Steven Silverstein27 July 2012 at 14:57 #49464
I noticed this listed the other day.SRD27 July 2012 at 15:34 #49465
The auction is as follows:
Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonham’s Auction 20145
15 Sep 2012, starting at 11:00 BST.Steven Silverstein27 July 2012 at 22:16 #49471
I still have body from #14090,the Lord Selsdon chassis, sitting in my basement (the body used for Indy and as it raced in the U.S. up till the mid-50s).
I keep wanting mount it on a light weight frame to support the panels for display but can’t seem to get my other race car projects wrapped up enough to focus on the display.
It is a pretty unique piece of Lagonda history.Steven Silverstein13 August 2012 at 17:29 #49528
I set the body up on a lightweight tube frame. There are some interesting details on the body. I’ve also included a photo from a race in Thompson. The car following the Lagonda is a Jaguar Special which was well known in the New England area.Steven Silverstein15 August 2012 at 11:10 #49535
Here’s two more pictures of chasssis 14090 with the Indy body configuration.
One is at Watkins Glen and the other at Indy.Steven Silverstein16 August 2012 at 13:52 #49538
Here are two more images. One from 1950 and the other in 1953. The Road and Track photo is from Thompson. The other was listed as Watkins Glen in 1950 when the car was painted gray. Previously it had been green for Indy. I need to check records to confirm Watkins Glen.Steven Silverstein18 August 2012 at 19:14 #49543
Here’s a couple of additional photos. The first is from Linden, New Jersey. I am not certain this was an SCCA sanctioned race but it was an “airport” course which was so poplular in the day.
The other image is from Mt. Auscutney. It was a hillclimb which which was active for many years. I think the SCCA might still have events on the mountain but I am not certain. In New England there were a few hillclimbs and they were popular.Steven Silverstein18 August 2012 at 19:30 #49544
Mt. Equinox is located near Manchester, VT. John Fitch was driving. I suspect the man in the white suit next to John sitting in the car is Dr. Sabourin. I believe John had FTD for the mountain that day.
The VSCCA still holds an event on the Mt. but, of course, the road is now paved.Steven Silverstein20 August 2012 at 12:08 #49550
I always loved these pictures of the Lagonda Le Mans racing which were from Watkins GLen in 1952. Not too long ago a video showed up on Youtube of this race. If you look closely in the beginning you will spot the Lagonda. “Poison Lil”, a Maserati GP car, is leading flowed by the Lagonda and then a Lea Francis.
For now that will be all the images I post. The old Lagonda really had a decent run of racing after Le Mans and Brooklands.Steven Silverstein18 September 2012 at 17:20 #49624
The Lagonda Le Mans team car sold over the weekend:
Attached are a few more of the bodySteven Silverstein3 October 2012 at 15:41 #49687
Next month, after I return from travelling, I think I’ll be putting the body up for sale. It really is an interesting part of Lagonda history.
Originally when I bought it I had intended just to display it. I think there is potential to place the body on a V-12 chassis or an LG6 chassis and install a Mercury motor in the car. As an American Special, which seems to be so popular these days, it would be an interesting race car. Possibly more potential than the V-12 power.
Of course, it did have a relatively successful record running in the early SCCA events in New England with Mercury or Chrysler power. It also helped that two very competent driver’s like John Fitch (Mercedes team driver) and Sherwood Johnston (drove for Cunningham) raced the car.
It really would be wonderful to see it run with the VSCCA in New England.
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