We last came across Alastair Davidson at the Britcar test and media
day, where he was fettling his Mercedes 190E before the 24 hour
race next week.
He was busy with an altogether different toy at
Dunsfold Aerodrome last weekend, at the “Wings & Wheels”
display – attended by 20,000 people.
Wings & Wheels offered a family day out, “showcasing
some of the finest civil and military aircraft displays in the UK,
combined with an astounding line-up of record breaking race cars
and motoring displays.”
Among the racing
cars was Davidson’s ex-Senna Toleman Hart from 1984.
actually raced once, at Detroit,” says the current owner,
“but Ayrton Senna did qualify it at Monaco and Brands Hatch.”
Monaco was the scene of that epic Senna display
in the wet, when he was catching Alain Prost, but being caught by
Stefan Bellof, until Jacky Ickx waved the chequered flag.
“I’ve been restoring it, and it turned
a wheel for the first time last weekend. It ran perfectly, and I
did four runs up and down the runway – reaching 7500 in fifth,
which is 180 mph. When the turbo cuts in, with 3 Bar boost, it’s
amazing. I’m told it has 750 to 800 bhp.”
Bruno Senna has expressed an interest in driving
this car at Goodwood next year.
back to the Mercedes at Silverstone next week. “I was really
pleased with how the 190E went in testing, and we’ve got a
seat vacant if anyone wants to talk to me,” says Alastair
437945 will get hold of him, to drive a piece of endurance
Here's the Toleman
getting a shakedown at Dunsfold on Saturday evening: look at those
fabulous rear wings...