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Grand Prix cars to star at Brooklands

The 1951 Ferrari 212 F1 (photograph by Keith Bluemel)

The 1951 Ferrari 212 F1 (photograph by Keith Bluemel)

GRAND Prix cars spanning almost 70 years will star at this year’s Autumn Motorsport Day at Brooklands Museum on Sunday October 13, with the line-up including a first appearance at the historic Weybridge track of a 1951 Ferrari 212.

The Grand Prix cars will be among some 60 competition cars of all ages which will be demonstrated on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit adjacent to the Museum, with many more on static display or blasting up the demanding Brooklands Test Hill during this now-traditional end-of-season motorsport celebration.

One of the rarest cars on show will be a 1951 Ferrari 212 F1. Of the two 212 F1s constructed, this example was based on a Formula 2 car but is fitted with a 2.5-litre V12 engine. It has a De Dion axle while the sister car, currently part of the Cité de l’Automobile Collection at Mulhouse in France, has a live axle as used on Ferrari’s other F1 and F2 cars.

The car made its debut in 1951 at the Siracusa Grand Prix by Dorino Serafini and is thought to have also been driven by Villoresi, Marzotto and Gonzales. Raced extensively during the 1950s, it was later discovered stored in Uruguay and eventually found its way into various UK, Italian and Japanese collections. Restored by DK Engineering in 2008, the car is currently owned by a UK collector.

Other Grand Prix cars will range from Norman Goodman’s Type 35B Bugatti from the 1920s up to John Reaks’ Benetton F1 B190 with its Ford HBA4 V8 engine capable of delivering 650 bhp at 11,500 rpm, which was driven to victory by Nelson Piquet at Suzuka and Adelaide in the 1990 F1 World Championship.

They will join the seven groups of vehicles taking part in laps on the twisty circuit at neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World. These include cars powered by American V8s, like Ultimas and Lolas, Modern GT cars such as the Ferrari F40 and Lamborghini LP640 and Gallardo and Historic Racers like the 1907 Berliet-Curtiss and of course, the Museum’s own 24-litre 1933 Napier Railton.

For the traditionalists, the Mini Cooper S, which celebrates 50 glorious years this year, will be out in force alongside Fiat 500s and some stunning ACs. As always at Brooklands Museum events, spectators will be able to get really close to the cars and chat to their owners. Visiting Clubs include Classic Lancia, Sunbeam Tiger, Lamborghini and Surrey Ferrari.

For more information, see http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com

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