Replica of George Newman’s 200 Mile Race Car,1923 Wolseley Ten SOHC Offset Two Seater to be advised
Lot 533
Replica of George Newman’s 200 Mile Race Car,1923 Wolseley Ten SOHC Offset Two Seater to be advised
Sold for £12,880 (US$ 20,069) inc. premium

Lot Details
Replica of George Newman’s 200 Mile Race Car
1923 Wolseley Ten SOHC Offset Two Seater
Chassis no. to be advised
George Newman was a regular competitor in motor sport events in the 1920’s, being particularly active at the banked Brooklands Circuit. He was generally to be seen at the wheel of a Wolseley and his steed for the 200 Mile Race in 1923 was a Wolseley Ten with super-streamlined coachwork presented in dazzling polished aluminium. He campaigned that Wolseley regularly in short handicap races at the Brooklands Circuit regularly lapping at speeds in the region of 75mph.

This car was acquired by the present owner in 1971 as a dismantled chassis, presenting an opportunity to its imaginative and creative new keeper to re-create Captain George Newman’s 200 Mile Race Car. Period photographs were acquired from which detailed scaled up drawings were prepared and ace-coachbuilder, Phil Kneller, was commissioned to craft a replica body using traditional ash and aluminium coachbuilding skills. The single overhead-camshaft 1,261cc Wolseley engine was rebuilt using a Reece camshaft, profiled to original pattern. Twin SU carburettors were sourced and an appropriate manifold made up, high compression pistons were fitted and the car generally prepared properly for competition use. Period features include the light wood and aluminium aerofoil streamlining to the front axle and front and rear spring hangers and the four-branch outside exhaust is a period Brooklands feature. The car has Wolseley oil and fuel tank pressure gauges set in a polished aluminium dashboard which houses a BLIC ignition panel. Following the fourteen year restoration the car was campaigned by its owner at Loton Park, Shelsley Walsh and at the Prescott Hillclimb where it achieved an ascent in an impressive 60 seconds.

This car is absolutely unique and its reappearance at appropriate vintage events following a period of resting will certainly be a welcome sight. Its strident exhaust note and aroma of Castrol R indeed take one straight back to the Brooklands banking when George Newman threw his similar car around that circuit at lightning speeds.
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