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Christmas Window Shopping – Hall & Hall

Last week I got a phone call from Ted “Ferret Fotographics” Walker asking if I’d like to accompany him on a 300 mile round trip to Bourne, Lincs and back to visit Hall & Hall where he had some cars to inspect. I accepted on the basis that this might be an interesting window shopping trip, and as you shall see below it was close to the ultimate Christmas window shopping trip for petrol heads and race fans.

Mercedes 300SL, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

Among the cars I was kindly allowed to photograph was the Donington Collection’s 1952 Gullwing Mercedes 300 SL complete with experimental roof mounted wing that was around 15 years ahead of it’s time, this car was tried in practice, but not raced, for the 1952 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Delhaye 235 Chapron Coupé, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

Moving chronologically on this 1953 Delahaye 235 Coupé with a standardised Chapron body at a price when new of FF3,800,000 cost twice as much as the much faster contemporary Jaguar XK120.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

Pierre Dumay and Jo Schlesser drove this Ferrari 250 GT SWB, chassis #2127, to a second place finish overall in the 1960 Tour de France, it’s last known in period race was in the 1964 6h Dakar race in which “Cicoira” drove it to a 3rd place finish.

Lotus 48, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

Unknown to all but a select few at Ford, Cosworth and Lotus the Lotus 48 was powered by a sign of things to come. The 48 was campaigned successfully in Formula Two and Jackie Oliver drove one to a fifth place finish in the 1967 German Grand Prix against cars with engines nearly twice the size and around a third more horsepower. The Cosworth FVA motor, which dominated Formula 2 from 1966 to 1972, has a four valve head, that was developed as part of Ford’s contract with Cosworth that would give birth to the Ford Cosworth DFV. The DFV in turn dominated the top tier of motor sport from 1969 until 1983 during which time the DFV motors powered 11 Drivers championship winners interrupted on three occasions only by Ferrari. This is one of several cars currently for sale on the Hall & Hall website linked here.

Alfa Romeo T33, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

The 1967 270 hp V8 powered Alfa Romeo T33 ‘Periscope’ was first used in competition by Belgian Teodro Zeccolini in his home country for a hill climb event at Fleron which he promptly won. By 1975 a flat 12 version of the T33 had been developed that won the Sports Car World Championships in 1975 and 1977.

Porsche 911T, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

German born Kenyan Edgar Hermann bought this Porsche 911T early in 1967 in preparation for an attempt on the 1968 East African Safari rally but when the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon was announced he returned it to the factory to be prepared for the longer event in which he finished 15th. Hermann sold the car to Australian Porsche importer Alan Hamilton who converted it to RHD and drove in Australian Rally events until 1970. In 1987 this 911 had a second wind and was driven to a Class C championship win in the Australian Porsche Cup.

Matra Ford MS80, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

From 1969 was one of Jackie Stewarts World Drivers and World Constructors Championship winning Matra MS 80s, powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV as heralded by the Cosworth FVA. Team owner Ken Tyrrell managed to do deals with Matra to use their chassis, and at Stewarts insistence Ford to use the Ford Cosworth DFV for the 1968 and 1969 seasons. These deals were remarkable because Matra were trying to develop their own V12 for Formula One at the time.

BRM P153, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

While I was window shopping two V12 powered cars from 1970 took my fancy the first was this BRM P153 chassis #3 according to the Hall & Hall website, these cars were the first of three race winning designs by Tony Southgate, Pedro Rodriguez drove a car like this to victory at the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa at an average speed of 149.9 mph. Chassis #03 was driven by George Eaton in 1970 who’s best performance was a 9th place finish in the Canadian Grand Prix, Howden Ganley drove the car in 1971, his seasons best result 4th in the non Championship Spring Trophy at Oulton Park . Sweden’s Reine Wisell and Spains Alex Soler-Roig both qualified the car for a race each in 1972 but neither finished which left Austria’s Dr Helmut Marko to drive for the last time in the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix where he finished 8th.

Matra MS650, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

According to the best sources I have the 1970 V12 Matra MS650 chassis #02 above has been used in just 6 events, unsurprisingly most of those who drove the car are French the three exceptions being Dan Gurney, who shared the it with Francois Cevert to record a 12th place finish in the 1970 Sebring 12 hours, Jack Brabham who shared the car with Cevert and retired from the 1970 Le Mans 24 hours and Algerian Bernard Fiorentino who shared the car with Maurice Grélin when it failed to finish the 1971 Tour de France. Chassis #02 was shared by Henri Pescarolo, Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Johnny Rives for the cars career best 2nd place finish, behind the sister car driven by Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Patrick Depailler and Jean Todt, on the 1970 Tour de France carrying the registration 197WS75 as seen above.

Ligier JS17, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

Finally there were two 1981 cars which grabbed my attention, first this Ligier JS17, powered by a fabulous sounding Matra V12, not sure which of the 5 JS 17’s built this is but Jacques Laffite drove the type to victory in the 1981 Austrian and Canadian Grand Prix which gave Laffite an outside chance of wining the title going into the final race of the season held in the car park at Caesers Palace. A 6th place finish meant Jacques secured his third consecutive career best 4th place in the championship.

Lotus Ford 81, Hall & Hall, Bourne, Lincs

I’ll be publishing a full blog about the Cosworth DFV powered Lotus 87 on 29th of December, the car seen here is chassis #87/R4, also currently offered for sale, was driven in 1981 by Nigel Mansell. Like many cars of this era it is probably more reliable now than it was in period .

I’ll save the best car in the building as a surprise, it was a prototype Friday car and it was a dream come true to see it in person. Don’t forget to tune in this Friday to find out what it was.

My thanks to Ted Walker for inviting me to join him on his trip to Hall & Hall and to Rick Hall for letting me take photographs of some of the vehicles in his care.

Wishing Abba Kogan, whom I believe owns some of the vehicles seen in these photographs, a swift recovery from his injuries, sustained in the Baku City Challenge, Azerbaijan recently.

Thanks for joining me on this “Christmas Window Shopping” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


Sinsational – Autosport International

A couple of weeks Ted Walker kindly invited me to the Autosport International a racing car show held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Black Current, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Looking into the back of this Beetle it became immediately obvious something was missing in the form of a motor, it turns out the Black Current.III is an electric drag racing car run by Current Racing with sponsorship from AmTecs Ltd is powered by two 9″ in-line electric motors good enough to have reached a personal best of 9.51 on the 1/4 mile with a top speed of 135 mph.

Austin Healey Sebring Sprite, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Above on the Manufacturing Resources Centre stand, more than ably manned by Roger Onions, was one of six Williams & Pritchard bodied Austin Healey Sebring Sprite’s John Sprinzel ordered in 1960. PMO200 is the sister 1961 Sebring team car to S221 which I looked at a couple of years ago. This car finished 15th in the 12 Hour classic with Joe Bazzutta and Glen Carlson at the wheel having been driven to 5th place in the Sebring 4 hour race the previous day. The car was also driven on the 1962 Monte Carlo Rally before passing through my host Ted Walker’s hands in the 1970’s.

Ford Escort Mk 2, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Mick Gregory can probably lay claim to building the worlds most heavily modified Ford Escort Mk 2, having started this project 6 years ago with an everyday 35 year old Ford Escort Mk 2 road car, modifications include a super charged Duratec engine good for 450 horsepower, an Elite six speed sequential gearbox, a Subaru rear axle and extensive use of carbon fibre in the body work, this car can be yours for just £90k.

Peugeot 206 WRC, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Ten years ago 2001 World Rally Champion Richard Burns was leading the 2003 World Rally Championship driving a Peugeot 206 WRC like the one seen above when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor after blacking out on his way to the season finale Wales Rally GB. Richard was destined never to drive a car in competition again succumbing to the malignant tumor on November 25th 2005.

Mini Cooper Works, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

On the Motorsport stand Adrian Norman’s MINI Challenge Club championship car made and interesting back drop for his sponsors Scalextric product. Embarrassingly my five laps at the controls of the electric racer were a whole 3 seconds of the pace.

Honda Civic, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

I looked at the MG6 GT BTCC challenger a couple of weeks ago this is one of the Honda Civics run by the British Touring Car Championship winning Yuasa Honda team which took both drivers and constructors titles in 2012.

Bentley GT3 Concept, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

The Bentley GT3 Concept car was announced at the end of 2012 and is undergoing development by erstwhile works backed Ford Rally Team preparation experts M-Sport in anticipation of hitting the tracks in 2014.

Radical RXC, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

By all accounts Radical holds the title for manufacturing the fastest production car to lap the fabled Nordschleife on the Nurburgring, at Autosport International they launched their latest model the Radical RXC which should be able to go faster still. Powered by a 280 hp Ford V6 and weighing 900 kgs the RXC has a zero to 62mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph.

Sin 01, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Another Sinsational new car launched at the Autosport International in a similar vain to the Radical was the Sin 01 a product of a joint venture between Pro Formance Metals in the UK and Sin Car GmbH in Germany, the Sin 01 will be offered in competition and street legal versions.

Lancia LC2/85, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Amongst the sports racing cars present where no less than three 1985 Lancia LC2/85 Group C racers.

Nissan Deltawing, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

There was also a mock up of the 2012 Nissan DeltaWing Le Mans car which started like as a concept for an Indianapolis 500 racer.

Tyrrell 003, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Open wheel racing as might be expected was extremely well represented at the show, above Sir Jackie Stewarts Tyrrell 003 a car built for the 1971 World Championship season which won first time out at the 1971 Spanish Grand Prix and with five further Grand Prix wins in the same car Jackie won his second world championship. In 1972 Sir Jackie won two more races with 003 but it was outclassed by the resurgent Lotus 72 and eventually superseded by the Tyrrell 005 and 006 designs. From 16 starts chassis 003 seen here won 8 Grand Prix in 1971 and 1972.

Lola T340, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Moving down a few rungs and forward to 1973 this Martini liveried Lola T340 Formula Ford car caught my attention, not sure one ever raced in these colours back in the day, but if you know different by all means chime in below.

UDM, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Britains universities have long been a breeding ground for engineering talent that keeps motorsport fed with engineers at all levels on every continent. There is even a competition between the universities to build the best competition vehicles the UDM above is powered by a 600 cc motorbike engine and was designed by engineering students from Dundee University to compete in the iMechE Formula Student series.

Mercedes F1 W03, Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham

Finally there was half a grid of Formula One cars present, one from each manufacturer except the now sadly defunct HRT team, of them all the Mercedes F1 W03 particularly caught my attention with it’s disjointed nose and hideously complex front wing. Mercedes scored a single Grand Prix win in China this year with Nico Rosberg at the wheel.

My thanks to Ted Walker at Ferret Fotographics for kindly inviting me along to this year’s Autosport International.

Thanks for joining me on this “Sinsational” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !