THIS COMPETITION HAS EXPIRED
SPR Limited, local importer of Spark, Bizarre and TrueScale models, is offering readers a chance to win a 1:43 resin model of the #194 Ford GT40 Spyder driven by Bob Bondurant and Sir John Whitmore in the 1965 Targa Florio. It is from the Bizarre brand, which has to date produced about 20 different models of the GT40, ranging from the 1964 test car to 1966 Le Mans versions (the McLaren/ Amon winner from Le Mans 1966 is also due later this year).
This Bizarre model is of chassis number GT/111, one of the 12 original pre-production GT40s, and one of only five open top cars ever produced – GT/108 to GT/112 were all Spyders – making it an ultra-rare beast. GT/111 has a fascinating history, being first used in April 1965 for testing prior to the Le Mans 24 Hour, then running in the Targa Florio the following month.
John Wyer sent the Spyder to Sicily thinking the open cockpit would be cooler during the 10 laps of the 71km mountain road circuit. Equipped with a 4.7-litre (289ci) V8 and five-speed ZF gearbox, the Spyder was running as high as third in the race, but crashed on lap nine, when Bondurant ran into loose gravel spread by another car, hitting a wall, and tearing off a front wheel.
GT/111 was shipped back to England, but because the production GT40 was now available, plans to repair the Spyder were dismissed. So despite the fact it was not badly damaged, GT/111 languished in the back of the Ford Advanced Vehicles workshop and was gradually stripped of usable parts. After a clean up in the workshop, GT/111 was sent to a scrap merchant, and for the next 40 years was presumed destroyed.
Remarkably, in September 2006 the remains of a GT40 were discovered in a lock-up garage in Stratford in East London. And after scrutiny by Ronnie Spain (one of the most respected GT40 experts), it was declared to be GT/111, the missing Targa Florio car. With the provenance confirmed, restoration started, and a mere nine months later the finished car raced at the 2007 Goodwood Revival. It has been restored to its 1965 Targa Florio specifications, complete with Linden Green paint.
Since restoration it has been actively campaigned at classic events such as the Spa 6-Hour, Classic Le Mans, and Goodwood Revival. Earlier this year GT/111 was put up for auction but unfortunately it failed to sell – the highest bid of US$2,100,000 ($2,539,000) not enough to reach the reserve price!
To go into the draw to win the Bizzare brand Ford GT40 Spyder click on the link below and be ready to answer the following question:
What is the item number for this model? (hint: It starts with the letters ‘BZ’ and can be found on SPR’s online catalogue.)
Competition closes on August 25, 2011.
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