash if we carry on at this always the better option, whether on tarmac or gravel
speed. Then we pulled into the next Control and found and followed that with a rear-drive Sierra Cosworth for
we were right behind Vatanen, having started two minutes 1987 and 88. After the 6R4, it felt like a road car with lots
behind. Mike said Weve just taken a minute-and-a-bit of power and lots of turbo lag, but we managed to tame it.
off him! It turned out that where wed had our moment, He certainly did: those two seasons brought him his
Ari had had a major off and the back of the Escort was fourth and fifth British Open Championships.
badly damaged. Suddenly we were in the lead and we just As his son Colins career started to accelerate, Jimmy
cruised the last three stages to the finish. took a metaphorical back seat and by 1990 his
Jimmy notched up several other fine results that year, professional career was over. With hindsight, I regret not
including firsts on the Donegal and Cork 20 Rallies, and starting earlier but, to be honest, when I set out, I never
third on the Manx. That secured him the Irish Tarmac expected to do what Ive done. Thats been a bonus.
Championship, and he was third in the British Open To Vauxhall enthusiasts in particular, hell always be a
Championship. So it must have been a bitter pill to hero and the good news is that he can still be seen out
swallow when DTV announced that, due to lack of today rallying a Magnum or Firenza Coup, with the
funding, it was dropping Jimmy from its driver line-up. support of Vauxhalls Network Q. He may be well into his
Aye, Jimmy agrees, but what really annoyed me was 70s now but, as our day on a bare mountain has proven,
that everyone apart from bloody Dealer Team Vauxhall hes lost none of his inner fire. End
knew that Pentti had already signed for Rothmans Ford.
But it worked out for the best, because as soon as Dealer THANKS TO Jimmy McRae; Mervyn Johnston; Andrew Duerden;
Opel heard about it they were on the phone to me, and Vauxhall & VX Heritage; Tourism Ireland; Opel Ireland.


This rather special Citron DS was
commissioned for General de Gaulle at
great expense. So why was it rarely used?
Words Jon Pressnell Photography Daniel Denis
Archive renderings Citron Communication

GENERAL DE GAULLE liked his Citrons. During his wilderness

years out of power, between 1946 and 1958, he was often to be seen
extracting his lanky frame from the rear of a Traction Avant. As President
of the newly constituted Fifth Republic, he felt that he had escaped
death in the famous assassination attempt of 1962 largely thanks to the
hydropneumatics of his chauffeur-driven DS, which had allowed the car
to continue at speed after one of its tyres had been shot to bits. An attempt
to persuade him to adopt a Chapron-modified version of the Belgian-
assembled Rambler-Renault apparently met with Gaullian disdain.
But Frances head of state could hardly continue forever to use the two
special-bodied ceremonial 15-Six Traction Avants that had been inherited
from the previous rgime. So it was that, in late 1968, the very twilight of
de Gaulles presidency, the Elyse Palace took delivery of the most
extravagant DS ever to be made.
In fact, according to Henri Dargent, who was then assistant to Citron
stylist Flaminio Bertoni, the project goes back to 1960 or thereabouts,
when the Elyse first intimated to Citron that a new presidential vehicle
was required. Work began astonishingly enough based around 15-Six
mechanicals, despite the fact that the six-cylinder Traction Avant had
ceased production in 1956 but soon ground to a halt.
Not surprisingly, Dargent says it was difficult
finding 15-Six components, and this might have Top and right
De Gaulle, driven in a DS
been a factor; one can only assume that the this special version was
seemingly bizarre decision to use Traction Avant intended to replace his
components might have been prompted by the 15-Six Traction Avants.


long wheelbase of the Familiale version of

the older Citron. Some sketches by Legend has it that developed under Opron and launched for
the 1968 model year. Opron himself is
Bertoni survive (top right), and show an dismissive of the project. It was routine
angular design with a reverse flick to the de Gaulle stipulated stuff I didnt have a particular enthusiasm
front wing recalling that of the Ami 6. The for it. We didnt have the time to do a proper
car was intended to have a folding metal
rear section to the roof, and as a result there
only that the car had study, or to develop the folding roof. That
was a shame, as it would have made it easier
was a long flat boot to accommodate this.
In 1965 the project was revived, on the
to be longer than the to enter and leave the car.
If the long tail was wasteful of space, this
initiative of the Elyse, and under the
direction of new Citron styling chief
US Presidents was clawed back when it came to designing
the interior, according to Dargent. We did
Robert Opron, who had taken over an interior mock-up and, when the two
following Bertonis death in February 1964. Legend has it that the only Elyse chauffeurs arrived, they positioned themselves right against the
stipulation from de Gaulle himself was that the car had to be longer than steering wheel. They said they always drove like that, to allow the
the US Presidents stretched Lincoln. His staff, however, drew up a huge maximum amount of room in the back. So we went along with it.
list of requirements, without consulting the General himself. These Dargent was responsible for supervising the vehicles construction at
included the ability to climb the hill at the Mont-Valrien war memorial Chapron, a process that took nearly two years. Chapron was starting to
at walking pace in the full heat of the summer, and to crawl at 3-4mph for get old. His wife, who was a good manager, looked after the workshop and
several hours without cooling problems. Despite its size, the Citron also there was an excellent foreman, who brought in the metalworkers, the
had to have a turning circle tight enough to allow it to enter the Elyse trimmers, and so on, he recalls. All the elements of the body were formed
courtyard from the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honor and then pull up at the at Chapron, by hand. They had extraordinary metalworkers.
steps in a single manoeuvre. Despite the prestige associated with building a car for the President of
Extrapolating from Dargents memories, it seems that the design work the Republic, the project was apparently undertaken through gritted
took about a year. Carried over at first from the earlier venture was the teeth by the Levallois-based coachbuilder. He followed to the letter what
idea of a folding metal section to the roof, and the long rear deck of the we gave him, but he wasnt happy about it, says Opron. Chapron was
Opron design reflects this although the folding roof was ultimately a pretentious sort of person. I didnt like him much.
abandoned. The proportions of the vehicle were determined by the For Henri Dargent, it was a demanding time in his life. I shudder to
mechanism that we were going to make, says Dargent. It was because of think of the acrobatics I went through, he sighs. It was really a one-off
that that the boot was so long because we wanted the rear of the roof handbuilt vehicle. In particular he recalls a windscreen moulding that
to fold into the boot, in two parts. The slightly recessed headlamps, refused to stay in position, the painstaking lamination of the dashboard
meanwhile, echo Bertonis proposals for a facelifted DS, as subsequently woodwork and when he got the French colours the wrong way

Left, below and bottom
Early styling proposal
by Flaminio Bertoni was
superseded by Robert
Oprons; unique dash and
wheel in exquisite interior.

round on the acrylic emblem for the bonnet. Light units, Truly epic lounging space batteries. Power-assistance and braking were also uprated, as
door handles, badging: all the detailing was created by hand. back here because was the cooling, but the engine remained a standard DS21
There was also the small question of colour. front seat occupants unit, matched to a regular manual gearbox.
We chose two-tone metallic grey, in agreement with were crushed up against Despite what might be suggested by the cars huge weight,
the dashboard.
Opron dark grey below and light grey above. Then we had interestingly it was not armour-plated. De Gaulle disapproved
a note from the Elyse saying that Mme de Gaulle wanted a green. Theyd of the idea. If a head of state had to travel in a bulletproof car, he said,
asked the director of French TV at the time what colour looked best on it showed that there was a problem with the publics opinion of him.
the television and hed said green. I had an idea because we didnt want The Generals chauffeur, Paul Fontenil, tried the car at La Fert-Vidame
to change the colour. Wed do some samples on a domed bit of metal, before the Elyse took delivery, and before its first official function he
because how a colour is seen depends on the surface. On a domed surface practised parking manoeuvres so he could draw up and pull away in one
a grey with a bit of green in it would look green-ish. So thats what we did, movement rather than the three that the US chauffeurs were obliged to
and we sent that to the Elyse and they said OK use. Despite the DS being longer than the Americans cars, he astonished
Eventually the car was completed, and given a shakedown at Citrons onlookers by extricating it with barely a cigarette papers clearance.
La Fert-Vidame test track. Things didnt quite go as planned, remembers The cost of all this? The equivalent of some 700,000 or so, in Citrons
Dargent. Opron wanted chrome embellishers for the closing faces of the time and money, according to Dargent. That was a theoretical figure
doors. I hadnt allowed for that in my drawings, and of course it added rather than one that was actually invoiced, but it roughly amounts to an
some thickness to the doors. We did our best, with recessed screws and so eyebrow-raising 5.5m in todays money. This was a considerable budget
on, and it looked beautiful. We took the car for a test run at La Fert, and over-shoot now theres a surprise as the original estimate, says
all of a sudden we found that we couldnt get in all the doors were stuck Dargent, had been for 400,000. Doubtless for this reason as much as any
shut. Because the car was very long, the body had distorted slightly. At other, the notion of making replicas for tin-pot Third World heads of state
the Vlizy design centre a whole team worked for hours to get the doors was quietly shelved.
to open and shut with the chromed trims in place. Alas, other than its exorbitant cost, there was one (rather
The end result was a mastodon of a car, weighing 2280kg (almost twice fundamental) snag with the Presidents super-DS: despite earlier
the 1300kg of a regular DS) and measuring 21ft 6in long and 7ft 10in remonstrations by Fontenil, the rear division was fixed, with no sliding
wide. This made the Citron 5in longer than the US presidents Lincoln, glass. De Gaulle was not pleased, as he particularly appreciated being
and 4in wider than a Cadillac. Equipment included a curved division able to talk to his chauffeur, and had no intention of using the
incorporating a jump-seat for an interpreter, as well as a bar and a telephone-set intercom. Grouchily demanding why nobody bothered
refrigerator. With the electrics having to cope with rather more than to consult him about what was, after all, his car, he returned to the
normal, the system was doubled-up, with two alternators and two Franay-bodied 15-Six. Or so the story goes.


Disproportionately long
tail was a legacy of
an earlier plan to fit a
two-part folding roof,
which would stow away
inside the boot space.

One wonders whether de As it transpired, the DS was brought out for only two functions during
the final days of the de Gaulle presidency, which came to an end in April

Gaulle felt uneasy flaunting 1969. Indeed, the car represents an apparent disconnect: despite his
notions of the grandeur of France, and of his office, de Gaulle was a man

such an extravagance of modest tastes. The same could be said of his wife Yvonne, who motored
around in an Ami 6. The DS might have corresponded to the demands of
State, but one wonders whether de Gaulles personal disposition
in front of taxpayers especially after the events of May 1968 made him feel uneasy about
flaunting such an extravagance in front of taxpayers.
As for the new president, Georges Pompidou, he made only limited use
of the DS and eventually turned to a brace of special four-door Chapron
SM convertibles. Perhaps in cars as in politics, Pompidou an enthusiast
who had previously owned a Bristol and at least one Porsche was
determined to show he was independent of de Gaulle, whose Prime
Minister he had been.
So, after barely being used, the most extraordinary of all Citrons
passed to a private collector reputedly for a sum of around 20,000.
Today it has fewer than 4000 miles on the clock. Rare have been its
sorties, but French photographer Daniel Denis managed to secure
permission for the photo-shoot
1968 Citron DS within the Elyse that you see on
presidential limousine these pages. You have to admit that
Engine 2175cc four-cylinder, OHV,
single Weber twin-choke carburettor the stately DS and stately is surely
Power 115bhp @ 5750rpm Torque the right word looks more at home
122lb ft @ 3500rpm (approx) there than Franois Hollandes black
Transmission Four-speed manual, Citron C6, however politically
front-wheel drive Steering Rack
and pinion, powered Suspension correct such presidential transport
Front: twin leading arms, self-levelling might be. All this prompts a parting
hydropneumatic units, anti-roll bar. thought. Maybe, had he stayed in
Rear: trailing arms, self-levelling office a little longer, de Gaulle would
hydropneumatic units, anti-roll
bar Brakes Inboard discs front,
eventually have come around to the
outboard drums rear Weight 2280kg idea of using his new limousine
Performance Not disclosed more often. End


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since he already has a number of them, because it was quite handy at how much attention the Espada because we loved (and still love)
classic Lotuses, hes the perfect guy having it in their nice dry storage attracted on the road. Stuck in the car but it did vindicate the
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DAVE SELBY drives like new. All maintenance
records, factory brochures, COA.

IVE DONE some daft things in 1967 Ginetta G12

my time but this Marlins Mission Ginettas amazing giant killer fully
stunt had to be the stupidest of all. restored and track ready. One of
only 28 constructed in period. Pow-
What kind of nutter dreamed up ered by a Lotus 1600cc twin-cam
the idea of sailing a small boat built by expert Dave Vegher. Comes
340 miles round the coast to the There were any number of with a complete set of spares.
Southampton Boat Show to prove simple things I could have done to
how much fun you can have on a avoid the situation or get out of it 1940 Ford Tudor
modest budget? Its all lies. they teach them on courses but The driving experience of this Ray
Brown built Tudor Hot Rod is
Golf would make more sense. I was utterly fixated on getting into second to none. A Chevy ZZ4
Id got beaten up bad as I turned Queenborough. In the end, it was 350ci V8 motor, backed with a
right into the entrance of the the slackening ebb that allowed 350-Turbo trans. Many upgraded
Medway, as the stiff wind and me to inch my way in. features for long-distance cruising.
tide that had flushed me down I secured Marlin to the pontoon
The Thames like a crazy bobsled with every line and fender I 1980 BMW M1
Unrestored, original, and immaculate,
joy-ride started working against possessed, and didnt sleep a wink this phenomenally preserved E26 has
me. It was an explosive situation as she snatched and thumped. All only 8,441 miles, and is the nest M1
literally. I was bearing down morning brought was a wan, sickly we have ever had on offer. Concours
backwards on the wreck of the daylight to illuminate the horror. prepared. Complete with tools,
manuals, spare and jack.
munitions ship Montgomery, I trudged the empty, wind-lashed
sunk in 1944 and still with 1400 streets of Queenborough cursing
1989 Lamborghini Countach
tonnes of live TNT. the East Coast Pilot. Like all sailing Only 9,429 original miles on this
Sails down, 4hp outboard guides it omits the one bit of stunning example of the 25th
thrashing away; when I throttled information all sailors need: the Anniversary model. Only 658 ever
up, the boat slammed and crashed precise lat and long of the nearest built. Fitted with a 449hp 5167 cc
V12. Fully serviced and concours-
and the outboard was either half golf pro shop. There isnt one. level detailed.
submerged or racing in thin air. There was nothing for it. Id
When I throttled back I was being have to carry on to Ramsgate.
1997 Porsche 993 Turbo
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Never judge a book

costs. He could also see my battle
between head and heart. So he
1991 RANGE suggested I go home and cogitate.
ROVER CLASSIC With a heavy heart I left the
ROBERT COUCHER Ranger behind and took the train
back to London.
After a few days it became clear
TOOK MY LOVELY old Ranger that it just wasnt worth it.
up to specialist Bishops Heritage Obviously, once the Ranger was
( in opened up with a hacksaw, the
Peterborough with a view to rust would only be worse. He
having some work done. Chris reluctantly agreed so I sold him
Bishop came highly recommended the car and now it is gone.
by Patrick Cruywagen on sister What a shame. I have always
magazine Land Rover Monthly. thought Classic Range Rovers are
My Vogue EFI always looks superb 4x4s and I absolutely loved
smart in its clean Ardennes Green driving mine, especially up steep
paintwork and the gutsy, low- Alpine passes in deep snow where
mileage 3.9-litre engine pulls well; it proved incredibly adept, unlike
Chris liked the look of it when I other modern soft-roaders, often
arrived. Then he put it up on a seen sliding backwards down the
ramp. Oh dear. Rust, and lots of it. icy mountain roads.
He had a very good look But sometimes we have to know
around, sat me down with a coffee when to stop chasing the dream
and explained what had to be and accept the reality check. Oh
done. New A-posts, front inner well, I do have an Artillery Green
arches and rear arches, rear door Land Rover Series I Sport in the
shuts, sills, floors, rear cross shape of the Jaguar XK 140 to play
section and probably a new with, so I will throw the Range
bulkhead. All eminently possible Rover lucre at that instead.
but at what price?
It was clear that Chris really Top and right
Range Rovers arent rare in London, but
wanted to restore the Ranger and Couchers Vogue was on borrowed time.
he did his best to chip away at the Inspection revealed much hidden rot

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Back in for final fettling

work; as things stood, it was hard gearshift was extremely stiff and it to be driving the car again before
to believe this was the same car Id stank of fuel. Quite a long list of the coming spring.
1981 BMW 323i delivered for a paint job 12 months snags, then, and the car was duly Still, although I was gutted that
TOP CABRIO before. Sometimes you have to be returned to Automo to carry out I would need to wait much longer
SANJAY SEETANAH careful what you wish for. further checks. for the finished result, I was
Id bought the car largely Automos proprietor Chedeen confident that the problems could
because it drove beautifully and Battick was horrified that the car be solved by Chedeen and his
I HAVE BEEN rather down in was mechanically sound. Before had been returned to me without team. I hope my patience will
the dumps about my Baur during the restoration it became my daily proper shakedown testing, and finally be rewarded and that the
the last couple of months. Initial driver and it seemed completely at assured me that all the problems BMW will drive as well as it looks.
forecasts were that its restoration home in busy traffic, quiet and could and would be fixed. With
would have been finished last May, very comfortable despite being 35 winter now upon us, and the first THANKS TO Chedeen Battick at
but work was delayed on several years old. All that was required dusting of salt having hit the roads Automo (; Katrin
occasions due to parts being very was bodywork to match. in November, I resigned myself Mlle and Benjamin Voss at BMW
difficult to source. As we edged Naturally I expected a few to the fact that I was unlikely Group Classic (
towards the end of summer I snags; when you have an engine-
knew all hope of enjoying the out, ground-up restoration, it
warm sunshine with the roof down takes a while for all the
was out of the question. components (and there were
But finally, and to my delight, many new ones, including
the call came and I collected the suspension parts) to bed-in and
finished car in October, with just work together, but this felt rather
enough pre-winter weather left to more serious. The back end of the
enjoy a few topless drives. And car swung out when cornering at
thats when I discovered all was 35mph, it stopped poorly, and the
not as it should be. differential and gearbox whined. It
The car looked absolutely would also stall in low gears, the
gorgeous but, to my horror, it
Below and right
drove nothing like as well as it New hood and shiny red paintwork look
looked. Clearly it would have to go resplendent, though more work is needed
back for some further mechanical to solve the BMWs mechanical issues.


1969 Matra MS640 V12 Coupe.

1983 Arrows A3 DFV Ex-Jochen Mass. 1974 BRM P201 V12 Ex-Beltoise. 2nd in
1974 S.African GP.

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David Lillywhite and I did the
1997 Lige-Istanbul-Lige classic
rally in my Rover 2000TC. It was
one of the most ambitious
adventures weve ever had, a 4000-
mile thrash around Europe that
took in many of the gravel tracks
used on the tough 1960s Lige
rallies, and we were amazed to
finish seventh overall against the
likes of full-house 911s.
I had bought the Rover as a low-
mileage, low-owners and rust-free
2000 back in 1993 and developed
it into an endurance rally machine,
with Holbay-tuned twin-carb
engine, uprated suspension, full
Safety Devices rollcage and much
more. My usual parlous financial
situation meant that I had to sell it
in 1999 but its new owner, a
retired bank manager called Jan
Pearce, took up the mantle and
continued to rally it in long-
distance events that included the
Above and right
2002 Rally to the Nile. Marks old Rover on the 1997 Lige
I was saddened to receive an classic rally, and as it is today.
email recently from Jans wife
Jenny, explaining that Jan had After Id added a couple of
passed away and that she needed gallons of fresh petrol, the Rover
to dispose of the car. Rally cars roared into life and I went for a
are notoriously difficult to value tentative test drive. The brakes felt
so I suggested she enter it in a bit wooden after their lack of use
Silverstone Auctions competition but the engine pulled strongly and
car sale at Race Retro on 24 sounded superb. With its beefed-
February. I offered to help with up suspension I remember
the catalogue description and fitting 50% uprated 3500 rear
asked if I could pop over to see the springs to the front, to kill the
car, which had recently been Rovers natural understeer the
exhumed from storage and MoTd. car still felt nimble and pointy, and
Opening the Rovers door gave before long I was pushing that bit
me an instant Pavlovian response harder into corners and reliving
as its unique smell of old vinyl and those memories of 20 years ago.
metal hit me I was going to say At an estimate of 5000-8000
leather, but I noticed that Jan had and no reserve, my old Rover is
replaced the original front seats, one of the cheapest ways to get
and Id already removed the rears into Historic rallying. It would
back in 1992. It seems, however, make a superb daily driver, too,
that theyre still safely stored in and if you dont bid for it at the
the Pearce family loft. auction, then I just might.

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Gone but not forgotten

Although Art Deco was the prevailing trend

in the 1920s, Marrots work was more
influenced by symbolist painters such as
Maurice Denis. She made her living by teaching
and by selling textile designs, one of which,
produced using linocuts, clinched the Prix
Blumenthal at the Salon des Artistes
Decorateurs in 1928. Marrot married her
childhood friend Paul Angelloz in 1924; he
later became her business manager.
Marrots acclaim soared after she worked
with leading fashion designer Paul Poiret. But
her longest collaboration was with Alsace
textile mill Steiner de Ribeauville and its
director Jean Schlumberger, lasting 31 years
from 1932, with more than 320 designs for
fabrics and table linen. Having Margaret Owen
representing her in New York led to a Paule
Marrot design for an entire living room for
Jackie Kennedy. And while her pretty, graphic
patterns are not what adorn most man-caves,
her mid-20th Century influence was global.
During her stint at Renault, Marrot selected
a palette for the Dauphine bursting with
uplifting pastels that put paid to the blacks and

greys that draped staidness over the older 4CV.

The vivid colour cards handed out by dealers
offered such vibrant terms as Rouge Montijo,
Jaune Bahamas, Bleu Hoggar and Blanc Rja,

PAULE MARROT and they mixed with complementary interior

fabrics for seats and door panels, often sourced
from textile mills around Paris. She even
Artist who revolutionised car designers attitudes to colour designed the Dauphines emblem, featuring
three dolphins leaping over a crown.
Just as important, from an industrial
PAINTWORK COLOUR, at least for those had taken the novel step of using market viewpoint, Marrots four-strong team set-up
not commissioning a bespoke car, seemed of research to formulate what would become the test labs for Renault that could measure
little consequence to the car industry in the Dauphine; one key finding was about womens projected wear to fabrics and analyse paintwork
1930s. Which was surprising, really, because influence on buying decisions. The clipboard for long-lasting lustre. The Dauphine was
General Motors established its Art & Color jockeys concluded that ladies tended to have lauded everywhere as an attractive, pretty
Section as long ago as 1928, with the ebullient stronger views on colour than their menfolk. package (one was presented as a gift to Queen
Harley Earl as its overlord. Engineer colleagues Coincidentally, Lefaucheux had received a Elizabeth), even though its rear-engined layout
often derided its work calling its staff the provocative letter from a fabric designer called could make it a handful.
pretty picture boys, working in the beauty Paule Marrot saying how dreary she found the Marrots approach was widely copied across
parlor and in 1937 the name was changed to colours of cars on Paris streets, and suggesting the European car industry. She forever changed
the Styling Section. that she could make a difference. So in 1953, a the way carmakers regarded paint colours, or at
Although Earl advanced colour choice from place was created for her within the Dauphine least until Germanys sleek, scowling silver
the sombre and near-universal black that development team, putting her in charge of exerted its firm monotony on everyday models.
hailed from the Ford Model T, alternatives were co-ordinating body colours and interior trim After her brief but brilliant dalliance with the
generally limited to such sober hues as maroon, a unique position in the car industry. car world ended in 1965, Paule Marrot returned
dark green, brown or blue, with only cream, Marrot cut a Bohemian character in the to her world of fabric patterns, collaborating
fawn or grey for light relief. GMs rivals were steely world of car-making. She was born in with artistic luminaries such as Fauvist painter
little brighter, and after the Second World 1902 in Bordeaux to musician parents, and the Raoul Dufy. Although she died in 1987,
War the palette offered by mass-producers was family moved to Paris when she was four. Marrots much-admired work lives on through
as gloomy as the prevailing mood of austerity. Drawing was her passion. At 14, she enrolled reissues, and periodically billows in and out of
It was a point that GM president Charles at lEcole Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, where fashion with exhibitions and retrospectives,
Wilson, visiting Renault in France in 1950, her teachers included Renoirs cousin Eugene and unexpected homages paid by modern
barked at its chairman Pierre Lefaucheux. And Morand. Rather than university, the talented brands, including Nike.
it stung. A year later, when Lefaucheux and his 17-year-old painter and printmaker opted for You may never want to own a Renault
team began planning a new small car, the an apprenticeship in engraving and textile- Dauphine. But thanks to Paule Marrots
exchange must have come back to him. Renault printing with artist Pierre-Lon Dusouchet. influence, youll see it in a dazzling new light.











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Like a jet engine you can cook with, and instant
success meant half a million sales per year.

In Britain, well-off Victorians developed a

picnic fever, seeking ever-odder places to dine
al fresco. The most celebrated chef of the day,
ex-patriot Frenchman Alexis Soyer, was also a
prodigious inventor of cooking aids (his field
stove remained the British Army standard
from the Crimea War until the 1980s) and in
1849 he introduced his miniature, paraffin-
fuelled Magic Stove to the public. Much more
efficient at generating heat than a charcoal-
burner, the Magic Stove was a smash hit the
eccentric Marquess of Normanby used one to
cook for his picnicking guests atop the Great
Pyramid in Cairo!
Other portable stoves soon proliferated
but they all used the wick method of the
paraffin lantern to produce a flame. It was the
invention in Sweden in 1882 of the pressure-
fed, handheld blowtorch that led directly to the
creation of the Primus stove. The USA was
simultaneously developing its own, petrol-
fuelled, blowtorches.
Instead of a wick, Nybergs device
incorporated a hand-pump to pressurise the
reservoir and force paraffin up a vaporisation
tube into a gun-like shielded funnel, where it
would mix with air to produce a flame when
lit. No wick equals no soot plus intense heat.
Initial start-up requires pre-heating the
vaporisation tube by burning methylated spirits
in a small external reservoir surrounding it
and waiting. After a couple of minutes the
meths burns off, pressure in the main tank is
increased, its valve is opened, forcing the
paraffin into the hot tube, and a light applied.
The result is a proto-jet engine.
It was only a short step to visualising a device
with the flame directed vertically and presto!

the Primus. It was the mechanical adaptation
to the vertical that Lindqvist patented. Success
came quickly and by the early 20th Century
Lindqvists Stockholm factory was turning out
Roadside or mountainside, hail the hero of campsite cooking over half-a-million stoves a year.
In the wild, or anywhere, wild or not, without
a supply of electricity, the simple and reliable
IT JOURNEYED TO the North Pole and the For 200,000 years or so, mankinds food was Primus rapidly became the Kalashnikov of
South Pole, George Mallory brewed up with cooked by burning wood, charcoal, peat, manure, cooking. Although not quite a flat pack, the
one on his ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition, as animal fat or coal it was the discovery in the Primus 96, when disassembled, occupied a tin
did Hillary and Tenzing on their successful mid-19th Century of how to synthesise coal of only 5 by 4 by 2 inches. The world fell
1953 ascent. It has made millions of campers into paraffin (kerosene in the USA) that gave in love with the Primus stove all, that is,
happy, and countless motoring mums and dads impetus to the invention of the Primus stove. except Mahatma Ghandi. In contrast with his
have pulled over into a layby for a quick cuppa The process was discovered in the 1840s by enthusiastic support for the Singer sewing
brought to the boil on a Primus stove. Scottish chemist James Young and Canadian machine (Octane 149), he was a vociferous
Invented in Sweden in 1892 by Frans geologist Abraham Gesner, but Young was campaigner against the Primus, objecting to its
Wilhelm Lindqvist, the Primus was the first quicker off the mark, patenting the process in use on the grounds that too many Gujarati
wickless pressurised paraffin stove, and so Britain and the USA in 1852. The patents were women were dying from burns received as a
successful that Primus soon became the eventually rendered redundant when the oil result of their flowing saris igniting as they
generic term for its many copies. was refined from petroleum rather than coal. brushed against its naked flame.



A trip to Omegas musuem provides an insight into the watchmakers signicance

TOWARDS THE END of 2016 I travelled to when, so it is said, Cubby Broccoli had to lend stuff, clever Mr Aeschlimann served me lunch
Bienne (or Biel, depending on your linguistic Sean Connery his own Rolex for filming). The in the museum and, had they had a spare
leanings) to visit Omega. I was in town to catch adoption of the George Daniels-designed campbed, I would have been quite happy to bed
up with the new CEO. Omega is a well-run coaxial escapement and its subsequent down there for the night as well.
machine and, since my friend Stephen Urquhart industrialisation has been a remarkable There is just so much great stuff here:
stepped down after 17 years doing so, commitment from a brand that makes hundreds enough NASA kit for you to mount your own
succession to Raynald Aeschlimann, who has of thousands of watches a year (Omega is the space programme; JFKs watch; Speedmasters
spent two decades at Omega, has been seamless. nearest thing that Rolex has to a competitor). presented to Nixon and Spiro Agnew; some of
Omega is an important brand; immortality There have also been judicious revivals of old the beautiful pieces made for Omega by
was achieved when its Speedmaster (the first models: the idiosyncratic Ploprof divers watch Andrew Grima; timing devices for the
watch to boast a tachymetric scale around and the Bullhead chronograph, the former Olympics; movie cameras; even an Omega
the bezel) was adopted by NASA and went distinguished by a large orange pushpiece, the clock designed by Dali from space travel to
to the Moon. And, like the 600,000 or so latter owing its name to a traditional stopwatch sports and Watergate to Surrealism, Omega
watches it makes each year, the brand has configuration with the two push pieces seems to have been involved in much of the
proved remarkably robust. Even though, in providing horns and the shield-shaped case 20th Century.
Aeschlimanns own words, much of what the supplying the skull. What is more, the brand is It was only on seeing so much history all in
brand was selling during the 1980s was, as Mr a persistent performer at auction; after Patek one place that I experienced some of the
Ratner might have put it, crap, it had written its and Rolex, I would hazard that it is the third emotion felt by Omega collectors, and I began
name in horological history using indelible ink. most sought-after brand in the salerooms. to understand the pleasure they derive from the
My relationship with Omega has tended to However, while I appreciated and respected brand. There is enough in the way of variety to
be that of interested observer rather than the brand, it never really captured my form a specialist collection: chronographs, dive
enthusiastic participant. I have applauded imagination until I visited its museum. I was watches, chronometers, dressy Constellations
much that the brand has done over the years. over only for a couple of days and I had on gold bracelets, sturdy anti-magnetic
Product placement in the James Bond franchise workshops to tour, testing facilities to visit and Railmasters, and timepieces with beautiful
has been so effective that an entire generation new models to inspect, but I could quite enamel dials. Whether you are wearing a dinner
of filmgoers knows 007 as an Omega man happily have spent all my time in the museum. jacket or a diving suit, there is an appropriate
(things have moved on a bit since the early days Perhaps divining my enthusiasm for the vintage vintage Omega and usually for considerably
less money than the equivalent Rolex.
Happily, Aeschlimann respects the past but
is also adept at that tightrope walk between
toppling into an orgy of retrospection and
FROM SPACE dismissing the past as irrelevant. Incredibly, it
TRAVEL TO has been said that there were once plans to
discontinue the famous Moon Watch (the
SURREALISM, latest all-black Speedmaster Moon Watch is
pictured here). Such a solecism is unlikely to
OMEGA SEEMS occur under Aeschlimanns tenure, and he uses
TO HAVE BEEN an automotive analogy to explain his approach.
You dont touch the basics but you adapt to the
INVOLVED IN newest technology. As with the 911, you have
to keep it technically relevant and innovative,
MUCH OF he says. But you must never forget that it is the
one that created the myth in the first place that
THE 20TH is responsible for success.

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magazine, available
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Places to go


Amid the high desert of New Mexico, USA, nestles an oasis of pre-war classics

Left and below

The museum collection is on constant rotation,
with a display of around 60 cars, mainly
featuring pre-war American marques, including
many that have taken part in The Great Race.

in a 1917 Marmon, which was on show at the

museum, along with a number of other cars
that have taken part.
The display varies, as many of the cars are for
sale, or on loan, so the collection changes a little
from time to time. The visitor can be assured of
being able to inspect all sorts of marques,
mainly American, including such top makes as
Peerless, Chalmers, Marmon, White (they
didnt just do steamers), Rickenbacker, De
Vaux, Rio, Hupmobile (with early Raymond
Loewy styling influences) and Wills Sainte
Claire, along with the more recognisable makes.
Rickenbackers were made for only five years,
De Vaux for one year and the Wills Sainte
Claire for six years, so we dont often see them
in Europe. Nicely written individual
information boards make the cars even more
interesting. Like many American car museums,
the place is immaculate, with gleaming floors.
NEW MEXICO is known as The Land of models and a great array of motoring books, Near the back of the building is a large
Enchantment. It says so on the vehicle index signs and other memorabilia. Beyond is the restoration workshop, where work in progress
plates and it is no exaggeration. The high desert museum, with 60 or so cars. can often be viewed by the visitor. One more
state has a wonderful, timeless atmosphere and Gabs first old car was a Ford Model T tip: while youre in the area, try the Unser
its people truly love it. This is exquisite driving coupe, bought in 1959, infecting him with the Racing Museum, 1776 Montano NW,
country and the trip north of Santa Fe through collectors passion. He bought and restored a Albuquerque, for a collection of cars and
Taos and Angel Fire must be one of the best in series of cars and trucks and it was in 1995 that memorabilia of the Unser racing family.
the world, with every kind of terrain from the family ran out of room at their home and
desert to thick forests, and altitudes ranging established the collection we see today. The bright, lively J&R Vintage Auto Museum &
from 2000 to 13,000 feet. Gab and Evonna Joiner became enthused Bookstore is located at 3650 NM Highway 528,
One person who loved his State and his cars with the Great Race (, an on the outskirts of Albuquerque, a fine, old Route
was Gab Joiner. A few years ago, on Labor Day event running all kinds of old cars between 66 town. Admission charges ($6 per adult) and
holiday weekend, I pulled into the car park of distant points in the continent. In 1988, Evonna opening hours are available on the museum website,
J&R Vintage Auto Museum, to find it closed. and a friend became the first all-woman team The family warns that
I wrote a note, telling the owner that I would to complete the race and Gab won his class GPS and Google have the museum in the wrong
call back the following day, when a 1930s Ford in the 1995 race, from Ottawa to Mexico City, place! It is next to the Stagecoach Stop RV Resort.
drove alongside the building and stopped
nearby. The driver asked if he could help and
I explained the situation.
OK, he said. Then he emerged from his car,
opened up the museum (just for me!) and sat
in his shop, while I scooted around the cars,
taking photographs. That kindly man was Gab
Joiner, the museums owner. He is no longer
with us, but his family is devoted to maintaining
the car collection that Gab loved.
The building is a simple unit on a light
industrial estate and, once inside the door, you
find yourself in a 2000sq ft gift shop selling


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of the than the text given over to
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How do you describe the WAFT series of books? included a Porsche Targa Turbo, pictured top in a
Produced by the Belgian husband-and-wife team period publicity shot that could have come straight
of Bart Lenaerts (writer) and Lies de Mol from a sketch in TVs The Fast Show. (Those colours!
(photographer), theyre like nothing else in Those legs! That porn star tache!) Buchmann was
motoring publishing. The best analogy is that theyre also responsible for a one-off crib of the Mercedes
a style magazine in book form: think Wallpaper or C111, which he dubbed CW311 and adorned with
Ramp in hard covers. Whether you like or loathe a prominent three-pointed star; Stuttgart was so
the result, it is certainly different. gobsmacked by his audacity that it gave its blessing
Part of WAFTs unique character is the Belgian- provided he didnt make any more.
accented nature of the text (which is all in English). The WAFT team like their road trips and other
Lenaerts writes in a poetic, at times Kerouac-ian articles in this edition include taking a D-type on a
The BMW Century
style that, to a British ear, often verges on parody. tour of Coventry, and a new Mustang through TONY LEWIN
Random quote from a review of the Audi R8 V10 Michigan. Given that almost all the photography is Motorbooks, 35
Quattro: The first R8 was sexy weird, like Emerson the work of one person, Lies de Mol, its consistently ISBN 978 0 7603 5017 1
Fittipaldi. This one got his sideburns shaved. impressive and imaginative, and the books layout
But dont worry: if you find this more excruciating matches it for ingenuity. Its clearly a labour of love. BMW spent much of 2016
than entertaining, there is plenty of meat beneath WAFT has built up something of a cult following, telling the world it was more
the garnish. Among the miscellany of subjects, two just like the style magazines it apes, and we can see interested in looking forward
interviews stand out: recently retired GM head of why. Try it you might like it. MD than back, though this book
design, Ed Welburn, being reunited with his is proof of how proud BMW
childhood dream car, the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone should be of its century in
XP-74 concept, pictured above; and car designer existence. For many its a
Paolo Martin, perhaps most famous for the Ferrari familiar tale: Austin 7-alikes,
Modulo (see Octane 123). The latter comes up with stretched too far upmarket
some authentically off-beat quotes: Michelotti asked in the 1950s, rescued to a
me for two spheres of 20 centimetres. I found them minimalist pinnacle with the
at the local bowling alley; Nuccio [Bertone] Neue Klasse, domination since.
couldnt draw. He was a manager Sergio Its comprehensive, attractively
Pininfarina couldnt draw, either. But he was laid out and a perfect reference
a grande signore with a magnificent company. source, at its best discussing
Perhaps our favourite feature, however, is the controversy (Rover, Bangle)
interview with Rainer Buchmann, who founded and the modern expansion to
1980s car modifying company B&B. His creations encompass Mini and Rolls. GW

w w

Move over! Collectors

Temple Press, 1962,
value today 40

Ferrari 250 GTO Roger Nathan

The Autobiography An Adventurous Life
of #4153 GT ROGER NATHAN and Russell Brockbank was a
motoring cartoonist whose
For some reason his books
are still particularly popular in
KEITH BLUEMEL Stphane Gutzwiller, 19.99 work appeared in Punch for Germany and France, where
Porter Press International, 60 ISBN 978 0 9553934 0 2 over 30 years, and also in they must appreciate his very
ISBN 978 1 907085 27 7 Motor. I remember being British style of humour.
Its your classic 1960s tale of fascinated as a child by With their original and
The 24th 250 GTO is given derring-do. Boy likes cars. Boy Brockbank, when looking attractive period dust-jackets,
the now familiar Great Cars grows up, buys Healey, decides through my fathers book most Brockbanks can still be
treatment, but the predictable to race it, despite knowing collection, and his cartoons found for 35-45, although
format of Keith Bluemels nothing about racing. And so are still as witty and as The Brockbank Omnibus
book does not make it any less Roger Nathans career was set, relevant today as when (1958) is scarcer and is worth
absorbing. Chassis 4153 GT as he continued to build and they were drawn. about 55. Ben Horton
has led a full life (a decorated race a motley selection of cars Brockbank published nine
racing career, concours outings, throughout the 60s, working books of his work between
several run-ins with the Spanish with one B Ecclestone, at times 1948 and 1962, and there
police) and its story is neatly racing against Clark, Surtees, were further compilations
knitted together with that of the McLaren, Salvadori, Gurney issued during the 1970s. He
GTOs development to produce et al. Eventually he even built also undertook commissions
a volume that, given the surfeit his own brand of race car. Its a from oil companies and other
of writing about the model, gentle read, slightly amateurish motor industry businesses.
feels surprisingly essential. CB but enjoyable with it. DL

The Ultimate Book of the Air-Cooled Porsche 911

BRIAN LONG, 175 (clothbound) or 295 (leatherbound) from, ISBN 978 84 608 5703 7

So many books on the 911, pre-history (in this case the 356 and friends) and
so little time to read them all. interesting excursions into motor sport, stillborn
Which to choose then? Could prototypes, other models produced in parallel
Lola T70 it be this one, a new release (including 912, 914 and the transaxle cars) and
JOHN STARKEY from Veloce, and written by the later, madder GT1 and GT2 variants.
Veloce, 35 the ever-reliable Brian Long, Its comprehensive and interesting and, though it
ISBN 978 1 787110 51 9 author of 70 books? Or The couldnt be called entertaining, thats only because
Porsche 911 Story by the late Paul Frre and updated its not really meant to be.
For all its period photographs, by Tony Dron, now on its ninth edition? Or Karl The author lacks the been there, done that
Lola T70 is unfortunately not Ludwigsens Porsche: Excellence was Expected? Or authority of veteran historian Ludwigsen or racer/
an attractive book, but the one of the many, many more on the market? engineer/journalist (and Porsche expert) Frre but
fact that our review copy is a Thats hot competition. But Veloce hasnt tagged this is a more readable, accessible publication than
(paperback) reprint of a fourth this ultimate without reason. Its not a coffee table either of theirs. Its not cheap, though: there are only
edition should indicate that book, not simply because its more than just pretty 101 leather-bound editions and 810 cloth-bound
it has other qualities to pictures but because it would be in danger of versions, at 295 and 175 respectively. DL
recommend it. Indeed, 24 years breaking said table were it to be placed carelessly.
since its first publication, John My goodness its heavy, with its chunky 25cm x
Starkeys reference which 25cm dimensions, hefty outer slipcase, thick
includes race reports and hardback cover and 592 luxurious art-paper pages.
competition and ownership Its quite a tome.
histories for every T70 Inside, its all publicity shots and factory archive
remains unsurpassed in pics, an impressive 1250 of them; some familiar,
usefulness. If you want bedtime some rarely seen (and some hilariously period, with
reading, seek it elsewhere; if the cheesiest poses from unlikely-looking models).
youre after information, The format is fairly standard stuff, a year-by-year
look no further. CB account of all the air-cooled models, plus the usual



You might not immediately
recognise the door, but youd
almost certainly recognise
the bonnet: Todd Cooks
latest artwork is based on the
much-photographed car driven
by actress Jacqueline Evans on
the 1953 Carrera Panamericana,
a Porsche 356 adorned with a
giant portrait of Eva Pern, who
had died the previous year. The
paint is Cooks but the fabulous
patina is all Father Times.


If you go to great lengths to ensure that your classic
never encounters the wet stuff (we have heard of
particularly pampered cars going unwashed, in the
normal sense, for years), this waterless product is likely
to become a fast favourite. Its obviously pretty useless
on its own for a car caked in muck, but does a nice job
of more routine cleaning, emulsifying dirt that can then
simply be wiped away with a cloth. The potion contains
wax, too, so a quick buff post-cleaning will produce a
pleasing shine.
From 15.99.


The most famous racing Anybody familiar with Tazio Nuvolaris career will chuckle
number in history looks as at this enamel sign (20x17in) for a ctional repair shop;
good on the front of this The Flying Mantuan had even less regard for his cars
limited-edition T-shirt as health than he did for his own, often thrashing them
it did on the Mercedes- to breaking point. (In the 1948 Mille Miglia he was
Benz 300 SLR in which eventually forced to retire having lost bonnet, brakes,
a stupefyingly fast Stirling suspension and seat. He spent much of the race sitting
Moss and co-driver Denis on a sack of lemons and oranges.) Its a wonderfully
Jenkinson laid waste to whimsical piece of automobilia, and happily just the rst
the 1955 Mille Miglia. of a series of signs planned by Mexico-based Todd Fell.
30. $289.

A deafening, 700bhp four-rotor
Wankel engine; that memorable Its nominally a motorcycle jacket, but Belstaffs waxed cotton
green and orange Argyle sweater Jubilee Trialmaster will serve fans of four-wheeled machines
livery; a race-clinching double stint equally well this winter, and for many more winters to come.
by an exhausted, Pot Noodle- Its the sort of coat, in fact, that with an occasional dab
poweon this shirt and orange. of re-proong wax will probably outlast its owner.
16.95. 525.


A century ago this year, French ace Georges Guynemer
went missing ying a mission for Escadrille 3, the
fearsome ghter squadron whose emblem inspired the
stork hood ornaments of Hispano-Suiza. This limited-
edition version of the 45mm WW1 is a neat reminder
of Guynemers heroism not that it has ever been
forgotten across the Channel.


This beautiful sculpture captures
Archie in his Lister-Jaguar at the
height of his powers, but minutes
from disaster. The gutsy Scot met
his end in the 1958 Sports Car GP
at Spa but not before making a
permanent impression on the
racing world, overcoming physical
disabilities to record 71 victories.


1:18 scale

1:12 scale 1984 Le Mans Porsche 956B

2. 1973 Citron DS23 Pallas

1. By Norev Price 69.95

Material Diecast
With opening bonnet and doors, plus
By TrueScale Miniatures Price 299.95 Material Resincast a fully detailed engine and interior, this
diecast has fewer scale compromises
The 1984 Le Mans 24 Hours was not so much a here by TrueScale Miniatures. In 1:12 scale, its an than most and is reasonably priced.
walk-over for Porsche as a steamroller. All but one of impressively large or should we say long model
the top nine nishers were 956s or 956Bs, although with no opening panels or other fripperies. You do get 3. 1934 Mercedes SSK Count
none of them was a Porsche works entry because the a fully detailed interior but its coal-black nature means Trossi By Truescale Miniatures
manufacturer was boycotting the race that year due youll need a ashlight to inspect it. Price 229.95 Material Resincast
to a dispute over fuel regulations. Barring a couple of decal aws on our sample, this Yes, its three times the price of the
The winning car was the Joest Racing 956B driven handsome piece is immaculately nished and would Citron (above) and has no opening
by Henry Pescarolo and Klaus Ludwig, as modelled be a stand-out focal point in any collection. panels, but this model of Count Trossis
famous roadster is simply exquisite.

1:43 scale
4. 1973 Chevron B26 Kylami 9 Hours
1 By Grand Prix Models Price 204.50
Material Resin handbuilt
Made exclusively for GPM in South
Africa and limited to ten examples, this
is a stunning handbuilt of Ian Scheckter
and John Watsons Kyalami entry.

5. 1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible

3 By Neo Price 70.95 Material Resincast
2 The 57 Fords arent our favourite Yank
Tanks but its hard to fault Neos Fairlane
replica, its gaudy brightwork set off by
tight shutlines and nely rendered detail.

6. 1969 Bizzarrini 1900GT Europa

By Autocult Price 96.95
Material Resincast
A four-pot version of the much beeer
5300GT, the Europa had similar lines
and Autocult has made a beautiful job of
depicting them a little jewel of a model.

4 7. 1974 Audi Coup Frua Concept

By Alezan Price 157.20
7 Material Resin handbuilt
The silver paint on our sample wasnt
perfectly applied but otherwise this is
a good-looking handbuilt of the 100
Coup-based Geneva show car.

8. 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Aerolithe

5 6 8 By Matrix Price 106.95
Material Resincast
The one-off, magnesium-bodied
Aerolithe no longer exists (a superb
replica does) but Matrixs model is a
Models shown are available from Grand Prix Models, +44 (0)1295 278070, gorgeous tribute, with ne rivet detail.

Classic Models Many a modeller has had a love/hate

relationship with plastic kits. The
operated by a simple on/off lever.
The BRM is a typical Scalecraft
Cortina Mk2 saloon, which looks like a
slightly more elaborate model with
Scalecraft BRM process of assembling one can be
very frustrating and the whole thing
product. Inspired by the 1962 World
Championship car driven by Graham
interior ttings and chromed parts.
Scalecraft also made a breakdown
snap-together kit often ends up being put back in the
box, unnished and covered with
Hill, it consists of a simple body
moulding about six inches in length,
lorry and Routemaster bus, Centurion
tank, Massey Ferguson tractor, a huge

blobs of glue. to which the axles, motor and switch range of aircraft and ships, and even
Back in the 60s a company called are clipped underneath. Add a few an Aquaplane speedboat.
Scalecraft, based in Twickenham, accessories such as the steering Interest in Scalecraft kits declined
reckoned theyd found the solution: wheel, roll bar and racing roundels, in the 70s, and in 1977 they were
do away with the frustrations of and youre ready to race. absorbed by Airx, who continued to
glueing and painting by making A catalogue issued in 1969 shows issue some of them for a few more
the model out of a handful of just how extensive the Scalecraft years. Today, Airx markets its own
pre-coloured parts that simply clipped range was, at its peak. Among the Quick Build series using the slogan
together. To add further play value, other snap-together cars available No glue! No paint! Just build! and
Scalecraft vehicles were even were a Cooper Special, Lotus 25, so it looks as though the snap-
supplied with a small electric motor, Ford GT, Jaguar E-type and a Ford together concept will live on.

20-25 July 2017


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of 20 cars. The tour starts (and ends) with the Holyhead-to- Then its south to the Wild Atlantic Way and the bleak Burren,
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1989 Aston Martin V8
Vantage Volante PoW
Bonhams, London, UK
4 December
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Bonhams, London, UK
4 December
1968 Maserati Mistral
4000 Spyder
Billed, with a bit of licence, as Bonhams, London, UK
the first sports car, this 1914 4 December

Vauxhall 25hp made 516,700.

1914 Vauxhall 25hp Prince
Henry Sports Torpedo

The new years resolutions

Bonhams, London, UK
4 December
1967 Aston Martin DB6
2016 turned out rather a flat year. Will the trend be upwards in 2017? 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
to Vantage spec
Bonhams, London, UK
DAVE KINNEY involved in the hobby and that can only be counted 7 December
New Year always brings new realities. as a good thing. 331,900
Many of the cars we have seen with Bonhams held two sales back-to-back in London in 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
high-value percentage gains had a flat December. The first was its Bond Street Sale, held at its Bonhams, London, UK
year in 2016. Cars built in the 1980s international headquarters on 4 December. The second 7 December
were the glamour kids in 2015 and early 2016; then it is known as the December Sale, held this time at
was cars of the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s. Olympia. Bond Street is maxed out at 30 cars, whereas 2003 Aston Martin
We all know that, historically, such change is ongoing, Olympia has a lot more space for automotive displays. DB7 Zagato
and that the young bucks with bucks (or pounds or It was a friendly crowd at Bond Street; auctioneer Bonhams, London, UK
euros) are the ones who buy what they couldnt in their Jamie Knight was clearly having fun among friends 4 December
teenage years. There is nothing new there. while selling 4,286,090-worth of interesting classic
We have new cars entering the marketplace and cars for a 59% sale-through rate. The catalogue cover car 1962 Jaguar E-type
gaining instant recognition as future classics. All well was a moderately famous 1914 Vauxhall (Prince Henry Series 1 Roadster
and good, but heres the scary part. Remember when the Sports Torpedo) with coachwork by Hoskison of Bonhams, London, UK
hordes were running to the Ferrari dealer to buy new Birmingham. Described as the first true sports car (a 4 December
Testarossas to flip for a quick profit? We are there again. guaranteed discussion starter), it turned out to be only
I dont say that to promote panic in collector car the fourth-best performer in the sale. 1966 Aston Martin DB6
world, however. The smart people take advantage of A charmingly original 1968 Maserati Mistral Spyder Sports Saloon
what they have learned from history, as opposed to was number three, at 535,000. Runner-up at 561,500 Bonhams, London, UK
ignoring any kind of real or imagined risk. The positive was a 1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Brougham 7 December
side to all of this is that the enjoyment level of collector Deville, known as the Phantom of Love, with coachwork
cars, whether they were built a century or a decade ago, by Charles Clark and Son of Wolverhampton. Clarence 1918 Stutz Bearcat
tends to remain the same. Market expansion in this case, Gasque, a financial director of the UK division of five- Rumble Seat Roadster
the production of goods that we count as collectable and-dime store FW Woolworth, ordered the cars Bonhams, London, UK
cars, gives the possibility of more people becoming unique interior, with inlaid wood, handmade tapestry 7 December

THE MARKET / Reports

and cherubic angels painted on the panelling. Best seller

was a 1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante with just THERE WERE LOTS OF CARS FROM
36,143 miles, said to be one of only 27 built to Prince of
Wales specifications. It made a mid-estimate 651,100.
Three days later, the Olympia sale offered cars,
automobilia and motorcycles as well, with 82 motor
vehicles catalogued and 48 sold, for a 59% sale rate and SAYS THIS IS THE PLACE TO WATCH
a 3,456,553 total. Top seller was a 1987 Aston Martin
DB6 4.2 Vantage Saloon, which realised 359,900, just the High Court and also a car with less than 500 miles, it
above top estimate. Number two was a 1971 Ferrari brought 126,560, a good bit over the expected range of
Dino 246 GT, in quite rare right-hand drive, that made 90,000 to 110,000. There was a note of a control
331,900 (a well done on both presentation and price). system failure but that was later traced to a bad spark
Rounding out the top three was another Aston Martin, plug and corrected before the sale. Bonhams, Olympia, London,
Down-under at Shannons in Melbourne, Australia, UK. 7 December. 17,250
this time a 1966 DB6 automatic. It brought 216,540,
Imported from California in
having been inspected constantly during pre-sale. Of the most recent auction of 43 vehicles (including three 2014, this 66 Mustang was
note was a handsome 1955 Swallow Doretti, a chassis- bikes) was a 91% sale, with 39 sold of the 43 offered for honest and original. The colour
up restoration and concours winner selling at 68,700. a total of AUD $1,380,250. Top seller was a 1983 Ferrari is no help in a world looking for
Although within the suggested range, it still should be 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole (AUD $140,000). red convertibles; the owners
marked as a bargain for its condition. December is by far the slowest month in the United have chosen to leave it alone.
Brightwells Classic Motoring in Leominster offered States auction calendar. Mecum took full advantage of
115 vehicles, 73 of which sold for a 63% rate and a total that void with its sale in Kansas City on 1-3 December.
326,250. There were lots of cars from the 80s and 90s; Mecum never does things small and, with 592 cars on
even a few from the 2000s. An affordable sale, yet the offer, they sold 361 for a 61% sale rate. As usual, an
continued movement of the marketplace says this is the astonishing proportion of them were Chevrolets.
place to watch. Two Sylva Strikers earned the best line Without counting them down, lets just say that Bonhams, Bond St, London.
ever seen in the history of automotive cataloguing: somewhere north of 225 cars on offer were from the UK. 4 December. 169,500
Commissioned for a Nigerian Zombie movie. bow-tie brand, and 60 were Corvettes. In fact, the three Last year, another black Jaguar
Classic Car Auctions (CCA) offered a 129-vehicle top sellers were all second-generation Corvettes, XK150 sold for a record price.
line-up in Leamington Spa, 101 of which found new number one being a 1967 427/400 Coupe, which Alas, lightning did not strike
twice but this gure surely did
homes for a 78% rate and 1,437,849 total. Plenty of brought $143,000. When the dust settled, Mecum
not disappoint. Respectable
Mercedes-Benzes and Porsches, plus more than a turned in $8,136,000, another noteworthy result from money for a very nice example.
sprinkling of Fords, Jags and BMWs. this well-seasoned seller of collector vehicles.
H&H returned to Chateau Impney in Droitwich Spa All eyes now turn to Scottsdale, where Worldwide
for its December sale, with 92 cars on offer, all but 31 Auctioneers of Auburn, Indiana, is holding its first sale
sold for a 66% rate and 2,319,228 total. Number one in the Valley of the Sun. And back to those worldwide
seller was a 2012 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider that brought markets we started talking about earlier. Perhaps the
142,800 against a high estimate of 120,000. Showing renewed sense of optimism expressed in the US stock
just 400 recorded miles, it was sold by order of the High market will trickle into the auction world. Lets not
Court. An original right-hand-drive UK car, it appears to go out on a limb with a prediction but simply say that Mecum, Kansas City, Missouri,
be a 2009 model that was left unregistered until 2012. all signs point to yes. USA. 1-3 December. $24,750
Number two was a 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp This nicely restored 1958 Volvo
PV544 sold well. You could
Gurney Nutting Sedanca Coup, an older restoration in DAVE KINNEY undoubtedly use all of its 85bhp
Brewster Green over black with tan hide. A handsome is an auction analyst, an expert on the US classic car on a rally; the PVs legendary
car, it sold for 128,800. Another 2012 Ferrari finished auction scene, and publishes the USAs classic market durability and simplicity count
third, this time a California. Again, ordered by sale of bible, the Hagerty Price Guide. for more in that department.

HAGI PORSCHE INDEX For the third year in a row Porsche has
outperformed all other HAGI marque indices,
reduced growth rates in the overall market,
Porsches structural recovery is continuing.
and the HAGI Top overall market measure. In 2016 Ferrari gained 6.37% compared
380 Yet the HAGI Ps market-leading 2016 growth with Porsches 9.3%. Looking back over three
360 of 9.3% will disappoint short-termists who years, the Porsche difference is even more
240 like to project growth based on a convenient emphatic: over that time Porsche advanced
320 slice of the past. Theyve got to let go of their 72.93%, nearly doubling Ferraris 38.71%.
nostalgic attachment to 2013, when the HAGI Porsches separateness is in part due
P gained 24.48%. Its not 2013 any more. to its well-balanced currency distribution. In
Now were in an era when annual growth other words, the sector is more evenly spread
in the Porsche sector and others is below the across the major currencies than some others.
240 historic long-term annual average. Yet Porsche In a year of considerable currency movement,
220 continues to assert its differentness in a post- marques more heavily geared to the strong
200 bull-market world. US dollar have been impeded to a greater
Porsche ranks as the top overall performer degree. Indeed, if measured in US dollars,

since index inception in 2008, gaining 364.04% other segments would be showing little
over that period. In fact, in relative terms, more than 0% growth. Whats the German
MONTH/YEAR this historic long-term underachiever is doing for vive la diffrence? For futher analysis,
Vertical axis is based on a benchmark of 100 set at 31 December 2008.
The HAGI Porsche index charts the prices of key collectable Porsches. very nicely and, against a backdrop of greatly see Dave Selby

Finished in Cumberland Grey and Red Connolly. One of only 37 produced, this very rare car has just completed
a full ground up restoration to Concours winning standard with DJ Smail Ltd.

1964 DB5 Rothesay Red with Black Hide, recent 1964 DB5 LHD Goodwood Green with Black 1963 Lagonda Rapide Dubonnet Rosso with
full restoration by DJ Smail Ltd, superb Hide, original LHD matching numbers with Fawn Hide, rare opportunity to purchase 1 of
condition POA comprehensive history POA only 55 produced 185,000


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New dance partner wanted

Artcurial, Paris, France 10-11 February

WHAT INSPIRES ME, says Herv Ogliastro, a Francique Cadot of Lyon. His outing ended
are the stories of my cars and the lives they with a fuel leak after just ten laps, but his
have lived. The more they have danced, the wonderful cars career was just beginning.
more I become attached to them. It is easy, With various owners and drivers it appeared,
then, to understand why the French collector well, almost everywhere: at the Spa 24 Hours;
was unable to resist this 1936 Talbot-Lago on the Mille Miglia; on the Lige-Rome-Lige;
T150C when it came to auction in 2013; at GP after GP, recording a bakers dozen
very few cars have lived like chassis 82930. of podium finishes. Success at the greatest
By the mid-1930s, many manufacturers had endurance race of all proved elusive, but the car
begun to question the sense in going Grand lined up at Le Mans four times, in 1937, 1938,
Prix racing, so dominant had the Silver Arrows 1939 and 1949. On the last of those occasions it
of Mercedes and Auto Union become. To was driven by Louis and Jean-Louis Rosier, who
encourage French marques to remain involved, won the 1950 race in a Talbot-Lago T26 GS.
the Automobile Club de France devised new It wasnt babied as it aged, but was restored
regulations for the ACF GP ahead of 1936. Cars with replacement bodywork by marque expert
had to conform to a long list of standards and, Paul Grist in the early 1980s, and refreshed in
crucially, be of a type available to the public. the 90s since when it has been driven almost
The 3988cc straight-six-powered T150C was as regularly as it was in the 30s and 40s.
Talbots entry, and intended by Anthony Lago Ogliastro has decided to sell because the car
to challenge for top honours and generate the serves the same purpose as his Bugatti, opening
sort of publicity that would help the company a spot on 82930s dance card. The price to add
to shift a few more cars. Two T150Cs were your name? Between 1.2 and 1.6 million.
sold before the race, with 82930 snapped up by

Memory stir
Silverstone Auctions,
Stoneleigh, UK
24-26 February
Even if you havent the slightest interest in
buying a racing Yank tank, we urge you to
look up this 1968 Chevrolet Camaro on the
Silverstone Auctions website right now, for
there you will find footage of one of the most
entertaining races in living memory, the
1971 BSCC Iberia Trophy at Crystal Palace.
Our Camaro, driven by Martin Thomas,
diced for 14 of 15 laps with Mike Crabtrees
Escort RS1600 and Gerry Marshalls Viva
GT before crashing out immediately after
retaking the lead, to yelps of Spin! Spin!
Spin! from commentator Murray Walker.

Thomas owned the car right up until 2004

and rebuilt it to its current spec (5.0-litre V8
mated to a four-speed Muncie rock-crusher
gearbox) in the early 90s. It is valued today

Inter set to y in Paris

at 65,000-75,000, but to saloon car racing
fans of a certain age its priceless.

RM Sothebys, Paris, France 8 February

Considering the number of car manufacturers into tight spaces (a feature that was dropped
that were influenced by aircraft design in the early in production). Instead of a steering
middle of the 20th Century, it is somewhat wheel or even handlebars it had a controller
surprising there are not more cars like straight out of Dan Dare. Best of all, the Ydral
the Inter 175A Berline, a machine that took 175cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine was
the trend for aircraft-type features to its sparked into life by a Westinghouse-made
logical extreme. gadget called a Gyrostarter: pull a lever to
Built by the snappily named Socit activate a helicopter-sounding electric motor
Nationale des Constructions Aronautiques connected to a flywheel, wait for it to build
du Nord (SNCAN), it was apparently speed, then throw the lever down and hope
conceived as a competitor to the car it most that the flywheel engages the crankshaft.
resembles, the Messerschmitt KR175. (It was as unreliable as it was cool.)
The prototype was unveiled at the 1953 Some 300 cars were completed; perhaps
Paris Salon to onlookers who probably 30 are left. Excellent Inters like chassis 1199,
experienced both amazement and confusion. made towards the end of production in 1956,
Quite apart from the narrow, slippery body, are thus UFO-rare, which explains the strong
the Inter was weird. Its front wheels could estimate of 50,000-70,000.
fold into the body to allow it to squeeze


Go and get the pillowcase, I always there was a time when the world in 1823 completed this 18in globe for
say when quizzed on some matter of map changed in important ways with naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, president
world geography. Embarrassingly, even greater frequency and not just of the Royal Society for 41 years but
the only map of any size in our house because of political upheaval. best known for joining Cook on that
is printed on a piece of bed linen, In the 18th Century, exploration historic trip to Australia. Umpteen
and its not exactly the most helpful of the Pacic gathered pace and, species share his name.
reference any more. The USSR, East following the rst voyage of Captain His globe is destined for a new
Germany, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, James Cook, Londons makers of study now: Bonhams will offer it in
South Yemen they all still exist in the globes began competing to offer the New York on 26 January, and expects
guest bedroom at our place. most accurate product possible using it to bring as much as $20,000. Its a
As inaccurate as that pillowcase up-to-the-minute charts. Among them wonderful thing, even if it is as much
has become in two-and-a-bit decades, were William and Thomas Bardin, who use these days as our old pillowcase.

THE MARKET / Reports

25-28 January
Mecum, Las Vegas, USA
26 January
South West Vehicle Auctions, RM Sothebys, Amelia Island, USA The Finest, Boca Raton, USA 27 January
Dorset, UK. 27 January 10-11 March 11 February SWVA, Poole, UK
Its where the Jaguar story started, It was built in 1961as a road car, so it Its only right that The Finest auction 28 January
building shapely Swallow bodywork has no dramatic racing history. The list should offer The Best Car In The Anglia Car Auctions,
to push an Austin Seven upmarket. of previous owners is uninteresting. World. This 1965 Silver Cloud III Kings Lynn, UK
This 1930 example is magificence Just another Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Drophead Coup by HJ Mulliner, 5 February
in miniature in its two-tone paint, the then? Theres no such thing as will valued at $600,000-675,000, was Charterhouse
result of a restoration started in 1963, be evident when chassis 2639 is restored to as delivered condition Shepton Mallet, UK
delayed by illness and finished in offered in March and someone jumps by Belgian specialist Michel Kruch. 6 February
2013. The 17th-oldest Mk1 known at the chance to become around With its lusty V8 engine, driving the Stanislas Machor, Online
to the Swallow Register, it looks a $9.5 million poorer for the privilege car should be as much of a pleasure 8 February
treat at 13,000-15,000. of owning one of the truly great cars. as being driven in it. RM Sothebys, Paris, France 9 February
Bonhams, Paris, France
10-11 February
Artcurial, Paris, France
11 February
Thornton-le-Dale, UK
11 February
The Finest, Boca Raton, USA
12 February
Shepton Mallet, UK
17-18 February
Mecum, Los Angeles, USA
18 February
Morris Leslie, Errol, UK
18 February
Coys, London, UK
22-23 February
H&H, Castle Donington, UK
24-26 February
Leake Auction,
Oklahoma City, USA
24-26 February
Silverstone Auctions,
Stoneleigh, UK
27 February

The third of two

Melbourne, Australia
28 February
Barons, Esher, UK
2 March
DVCA, Dorchester, UK
Bonhams, Paris, France 9 February 2 March
Richard Edmonds
It looks like a Zagato-bodied Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 with a Touring-bodied 1934 6C 2300 GT Pescara. Allington, UK
GT Pescara in the Siluro (torpedo) style, vintage Dino Cognolato of Carrozzeria Nova Rinascente 4 March
about 1934. And so it almost is in Padua built the new Siluro body in painstaking Historics at Brooklands,
In 1935, Jacques de Rham established his Scuderia fashion, scaling it up from photographs. While it Weybridge, UK
Maremmana racing team. As the son of a Swiss slowly took shape, the cars chassis and engine were 4-5 March
Essex Classic Car Auctions,
nobleman he had money to spend and initially chose overhauled, and following the work a dyno test Tolleshunt Knights, UK
Fiat and Maserati machines, but he came to favour showed the straight-six to be producing 119bhp. In 8 March
Alfas and built up quite a stable, including two 6C all, the car took four years to complete but the toil Brightwells, Leominster, UK
2300s GT Pescara Berlinettas (one from 1934, the was rewarded when both Zagato and the ASI, Italys 9 March
other from 1935) bought in 1937 for hillclimbing. governing body for Historics, approved the result. Bonhams, Amelia Island, USA
They proved too heavy, however, so off they went to Bonhams, which previously sold the car in 2015 for 10 March
Gooding & Co,
Zagato for sleek Siluro coachwork aluminium, and $473,000, reckons it could make as much as 750,000 Amelia Island, USA
300kg lighter. The cars showed well in competition this time. That sounds optimistic, but its no less than 10-11 March
but neither has survived, so an Italian Alfa enthusiast Cognolotos work deserves. RM Sothebys,
recently set about creating another, starting, correctly, Amelia Island, USA

THE MARKET / Showroom Stars

1971 Honda S800

Sufficiently well sorted to
have appeared on the cover
of Portugals Motor Classic
magazine, this late example of
Hondas high-revving firecracker
looks good value by todays
standards; the exquisite engine
note alone justifies the price.

1965 Panhard 24 BT Coup

Panhard came to specialise in

1965 Renault 8 Gordini R1134

Marmite styling, and the 24 was
a fitting end to the marques
production of passenger cars.
This long-wheelbase example
must be about the most
33,995. KGF Classic Cars, Peterborough, UK distinctive car 13,000 will buy. (NL)
GIVEN THAT ITS predecessor, the Dauphine, has
been described by Dan Neil as the most ineffective
bit of French engineering since the Maginot Line,
we suspect that many at Renault in the 1960s would
have been delighted for the R8 to be merely competent.
It was, of course, far better than that, and in Gordini
form it was among the most important cars of its era,
winner of three Tours de Corse on the trot from 1964 to 1968 Delta Yeti 850
1966 and popular enough that it spawned the first ever 13,000
single-marque racing series, the Renault 8 Gordini Cup. A 4x4 with four-wheel steering
Amde Gordini, nicknamed The Sorcerer, was able and a frugal Fiat four-cylinder
engine If launched today, the
to extract impressive performance from the R8 Majors
Yeti might well be a roaring
1108cc four-cylinder engine. With a crossflow head and success. In the 1960s it was
twin-choke sidedraught carburettors it made 95bhp not, and this is a rare survivor.
45bhp more than standard. His car was reliable, too:
on the relentlessly attritional 64 Tour de Corse, 71 of
the 79 starters were forced to retire. Four of the eight
finishers were Gordinis. Just as importantly, the Gordini
was a joy to drive a bit tail-happy in the wet, but only
enough to keep things interesting. So many of historys
great racing cars inspire in those with even a vague
sense of self-preservation what is euphemistically called
respect, but not the little Renault. 1926 Hanomag 2/10PS
Unsurprisingly, then, genuine Gordinis have for some Cabriolet. 24,995
time been a hot commodity. Collectors tend to prefer Known as the Kommissbrot for
the later 1255cc version with quad headlights, but if its resemblance to an Army loaf
ultimate speed is what youre after youll want to take a (the original seat has been replaced with a modern of bread, this little car was often
hard look at this 1965 screamer, currently loitering with Sparco number, but remains with the car). It has been ridiculed when new but it was
a pioneer of ponton styling, and
intent at KGF Classic Cars in Peterborough. campaigned with success but remains immaculate. And makers of easy jokes tended to
Formerly owned by noted Gordini enthusiast Steven best of all, its road-legal and right-hand drive, meaning shut up when they discovered
Swan, it boasts a super-tuned 1550cc 169bhp engine The Sorcerers magic and Steven Swans can be it would do 71 to the gallon.
and all the attendant upgrades youd imagine but in enjoyed to the fullest on this side of the Channel.
appearance has been mucked about as little as possible gmbhcokg

THE MARKET / Buying Guide

Porsche Boxster

For a while its been possible to get into a
One of the best-handling sports cars ever is a bargain, too Boxster for 6000 and even less. The money
will buy you an enjoyable drive, but youll be
talking a ratty high-miles 986. Autos are less
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT Porsches a 987 will always be the ultimate Boxster: a very desirable than manuals. Better to weigh in
improve with age. They evolve. The earliest fine car indeed. Buy right and you cant lose. around 9000 for a smart, serviced,
911? Sure, its a legend, but it suffered evil Of course, Porsche being Porsche, evolution low-mileage late-model manual 3.2S. And we
cant imagine those getting much cheaper.
handling and a paucity of power. It got better, took place to get that far. The original 986
though, didnt it? Which is why we at Octane Boxster was launched in 1996, sharing 15,000 is happy territory: a smart, historyd
have high hopes for the latest 718 Boxster. Its architecture with the first water-cooled 911 and early 306bhp Gen 2 can easily be yours
been criticised, in these pages as well as helping save Porsche in the process. Some felt it (similarly a Cayman). Keep it well and it will
elsewhere, for the lack of character exhibited lacked the visual punch of the concept version stand you in good stead as the enthusiasts
by its turbocharged flat-four. Not as charismatic that wowed crowds at Detroit in 1992. When it choice. Six-speed manual a joy, but seven-
speed dual-clutch PDK a great self-shifter.
as the old flat-sixes, even if its more powerful. finally went into production, it lacked dynamic
So, until those fours improve, nows the time punch too, although that original 201bhp Think double that for the best, youngest 987s,
to invest in an earlier Boxster. 2.5-litre engine was supplanted by a 217bhp or possibly a low-mileage 550 Spyder edition.
For now, well ignore the recently 2.7 in 2000, and joined by a 250bhp 3.2-litre Top whack of 45,000 is the preserve of the
discontinued 981. It was launched in 2012 and Boxster S. The enthusiasts model had arrived. lightweight ragtop 09 Boxster Spyder.
you can buy one from around 30,000 which In 2003, outputs went up to 225 and 258bhp,
is the upper end of what youll pay for the 987 plus there was a (now-sought-after) 550 Spyder Engine problems include intermediate shaft
(pictured above) that went before it, although 50th anniversary limited edition with 266bhp. bearing failure (check the history to see if its
youll pay more like 45,000 for the more Bigger changes came when the thoroughly been replaced; if it rattles, avoid), bore wear
collectable Spyder version. And while the 981 facelifted 987 arrived in 2004, with a 237bhp on pre-07 cars (excessive smoke on start-up?
is objectively a better car (more rigid, more 2.7 and 276bhp 3.2S, then 241bhp and 291bhp Avoid) and leaky rear main oil seal on 986
powerful, stronger brakes, cleverer tech), in one in 2007 before a further facelifted Gen 2 (a cheap fix: question it if it hasnt been done).
major respect it took a step back: the steering. version in 2008 that brought a 252bhp 2.9-litre Rust is rarely an issue even on the earliest
Yep, the 981 arrived with electrically assisted base model and a 306bhp 3.4S, the latter 986s, but nose and flanks prone to road rash.
steering in place of the previous Boxsters capable of 170mph and 0-60mph in 5.2sec
hydraulic rack. Its extremely precise but, until figures a 911 was proud of not long before. Suspension bushes need replacing every 40k
it evolves (as it surely will), youll miss the heft The hardtop Cayman was launched in 2005 miles: graunches and slackness are clues.
at low speed and the tingle factor as soon as (a tad more power and a slightly sharper drive),
Interior trim got stronger with successive
youre rolling that you get with the old system. though theyre worth a bit more and you cant facelifts and is notably more robust in the
And as interaction via the steering wheel is take the roof off. No other six-cylinder roadster 987. Of early cars, only the best-kept avoid
what, along with that flat-six soundtrack, will can match the pretty, fast and scythingly agile scruffiness inside. Make sure the roof
soonest hardwire you to the cars soul, for many Boxster for the money. Glen Waddington mechanism and electrical fixtures work.

Porsche 911 2.7 RS Lightweight M471 (RHD)
One of just 17 UK C16 cars delivered this example was originally retained by Porsche GB and registered
as RGO 3L during which time it was utilised as their spare car for the race and rally season of 1973 as well
as being the subject of many magazine road tests and articles. The sister car (RGO 2L) was found to be so
reliable that this car was rarely used and was therefore sold to its rst private owner following the RAC Rally
of 73. Since then the car has had just 4 private owners from new and retains much originality including its
matching numbers engine whilst having been meticulously cared for by its custodians. A rare opportunity to
acquire one of the best and most iconic 911s in existence. POA

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1986 Spice SE86C Hart 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB 1974 Porsche Carrera 911 3.0 RS 1987 Ferrari Mondial 3.2
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Its believed approximately only 50 of the low volume Aston Martin Virage were
produced as original factory LHD. Part of a private collection, hardly used and dry
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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe 1995 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe
Iconic DB5 with exquisite specification. Silver Birch British Racing Green, Tan hide with piped spruce. 36,954 Tungsten Silver with Black trim. 6 Speed Manual.
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1990 Aston Martin V8 Volante 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Coupe 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1
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2005 FERR A RI 575 SU PER A MERICA ( LHD) POA 2016 FERR A RI 488 GT B 249,950
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1950 Ferrari
250 GT Competition
Berlinetta Sport Speciale
Roberto Rossellini and his actress wife Ingrid Bergman were among Ferraris best customers in the 1950s
and this Ferrari 250 GT Competition Berlinetta Sport Speciale, chassis 0403 with special coachwork by Pininfarina was
originally believed to be intended for Ingrid Bergman. On seeing the car at Pebble Beach in recent times, Sergio Pininfarina
commented that it was one of his favourite designs; the rear window line terminating in twin rear fins being particularly
modern and elegant. The car was entered in the Cartier Style et Luxe at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed -
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Ferrari BBi 512

Classiche Certified (1983)
Vehicle description
Supplied new to South Africa through the
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on 13th January 1983, the beautiful 512 BBi is
one of just 48 Right Hand Drive cars built out
of a total factory production of 1,007.
The car resided in the dry climate of South
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Its specification is identical to that of a UK
Supplied car with the exception of the
speedometer calibrated in Kilometres which
still remains fitted to the vehicle.
Vehicle specification
Year: 1983 / Y
Colour: Argento Nurburgring
Interior Colour: Nero Leather
Transmission: Manual
Engine Layout: Flat 12
Mileage: 74,900 kilometers

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11,870 miles, Manual gearbox, Rosso Corsa with 30,585 miles, F1 paddle shift gearbox, Rosso 22,061 miles, F1 paddle shift gearbox, Tour de
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Ferrari F430 Coup - 2007 Ferrari F430 Spider - 2007 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - 2008
13,808 miles, Manual gearbox, Nero Daytona 10,482 miles, F1 paddle shift gearbox, Rosso 16,610 miles, F1 paddle shift gearbox, Nero
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1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster

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1993 AC Cobra Lightweight 2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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1964 AC Cobra 289 Mk2

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1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 1954 Austin-Healey 100

With rare factory four-wheel disc brakes and Original UK car for complete restoration. Right-
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Austin-Healey 100 BN2 Older restoration with only careful use since.
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1990 Ferrari Mondial
Chevrolet Corvette 1965 C2
Sting-Ray Convertible
For more information please contact me
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1994 Ferrari 348 Spider

Stunning. One of only 68 RHD cars. Full service
history, large history le. Recent cambelt service,
four new tyres. Viewing recommended, upon request.
69,500. Tel: +44 (0)1582 488370, email aaron@, (T).

1973 Citron SM -
Maserati V6 engine, beautifully
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1988 Ferrari GTB Turbo

One of only 308 Italian-market cars. Intercooled,
254bhp. History from new. Exciting! 69,990. View
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Datsun 240Z
Original car, engine runs, drives. Paint a little scruy.
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Ferrari 246 GT Dino

US spec LHD chairs n ares. Driving project, only
two owners from new. Matching numbers, very rare
opportunity. Viewing recommended, upon request.
229,995. Tel: +44 (0)1582 488370, email aaron@, (T).

1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV

Red with black hide and dark red carpets. Air-
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wheels, stainless steel sports exhaust. One of only
233 UK cars ocially imported. POA. View all our
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2002 Ferrari 575 F1

Metallic blue (Tour de France) with cream hide stitched 1962 Jaguar E Type Series 1 -
in blue. 18in alloy wheels with aluminium grey brake original RHD, matching numbers,
calipers. One of only 182 cars ocially imported into early Roadster
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1988 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible 2008 Jaguar XK 4.2 Convertible

27,950 Midnight Black, Ivory leather, 40,000 miles, superb spec, impeccable history. 22,950. Adrian Blyth.
Tel: (0)1428 608255 (T).

1995 Jaguar XJS

Celebration Convertible 4.0
Turquoise with cream leather trim, contrasting Coffee
piping, black hood, cream tonneau. Electric seats,
electric mirrors, trip computer, air conditioning,
heated rear window and only featured on the
Celebration models it has a half-wood wheel,
wood gear selector, embossed seats and stunning
diamond-turned polished Celebration wheels.
This vehicle has covered 58,000 miles and has
11 stamps in the service book to confirm. A real
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For all things Mercedes-Benz sl 107. Lamborghini Murcilago

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Only 3800 miles. Full main dealer service history, 0844 414 2116 the best example of the highly desirable LP 640
Jaguar XJS 4.0 AJ16 Coup available today. Tel: +44 (0)1580 714 597, email:
Automatic, stunning Flamenco Red with contrasting (T).
cream trim. A very special car, having covered only
18,000 miles and with 12 stamps in the service
book, mainly by Jaguar and other specialists.
Cherished by previous owners. Wooden steering
wheel and gear selector, Jaguar embossed seats,
electric mirrors, electric seats, electric windows,
air conditioning, all owners manuals, service
history, five-spoke Jaguar alloys, cruise control,
later AJ16 engine, beautiful and original example.
29,500, p/x poss. Tel: +44 (0)1435 863800, (T).

1995 Mercedes SL320 Convertible

Stunning Azurite blue metallic, unmarked leather
interior, well cared for car. Electrically operated
insulated mohair soft top, hard top, Merc alloys with
new tyres, service history. 6500. Tel: +44 (0)1594
516826, email:

Porsche race engine
2.5-litre twin plug full race engine, originally built by

01480 587 026

Franz Blam in the US. 7R engine case, shuffle pinned.
Carillo Rods, Mahle pistons and cylinders. 66mm
counterbalanced crank, RSR camshafts, uprated chain
tensioners. Approx 19 hours since refresh. Engine in
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Porsche wanted
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Renault 8 Gordini
1985 Porsche 911 Carrera -
Australian delivered, matching
numbers, full history

2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport

Final edition, has had a nut and bolt restoration,
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1964 Sunbeam Tiger


Day in the life

Finding time to locate and restore Mufer Men between radio and TV commitments
WE STARTED AMERICAN GIANTS online disappeared, so it was great to see him again was amazing. Ill walk into a barn and discover
in 2013, but Id had a growing passion for and get some really good pictures. these old lguys in the corner, covered in dust,
preserving these 22ft-tall glassfibre statues for Bob Prewitt created these figures, we think in and get a real feeling of excitement.
a couple of years. 1963, in Lawndale, California. Bob had a Rising material and transportation costs
People started calling them Muffler Men in business making outsized, hollow glassfibre killed them off in the 1970s. And businesses
the mid-1990s; it was the authors of the animals for advertising. He got an order for a suddenly found them embarrassing, tacky. Your
Roadside America books, Doug Kirby, Ken 20ft-tall figure of Paul Bunyan, the American boss would tell you to take a hammer, crush it
Smith and Mike Wilkins, who coined the lumberjack, but the buyer never paid so Bob into pieces, and get rid of it. Luckily for us, a
phrase. They kept noticing these huge men, sold it to the Lumberjack Caf in Flagstaff, few people simply put them in the woods and
often holding mufflers [exhaust silencers]. Arizona. Then in 1964 he sold the moulds to forgot about them.
They found them amusing and by 1992 theyd International Fiberglass, which put Bunyan My favourite, the Texaco Big Friend, is a
identified about a dozen of them. into production as giant men for advertising. good case in point. About 300 were installed in
We now know there are at least 180 surviving. They were featured in a trade magazine, and 1966/7, then a few fell over, damaged a car, and
Ive been all over the country to see them, and oil and tyre companies were really interested. Texaco changed its mind. They got rid of them
Ive personally recorded 160. Ive built a map of Phillips 66 ordered cowboy versions for its gas all overnight, and only four remain.
every kind that survives; there are a lot in stations, Pontiac wanted Indians for its I own four Muffler Men. I live in Denver but,
California, but a handful migrated to Canada, dealerships, and Uniroyal asked for giant when I have time, I go to Illinois where theyre
Mexico and Puerto Rico, and one even as far women to promote its tyres. You could see stored in my buddys garage, and help with
as Venice, Italy! what was coming up a mile off, even when three ongoing restorations. Theres a team of us:
I work in production for a Christian radio travelling at 50mph. a glassfibre expert, another who does the paint.
and TV ministry, and it takes me to a lot of My media production workload is heavy. Weve recently found an airbrush artist to add
places, so sometimes I can divert for a visit to This morning Ive been mapping a building the fine detail.
see a Muffler Man. Last week I was in Palm with 3-D software so we can host an event there People in the UK seem to be really interested.
Springs, California. One day I got up at 6am to in March. But whenever I can, I like to go and The BBC flew a TV crew over from Washington
drive 40 miles to the town of Mecca to have a meet Muffler Men, and talk to their owners. to interview me, which was great. They have a
look at a cowboy although I think he was Finding a new one is a big deal; two or three real pull, even now, and theyre very reminiscent
originally a Phillips 66 gas station man. Hed emerge each year. A few weeks ago I was in New of 1960s and 70s American road trips,
been known in the 1980s and 90s but then Jersey and I saw seven or eight in a day, which especially if you were a kid then.

A great Flaminia with a near-perfect balance of original and renovated condition. A UK supplied RHD example to original specification in very good order. Fully
Maintained and restored over the years by respected Lancia specialists. refurbished some years ago and well maintained since. Good history.

UK RHD. Recaros, electric windows/roof. A great matching numbers example One of 400 Heritage editions produced. Unused by its sole owner with just 18 miles
fully restored by the right people and perfectly maintained. Extensive history. recorded. It comes with all books, keys, model and the commemorative book.


One of only six RHD GT5s supplied to the UK market. Fully documented Superb and desirable First Series. Great original colours and spec with ST300
restoration to an amazing standard by acknowledged De Tomaso specialist. auto, PAS and tacho. In superb order and fully sorted by the UK Pontiac specialist.


One of 450 UK supplied examples. Very high spec. Unmodified and in superb original UK RHD. One lady owner from new. 33k miles with full Porsche service history.
condition. Only 21k miles with full BMW service history. All books, tools and keys. Great specification. Superb unmodified original.

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