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A mouth-watering display of cars was revealed as one walked into the F1 Pit Garages. The star of the show was undoubtedly the double Le Mans-winning Ferrari 275P. Ferrari was also represented by the unique Breadvan, perhaps the most famous Ferrari ever and, from more recent times, Girardo’s 550 Maranello by Prodrive. Contrasting with those was the ex-Earl Howe ERA R8C, a Camel Trophy-winning Land Rover Defender, two famous E-types (9600 HP and 848 CRY), a lovely Alfa Romeo, some superb Jaguar XKs shown by Twyford Moors, the very successful Bell & Colvill AC Cobra, the famous SS Jaguar 100 Old No. 8, the ex-Stirling Moss XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe, a brace of single-seaters, superb recreations of the Jaguar XJ13 and the Aston Martin DBR1, and a fine display of Renault Alpines. Upstairs in the exhibitors’ hall was a BRM V16.


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We were so pleased to have Max Girardo and his colleagues involved. Like several of the really top end specialists, Girardo appreciates and collects motoring books. More than that, they recently published, in conjunction with DK Engineering, a book written by Keith entitled ‘Ferrari 550 Maranello by Prodrive - The Last V12 Ferrari to Win at Le Mans’. ​


Conceived by Frédéric Dor’s Care Racing Development outfit and designed, developed and constructed by Prodrive, the Ferrari 550 GT1s, as they were commonly known, entered 343 races across the globe between 2001 and 2008, scoring 60 pole positions, 69 victories and 151 podium finishes.

Girardo had on display one of the 12 cars built by Prodrive. This example, chassis number CRD05, was the winner of the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series GTS title, GTS class winner of Petit Le Mans in 2003, finished second in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2003, is a three-time entrant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has scored seven victories, 20 podiums finishes and three pole positions, was second in the 2005 FFSA French GT Championship, finished a staggering 96 percent of the 69 races it entered between 2003 and 2008, is the fifth of only 10 Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrives raced in period on behalf of Care Racing Development and is presented in its Petit Le Mans-winning specification and livery. 

FERRARI 250 P/275 P

The 250 P was Ferrari's first V12 rear-engined sports racer and this car won Le Mans in 1963. For 1964 the 3-litre engine was bored out to 3.3-litres, renamed the 275 P and again took victory at Le Mans. Keith Bluemel is currently writing a book on this very important car for Porter Press, to be published in 2024.

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Alpine A110

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Alpine A110R

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Alpine A110S '73 in the Ivory Coast Rally colours

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Alpine A110 San Remo ’73 limited edition

In 1955, Jean Rédélé, a driven entrepreneur, founded Alpine on the three pillars of agility, elegance and a competitive spirit.

Designed by drivers for people who want to master the tarmac, Alpine was crafted by legendary victories, and a limitless commitment to motorsport.

Since 2016, our A110 has helped us climb through the ranks of motorsport. Tomorrow, we want to reinvent motorsport with innovative technologies drawn from Formula 1, endurance racing and rallying for passionate drivers.

BRM P15 V16

In the battle for motor racing’s top crown and associated national bragging rights, BRM’s opening salvo was the P15 Mk1 V16. Fiendishly complex and notoriously unreliable, it proved to be a magnificent failure. But when it worked, it unleashed a war cry so fiercely beautiful it simply would not be forgotten. The P15 is a glorious monument to a time when patriotism drove automotive innovation through motorsport. 

Photos courtesy of BRM, copyright Wonderhatch.

Video copyright BRM - British Racing Motors.


Born from a desire for revenge, the highly distinctive ‘Breadvan’ was commissioned by Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata as a ‘Ferrari to beat the GTO’. The man charged with developing the car was none other than exiled Ferrari 250 GTO-mastermind Giotto Bizzarrini. Starting out as a Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Competizione, chassis number 2819 GT, eventually became the fast, infamous, somewhat fragile but instantly recognisable ‘Breadvan’. Style definitely took a back seat to aerodynamics and its frontline competition career was a short one, but, thanks to an ever-growing fanbase, its legend lives on.


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UK Team car and winning vehicle from the 1989 Camel Trophy Amazon event.  Painted classic Camel Trophy Sandglow, the vehicle was kitted out by Land Rover’s Special Installations Department after being built at the Land Rover factory, Solihull. Extra equipment includes Warn 8274 winch, Safety Devices roll cage, Brownchurch roof rack and bull bar. Transmission and engine remains standard Land Rover.


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Launched in 1935, the rakish SS Jaguar 100 was a landmark model for the company that had been founded by William Lyons as Swallow Sidecars and which would evolve into Jaguar. As the first true performance car to wear the Jaguar name, it soon attracted the attention of drivers who recognised its competition potential – and chassis number 18008 would become the most famous SS100 of all.

Images copyright John Colley

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Better known by its registration number BWK 77, or simply as ‘Old Number 8’, it was sold new to Sammy Newsome before being bought back by the SS Cars factory. It went on to become the works development car before making headlines when the husband-and-wife team of Tommy and Elsie Wisdom achieved a penalty-free run on the 1936 International Alpine Trial.

After being modified into lightweight 3.5-litre form, BWK 77 raced at prestigious venues such as Brooklands and Shelsley Walsh, eventually being sold into private ownership after World War Two. Its competition history did not end there, however. Subsequent owners have continued to use this revered SS100 in the manner to which it had become accustomed and this, the 11th book in the Exceptional Cars series from Porter Press International, brings its remarkable story right up to date. 


Stirling Moss was a Jaguar works driver from 1951 to 1954. Early in 1951, he acquired an XK 120 Fixed Head Coupé to use for driving from race meeting to race meeting, mainly on the Continent, which explains why it is a left hand drive example. He had it painted in two-tone cream and light green, and also did a few serious rallies in the car including the Lyons-Charbonnieres Rally with Gregor Grant, the founding Editor of Autosport as his navigator. 

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Quoting from the Stirling Moss Scrapbook 1929-54, Sir Stirling told Philip Porter, “The 120 Fixed Head Coupé was a nice, good-looking car. I had a tow bar because I was towing around a caravan. I had a really nice caravan because I thought it would save me stopping to stay in hotels and also save some money.


“The caravan was inclined to wander and so that I could go more quickly I got something called a ‘Dolly Trolley’. That virtually made it into a four wheeler, which I thought would help. I can tell you the ‘Dolly Trolley’ was not a success. Where it fixed on, something broke. I had just been over a mountain and was going down the other side, looked in my mirror and the caravan was veering around at speed. So I put my foot down, and it turned over – I was carrying six dozen eggs from our farm at home. The whole lot went everywhere inside the caravan – it was really messy! And that was the end of the caravan.


This, the twelfth RHD E-type roadster, was originally registered 2 BBC in 1961, but, following a successful season on the race track, was re-registered 848 CRY. It was with this number that it appeared in the film The Italian Job and, although in need of a full restoration, was purchased by Philip Porter in 1977.