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#51 275 GTB-4

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:27

Originally posted by sandy
And another aside. Peter Whitehead was killed in an accident on a public road, as was former World Champion Nino Farina and of course Mike Hawthorn. Who else of that era died in road accidents? Fangio was in a bad accident but got away with it, but is there a connection between ageing drivers of that time being over confident on the road? (Hawthorn, a younger man, apart of course but he did seem to be reckless on public roads, or was it just that he was particularly unlucky?)


"Mike the Bike" Hailwood.

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#52 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:54

Originally posted by 275 GTB-4


"Mike the Bike" Hailwood.


...who was killed by someone else's gross error of judgement, not his own.

#53 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 18:19

Post 51 , PW's Thames transporter on the left.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 06:53

Whilst scanning some pics for a friend of mine, came across this shot presumably taken by her father Fred Pearse. A terrific bloke who served motor sport in Australia for over 50 years in various capacities.


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This shot was taken at Lees Bros garage in Papakura N.Z. in January 1955 and shows the Whitehead and Gaze Ferraris being prepared for the GP of that year.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 07:50

A great photo Kevin. I found Fred Pearce to be a very nice bloke indeed, I wish I had gotten a chance to really talk to him. He signed my licence at my observed meeting at Amaroo in the early 80s. His name seemed to pop up in a lot of places, I think he went to England with the Kangaroo Stable effort in 55.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 11:55

Likewise, I never got to know him really well...

He was chief flaggie or something at Amaroos and Bathursts, a most capable and affable gentleman with a breathing problem of some kind.

I would have spent more time with him if I'd known of his illustrious history in the sport.

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 13:18

Does anybody know the engine capacity of Peter Whitehead's Ferrari-125 at the 1952 BGP ?
I understand the car was purchased around the same time as Tony Vandeervell's original "Vanwall" back in 1949, the pair making their first appearance at the BGP meeting using 1.5 litre supercharged engines ?
The regs in 1952 were as you know 2.0 litre normally aspirated or 750 cc supercharged ?

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 13:38

Michael Müller's post (the first) in this thread tells you what you want to know.

I commend using the "search BB" button - that's what I used to find that thread.

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 13:52

Thanks, Allan :up:

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#60 Ian Stewart

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 23:24

How very pleasant to find this thread resurfacing after so many years. Peter came across as a quiet but most likeable man when I was his co-driver in the Jaguar team in 1952 and 1953, and he couldn't have been more helpful to me as a "new boy".

He and Wilkie were the only racing personalities my father ever really knew and liked. Peter because they shared an agricultural background and loved shooting together. Wilkie because they both bred racing pigeons and swapped birds from time to time - and because Wilkie let my father have loads of worn racing tyres for re-treading. They apparently fitted his car and didn't explode....

I can't add much to the questions about Peter that have been asked. Yes, he was a works driver in the Jaguar team, and duly paid, and yes he was financially independent. Businesslike though, and not one to throw money around foolishly. He thought long and hard about the works offer of an early XK120 Coupe before deciding to purchase one - the offer was made to all team members at almost no discount at all. Very Jaguar at the time!

As to the orientation rumour, it was put to me as a fact by a very well known driver in 1952 - by way of a warning no less, and I was astonished and very angry. I had (and have) no reason to believe such a thing.

I have one or two good photographs of Peter, but alas they are copyright and cannot be posted.

Thanks for some good memories TNF. Much appreciated.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 00:42

It was interesting to read this revived thread. In the 1954-57 period Whitehead, Reg Parnell and Tony Gaze were instrumental in widening the appeal of motor racing here in New Zealand (and in Australia) by bringing and racing reliable modern cars and then often selling them in NZ or Australia. It was an arrangement which benefited all parties.

The report of the 1938 Australian GP (in the "50 Race History....) makes interesting reading, the unsealed surface, the before- and after-race revelry involving Whitehead and some locals, and Whitehead's insistence on being allowed to drive bareheaded "to listen to the engine". Even at that early stage, crash helmets seem to have been compulsory in Australian racing(or at least in the Grand Prix).

Ian Stewart's reference to pigeons calls to mind a story in "Jenks - A passion for motor sport" involving Jenks, John Eason-Gibson ,Villoresi and Dorino Serafini and the transporting of Serafini's racing pigeons to the local railway station on the roof of Jenks' Porsche with driver and passengers steadying it through the windows and sun roof!

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 01:43

Being the owner of an ex Peter Whitehead car his XK150 coupe S824021 I am interested in all aspects of his history and have many photographs of him particularly the ERA in Australia 1938 including one signed by him I also have some nice shots of him in the ferrari.
I am chasing any pictures of peter in any of his cars cars particularly the jaguars and am also chasing a picture of the MK1 in which he was killed and am fairly sure that in somthing like T&CC or one of the early classic car magazines there was a picture of the wrecked MK1 can anyone point me in the right direction of a pic of the car
regards terry




Originally posted by terry mcgrath
Peter Whitehead

He purchased an XK120 roadster 660146 that finished up with jumbo goddard and later went on to have one of the early 120 fixed head coupes.
He purchased an XK150 fixed head coupe chassis no S824021 from Jaguar cars in August 1957 that was specially built in the experimental dept of Jaguar for him and is noted in the Jaguar records as "XK150 tour de france" "prototype triple carburettors" He ran this car in the 1957 Tour de France - they were 14th behind a pack of ferraris until they retired with brake problems (the old round pad dunlop disc brakes) the car was upgraded to the later quick change square pad dunlop brakes when they were annouced on the 150"S"
The reason he entered this rally was that he noted he was a contracted driver for Shell Mex the sponsors of the event who asked him to enter.
He drove this XK150 to Lemans in 1958 to drive the Aston
He ran a Jaguar MK1 in the Tour de France in 1958 and whilst Graham was driving they crashed and peter was killed



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Posted 26 April 2009 - 05:38

Wasn't it Peter Whitehead's Ferrari that Moss drove at Bari, instead of the work's car, after the Ferrari insult incident that coloured SCM's attitude to Enzo Ferrari for all but the last season of his career? It was owned by then by David Murray.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 11:35

Originally posted by Mal9444
Wasn't it Peter Whitehead's Ferrari that Moss drove at Bari, instead of the work's car, after the Ferrari insult incident that coloured SCM's attitude to Enzo Ferrari for all but the last season of his career? It was owned by then by David Murray.


Was this the rather mysterious "Scuderia Ambrosiana" entered 166 which Bill Dobson later drove?
I was told it vanished in the mid 50s in a way that suggested some possible import-export tax scam on the part of Murray (who of course ended up fleeing the country due to 'creative accounting' of some kind in the late 60s).
I also wonder if the "Scuderia Ambrosiana" aspect was a ploy by Murray to extract better start money - the team was well known to continental race organizers and David wasn't at the time, so would no doubt have commanded a lower fee had he entered the car in his own name?

I have a number of photos of The Ferrari during the early 50s with Dobson, Wilkie and Murray etc.
Here's one which I particularly like from Winfield in 1951

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Has this car vanished from the radar as the tale goes?

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:49

Originally posted by simonlewisbooks
I also wonder if the "Scuderia Ambrosiana" aspect was a ploy by Murray to extract better start money

As with the Parnell etc 4CLT Maseratis before it, I think it was more to do with showing HM Customs the car wasn't "owned" by British interests :cool:

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 13:01

Sorry Simon

I put this reply on to the Thinwall thread instead of the Whitehead thread. Herewith now on the correct thread.


Simon

The following might help to shed some light.

The David Murray Ferrari F2 car was the original short wheelbase Ferrari that Peter Whitehead owned and shown in the photograph of it coming out of the transporter.

David was linked with Scuderia Ambrosiana through Reg Parnell and the Ashmore brothers. It is my understanding explained, I think, in my biography of Reg Parnell, that the arrangement between Scuderia Ambrosiana and Reg and pals was to get round the British Government edict whereby you could only take £50 out of the country.

As a result when any Ambrosiana drivers such as Luigi Villoresi, raced in Britain Reg would pay the entry money, hotels etc as " Scuderia Ambrosiana" . In turn when Reg or the Ashmores raced abroad they would be entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana in Italy so that Reg did not have to pay out precious money from the allowance. How the finances were finally sorted out I have no idea but it was an arrangement that was accepted by both.

Now, the Ferrari. At the end of the 1952 season parts of this car, notably the engine, disappeared I know not where. However the chassis back axle etc were retained by David Murray and eventually sold to Ronald Millar, Chairman of Motherwell Bridge engineering company and Pat Melville, both great racing enthusiasts who had 30/98 Vauxhalls. Millar had all the equipment to build anything and the Ferrari chassis was used to build the Saltire, one of the Scottish built racing cars described in my book Scottish Motor Racing and Drivers ( Plug). Only a couple of months ago I met up with Donald McGlynn who did a lot of the work on the project. The engine, however, was a Lea Francis racing engine in the style of the Connaught engine but the car was not a success and was too slow. McGlynn remembers taking the car to its first race meeting and Wilkie Wikinson the Ecurie Ecosse chief mechanic at the time, coming up to the car, seeing the Ferrari badge on the boss of the steering wheel and politely taking the badge away with him !

Millar and Melville decided to start again, and through David Murray ordered a Lister-Jaguar which came in bits to Scotland and was built up with a different design of bodywork. This car was the car bought by David Ham and still raced occasionally by him.

Meanwhile the Saltire was bought by a young Scottish enthusiast called Syd Ritchie who, with the help of Bryan Wingfield converted it with a Jaguar engine. Sadly Syd was killed in the car at Charterhall and I do not know what happened to the remains.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 17:15

Are we suggesting Peter Whitehead did not pay the various importation duties on the car in the first place? I believe he usually entered his racing cars under his own name so there was no attempt to invent another foreign entrant and I am sure HM Customs could have found him quite easily.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 21:44

Originally posted by Squire Straker
Are we suggesting Peter Whitehead did not pay the various importation duties on the car in the first place? I believe he usually entered his racing cars under his own name so there was no attempt to invent another foreign entrant and I am sure HM Customs could have found him quite easily.


Simon - No this all related to Murray and Parnell, not Whitehead. It's just that the car involved was ex Whitehead.

Graham - thanks for all that extra info - so a potential barn-find for the future...

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:17

Originally posted by sandy
And another aside. Peter Whitehead was killed in an accident on a public road, as was former World Champion Nino Farina and of course Mike Hawthorn. Who else of that era died in road accidents?

Only other one I know of was Porsche driver and journalist Richard von Frankenburg, killed in a road accident in 1973, after having survived this famous incident at AVUS in 1956.

Other photos here - I believe the last two were taken by Julius Weitmann, author of 'Porsche Story'. von Frankenburg was thrown out and landed, relatively unscathed AFAIK, in acacia bushes; the special magnesium-bodied Porsche (nicknamed 'Mickey Mouse'), as you can see, landed in the car park and burned out - wonder what happened to the Gullwing next to it?

Sadly, of course, Jean Behra lost his life there in 1959.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:39

Hi Simon
My point was Whitehead would have imported the car first into the UK so he would have been liable for the taxes, if he had paid them the car was legally imported, the same way Tony Vandervell had done. Therefore David Murray need not have worried. Still fascinating to think the chassis may still be around though.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:43

This is probably a manifestation of Parkinson's Thermodynamic Law of Committees, (after all it's a Peter Whitehead thread) but de Beaufort also went over the top of the AVUS banking in 1959. According to Graham Hill ("Life at the Limit") he mowed down a few shrubs, went through the paddock fence and drove back on to the circuit, only to be black-flagged a few laps later by the incredulous organisers.

Behra was probably unlucky in that he hit a flagpole.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:41

Originally posted by Squire Straker
Hi Simon
My point was Whitehead would have imported the car first into the UK so he would have been liable for the taxes, if he had paid them the car was legally imported, the same way Tony Vandervell had done. Therefore David Murray need not have worried. Still fascinating to think the chassis may still be around though.
Regards
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Good point. I see what you mean.
I do wonder what little schemes Murray, with his "imaginative" financial brain , may have concocted to pick through the many import/export/currency laws and restrictions of the time. There would inevitably be money making opportunities of some kind and he sounds like a man who'd know where to find them. :smoking:

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 15:07

Originally posted by Ian Stewart
As to the orientation rumour, it was put to me as a fact by a very well known driver in 1952 - by way of a warning no less, and I was astonished and very angry. I had (and have) no reason to believe such a thing.


Yes Ian - I can empathise with your remembered anger. I never met Whitehead but I had followed his career as an enthusiastic kid, and when my editor Cyril Posthumus first told me about these rumours around 1964-65 I recall being very dismayed to hear such a thing.

These days I guess it makes no odds - but back then such things were indeed 'unsettling', although absolutely nobody else's bloody business...

Interestingly, Raymond Mays's pye-sec-a-culiar pecadillioes so outraged William Lyons that he ensured there was NO WAY that the SMMT would ever become involved in funding RM's BRM project. And yet he turned a blind to any similar allegations involving Whitehead who was one of his drivers, and - perhaps this is the key - a favoured customer. Whitehead, however, was INFINITELY more discreet and private than Mays - who in this regard could be his own worst enemy...though always essentially absolutely charming.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 15:24

When I was young Peter Whitehead was just another driver, so it is odd to find his life (not just his career) being disected on the TNF, and in such intimate detail!! Do we need it?
He won Le Mans for Jaguar, I remember him and Peter Walker doing a lap of honour at Silverstone in the C-Type.
Yes, he drove a wide variety of cars and ofteh shared with my own particular 'hero' Graham, who was a good steady sort, not given to tossing it at the scenery, so he may well have been pretty shattered by the accident that killed his brother.
Graham and Peter finished second at Le Mans in 1958 driving Graham's Aston 63 EMU, they were both stalwarts of 1950's motor racing and that is the way to remember them both.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 17:27

Accepted, of course.

However, as a backdrop to history - adding understanding to why things might have happened (as in SMMT's thumbs-down to BRM), these otherwise perhaps prurient factors (and occasional misconceptions) can matter.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:59

Following the slightly macabre sub-thread within this thread, do you recall that Porfirio Rubirosa, the Dominican playboy supreme, who ran in several sports car championship races in the 1950's, died in 1965 when he crashed his Ferrari into a tree(or several) in Paris after a night of celebration of a polo victory.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:36

wenoopy

Following the slightly macabre sub-thread within this thread, do you recall that Porfirio Rubirosa, the Dominican playboy supreme, who ran in several sports car championship races in the 1950's, died in 1965 when he crashed his Ferrari into a tree(or several) in Paris after a night of celebration of a polo victory.

Shaun Levy wrote a book on Rubirosa entitled 'The Last Playboy' published by the Fourth Estate in paperback in 2005. It is an interesting read, spoilt only by the lack of photographs for reasons unknown to me.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 22:22

Originally posted by Squire Straker
Are we suggesting Peter Whitehead did not pay the various importation duties on the car in the first place? I believe he usually entered his racing cars under his own name so there was no attempt to invent another foreign entrant and I am sure HM Customs could have found him quite easily.

If my files are correct the entry for Jersey 1949 was by "Peter Whitehead", but those for the British GP 1949 and the British Empire Trophy at Douglas 1949 had been by Scuderia Ferrari. The 1950 races on British soil had all been under PW entry.

#10C always was raced in red color, contrary to his 2nd Ferrari #0114. Entry does not mean ownership, so it is it very likely that the car was entered to Britain on Carnet procedure filed by Ferrari with letter of authorization to Whitehead concerning its use. The same was done for the 166 Spyder Corsa 010I when brought to the UK by John Wyer and Dudley Folland.

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 05:01

wenoopy

Following the slightly macabre sub-thread within this thread, do you recall that Porfirio Rubirosa, the Dominican playboy supreme, who ran in several sports car championship races in the 1950's, died in 1965 when he crashed his Ferrari into a tree(or several) in Paris after a night of celebration of a polo victory.

Shaun Levy wrote a book on Rubirosa entitled 'The Last Playboy' published by the Fourth Estate in paperback in 2005. It is an interesting read, spoilt only by the lack of photographs for reasons unknown to me.



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Posted 30 April 2009 - 05:14

I read a hardback copy of "The Last Playboy" recently, not bad, considering that it was written by a non-motoring author.

A similar book, perhaps, is "The Bugatti Queen" by Miranda Seymour, on the life of one Helene Delangle (who raced pre-war as "Helle-Nice" in voiturette races). I had never heard of her but she seems to have been part of a playboy/girl set who went motor racing, and hob-nobbed with people who had been married to Barbara Hutton or who claimed to be Princes or heirs. Again, written by a non-racing authoress, it has a surfeit of "screeching tyres" and the like, but quite a good story.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 14:56

Was Peter and Graham brothers or "half" brothers ? Both is suggested here !



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Posted 01 December 2010 - 15:37

They were apparently both half-brothers and cousins:

Yes Graham Hill did the Monte Carlo, but I thought it was 1964 in a Ford Falcon. He also had a go at the RAC Rally in I think 1965 or 66 with a Mini Cooper S but crashed out as far as I can recall without checking.
The Tour de France, especially in the mid to late 1950s attracted a number of F1 drivers (Gendebien, Trintignant, Moss, Phil Hill etc.), as per the comment about the Whiteheads, Peter and Graham. Sadly Graham crashed and Peter was killed in the 1958 event. How many of you know that Peter Whitehead's mother first married one Mr. Whitehead who subsequently died and then married her late husband's brother the union of which produced Graham, so they were in fact half brothers. Anyway hope this was of interest.



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Posted 01 December 2010 - 17:12

Thanks for that !

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 17:19

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The brothers - Graham and Peter - in their famous Aston Martin DB3S '62 EMU' after a terrific result at Le Mans.

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Peter Whitehead (left - trousers tucked into his socks) talking with Freddie March (on the shooting stick), with his first Ferrari - by common consent too short in the wheelbase - on the starting grid for the 1950 Jersey Road Race at St Helier. He would win.

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Edited by Doug Nye, 01 December 2010 - 17:27.


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 19:50

Wilkie topping up Parnell's Maser in the background

Brilliant to see colour from back then :up:

Edited by David McKinney, 01 December 2010 - 19:50.


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 21:27

:rotfl: David Mc Kinney..We hope you are managing O.K. with all that global warming ??? going on over there..Winter drawes on..ronmac.

#87 terry mcgrath

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 16:30

Being the owner of an ex Peter Whitehead car his XK150 "tour de France" coupe S824021 I am interested in all aspects of his history and have many photographs of him particularly the ERA in Australia 1938 including one signed by him I also have some nice shots of him in the ferrari.
I am chasing any pictures of peter in any of his cars cars particularly the jaguars and am also chasing a picture of the MK1 in which he was killed and am fairly sure that in somthing like T&CC or one of the early classic car magazines there was a picture of the wrecked MK1 can anyone point me in the right direction of a pic of the car
regards terry





Originally posted by terry mcgrath
Peter Whitehead

He purchased an XK120 roadster 660146 that finished up with jumbo goddard and later went on to have one of the early 120 fixed head coupes.
He purchased an XK150 fixed head coupe chassis no S824021 from Jaguar cars in August 1957 that was specially built in the experimental dept of Jaguar for him and is noted in the Jaguar records as "XK150 tour de france" "prototype triple carburettors" He ran this car in the 1957 Tour de France - they were 14th behind a pack of ferraris until they retired with brake problems (the old round pad dunlop disc brakes) the car was upgraded to the later quick change square pad dunlop brakes when they were annouced on the 150"S"
The reason he entered this rally was that he noted he was a contracted driver for Shell Mex the sponsors of the event who asked him to enter.
He drove this XK150 to Lemans in 1958 to drive the Aston
He ran a Jaguar MK1 in the Tour de France in 1958 and whilst Graham was driving they crashed and peter was killed

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 17:11

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Peter Whitehead (left - trousers tucked into his socks) talking with Freddie March (on the shooting stick), with his first Ferrari - by common consent too short in the wheelbase - on the starting grid for the 1950 Jersey Road Race at St Helier. He would win.

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Fantastic photo. I can't get beyond the front pages of your site, after accessing the gallery front page, when clicking on one of the eras to browse, I get this:




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#89 Doug Nye

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 21:12

Ooh ah no - we closed the GPL site probably ten years ago because we couldn't really work out how to run it. In some weird mysterious fashion some kind of ghost version of it wanders around today in cyberspace, like the flying Dutchman. For GPL images take a look at motorfilms and motorgraphs.com.

Sorry that we have - unwittingly - wasted your time...

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Ooh ah no - we closed the GPL site probably ten years ago because we couldn't really work out how to run it. In some weird mysterious fashion some kind of ghost version of it wanders around today in cyberspace, like the flying Dutchman. For GPL images take a look at motorfilms and motorgraphs.com.

Sorry that we have - unwittingly - wasted your time...

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No time wasted. This, http://www.motorgraphs.com/ is excellent. Many many thanks for your reply.

#91 terry mcgrath

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:23


Being the owner of an ex Peter Whitehead car his XK150 "tour de France" coupe S824021 I am interested in all aspects of his history and have many photographs of him particularly the ERA in Australia 1938 including one signed by him I also have some nice shots of him in the ferrari.
I am chasing any pictures of peter in any of his cars cars particularly the jaguars and am also chasing a picture of the MK1 in which he was killed and am fairly sure that in somthing like T&CC or one of the early classic car magazines there was a picture of the wrecked MK1 can anyone point me in the right direction of a pic of the car
regards terry


Originally posted by terry mcgrath
Peter Whitehead

He purchased an XK120 roadster 660146 that finished up with jumbo goddard and later went on to have one of the early 120 fixed head coupes.
He purchased an XK150 fixed head coupe chassis no S824021 from Jaguar cars in August 1957 that was specially built in the experimental dept of Jaguar for him and is noted in the Jaguar records as "XK150 tour de france" "prototype triple carburettors" He ran this car in the 1957 Tour de France - they were 14th behind a pack of ferraris until they retired with brake problems (the old round pad dunlop disc brakes) the car was upgraded to the later quick change square pad dunlop brakes when they were annouced on the 150"S"
The reason he entered this rally was that he noted he was a contracted driver for Shell Mex the sponsors of the event who asked him to enter.
He drove this XK150 to Lemans in 1958 to drive the Aston
He ran a Jaguar MK1 in the Tour de France in 1958 and whilst Graham was driving they crashed and peter was killed
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:20

back onto trying to learn more about Peter Whitehead

Having bveen in the UK recently we got to look at his old XK120FHC 679001

anyway just revive the subject I have posted this under Graham Whitehead

 

Graham Whitehead (GB) b. 15 april 1922, Harrogate, Yorkshire d. 15 jan 1981, Lower Basildon, nr. Reading, Berkshire

 

I am trying to locate family of Alfred Graham Whitehead 

When his half brother  Peter Whitehead died in sept 1958 the newspaper obituaries noted that peter had left an estate of some 411.000 pounds the government grabbed some 139,000 pounds

​He left some 40,000 to his mother made bequests to various people with 40,000 going to his stepbrother graham (36) and the balance going to Graham's children who reach 21 or being daughters marry under this age.

This to me indicates the Graham did in fact have children at the time of Peters death.

Any thoughts on how to find them

terry



#93 Rupertlt1

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 10:47

B.A.R.C. Yearbook 1953, Page 73:

 

Graham Whitehead is well known to motor racing

enthusiasts at Goodwood, and most of his driving

has been on the E.R.A. s/c. car since he began racing

in 1948. He did well in the Jersey Road Race, 1950,

which race, incidentally, his brother Peter, equally

well known at Goodwood, won. Graham also came

third at Silverstone and at Gamston and Winfield,

and made second in the Formula Libre class at

Boreham in 1952. He was fourth in the 1952 G.P. de

France, in an Alta.

 

Peter Whitehead is as successful at motor racing as

he is at farming. He won at Le Mans in 1951 with

Peter Walker; has won at Jersey, and drove a Ferrari

in last year's British Grand Prix. His successes also

include the 1949 Czechoslovakian G.P., and the first

Ulster G.P. staged at Dundrod in 1950. In 1952 he

was placed fourth in the Turin G.P., driving a 1½-litre

Ferrari. Last August he was one of the team who

drove a Jaguar XK120C at Goodwood for Mr. W.

Lyons.

 

RGDS RLT



#94 Patrick Fletcher

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 10:54

I was searching for a reference to the Whitehead connection to a farm property in Lancefield Victoria but came up with this which may have been posted before. There is a transporter in there just at the finish!

https://www.google.c...fkNRbajHtnBypDg


Edited by Patrick Fletcher, 08 May 2017 - 11:05.


#95 JoBo

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 14:53

I was searching for a reference to the Whitehead connection to a farm property in Lancefield Victoria but came up with this which may have been posted before. There is a transporter in there just at the finish!

https://www.google.c...fkNRbajHtnBypDg

 

Interesting to note that Whitehead`s C-Type and Ferraris are mentioned - but nothing about the Maserati 300S he owned in 1956. It was a very beautiful car that had a -little later- very interesting history.

 

 

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Edited by JoBo, 08 May 2017 - 14:54.


#96 cooper997

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 04:16

JoBo, you can easily add some details regarding the 300S in the comments section on the primotipo Whitehead feature. This may even allow Mark to add the details into the narrative.

 

Stephen