Gulf Race Cars to Demo at CarFest South

Published 09 August 2013

Seven cars from the ROFCO Gulf Collection by Duncan Hamilton are to be demo run at CarFest South at Laverstoke Farm on 23rd - 25th August.

The ROFGO Gulf Collection by Duncan Hamilton is the world's most important single-theme private car collection. It comprises 28 of the most prominent sports racers and single-seaters ever to compete in the legendary Gulf livery, including the 1965 GT40 up to the present day McLaren MP4-12C GT3.


Aston Martin DBR9 007 The DBR9 was the car that took Aston Martin back into the very forefront of international sports car racing after a series of less successful forays. The DBR9 designation for the GT car paid homage to the landmark DBR1of 1959 and it ultimately took the Aston Martin factory team to GT class victories at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008. The 14th and final race for Chassis 007 was in the Gulf livery at Le Mans in 2008 with two former Grand Prix drivers at the wheel as Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger were joined by Andrea Piccini to score a 16th place finish.

McLaren GTR F1 Longtail In 1995 Gulf executive Martin Allen decided to take the Gulf name into GT racing. While Gulf had been running the Kremer Porsche, British 'gentleman driver' Ray Bellm had persuaded McLaren Cars to build a racing version of the F1 road car. Allerton met Bellm and impressed with his plans signed a deal before the car was even off the production line. As a result of this the Gulf team were the leading runners in 1995 and 1996, winning the title for Bellm in 1996.

McLaren GTR F1 Short Tail Gordon Murray designed the iconic McLaren F1 as the 'ultimate' road car and, despite his renowned background in motorsport, never intended for his new baby to have a career in competition. Privateer racers Ray Bellm and Thomas Bscher were quick to spot the car's potential and eventually managed to persuade Murray to adapt it and build examples for the 1995 season.

Porsche 908/3 When it was first introduced the 908 chassis was little different to the 907 but would evolve rapidly over the next two years. New rules for 1969 allowed open (Spyder) cars and removed minimum weight limit, allowing Porsche to build a much lighter version of the 908, the 908/2 Spyder. This car one Porsche's first championship. For 1971 Porsche entered four of the even lighter 908/3s, two in Gulf livery, to be entered into the 1000km race at the Nurburgring. This was the only race Porsche raced the cars in Gulf colours and after they were stored until 1974.

Howmet TX The Howmet TX made its debut at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona. It became the first and only turbine car to win a race, earning two Sports Car Club America (SCCA) race victories and two qualifying sprint victories in just one year of competition. Following its retirement, the TX went on to set six Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) land speed records for turbines.

1965 Ford GT40 The GT40 was born out of a decision made by Henry Ford in 1962 to break from the long-standing agreement between US car manufacturers not to directly enter motor racing. Ford initially targeted the Indianapolis "500" but towards the end of the year Roy Lunn, head of the Ford Advanced Vehicle Centre, was commissioned to design a sports car for the Grand Touring Prototype Cars class. The car was tested at MIRA and at Le Mans the GT40s proved to be quick but unreliable.

McLaren M19A Cosworth Chassis M19A/2 served as Denny Hulme's drive for the 1971 season and the early races of 1972 also, and was therefore the car in which he achieved outright victory in the 1972 South African Grand Prix - McLaren's first since their founder's triumph at Spa 1968. Fully restored for historic racing in recent years, M19A/2 was a notable entry in both the 2006 and 2008 Monaco Historic Grand Prix and continues to serve as a reminder of one of F1's much-loved and most distinctly-shaped models. ENDS

About Duncan Hamilton & Co Limited

A love and passion for the finest classic motor cars led Duncan Hamilton to establish his own company in 1948. From 1947-1957 Duncan was one of Britain's celebrated racing drivers. He drove Formula One and Two Grand Prix cars from Lago-Talbot, Maserati, HWM and Gordini, plus works team sports cars for both Jaguar and Ferrari. He won two legendary endurance races - the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours and the 1954 Reims 12 Hours. More than 60 years on, Duncan Hamilton & Co is internationally recognised for being one of the most respected and well-connected specialists in historic cars. Its achievements stem from an intimate involvement with the high performance motor racing scene. Duncan Hamilton & Co has placed more than 60 historic Formula One Grand Prix cars and some of the most significant 'works of art' ever sold. For information about Duncan Hamilton & Co visit


Jim McG    on 9 August 2013

What a great piece of copying and pasting.

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