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63 Black­burn Fer­rari 308 driver

He has a rally-spec Fer­rari 308GTB “We’ve been out in the Fer­rari for 35 years. It used to be­long to a Rus­sian prince and he left it for some­one to sell and they crashed it. We bought it like that and made it into a rally car. It was a road car to start with and we got Maranello Con­ces­sion­aires in­volved in the pro­ject.”

It’s a proper Group B car “We built it to com­pete in Group B in Europe and we had a fab­u­lous time do­ing that un­til Group B was banned. We did one event in Eng­land and won the Oul­ton Park Rally with it, but we were abroad for years. They were wildly en­thu­si­as­tic about it and you didn’t get bugged over the noise, and they paid me money to take it. Oc­ca­sion­ally you’d win some­thing as well, so that made it even bet­ter.”

It now runs reg­u­larly “It has had large pe­ri­ods in the dol­drums and I have thought about get­ting rid of it. It was in bits and pieces for about five years un­til Lord March in­vited us to Good­wood with it and that was one of the cat­a­lysts to get it run­ning again. Since then, there has been a fairly con­stant stream of in­vi­ta­tions to take it to events and demon­strate it.”

It is al­ways driven hard “We’re out about half a dozen times a year and we took it to Shel­s­ley Walsh for the first time last month. The at­mos­phere was awe­some. I’ve had plenty of bumps with it over the years. It came back from Ypres one year like a shred­ded wheat on wheels; we’d hit ev­ery­thing with it. But we’ve got the moulds for the body­work.”

“We do the en­gine our­selves and the Fer­rari three-litre en­gine in it now is one we were de­vel­op­ing for the Bri­tish For­mula 3000 Cham­pi­onship, but be­fore we fin­ished it they de­cided to keep it to DFV en­gines only, so we stuck it in the rally car.”

“I’ve still got the 1994 Jor­dan Grand Prix car. It’s not run since the demo at last year’s Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic. The en­gine is in pieces at the mo­ment and there’s not a lot you can do with it. But it is one of the best cars I’ve ever had and I love driv­ing it.”

Worswick: Lots of in­vites

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