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Old 13th February 2008, 10:07   #1
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Built for 1972 season. Jackie Epstein's Speed International Team (UK) for Gijs Van Lennep (UK) 1972 (won championship); as ShellSport Luxembourg for Clive Santo (UK) 1973 (not seen after R5 Brands Hatch 23 Apr 1973) - Willie Wood (UK) 1973: raced at R16 Zandvoort 30 Sep 1973 ... bought from Chris Oates (Notts) Johnty Williamson (UK) March 1974 and fitted with 5.7-litre Chevy: used in sprints 1974-1976. Sold to Mike Gue Jan 1977 and then sold to the Maharajah of Gondal (Gujarat, India): raced by Maharaj Kumar Ghanadityasinhji of Gondal at the 'All India GP' at Sholavaram circuit at Madras (now Channai). The Maharajah won in 1978 and 1979 but retired with engine problems in 1980. Fitted with a new 5.7-litre engine from the US, he won again in 1981 and won a preliminary race in 1982 despite the presence of Vijay Mallya's Ensign N177 MN08.The Surtees also won races in Calcutta and Bombay but details are not available. The car is presently the proud possession of Yuvaraj Kumar Himanshusinhji (Crown Price of Gondal). My great thanks to Aniruddh Kasliwal and Ashish Doshi for helping me with this car and to HH Maharaja Chaitanyadev Sinhji of Wadhvan and Yuvaraj Kumar Himanshusinhji.


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Thats got some amazing history... good to know about things like this in India. When was the last time she was used...is she taken onto any raod/Track at all?
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It was there at one of the speedruns in Bombay.
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Old 13th February 2008, 13:25   #4
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It was there at one of the speedruns in Bombay.
In that case Im sure someone has some more pictures of her. If anyone has pictures please post them here.

Does anyone know if VJM's F1 car is still in India?

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thats a beauty

nice to know that we in india also have a nice racing culture and history
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Khanak - The best person to ask for more info would be the person that the writer has thanked first in his article, Aniruddh Kasliwal aka Kasli on the forum! I'm sure he has more pictures & details about this car.

Kasli, you reading this?
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I remember that in that speedrun it was there only for a demo run. They took the rear tires from his Corvette and put it on this for the run. It is extremely noisy!
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Pics from speedrun 2006 in Mumbai :

(Im sorry but i dont know who took these pictures, they were all saved on my computer from TBHP / Picasaweb etc...)









And here is a video (in the thread that probably has some of the pics i just posted)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor-...tml#post183203

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good machine with interesting history behind this machine...BTW Himanshu Gondal of royal family also owns a Dodge Ram truck (has read somwhere)
Any pics?Anybody..
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Whats up with those tyres?
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Whats up with those tyres?
Straight6 has mentioned it in his post.

If you watch the video in the link i posted, its running with the corvette's fatty fatty tyres.

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Straight6 has mentioned it in his post.

If you watch the video in the link i posted, its running with the corvette's fatty fatty tyres.

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I read that, but why wouldnt it just run on its regular tyres? I guess availability is a big issue here.
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I guess availability is a big issue here.
Yeah i guess so.
If you look at the tyres in the first pic of this thread, i doubt those are cheap either! And to have those on a car that mostly just sits around and rarely makes use of all that rubber probably just didnt make sense.

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does anybody have more pictures from Gondal collection specially corvette & camaro..
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I read that, but why wouldnt it just run on its regular tyres? I guess availability is a big issue here.
Even with the Corvette tires, he didnt really rip it. I'm guessing that its so powerful that it would have easily lost traction with those tires as well. There is no way it will run on regular tires!
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