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Peter D Gammon - MG Special 1497cc - Silverstone 1953

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#1 Anthony999

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 15:01

Marsh-Special-YRF-167-MMEC-Silverstone-2I am trying to track down some details of the Peter Gammon Special that he ran at Silverstone on the 27th June 1953, before he was involved with Lotus and drove a Lotus 6 and other cars.

In the attached photo he is number 44 on the far right of the photo.

Thank you.

Edited by Anthony999, 07 July 2020 - 15:44.


#2 Allan Lupton

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 09:03

There's a photo of the car at that MMEC Silverstone (and a report of the meeting) on p425 of Motor Sport of August '53.

DVLA has the car with that reg. no. (LBP150) as a 1250cc MG of September 1949 which would be an MG TC

I don't recognise 1497cc as an XPAG engine oversize, but so what?!

#3 fivestar

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 09:37

The 1998 T register yearbook has a four page article on this car.

unfortunately I do not know how to scan and post the article here.

Edited by fivestar, 08 July 2020 - 09:37.

#4 Jahn1234567890

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 11:43

Here are two screenshots of the car from the wonderful Revs Digital Library.





#5 Anthony999

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 13:39

Thank you all for the information and photographs. I have managed to track down and copy the Motor Sport article which is interesting and reaffirms that I am looking for the correct car.


I haven't had any luck with the T register yearbook on like but have contacted the register to see if they are able to forward a copy and any information on the location of the car now.


The reason for my interest is that I am trying to locate the cars on the grid at Silverstone and particularly if they are Specials from the period. We are currently restoring car number 36 which is driven by Tony Marsh and it is helpful to look at other one-offs from the early 1950's. For those that are interested, I have a separate posting on this forum "Tony Marsh - Special".Marsh 


Thanks all.

Edited by Anthony999, 08 July 2020 - 13:42.

#6 fivestar

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 22:24

Please look at this link also



#7 Tim Murray

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 05:01

In this earlier thread about Bob Spikins and his specials Charles Helps notes a couple of times that the MG engine in Peter Gammon’s MG special was also the engine fitted to Peter’s Lotus VI:

A bit OT but the ex-Peter Gammon UPE 9 is a Lotus Mk 6 and was always MG 1466 cc engined AFAIK. Carbs and exhaust on the same (driver's) side. Peter Gammon transferred the engine from his Gammon MG Special to the new Lotus for the 1954 season. The same engine went to Claude Rye's Lotus Mk 6 and is still in it so there are three cars with a claim to that engine! Lt Col R White used it in the 1955 season. Lovely pictures though. I will make sure the current owner sees them.

#8 Anthony999

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 15:06

Peter Gammon Special LBP 150


Thanks for the article





#9 Anthony999

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 15:40

Does anyone know where Peter Gammon Special LBP 150 is now?

#10 Eric Dunsdon

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Posted 20 July 2020 - 16:35

Peter Gammon once claimed that the spirit of Mike Hawthorn was protecting him. Strangely this was a couple of years before Mike Lost his life.

#11 Doug Nye

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Posted 22 July 2020 - 18:54

Quite right Eric - he made that claim to me when I was researching 'Powered by Jaguar'. He attended a spiritualist church in Godalming, Surrey.  During a wide-ranging - and indeed for me quite riveting - conversation, he went on to explain that one of his spirit guides there was Joan of Arc... "Lovely woman, Joan...".



#12 RogerFrench

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 13:42

Please forgive childish reminiscence, I was young when this car was in its prime, but thought it should be called a Delta.
Somehow Peter Gammon Delta resonated with my classical schooling......

Edited by RogerFrench, 23 July 2020 - 13:43.

#13 CoulthardD

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Posted 13 September 2020 - 15:02

The Gammon MG was sold to my uncle, Jimmy Blumer, when Peter Gammon 'moved' to Lotus in 1955. The car is currently owned by Dave Saunders, an MG Car Club director. I managed to get Jimmy and Dave together with the car at Donington maybe 15 years ago. Would post a photo, but I've forgotten how hard that is...