Ig­ni­tion Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing

Clas­sic F1 cars take over the streets of Glasgow

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The first Shadow, and the Ar­rows that Da­mon Hill spent a con­tro­ver­sial year driv­ing af­ter his cham­pi­onship win, head­lined an ex­cit­ing cel­e­bra­tion of mo­tor sport at the sec­ond Ig­ni­tion Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing in Glasgow, along­side an un­prece­dented five rally world cham­pi­ons driv­ing the cars that made them fa­mous.

Ar­rows FA13 and A18

‘It’s the first time th­ese cars have been seen in a his­tor­i­cal con­text,’ said col­lec­tor and racing driver Ed­die Mclurg of his Ar­rows F1 cars. ‘I bought the FA13 from Ar­rows and raced in the BOSS [Big Open Sin­gle Seater] se­ries in the Nineties, but they’re not el­i­gi­ble for historic race se­ries so they don’t come out very of­ten.

‘The Foot­work Ar­rows FA13 was driven by Aguri Suzuki and Michele Al­boreto in 1993. At the time it had a Honda V10 but you can’t get parts for them any more, so it’s now run­ning a Hart DFR. The A18 was driven by Da­mon Hill af­ter he was con­tro­ver­sially sacked by Frank Wil­liams af­ter win­ning the F1 World Cham­pi­onship for him. Very harsh, but Wil­liams thought Heinz-har­ald Frentzen could beat Michael Schu­macher.

‘The A18 ran a Yamaha en­gine in pe­riod, but af­ter the firm with­drew from F1 it had all its en­gines tracked down and de­stroyed, so it now runs an Ac-ford For­mula 3000 unit. Hill’s best re­sult was sec­ond in Hun­gary – he was on course for a win when some­thing broke on the last but one lap and he was over­taken by Jac­ques Vil­leneuve. I found it in France where Miche­lin had been us­ing it for driv­ing experience days.’

Ex-ar­rows race en­gi­neer Chris Tee now looks af­ter both cars. ‘The Foot­work was the most re­li­able of all the F1 cars thanks to its Mu­gen­honda V10. It could’ve gone faster but af­ter Tyrell, which was run­ning the same en­gine, put Ste­fano Mo­dena on pole at Monaco, Ron Den­nis lob­bied the or­gan­is­ers and got the Mu­gen en­gines de­tuned. Af­ter that, Al­boreto said to us, “If I fin­ish sev­enth again I swear I’ll bin it!” You only got points for the top six places back then.

‘I also worked with Hill at Wil­liams dur­ing his cham­pi­onship-win­ning year. We did lots of air­flow

re­search be­cause he’s tall for an F1 driver so his hel­met would block the air in­take – he had to tilt his head to the side on fast straights.’

Shadow DN1 6A

It’s the first time this Shadow, one of the first eight built for the 1973 For­mula One sea­son, has been in ac­tion in Europe since it was new. ‘It’s been in a private US col­lec­tion for a long time, liv­er­ied as Ge­orge Follmer’s car from the 1973 US Grand Prix,’ said Rick Hall of Hall & Hall. ‘It was Tony South­gate’s first post-brm de­sign, and shares a lot with the BRM P180 with its wedge shape and rear-mounted ra­di­a­tors, but its V8 cre­ated vi­bra­tion prob­lems, be­cause South­gate was used to work­ing with V12s. There were frac­tures in the en­gine mounts – the BRM V12 hadn’t been a stressed chas­sis mem­ber, un­like the Shadow’s Cos­worth DFV.

‘It was mainly driven by Jackie Oliver, whose best fin­ish in it was third in the Cana­dian GP but, as part of the con­di­tions of spon­sor­ship, UOP boss Don Ni­chols wanted an Amer­i­can driver. Reign­ing Canam cham­pion Ge­orge Follmer was brought in and drove this car in the US Grand Prix, fin­ish­ing 14th.

Ecurie Ecosse-lola

Hugh Mc­caig, cur­rent pro­pri­etor of Ecurie Ecosse, ar­ranged an im­pos­ing eight-ve­hi­cle cen­tre­piece dis­play high­light­ing the team’s suc­cesses from the Fifties to the present day, in­clud­ing the first historic ap­pear­ance for ‘Reg­gie’, the Austin Rover Group’s foray into Group C racing.

‘It started life as De Cadenet-lola num­ber three, which had been writ­ten off at Sil­ver­stone in 1984, so we bought the re­main­ing bits,’ re­called Mc­caig. ‘We built Reg­gie in 1986 with out­board rear brakes – the in­boards had cool­ing prob­lems. It looked funny along­side the other Group C cars with its small wheels and no ground ef­fect, but they were be­cause of the Seventies Lola ori­gins – it was a real fag-packet de­sign.

‘We had a deal with Austin-rover to use a four-cam Honda V6, which John Daven­port, ARG’S com­pe­ti­tions man­ager, said was a fan­tas­tic en­gine – but it blew up af­ter three test laps of Oul­ton Park. John Dunn of Swin­don En­gines said, “The bloody thing’s shred­ding its cam­belts, there’s not enough wrap­around,” so en­gine builder Guy Wood did an­other fag-packet re­design and got Uniroyal in Ed­in­burgh to make us some new belts. We took it to Brands Hatch and won the C2 cat­e­gory.’

Vaux­hall Cav­a­lier Su­per Tourer

Ap­pear­ing in public for the first time since the Nineties af­ter spend­ing years in a private col­lec­tion be­yond the Arc­tic Cir­cle, the ex-david Les­lie BTCC Vaux­hall (pic­tured left) was in­stantly recog­nis­able. ‘It came about as a re­sult of Peter Li­vanos sell­ing As­ton Martin to Ford,’ said Mc­caig. ‘Ford wasn’t both­ered about racing, which left en­gi­neer Ray Mal­lock high and dry. Dur­ing a Bri­tish Racing Driv­ers’ Club din­ner in Lon­don, slightly ine­bri­ated, I said, “Let’s do the BTCC.” Af­ter all, Mal­lock had run an Opel Manta in Thun­der­sa­loons in the Eight­ies. We built this car for 1992.

‘The other teams were great at build­ing bodyshells, but Mal­lock put things on such as mo­tor­cy­cle-de­rived disc brakes at the rear when ev­ery­one else was us­ing heavy road-car-de­rived items, and a kart-de­rived se­quen­tial col­umn shift. His at­ten­tion to de­tail made all the dif­fer­ence.

‘We won the TOCA shootout, which re­sulted in Ecurie Ecosse be­ing given the con­tract to run the works Vaux­halls for 1993. It was just a pity we couldn’t bring David Les­lie with us – not only was he fast, he was a fan­tas­tic test driver. I found him an in­terim drive with HKS in the Ja­panese Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, but he said he didn’t want to leave his wife and kids, and signed for Mazda in­stead. That was David!’

Clock­wise from above: DN1 6A en­joyed first Euro­pean run-out in Glasgow; ‘Fag-packet de­sign’ Ecurie Ecosse-lola re­built from write-off; ex-hill Ar­rows A18; ex-al­boreto FA13; ex-david Les­lie BTCC Cav­a­lier

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