GOR­DON SPICE PICKS OUT HIS FAVOURITE CARS

The for­mer tin-top and sportscar ace picks out his favourites. By Kevin Turner

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By 1969, Spice was an up-and-com­ing Mini ace, and was in­volved in test­ing the Es­cud­e­ria Mon­tjuich Mini for the Span­ish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship. The team owner – and Span­ish Cooper Cars con­ces­sion­aire – was sportscar racer Jose Jun­cadella and Spice got to know him well. That helped when Jun­cadella needed a co-driver for his ex-paul Hawkins GT40.

“I did a lot of sort­ing out of their Mini and chat­ted up Jun­cadella, and he said would I like to drive the GT40 with him,” re­calls Spice. “It was the first proper rac­ing car I drove. I’d never driven any­thing big­ger than a Mor­gan up un­til then.”

Spice nev­er­the­less took to the 450bhp ma­chine rapidly. Clutch prob­lems put the GT40 out on the duo’s first out­ing, but in the sec­ond – at Jarama – the Ford took third over­all and topped its class.

Fur­ther races didn’t bring suc­cess, but the per­for­mances earned Spice a Le Mans start in the team’s Fer­rari 512S in 1970. Nev­er­the­less, it was the Ford that left a last­ing im­pres­sion: “The GT40 was fan­tas­tic – so much eas­ier to drive than a Mini. It was a very well-sorted car.”

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