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London, August 27, 2001

All Change
With the defection of title sponsor Coys to the rival Rockingham circuit for their own historic meeting in May, the Silverstone event had rival auction house Bonhams & Brooks to host the traditional auction, and moved the date on the calendar to the August bank Holiday weekend. The event was billed as the ”Biggest Historic race Meeting In The World”, with over 450 car and motorcycle entries in an eighteen race programme, the latter’s participation being a first for a historic meeting at Silverstone. Whether the claim could be justified is open to debate, but there was certainly a broad span of historic machinery in the paddock and pit garages, together with numerous one make and historic club displays, in both the infield and outfield display areas.

Because of the scale of facilities required by Formula 1 today, almost any event held at a F1 venue looks lost in the surroundings. This is particularly noticeable in the spectator grandstands, which never looked more than sparsely populated, despite there always being large numbers of people in the paddock, vendor and display areas between races. The way the programme was organised did give people plenty of time to wander around the peripheral activities, but there was perhaps too little track activity some of the time. On Sunday morning, where there was little apart from a couple of display runs and a marching band, whilst on Monday morning there was no circuit activity at all.

Ken Tyrrell
The first morning of the event coincided with the announcement of the death of Tyrrell F1 Team founder, Ken Tyrrell, after a battle against cancer. For many years an integral part of the F1 scene, we all mourned his passing observing a one minute silence, held in respect of the great man at lunchtime on Saturday. Sir Jackie Stewart, whose career was intertwined with the Tyrrell team, winning all three of his World Drivers’ Championships with them, paid tribute to him in a moving speech at the circuit on the Monday morning, when he performed the opening ceremony for the day.

Group C Spectacle
Another new item on the agenda was the British Empire Trophy 2 hour endurance race on the Saturday evening for Group C cars, that ran into the dusk. This attracted a healthy 40 car entry, although only 27 took the start, some due to not having refuelling rigs. There were a number of XJR Jaguar variants, Porsche 935, 956, 962 and 993 models, and the lone Ferrari F 40 of John Pogson, which won the invitation class, amongst a wide ranging field. For those who didn’t have refuelling rigs there was the consolation of being able to run in the shorter Bob WollekTrophy race on the Monday. The main event was won by the Hathaway/Pearson Jaguar XJR-11, with Ferrari 360 Challenge driver, eighteen year old Nathan Kinch, winning the ”sprint” race in a Jaguar XJR-16, his car having retired from the endurance race with gearbox problems, before he had a chance to take the driver’s seat.

Tin Top Tussles
Some of the most exciting and close racing came in the two 40 minute touring car races, one each day on Saturday and Sunday. It was battle royal between the Mustangs at the front of the field, but there were close fights throughout, with some exciting spectacles, from wheel waving Anglias and Lotus Cortinas to sideways Minis in lurid drifts. The Mini Cooper of Barrie Williams that he shared with Norman Grimshaw, to take 3rd and 4th on the respective days, was particularly spectacular in the hands of the former, almost seeming to defy gravity. There was some bent panelwork at the end of the ”tin top” escapades, but it certainly provided masses of entertainment for the crowds.

Ferrari Fortunes
The Ferrari presence was relatively light on the competition front, although the Ferrari Owners’ Club marquee had a good range of models on display around the perimeter, including a 166 MM/53 Vignale Spider, a 500 Mondial, a 500 Superfast and 268 SP sports racing model. There was also a wide selection of modern examples in the parking area to the front of the marquee to enjoy.

In the Italy vs The Rest of the World race for pre 1959 drum brake sports cars there should have been five examples, but the 750 Monza driven by David Franklin expired during practise, with a pool of oil beneath its sump. This left the 250 Testa Rossa of Carlos Monteverde as the car most likely to take the battle to the Maserati 300S models of Burkhard von Schenk and Martin Stretton, which dominated practise, and ”The Rest of the World”. In the race the pair of Maseratis duelled at the front of the field, leaving everybody in their wake, with the Testa Rossa running hard in fifth. It was soon to be elevated to third when the pair in front of him spun, unfortunately one of them caught the right side of the Testa Rossa as it passed, flattening the front wing and gauging the body around the door, although Carlos Monteverde continued at an unabated pace. Late race drizzle made conditions a bit slippery on the far side of the circuit, but Martin Stretton established his authority over Burkhard von Schenk to win, and Carlos Monteverde survived a last lap spin to take the final podium position.

In the Italy vs The Rest of the World races for 1960s endurance cars, the ferrari presence was solely in the hands of David Piper and his collection of cars entrusted to various people. This meeting saw the first appearance of his 330 P that had for a long time carried chassis number 0826, as a stand-in for the real 0826 which was also present in 365 P form. The former has engine number 0822, and now wears that number on the chassis frame as well. Also present was his 330 P2 and 250 LM. He drove the 330 P2 , whilst the 250 LM was in the hands of David Franklin. Jackie Oliver in a GT 40, similar to that which he shared with Jacky Ickx to win the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hour Race, took victory in both races after close battles with the Lola T 70 of Colin Parry-Williams, who spun out of the second one, allowing the Chevron B6 of Michael Schryver to fill the position. The best of the Ferrari bunch was David Franklin who finished 5th in the first race ahead of team boss David Piper, and 3rd in the second again leading David Piper home, to take the class victory.

The Bonhams & Brooks Auction took place late on Saturday afternoon, with the star lot being an ex-Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 8C-2300, chassis # 2111027, in single ownership for the past 42 years, which merited a supplementary catalogue. It was certainly the star of the sold lots, achieving £1,063,000. The only Ferrari on offer was a 1972 Dino 246 GT that sold for £36,700. Bidding was very strong in the toys, models and memorabilia section. A 2/3 scale Italytoys petrol driven 312 T2 achieved almost twice the estimate when it sold for £5,980, a Ford Cosworth V8 DFV display engine twice the estimate at £2,415, with most of the diverse array of items on offer going to new homes.

Overall, a wonderful gathering of cars and motorcycles, only let down by too long periods of inactivity in a spread out programme that could have been condensed into two days. This would have made it more economically viable for a family, perhaps deciding to go if the weather was good, for whom it was an expensive weekend if they visited and paid at the gate every day.

Ferraris Of Note In Attendance



Driver Colour Race # Chassis #

166 MM

S. Mason-Styrron Red 22 0040M

375 MM PF Berl’

J.Sage Dk Red     23 0358AM

750 Monza

D. Franklin Silver-Blue 20 0568M

500 TRC

D. Cottingham Yellow-Blk 34 0682MDTR

250 Testa Rossa

C. Monteverde Yellow-Green    35 0738TR

330 P

J. Lewis Red 50 ”0822”*

365 P

A. Garner Red-White 51 0824

330 P2

D. Piper Red 53 0836

250 LM

D, Franklin Green 52 8165

F 40 Comp’ Conv’

J.Pogson Red 40 ?

206 SP Replica

DNS Red -


Reconstruction using original engine number 0822

Ferrari Owners’ Club Display


Colour Reg’ # Chassis #

166 MM/53 Spider Vig’

Red/Red 72 SMK 0308M

250 Europa GT

Red/Grey SYO 585F 0375GT

500 Mondial Spider

White-Blue/Blk MO 5677 0454MD

268 SP

Red/Blue MO 31 0798

250 GT PF Coupe

Red/Blk 123 MOB 1479GT

250 GT SWB Berl’

Red 574 NOT 1995GT

250 GT PF Cabriolet

Dk Blue/Blk NSL 426 2683GT

250 GT SWB Cal’ Spider

Silver/Blk 250 CAL 3077GT

500 Superfast

Blue Met’/Beige HCY 700D 6661SF

275 GTB Comp’

Red/Blue GGJ 5C 07407

275 GTB L/nose

Lt Blue Met’/Blk GGJ 9C 08047

330 GTC

Blue Met’/Blue VTN 268G 11333

365 GT 2+2

Red/Mag’ FBY 145H 12085

365 GTB/4

Blue Met’/Blue 4040 KB 15055

F40 Comp’ Conv’

Red - 80369


Red/Red J272 JWV 83089


Red/Red 486 BHP 83915


Red/Red F40 JDB 87325


Red/Red H206 PPU 89047


Red/Blk-Red 50 DF 104772

Dino 246 GT

(LHD) Red/Blk 51 WZ

Dino 246 GT

Red/Beige PLD 71L 06166

Dino 246 GT

Red/Blk 636 D 07000

Bonhams & Brooks Auction

1/3 scale 512 M

Red - -

Dino 246 GT

Silver/Blk CMJ 320L 04334

Keith Bluemel

Part of FOC Display
Osca MT4 s/n 1143 "XER 15" & Maserati 250F s/n ....
Ferrari 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder s/n 0454MD
Ferrari 166 MM/53 Vignale Spyder s/n 0308M
250 TR s/n 0738TR & 750 Monza s/n 0568M
Maserati 300S s/n 3057 - Martin Stretton
330 P Piper Spyder s/n "0824"
Ferrari 330 P2 s/n 0836
Ferrari 365 P s/n 0824
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