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Silverstone Race Retro Classic auction highlights: Part 1


As in previous years, a number of interesting race and road cars are expected to come underneath the hammer at the annual Silverstone Race Retro Competition and Classic Car Sale.

Taking place between 23-25 February, here are some of the star examples expected to change hands this year:


Race Retro Competition Cars

ex-Anthony Reid Ford Mondeo

In what would turn out to be the second last year for the hugely popular but expensive Super Touring cars, chassis number PR-ST/F-9904 saw duty in the final three rounds of the 1999 British Touring Car Championship in what was Reid's first appearance in a Ford after spending the two previous seasons driving for Nissan.

Essentially a spare car after Reid has destroyed his race car, the Prodrive built Mondeo saw action at Brans Hatch, Oulton Park and the final at Silverstone, where it netted a third place finish in the final heat of round 13. It was however not enough to lift Reid from his overall 16th place championship finish and 78 points compared to the 244 of eventual champion, Nissan's Laurent Aiello.

Still finished in its original blue-and-yellow Rapid Fit livery, PR-ST/F-9904 has until now been campaigned in the Historic Super Touring Car Championship, where it placed third and fourth at the Silverstone final last year.

According to Silverstone Auctions, PR-ST/F-9904 also raced at the prestigious Oulton Park Gold Cup where it finished fourth and has since had its engine rebuild by a number of ex-Cosworth employees. It is estimated to sell for £70 000 - £80 000 (R1 182 263-R 1 351 157).

ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC

The car that ended the Escort's long history in the World Rally Championship, the Focus was not only a brand-new start for the M-Sport run Ford outfit, but also for the always spectacular McRae who had departed from the Prodrive Subaru team after eight years.

Bearing the ending chassis numbers #68335, the Focus in question made its debut in the hands of McRae and co-driver Nicky Grist at the Rally Catalunya (DNF) in Spain, before further appearances at the next round in Corsica (4th) and later the Acropolis (DNF) and Chinese (DNF) rallies.

As well as McRae, #68335 was also piloted by teammate Thomas Radstrom in New Zealand (DNF) and Australia (7th) before being upgraded in 2000 where it was driven by a young Petter Solberg for two events.

In total, #68335 saw action in eleven WRC events before being sold where it took part in a number of events across Europe. At auction, it will be sold in plain white with blue stripes, and is expected to fetch between £120 000 - £140 000 (R2 022 538-R2 359 628).

ex-Ari Vatenen Subaru Legacy RS

The car that only set the template for Subaru in the WRC but also the now iconic Impreza, chassis number BC5019283 or K555 BAT as per its number plate, marked the first appearance of 1981 champion Vatenen during the 1993 season at the Acropolis Rally, but it was severely damaged after an accident on stage 21 while leading.

Rebuild afterwards and sold to the Italian Procar team, it was then driven by the likes of Italians Piero Liatti and Andrea Navarra, as well as Uruguayan Gustavo Trelles, and also a young Richard Burns at the 1995 Bettega Memorial Rallysprint where it finished second.

Sold to a variety of owners, including Kenyan rally driver Alastair Cavenagh who had it re-shelled to a Safari spec Impreza, K555 BAT was bought by the Richard Burns Foundation in 2008 and fully restored to its Acropolis trim by Subaru specialists, Autosportif Engineering, with the entire process being overseen by former Prodrive engineer, Ian Richardson.

Resplendent in its equally famous blue-and-yellow State Express 555 livery and in Acropolis spec, K555 BAT is expected to fetch between £120 000 - £140 000 (R2 022 538-R2 359 628).



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