Originally posted by Ray Bell
Marc Schagen has been in touch with me after I e.mailed him...
He's reluctant to be drawn into posting here, but he tells me that Matich and others confirmed that the car had a chassis number. Definitely.
Unfortunately, he says, Frank never bothered to put that number on his Warwick Farm entry forms. I doubt that he put them on any others, either. Marc would have had access to those entry forms at one stage, I would suggest.
Ray: it is hard to make much comment on Mark Schagen's input, as it has been confined to things reported by you following your email exchange.
If you mean that he has verified that the car definitely had a chassis number, yes that is significant, it is just that no-one is able to say what that number was...I would argue that even that isn't terribly significant, since it could have read #999 for all we know!
For me, that there is no definite record of chassis #950 racing after late 1961 anywhere else, the similarities between the cars, and the fact that other cars are accounted for at the time around Jan 62 when Matich took delivery suggest that it was indeed 950 that was sold to Matich. If that is so, it presumably also has implications for the history of one of the green cars currently in the UK...
Ray: can I pick you up on something you said in post #259, where you said Bruce Richardson had conducted all the negotiations (to buy the Matich 19) in England. Are we talking about the original 19 or the later 19B chassis? I only ask because Bryan Miller's post #256 seemed to suggest that Matich had agreed in the US to buy the car driven by Stirling Moss there. So either Richardson finished off the detail of the negotiations for the original 19 or we are talking about a different transaction altogether, for the replacement chassis after the smash which damaged the original chassis beyond repair?
On a slightly different theme, I went to the 1998 Lotus 50th Anniversary meeting at Brands Hatch and recall there were two 19s present in UDT colours. One was entered and driven by Otto Reedtz-Thott, which is presumably the same car he still has today. The other was driven on the day by R. Austin (Richard?) but I don't know if he was just the driver or the driver and entrant. Can anyone help? I thought I had the programme and some photos in my loft but can find neither... Is this the car which went to Robert Brooks? Does anybody have any info on its previous ownership?