The legendary Alfa Romeo 8C is the ultimate sports car of the early 1930s. Designed by the great Torinese engineer, Vittorio Jano, the 8C dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the epic Italian road races and, in ultimate Monza specification, Grand Prix events.
Few Italian cars have such a rich racing history in the United Kingdom than the famous Monza, chassis 2211130, better known by its registration ‘FYE 7’. Ordered new by the wealthy English patron Noel Rees in 1933, it was first raced by Hon Brian Lewis (later Lord Essenden) who won first time out at Brooklands in the International Trophy. Later victories included the Mannin Moar, the first of three wins around the Douglas street circuit for the skilled aristocrat.
For the 1934 season this rapid machine joined the impressive stable of Land Speed Record hero John Cobb and was raced alongside the Napier Railton titan. Subsequent owners included the 21-year-old South American Luis Fontés and Anthony Powys-Lybbe, who both raced it with great success at Brooklands and in Irish events. Other famous drivers include Fay Taylour, the speedway queen.
In 1938, this spectacular racing car was converted for road use where its mighty performance could match any young sports car. After WW2, this famous Monza was enjoyed by a succession of respected automotive connoisseurs including Bugatti collector Peter Hampton and the Hon Patrick Lindsay, who kept it at his London home for many years and drove his children to school in it.
Later owners included Lindsay’s son, James, who returned ’FYE 7’ to the track, driving it to historic race events such as Spa and Montlhéry. The motorsport tradition continued with the next owner Hubert Fabri who had the car restored to green before also competing extensively throughout Europe. This car’s success story is continued by present owner Roderick Jack who will return ‘FYE 7’ to Italy next month for the Mille Miglia.
Car displayed courtesy of Roderick Jack.