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Wilkie Wilkinson points out the finer points of the Bristol 2 litre six to Marion Skevington at Silverstone, the photo is dated 1 January 1953…

‘twould be interesting to know the Cooper T20’s chassis number, driver and meeting date. Is that a lineup of ‘factory’ C Types behind?, Wilkinson was a works Jag mechanic amongst a varied career with BRM and others.

It looks like one of those ‘advertorial’ shots newspapers plonk on page 3 to help get bums on seats come raceday.

Credit…

Evening Standard

Graham Hill with his new Doppelganger, London, 10 October 1968…

With him is Austrian actress Loni Von Friedl who appeared in ‘Doppelganger’, a movie which is the subject of this promotion, an activity which seems quite agreeable to the great Brit. The car, also a movie-star was ‘designed and built by Alan Mann Racing, has a Ford engine and chassis, is 44 inches high and is capable of 144 mph’.

The film, also called ‘Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun’ in some countries has a screenplay written by Gerry and Sylivia Anderson of ‘Thunderbirds’ and other 1960’s ‘Supermarionation’ puppet TV series fame- well known to those of us of a particular generation.

Set one-hundred years into the future, the film is about a joint European-NASA mission to investigate a planet in a parallel position to Earth and ends in disaster with the death of one of the astronauts- his colleague discovers that the planet is a mirror image of earth. Click here for some more detailed information about the movie which first screened in 1969; https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064519/

Who gives a rats about the movie for most of us! As to the car, I can find out a little bit, Alan Mann Racing has a great website but the car does not rate a mention there so I am intrigued to know more about the detailed design.

It seems the styling of the futuristic car (three were built for the film) was the work of Derek Meddings, the machines were ‘redressed slightly’ for a subsequent movie named ‘UFO’. The donor chassis was a Ford Zodiac Mk4 with the shapely aluminium body draped thereon. The gull-wing doors did not actually work, someone such as Hill G, or off camera during the movie was required to support a door.

‘The actors reported that the cars were very unpleasant to drive in, as there was not enough headroom, engine exhaust fumes spilled into the interior…and the cars were not fast, so many scenes were sped up to simulate a fast-moving vehicle’. The bones of the car still exist and will no doubt make an interesting curio at race/concours meetings when completed.

Photo and Other Credits…

PA Images/Joe Bangay Getty, projectswordtoys.BlogSpot.com

Tailpiece: Another of Doppelganger’s cars, Loni and a bloke…

Finito…

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Stirling Moss does his thing…

Here he is gently hoisting Miss Heathrow, Carol Marshall, into the cockpit of Peter Wardle’s Lotus 59 Formula Ford outside the Savoy Hotel on 16 April 1970.

Its the press launch of the Johnson Wax Euro Formula Ford Trophy with Stirling present in his capacity as ‘Director of Racing for Johnson Wax’- Claude Bourgoigne won the 1970 championship in a Lotus 69F.

I was researching the winner of the series and found this gem by Marcus Mussa on tentenths.com. Its British Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic champion, Grovewood Award winner and ‘Vanwall’ Tony Vandervell heir Colin Vandervell providing his recollections of the 1970 ‘EFDA European Formula Ford Championship’ series- he was second in the ‘Magic Merlyn’, the Mk11A chassis also raced by Emerson Fittipaldi and Jody Scheckter.

Colin Vandervell pensive, atypical it seems (ESPN)

‘The series was run initially by Nick Brittan and I seem to remember Tony Dron was involved (maybe he was Nick Brittan’s assistant at the time). I spoke to Colin Vandervell, who is blessed with an incredible memory- who told me a bit about the 1970 season. The series was sponsored by Johnson Wax. First prize was a F3 Lotus, with Holbay engine and a full budget for 1971!
First round – Zandvoort. Nick Brittan would not let Colin enter as he considered him not experienced enough! Race was won by Tony Trimmer.
Second round – Zolder. Colin got in and finished 2nd, miles behind Claude Bourgoignie, thanks to a lot of cars dropping out/crashing etc.
Third round – Anderstorp. Colin won
Fourth round – Salzburgring. Colin won
Fifth round – Hockenheim. Colin finished 4th. The first 20 cars were inside and all over each other- no chicanes at the time! Colin describes the race as “highly dangerous”. He was in the lead for most of it with Trimmer then the main pack caught them two laps from the end and they were swamped.
After Hockenheim there was a hill-climb in Switzerland, which Bourgoignie won.
Then at Imola Colin was 1.5 secs quicker than anyone in practice but (Colin) Chapman arranged for a bunch of Lotus drivers to enter with instructions to take Colin out! At the first corner two Lotuses (Loti?) hit him, Mo Harness barrel rolled 15 times and ended up in a ditch, bits of his rear suspension ripping off one of Colin’s brake lines.
Imola and Hockenheim were very, very fast tracks at the time. Colin says he used a 25/25 (24/24?) top gear at these tracks, higher even than Silverstone.
The final was at Brands Hatch and Colin won again.
In the end Bourgoignie was champion by only 3 points by virtue of winning or being well placed every time. Colin is sure he would have won if Brittan had let him into the first race.
Colin was of course driving his Merlyn (ex Emerson Fittipaldi, future Jody Scheckter and Frank Sytner!). In those days FF ran on road tyres – Avon crossplies in the dry and Firestone radials in the wet (for the wealthier drivers!).’
1970 EFDA/Johnson Wax Series Results
I’ve included the full list to enable you to cast your eyes over the array of talent, many of whom came through into the professional ranks in the coming years if not F1.
1. Claude Bourgoigne (B) Lotus-Holday 69F
2. Colin Vandervell Merlyn-Rowland Mk11A
3. Tony Trimmer Lola-Steele T200
4. Tom Belso (DK) Hawke-Lloyd DL2A
5. Jac Nelleman (DK) McNamara-Steele
6. Ian Taylor March-Spence 708
7. Hans Meier (A) Hawke-BRM L2A
8.Peter Lamplough Palliser-BR MWDF2
9. Brian Nelson (IRL) Crossle Nelson 16F
10. Huub Vermeulen (NL) Lotus-Holbay 61M
11. Tom Strous (DK) Lotus-Holbay 61M
Charles Carling Crossle Lucas 16F
Bob Evans Palliser-BRM WDF2
Derek Lawrence Titan-Lucas Mk6
Hakan Dahlqvist (S) Lotus-Holbay 61M
Peter Wardle Lotus-Holbay 69F
Vern Schuppan Palliser BRM WFD2
Mike Fraser Royale-RP RP3
Giancarlo Naddeo (I) De Sanctis
Mo Harness Lotus-Holbay 69F
Theo Koks (NL) Lotus Holbay 61M
Crystal Palace F3 Final, 10 September 1971…
Before and after!
The plunge for the lead coming into the kink before North Tower. Jody Scheckter, Merlyn Mk21 Ford, Dave Walker, Lotus 69 Ford and on the right Colin Vandervell, Brabham BT35 Ford. Jody has plunged down the inside just as Walker popped out of Vandervell’s slipstream with the Lotus and Merlyn about to lock wheels- all three cars made contact.
Roger Williamson won that day in Tom Wheatcroft’s March 713M Ford.

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Walker, Scheckter, Vandervell- the long walk home! (unattributed)

Check out this summary of Colin Vandervell’s career written by Andrew Marriott…

http://en.espn.co.uk/f1/motorsport/story/9325.html

Photo and other credits…

Popperfoto, ESPN, f3history.co.uk

Finito…

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Fiat ad for the Balilla Berlina circa 1932…

‘The new Balilla, for everyone, women’s elegance’.

The Balilla was a 1 litre, 4 cylinder, 4 seater built at the Lingotto plant and also assembled in Poland, Germany and France from 1932-37. With a 3 speed ‘box, the car did around 50mph. Not normally primotipo material but the ad caught my eye!

Credit…

Fiat

Piers Courage and Sally Curzon aboard Piers Charles Lucas Racing, F3 Lotus 41 Ford Cosworth, Brands Hatch 8 May 1966…

 Courage had just won the ‘Les Leston Trophy’ from Peter Gethin and Roy Pike in a season which was a breakthrough one for him. Lucas ran the Lotus factory team with Courage racing the 1 litre Cosworth powered Lotus as much in Europe as in the UK.

 He won the prestigious Pau GP in April, another Les Leston round at Mallory Park in late May, the Coupe de Auto Club Normand at Rouen in July, another Les Leston round at Brands in late August and the Coupe de Vitesse at Albi in early September.

The European International Challenge, the ‘F3 Grand Final’ was held at Brands on 2 October, Piers was 2nd to Chris Irwin’s Brabham BT18 Cosworth. Behind Piers was Chris Williams, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Brian Hart, Kurt Ahrens and Jacky Ickx. Jonathon Williams was outside the top 10, he was racing an unfamiliar Brabham BT18 rather than the de Sanctis Cosworth with which he did so much damage that year in Europe- he won a lot of races, enough to impress Enzo Ferrari. The depth in F3 never fails to impress.

The pretty lady is Lady Sarah Curzon, daughter of renowned British racer Earl Howe, she and Piers married in 1966, click here for her interesting story, well known to you Brits, but not necessarily to the rest of us;

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3608233/For-the-love-of-a-dangerous-man.html

 Credits…

 Getty Images- Victor Blackman, f2register

 

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Mrs Montgomerie-Charrington prepares her Cooper for the Ladies 500 Race at Brands Hatch, 14 October 1950 …

‘Monty’ was unplaced in the race won by Miss E Store in a JBS Norton from the Miss O Kevelos driven Kieft Norton and the Mrs J Gerard, Bob’s missus I guess, Cooper Norton. Funny the social practice of the times in terms of citing the matrimonial status of the chicks.

There were five 500 races on the program- Don Parker won the Open Challenge race, and JN Cooper, using his product to good effect was second in the Brands Hatch Championship and third in the Championship of The Meeting event.

Click here for a short article about ‘Monty’ and her husband Robin, the cars usual driver;

http://www.500race.org/web/Men/MontgomerieCharrington.htm

And on Cooper 500’s;

https://primotipo.com/2014/12/08/cooper-mk-v-jap-penguin-hillclimb-tasmania-australia-1958/

Credits…

Bill Price for the photo and Stephen Dalton for providing the race results from his vast archive

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Felipe Massa blasts his Ferrari F138 through the Monaco streets oblivious to chassis’ above as exquisitively proportioned as Maranello’s latest…

’twasn’t a great 2013 race for the Brazilian, he had an accident on lap 28 at Ste Devote mirroring one he had on Saturday morning, locking a brake over a bump and boofing the barrier hard on the outside of the circuit.

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Felipe Massa Ferrari F138 on Saturday before his accident, Monaco 2013 (Ercole Colombo)

Nico Rosberg won in a Mercedes F1 W04 emulating father Keke’s 1983 win in a Williams FW08C Ford. Seb Vettel and Mark Webber were 2nd and 3rd in their Red Bull RB9 Renault’s.

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Nico Rosberg in the oh so complex 2013 Mercedes F1 W04, Monaco 2013. Carbon fibre chassis, 2.4 litre V8 & KERS energy storage system, 7 speed semi-automatic gearbox et al (unattributed)

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30 years earlier in 1983 Keke wins Monaco in the oh so simple Williams FW08C. 3 litre Ford Cosworth V8 powered, 6 speed manual Hewland gearbox #27 is Patrick Tambay’s slightly more complex 1.5 litre V6 twin turbo-charged Ferrari 126C3 (unattributed)

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Keke, Monaco ’83 (The Cahier Archive)

Photo Credits…

Getty Images, Ercole Colombo, The Cahier Archive