M & C Wilkinson had the families ex Jackie Stewart E-Type “SSN 300 (FSN 1)” competing in the world’s most prestigious historic motor race. Another sell-out crowd of over 148,000 came to watch some of the most valuable Pre ’66 GT cars in the world do battle in the highlight race of the weekend, the one hour long recreation of the Goodwood “Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy” held in period.
Jackie Stewart Tribute Parade (Above)
Jackie with friends discussing his old E-Type…
Third place finish in the TT!!!
Mike look on at SSN following the finish.
“SSN 300 (FSN 1)” was also invited by Goodwood to take part in the Jackie Stewart Tribute parade held in honour of his illustrious achievements throughout his career on each day during the weekend.
M & C Wilkinson had two E-Types competing in this year’s Oulton Park “Gold Cup” HSCC Guards Trophy GT race with Matt Nicoll-Jones in the M & C E-Type “AFW 165A” & client Alistair Dyson in his M & C prepared E-Type “3550 WK”.
Qualifying was on Saturday afternoon and with a highly competitive field of Pre ‘66 GT cars both drivers performed well, with Matt taking second place on the grid and Alistair third. Only Mike Whitaker in his all-conquering TVR Griffiths managed to eclipse their times in qualifying with a lap time some two seconds clear!
Matt takes the chequered flag for an M&C 1st & 2nd at the Gold Cup!
Alistair 2nd (left), Matt 1st (Centre), Mike Whitaker 3rd (right)
On-board footage of Matt Nicoll-Jones in Chris Scragg’s M & C Wilkinson prepared Jaguar E-Type at the Silverstone Classic…
Let racing commence!
Third place finish for the E-Type…
The Silverstone Classic is regarded as one of the most prestigious events of the UK’s historic racing calendar and this years event was no exception. M & C Wilkinson had an action packed weekend in store with Chris Scragg & Matt Nicoll-Jones competing in Chris’s E-Type in the “Chopard Trophy”, along with Chris competing in the ex works Jaguar Broadspeed XJ12C in the “Jet Super Touring Car Trophy”.
Another seriously impressive set of results (on the face of it) gave the team a pair of podiums; with a third place in the E-Type and a second for the Broadspeed, however, it was a case of what might have been, with the E-Type involved in a racing incident that then caused the team to lose over thirty seconds on the leaders, thus stopping Chris & Matt challenging for outright victory, despite setting the fastest laps of the race.
Yet again the M & C Wilkinson team headed to Brand Hatch for their third appearance at the circuit in 2014. Chris was competing in the HSCC Guards Trophy for the first time since he was crowned the 2013 series Champion last year.
Chris with number 1 aloft from his Championship winning campaign last year
Here’s a possible taste of what may be to come at the Silverstone Classic when Chris Scragg and Matt Nicoll-Jones compete in the ‘Chopard International Trophy’ race later this month. Click above to see Matt Nicoll-Jones wrestle Chris Scragg’s E-Type ‘XAN 555’ to pole positon by nearly two seconds in treacherous conditions in the Gentleman Drivers qualifying at the Brand Hatch Masters Festival.
Round three of the 2014 GT&SCC series was on the Sunday of the AMOC meeting at Brands Hatch. The team also had for the first time Siamak Siassi’s “LT2”- XK120 competing in the XK Challenge for our inaugural race in the series.
In the GT&SCC race a combination of two faultless stints by Chris, two super quick driver changes by the team and a blistering middle stint from Matt gave M & C Wilkinson a lights to flag victory against a highly strong field of over forty Pre ‘66 GT cars.
Leading from the start…
GT&SCC race winners!! Chris (left) & Matt (right)
Chris getting ready to start race one from pole…
Mixed weather was forecast for Saturday throughout day one of the Masters Historic Festival. Qualifying was early that morning, Chris and Matt set about making use of the conditions which gave them a more level playing field as the weather voided the V8’s and their massive power advantages.
Sure enough the weather allowed Chris and Matt to compete with the V8’s, infact by the end of qualifying Matt had taken pole position by over 1.2 seconds in the E-Type! but only after a frantic fight in qualifying to the chequered flag between Matt, Mike Whitaker - TVR, Simon Hadfield – AC Cobra and Roger Wills Bizzarini - 5300GT.
Chris Scragg in the chassis 1 Jaguar Broadspeed XJ12C
The Donington Historic Festival was again held over the May bank holiday weekend with good weather forecast throughout for the teams return to historic racing in 2014.
Chris Scragg had his original works Broadspeed XJ12C competing in “The Historic Touring Car Challenge” for the first time in eighteen months; with the tragic news on Friday of a fatal road accident that involved ex Broadspeed mechanic Nigel Stepney (who had regarded the car as his favourite car of all time!) we all hoped to honour his life with a set of highly competitive results.
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