Jet Car!

Classic Driver - - HOLMAN -

And fi­nally, a race-car with an amaz­ing his­tory cur­rently for sale in Auck­land is Ian Garmey’s su­perbly-re­stored 1951 Cooper Mk 5-JAP. What makes this car unique is that it was once the Pulse Jet Cooper with a French SNECMA unit in­stalled in 1957 by JLM Meikle from Ul­ster. Pre­vi­ously owned by Stir­ling Moss’s friend Derek Annable, the car sub­se­quently lived in Aus­tralia and then came to New Zealand. I re­call see­ing it at Ard­more in 1990, still with some of its faded ‘jet’ body­work. Ian is sell­ing it with full records of its fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory: some­thing re­ally dif­fer­ent!

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