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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1990
Designed by:Graham Humphrey for Spice Engineering
Predecessor:Spice SE89C Cosworth
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 12, 2015
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Chassis: SE90C-017
Acquired new by Japanese enthusiast Tsunemasu Aoshima, this was one of the last Spice Group C1 cars built. It was fielded for him in the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans by Euro Racing. It was painted bright pink and entered for an all-woman driver line-up of Lyn St James, Cathy Muller and Desiré Wilson. During qualifying, the car was damaged by Lyn St James in a hefty accident. With no time to rebuild the existing chassis, the team raced SE89C-008, which had been offered for sale in the paddock. Repainted pink and tagged SE90C-017, it was ready in time to take the start. Sadly, the race lasted just 47 laps until another accident ended the effort.

The original 017 that had been damaged in qualifying was returned to Japan and repaired. Later in the season, it made two further outings in the All Japanese Sports Prototype Championship with an eighth place as the best result. It was repatriated from Japan in 2001 by historic racer David Mercer, who had the car completely restored. He campaigned the car with great success, scoring numerous outright victories in Group C races. It was then acquired by its next custodian in 2010, and he continued to race the car regularly for many years. In 2012, it was reunited with Desiré Wilson at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In 2019, it passed into Swiss hands.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1990
First owner Tsunemasu Aoshima
Last known location British Historic Racer
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2018 Le Mans Classic 2018 Le Mans Classic 2018 Le Mans Classic 2017 Hungaroring Classic
2017 Hungaroring Classic 2017 Hungaroring Classic 2017 Hungaroring Classic 2017 Hungaroring Classic
2017 Spa Classic 2017 Spa Classic 2017 Spa Classic 2017 Spa Classic
2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort 2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort 2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort 2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort
2013 Dix Mille Tours 2013 Dix Mille Tours 2013 Dix Mille Tours 2013 Dix Mille Tours
2012 Dix Mille Tours 2012 Dix Mille Tours 2012 Dix Mille Tours 2012 Dix Mille Tours
2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed
2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans
2012 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans 2011 Dix Mille Tours
2011 Dix Mille Tours 2011 Dix Mille Tours 2011 Dix Mille Tours 2011 Spa Classic
2011 Spa Classic 2011 Spa Classic 2011 Spa Classic 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans
2010 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans

  Article Image gallery (100) Chassis (2) SE90C-017 Specifications