Bonhams Ready to go at Race Retro

International Historic Motorsport Show, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire 24 March 2007

Bonhams is adding to the excitement of the forthcoming racing season with a strong grid of competition cars to be offered at the annual sale at ‘Race Retro’, the International Historic Motorsport Show, Stoneleigh.

Cars that are fully race-prepared and ready to go include:

1964 Brabham BT11A
The Tasman variant of the BT11 Formula 1 Grand Prix chassis which ran in period with a 2.7-litre FPF Coventry Climax. This race-winning single-seater, from a respected collection, has a well-documented provenance and is eligible for pre-’66 HGPCA races. Offered with a useful spares package, the car is estimated to fetch £110,000 – 140,000.

1956 Series 1 Lotus Eleven Le Mans
This immaculate example of a highly-desirable sports racer was exported to New Zealand in 1970 and brought back to the UK in 1990. In the last five years the car has raced successfully at numerous high-profile historic meetings, including the Historic Le Mans in 2002, 2004 and 2006, recording the highest finishing position of 3rd overall and winning the Index of Performance. Other notable results include Class B winner 2003 in the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship and 2nd overall at Pau in the 2005 Gentleman Drivers race. The car is eligible for the new HGPCA Sports Car Series and is estimated to fetch £80,000 – 90,000.

1971 Brabham BT35 Formula Atlantic specification
This car was run by Brabham Racing Services throughout 1971 in full works livery, and by Ron Dennis’ ‘Rondel Racing’ operation the following year. Since 2001 the AA Historic Racing Team has entered the Brabham in the International Historic F2 Championship, winning the Atlantic class F2 trophy in 2002 and 2003. The AA team achieved a remarkable 100% finishing record through 2005 and 2006 for every race entered – demonstrating the level of preparation and expertise lavished on the car. Offered with full FIA papers, spares package, comprehensive history file and period photographs, this race-ready Brabham is estimated at £27,000 – 30,000.

1969 Lola T-142 Formula 5000
Sold new to Team Serruria who raced the car in the South African F1 series, driven by Jackie Pretorius. Exported to the UK in 2000, the car was completely restored and has since competed in HSCC Derek Bell Trophy races. Offered with FIA papers and history file – Estimate £32,000 – 36,000.

1973 Ford Escort Mk 1 RS 1600
‘XPU 216L’ was driven by a trio of well-known rally drivers during its first year – Roger Clark in the 1973 East African Safari Rally, Tony Pond in the Scottish Rally and Russell Brooks in the RAC Rally. The present owner bought the car in 1991 and has restored it to its original works-build specification, including the correct works body shell. The car has recently competed in the British Historic Championship, and where safety regulations have required changes, the original parts have been saved and will be included in the sale. It won the 2001 Historic Rally Car Register and was 4th in the 2001 MSA British Historic Championship. Estimate £60,000 – 65,000

1964 Austin Mini Cooper S – ‘DJB 93B’
The ex-works rally car that won the 1965 RAC Rally, driven by Rauno Aaltonen, and the 1966 Scottish Rally, driven by Tony Fall. The present owner bought the car in 1996 and has undertaken a complete restoration that is faithful to its original specification in every single detail. This historically important rally car is the only Mini ever to win the RAC Rally and is offered with a full archive including period photographs and FIA papers. Estimate £55,000 – 65,000.