:: [ cca 1939 Talbot Lago - Spotted in Boulogne, France - July 2002 ] ::
This gorgeous car was spotted in front of a Tyre Fitting Bay in Boulogne, France, by Bozi Mohacek who managed to snap off four photos before the owner, who appeared to be in a bit of a hurry, roared off. Hence it was not possible to get to talk to him and find out more about the car. The departing noise and the appearance of the car is absolutely spectacular. The photos don't even approach in doing it justice. The car is actually very large, on the scale of the famous Mercedes Silver Arrows. Subsequent investigation suggests that this could be one of the Talbot-Lago Grand Prix cars which won the French Grand Prix and the TT Races in 1939 or that perhaps it was one of the just post-war T26C cars bored out to 4.5l which subsequently went on to do consistently well during the 1950s Le Mans and sporstcar series. Pictures have been prepared for speed of loading, which even so will take a bit of time, and have been left normal size to give full flavour of the car.
From closer study of the original of the first photo it seems that the
white writing on the left side is "Ecurie France". Ecurie France
did indeed race Talbot Lago Le Mans cars in the 1948- 51 period.
Talbot Lago cars were raced by a number of Racing
Ecurie France and the Talbot Lago's own Works Team. The official GP racing
programme was terminated in 1951 although sportscar racing continued a
while. As quite a number of
competition cars had been manufactured they remained popular with pivateers for many
years in both GP and Le Mans formulas. Eventually Lago’s
finances became overstretched and in 1959 he sold the company to Simca