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1960 Gemini Formula Junior Mk2

Racing Past Presented by Shannons Insurance.

Built by the Chequered Flag Garage in London in 1960, this car was one of the last of the front-engined race cars built before the rear-engined revolution.

It was built for the Formula Junior category (which was effectively F2 at the time) and is the last of only 28 Mk 2 Geminis that were built and the only one of its type in Australia.

Car # 15
Engine: 1100cc Ford
Driver: Max Pegram

It was brought to Australia in 1974 and raced by previous owners Tony Caldersmith and Roger Ealand and is regularly raced at Historic race meetings around Australia by current owner Max Pegram.

The car was invited to race at the Goodwood Revival in 2009 and also at a number of other historic meeting in Europe, including Spa Francorchamps.

In 2017 it was shipped to New Zealand and raced extensively on both the north and south islands.

The body shape is similar to other race cars of the era such as the Maserati 250F and the Vanwall and attracts a lot of attention for its shape, reminding many people of their childhood toy race cars.

It has a 1100cc 105e Ford Cosworth engine, Weber carburettors, a 4 speed Ford gear box and weighs just 400kgs.

It is a single-seater, the gearstick is between the driver's legs with the clutch on one side of the bell housing and the accelerator and brake on the other.