Mystery photo in clickbait ad “Maserati test drive, 1968”
Posted 07 July 2022 - 08:49
It occurred to me that some one here at TNF would be able to identify the car, driver, and maybe even the location and event.
I’d be very surprised if it was a Maserati test in 1968 for the supposed example user of this online “service”.
So, any ideas?
Posted 07 July 2022 - 08:58
My first thought was Merlyn Formula Ford!
Posted 07 July 2022 - 09:26
Looks like a Lotus 20 Formula Junior to me. It certainly has Lotus wobbly-web wheels. Shape, engine air intakes, roll hoop, mirrors, badge position all fit. I've tried magnifying the pic, but the badge is too blurred to read.
And no, it's not a Maserati, any more than your other unwanted ads feature genuinely respectable young ladies.
Posted 07 July 2022 - 09:35
Definitely a Lotus 20 - it has that 'ill-fitting' engine cover.
Maybe the driver's name is Maserati and he is having a test drive in the Lotus?
Posted 08 July 2022 - 09:41
I think the driver in the car looks like Jim Endruweit, long-standing Team Lotus mechanic, and he's just driven it off the trailer.
However, those aren't standard Lotus colours. Maybe Rupertlt1 is right and it's the de Udy car, and if that is Endruweit it implies the works was running it for him, which would be surprising.
Posted 08 July 2022 - 09:48
I think the driver in the car looks like Jim Endruweit
That was my initial thought too, but I became less sure when I zoomed in a bit.
Posted 08 July 2022 - 11:37
I didn't think it was the de Udy car. I thought possibly the #27 of Alan Fulwood.
Could the car be a Lotus 21?
Posted 11 July 2022 - 09:34
The car in question looks exactly like Alan Fulwood's Lotus 20, his entrant was Jim Russell Racing Driver School. (Was the livery Fulwood's own?)
A common factor is that Jaques Maglia attended Jim Russell's driving school for some lessons in early '63, could it be Maglia sitting in Fulwood's car?
Lots of information on Maglia (+his sponsor Jean Genet!) in this article: http://pilotos-muert...liaJacques.html
Maglia's racing career ended after a bad accident during a Formula 2 race, at the Solitude race track near Stuttgart in July '65.
Posted 11 July 2022 - 10:40
Snetterton M.R.C. Clubmen's Day, 2 September 1962
Of the 19 cars which faced the starter's
flag for the Junior race, no less than 11
were from the Jim Russell school. The two
works Ron Harris Lolas of John Hine and
John Fenning swiftly established themselves
in the flrst two positions with Fenning
coming past the winner after only one
change-over in their positions. Jacques Mag-
lia's Lotus was a good third, and a struggle
between the Lotuses of Wyllie and Russell
pupil Henry Morrogh was resolved when
Scotsman Wyllie came in fourth.
Ten-lap Formula Junior Race
1. John Fenning, Lola Mk V, 95.18 mph;
2. John Hine, Lola Mk V;
3. Jacques Maglia, Lotus 22.
Fastest lap: J. Hine, 96.98 mph.
Autosport, 7 September 1962, Page 325
Edited by Rupertlt1, 11 July 2022 - 10:40.