1950 HWM Stovebolt Special

1950 HWM Stovebolt Special 1950 HWM Stovebolt Special 1950 HWM Stovebolt Special Coachwork: Ted Hallibrand
This 1950 HWM Formula 2 works car, raced by Stirling Moss, Johnny Claes and Rudi Fischer, won Grand Prix des Fronti'res. It was crashed by Stirling Moss in the Naples Grand Prix. It was sold on by HWM in 1955 as cycle-winged sports car and starred in the Hollywood film 'The Racers' driven by Kirk Douglas. It was completely rebuilt in 1955 as 'The Stovebolt Special' by Seattle racer Tom Carstens with a V8 Chevrolet small-block. It was the first sports racing car to use this engine. It ran in the last Pebble Beach Road Race in 1956 and driven by Bill Pollack. After a long United States racing career, it was bought and rebuilt by United Kingdom car journalist and commentator Simon Taylor, who raced it in the United Kingdom, France, the United States and Australia. Simon also drives the car on the road to all its events. The car is road legal. It is small, light and has over 600 BHP per ton.
1950 HWM Stovebolt Special 1950 HWM Stovebolt Special 1950 HWM Stovebolt Special Coachwork: Ted Hallibrand
This HWM race car began life as a four-cylinder ALTA engine and competed in Formula 2 competition. Stirling Moss drove this car at the start of his career. After its Formula 2 career, the car was sold to 20th Century Fox and used in the film The Racers. During filming, the car was crashed. Tom Carsten purchased the wreck and installed a Chevrolet V8 small-block engine. The engine was tuned at Vic Edelbrock's shop where Bobby Meeks modified thee engine, resulting in a displacement size of nearly five liters. It was fitted with JE pistons, a modified cam, and several other modifications. After the engine work was completed, it was installed in the HWM chassis by Eddie Kuzma. The large engine required the firewall be moved back and new bodywork be fabricated. Next, Ted Hallibrand's shop installed a quick-change rear axle along with disc brakes.

After the work was completed, it was brought to the 1956 Pebble Beach Road Racers where it was piloted by Bill Pollack. The car showed tremendous promise but was prematurely sidelined after experiencing differential failure.

In 2003, the car was put on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2015
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