The Stuff Of Legends By: Bonhams
RACING ACES' CARS TO BE OFFERED AT BONHAMS GOODWOOD SALE
On 19 March, Bonhams will once again head to Goodwood for its annual Member's Meeting Sale. An outstanding range of motor cars will be offered, encompassing over 100 years of motor racing history and some of the sport's biggest names.
The 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder (£200,000 300,000) offered is the second example ever built, and was delivered new to Suffolk to a Mr Yates for David Hobbs to drive. Hobbs enjoyed a 30-year career at the very pinnacle of international motor sport, with drives in F1, Indycar, Trans-Am and endurance racing, racking up two overall third places and two class wins at Le Mans. He raced 'SL70/2' very successfully throughout the 1965 season before selling the car in the US to Monte Shelton, another well-known racer. In 2007, the car achieved the fastest lap of the Goodwood Revival meeting and was awarded the Whitsun Trophy twice in addition to winning the Macau Grand Prix in 2003 and the Grand Prix Age d'Or in 2005. A superb and highly competitive example of an iconic sports car.
Sir Malcolm Campbell is best known for breaking some nine land speed records, and for being the first person to drive an automobile at over 300mph. He is also a previous owner of the 1913 Talbot 15HP Works hill-climber (£140,000 180,000) offered at the sale, the sole survivor of the 'Invincible Talbot' Works Team. It is presented in very good condition with the original engine and chassis. Very few pre-First World War Works racing cars survive, and fewer still are offered on the open market this Talbot represents a truly unique opportunity.
Another 'ready to race' sports car on offer is the 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Competition Saloon (£200,000 250,000), one of the six original Escorts that Ford loaned to the Alan Mann Racing Team in 1967 to compete in the British and European Touring Car Championships. Driven by Jackie Oliver, founder of the Arrows racing team, the car currently meets all FIA regulations and weighs just 878kg without driver. With many destroyed in active service and the majority of others in museums or private collections, works Ford competition cars rarely come to the market and almost never in such exceptional condition.
One of the first Audi Quattros ever brought in to Great Britain, this 1981 2.2-Litre Rally Car (£100,000 150,000) was used as an official press and demonstrator car by VAG before being assigned to David Sutton Motorsport's official Audi Rally Team in 1982. It has been featured extensively in various publications and features in the DVD 'The World's Greatest Rally Cars.' An original survivor from one of international rallying's most evocative periods, this Quattro is ready to be fired up and is offered with a substantial history file and V5C registration.