At the recent Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or one of the races was for Grand Prix cars up to 1965. Today we take a look at three great machines from this diverse grid. The most recent of these is the Lotus 24 Climax that was raced by Jack Brabham. The then two-time World Champion campaigned the car in five Grands Prix during the first half of the 1962 as he awaited the completion of the first Brabham Grand Prix car. A fifth at the British Grand Prix was the best result. Chassis 947 was then sold to South Africa where it had an eventful career. Following a lengthy spell in the United States, it is now back in Europe and finished in Brabham Racing Organisation colours once again.
Of a slightly different era comes this Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza. It is one of two cars of the type owned by Portuguese entrant Frederico Abecassis. It eventually ended up in Brazil where it was shown in a museum for several years. Repatriated to Europe in the early 1980s, chassis 2211135 has since been part of several major collections and returned to the track this year.
Of a similar vintage is this lovely Bugatti Type 51, which was sold new to England where it was raced for several years. Later in its life, it was also part of the Nethercutt Collection and today 51148 is campaigned by its Swiss custodian.
Finally confirming the rumours, Cadillac have confirmed the construction of a new LMDh racer for the revised 2023 IMSA and FIA WEC rules. Dubbed the LMDh-V.R, it will once again feature a Dallara sourced chassis and the cars will be campaigned by current Cadillac teams Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing. Not only is the car expected to be raced in North America, the rules convergence means that an entry at Le Mans is certainly also on the cards.

Enjoy the links:

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (2211135)

1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix (51148)

1962 Lotus 24 Climax (947)

2023 Cadillac LMDh-V.R