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Nice rear shot of the Howmet. I have always thought it to be a pretty car. Not as curvy as the Chaparral 2D, but the turbine tech was very cool as well. A shame it wasn't more successful.
 

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The Howmet was also remarkably small too. Sitting alongside a Lola T70 it looked as if it was the wrong scale!
 

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Area71 are now making the VW Transporter and the Mercedes Renntransporter.
 

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The Lancia GP team transporter can be seen in the 1955 Monaco GP film posted by David Lawson in post 627 of the Your Golden Epoch thread. It is shown from 59 seconds to 1 minute 13 seconds, moving too. Curiously it is painted grey.
 

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The Lancia GP team transporter can be seen in the 1955 Monaco GP film posted by David Lawson in post 627 of the Your Golden Epoch thread. It is shown from 59 seconds to 1 minute 13 seconds, moving too. Curiously it is painted grey.
Hello G-P, that is the Maserati transporter, which in itself is nice. The Lancia Esatau is a three-axle, streamlined design with three small oval windows at each side.

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A grainy grey pic from Autosport, 1968, depicting a couple of VW Pick-ups used for carrying Merlyn F2 cars. Both transporters have widened beds to accommodate additional equipment.
 

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Thanks for that photo Trisha. Derek Warwick used to use a VW transporter in his early days and sold it to a racer in the Leicester area. The one in the photo is Leicester registered (JF reg) and has Leicester, England emblazoned on the bow. Roger Mac raced a Merlyn F2 car and was from Wolvey in Leics. so that might be his set up. The chap in bottom right looks quite a lot like Tom Wheatcroft too, another Leicester man.

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Ah Leicester registrations, back in 76 when I started Poly, I had a 72 L reg 1100 escort mk 1, Monza blue, nice enough car, I obviously wished it was a mex.
AY is another Leicester registration, which mine was, sods law was the first letter was G, did I get the rip taken out of me at college, had a call or one night at the disco, well it was the seventies, The owner of the gay escort, you've left you lights on.
Scrapped the car in 83 and had a 1956 MGA roadster, but kept the front reg plate, its displayed in the loft with others overlooking the track, happy days.
 

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Glad you had a guess that the chap in the grainy Merlyn pic above might be Tom Wheatcroft. It's a good guess, but it's actually none other than Bob Gérard.
 

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Thanks Trisha, further research tells me it that Bob Gerard ran an F2 Merlyn for Chris Williams in 1968. The entry list that year makes extraordinary reading today with almost every driver becoming a house hold name in the sport one way or another. I saw the entry list for the Vallelunga,race in July but I can assume that the photo was not taken there or there would have been no ties and jackets worn!
 

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Gripping

You're so right. I sometimes wade through old programmes from yesteryear, and notice really 'daft' things. As you note, there are people who became household names, but were unknown years ago.

One example: Brian Redman in his mother's Morris Minor at Oulton, 1958, comes to mind.

Incidentally, Chris Williams lived near Ledbury, Herefordshire, yonks ago. Haven't heard anything about him for ages.
 

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The Commer van used by Alf Francis on behalf of Stirling Moss, pictured here in the alps en route to the Maserati factory prior to collecting Moss's 250F.
 

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Nice pic, Gripping. I suspect long wooden ramps were used to roll the car on the 'first floor' down to ground level. Recall seeing FJs being rolled off pick-up trucks in this manner many years ago.
 
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