The race car in the museum (2)

Late in 2013 I wrote about the Tyrell 003 which was in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh at the time. I was aware the car had been there for some time and would stay for some time longer. So I did not expect to see a different car during my visit last month. Only after my visit did I realise I had seen this car in this museum before, well before the closure of some areas of the museum for refurbishment.

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This is the Stewart-Ford Formula 1 car, specifically SF-2 which was driven by Jan Magnussen in 1998 and later that year by Jos Verstappen. The team was call Stewart Grand Prix and was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart and his son Paul. They raced for three seasons, 1997 to 1999. Believe it or not, from this came Red Bull Racing. Ford bought the team at the end of the 1999 season (the team was renamed Jaguar Racing) and in 2005 it became Red Bull Racing.

My main issue with this museum is the lack of information and like before there is very little information available near the car (even less than with the Tyrell) and even on the Museum’s website the information is minimal.

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On that note, there is another race car in the same museum, a JP3 Formula 3 car. It’s on one of the wall displays in the Grand Gallery, gathering dust. There is however a little bit more information:
Joseph Potts Limited was an established garage in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, when in 1950 Joe Potts junior began to build his ‘JP’ cars for racing in the 500cc Formula 3 class. 500cc racing started in 1946 as a cheap entry to motor racing and several successful grand prix drivers began their careers competing in Formula 3. Of the 34 JP cars made, only 5 are thought to remain, including one raced by Ron Flockhart, who went on to win the 24 hour race at Le Mans in 1956 and 1957. This example was made in 1952.

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It always amazes me how small these cars were. It must be terrifying to race something like this. Of course I realise in the 1950s they went a bit slower than current race cars, but still…
It even looks like they were sitting on the fuel tank (I have not been able to confirm that, but just look at the photo below).

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Again, the museum’s website does not have a lot of detail on this car other than what’s mentioned near the display, so if anyone has more information on either one of these cars, please let me know.


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