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Lot 169: Austin A35 Competition Saloon

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

The 'Powerful Peanut' was the first and most extensively raced of the Austin A35s built by Rae Davis Racing. It was originally built for the Goodwood Revival in 2001 when it was raced by Rae Davis and touring car legend Steve Soper. The next Goodwood appearance was with Rae and TV pundit Tony Jardine in 2002, again mixing with the far more powerful Jaguars and the like, thrilling the crowd in true 'David and Goliath' style. Following the 2002 Revival, the 'Powerful Peanut' changed hands and did so again in 2004 when it was purchased by the current owner. During his ownership the 'Powerful Peanut' has been raced extensively from Spa (class win) to Chimay, as well as at the Aintree Festival of Motorsport in 2004 and circuits all over the UK. The owner often shared the drive with Rae Davis, Tony Jardine and Jackie Oliver at various Top Hat, Masters and HRDC events. In 2006 the car returned to the Goodwood Revival with the owner and Jackie Oliver. Immediately prior to the Revival, Jackie tested the car at Mallory Park and expressed the view that it would be competitive thanks to thorough preparation by Rae Davis Racing. In qualifying Jackie claimed 2nd place while the owner took 3rd place on the front row next to the Jaguars of Justin Bell and Grant Williams. A picture of the field entering Madgwick for the first time appeared on the front cover of the following issue of Classic and Sports Car magazine. The A35 continued to be campaigned through 2007/8 before returning for the 2008 Revival. Again driven by Jackie Oliver and the owner, it thrilled the crowd, with Jackie taking pole position. In the race Jackie mixed it with the Jaguars, John Fitzpatrick's Austin Westminster and Tony Jardine in the other RDR prepared A35, finally taking the lead by passing Anthony Reid in his Jaguar as the grandstands erupted in celebration. Almost immediately Jardine and Fitzpatrick had a coming together at the chicane. This led to a red flag and instead of the A35 registering an historic victory, the race result was taken back a lap resulting in a 2nd place finish. After further development work the car returned for a fifth time to the Revival in 2010, this time with Tony Jardine back at the wheel. After securing a 4th place grid position for Part 2 of the race, the car suffered damage in an accident at St Mary's. There then ensued an heroic effort by the team to make the start of Part 2, only for a clutch issue to lead to a DNF. In the last two years the 'Powerful Peanut' has been inspected by Rae Davis following a lead gasket change. At the start of the year, titanium con rods were added, giving significantly improved response. Raced this year with HRDC at Castle Combe, Snetterton and Donington Park, it has again mixed it at the front of the field with far more powerful cars such as the Jaguars, Austin Westminster and Volvo Amazon. 'PFF 754' has again been a class winner while setting very competitive lap times. The car is sold conforming to both HRDC and Goodwood regulations, with a spares package to include a limited-slip differential and exhaust system. Included in the sale is an extensive history file detailing all race results and times in current ownership, including those of both Jackie Oliver and Tony Jardine at various club meetings. Eligible for a number of historic and 'Swinging Sixties', this is a rare opportunity to purchase an iconic piece of Revival history. The car is offered with sundry bills and Swansea V5, race ready and 'on the button'.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
Lot Number169
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£26500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£30475
Condition rating
Registration numberPFF 75A
Chassis numberA2S5/HCS/86838
Engine numberXSP 1462/2
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors