Historic racing and great cars.

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As a follow up to the report in the Newsfeed pages yesterday about the next Tasman Revival meeting at Eastern Creek in November, here are a few photos from the last event in November 2010. A good selection of racing classics from early Bugattis to Maserati, Cooper, Lotus and Chevron with a memorable group of F5000 monsters from the seventies. Some of the photos I posted elsewhere in a post about racing rarities were from the same meeting, but I thought if I might start a new thread about classic and historic racing in general.

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Ernie Nagamatsu's Cobra with rare hardtop.

Ex Peter Revson McLaren F5000

F5000 Lola in legendary Sunoco colours

Lotus 18

Peter Giddings' much travelled Maserati 250F

Chevron B8

Classic Cooper T52

And racing engines as art anyone? Choose from Bugatti above, or Alfa Romeo below........

 

 

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  Whatever hapened to Fords GT 70 any info if so how many were built Regards Henryk.

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Very few were built, I think they ran a couple in some rallies with both BDA and V6 engines but Ford pulled the plug on the GT70 as the Escort was still winning and much cheaper. I have visited the Ford heritage Collection at Dagenham and they have a GT70. It may be the only one but I don't know if it is or not.

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Henryk wrote:

  Whatever hapened to Fords GT 70 any info if so how many were built Regards Henryk.

Maybe James will come in here, as it was he who wrote the feature article in C&SC in November 2002.

According to which only six were built, and that was mainly due to a quick idea sketched out by Stuart Turner and Roger Clark. The latter it seems was not so keen on the V6 version but approved of the BDA powered car. Indeed it seems the ongoing development and resulting success of the Escorts through the early seventies made the GT70 irrelevant.

As always, get out your C&SC back issues!

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Whilst on the subject of Historic Racing ....

A video I took last Saturday at the Donington Historic Festival

http://www.crickhowellfestival.com/doningtonclassic2012.htm

 

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I think I have a gremlin in my server as it took half an hour to download half of it, but what I saw looked great. If there is a quick wqay to download I will watch the rest.

We have good historic events here now, particularly Phillip Island in February and Eastern Creek in November, but even then we do not get all the best of the European grids.

Nice to see a lot of pre-war stuff too, Bentleys, Aston Martin Ulsters, and more British iron from Riley and Frazer-Nash. Also good to see Dr Ernie Nagamatsu brought the Old Yaller II over too, a real hand made special, but with a great history. And what other race car can you name powered by a Buick 'Nailhead'.  

It even looked like not too bad weather; I think it only ever rained every time I was at Donington.

Chris M.

 

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Back on the subject Ford GT70 ihave just come acoss a black &white photograph off the said car Reg No LEV70J dose any one recognise the car Henryk

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Henryk wrote:
Back on the subject Ford GT70 ihave just come acoss a black &white photograph off the said car Reg No LEV70J dose any one recognise the car Henryk

If you search Google images there a few photos of these cars, but closer examination of the details shows only three seemed to have been photographed. The yellow BP sponsored car registered NVX70J is the most often seen and that is the car featured in the November 2002 Classic & Sports Car. Photos exist of it on the Ronde Cevenole, (a French Rally)and of an entry by one G. Chasseuil, though this could be the same event. This is referred to as chassis 4 and was restored when discovered in a Ford warehouse.

There is the silver/blue version that appeared in the Tour De France registered OVW870K and was reportedly written off. Both of the above were LHD.

The car registered LEV70J  appears in black and white photos with a smiling relaxed driver on what looks like a test track, and is seen as a dark colour, but this may be the same car as the original, and most photographed GT70 that was a lighter shade when first shown unregistered. Small details match on all photos of both of these and both were RHD. Another photo of a car registered LEV70J appeared in the C&SC report, showing what may be a different car again cornering hard in a rallying pose, and again RHD, although it may have been that old practice of swapping registration numbers.

James Elliott's report in C&SC stated that six were built, and apart from the above, one was kept by well known Ford dealer Gates of Woodford and two were shipped to Basil Green, the South African Ford tuner and racer who later put V8s in Capris and Sierras.  There was also mention of one that was rebodied by either Ghia or by Ford's experimental department at Dunton, so was this one of the above cars, or was there a seventh?

That report was written ten years ago, and it would be surprising if nothing more had been discovered since. Anyone at Gates reading this? Or a South African Ford fan?

Chris M.

 

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And yet other suggestions include that there were only three prototypes built, and a Ford workers strike killed it. Chris M.

 

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And a few more detail shots of Old Yeller II.

Chris M.

 

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Le Havre, France is currently displaying memory pictures from the transatlantic liner "France" at the time it was carrying passengers and freight across the Atlantic. This picture caught my attention as it is showing John Baus (NART) checking the unloading of a Ferrari LM and a Dino bound for the Le Mans 24h race. Note the Mercedes on the top right as well.

 

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