An amazing and unique Costin-Nathan racing car prototype is the newest enthusiasts allurement at the popular National Motor Museum.
The latest National Motor Museum exhibit will be the centre of attraction at Beaulieu’s silver Spring Autojumble on May 18th and 19th.
This hand-built racer was the David that slew Goliath on a competitive racing track some 50 years previously, and will debut once again following a complete and thorough restoration process.
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Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble (May 18 15:00 Saturday) provides the perfect backdrop for the public to witness the incredible machine up-close with a start-up by its original creator and racing driver Roger Nathan, who also masterminded its painstaking restoration back to original condition.
With its unusual wooden construction and highly tuned Hillman Imp engine, the 1965 Costin-Nathan was the brainchild of Nathan and automotive engineer Frank Costin. With Nathan at the wheel, the prototype made its mark by winning the Coupes de Paris race at the Montlhéry circuit in 1966 – beating the big race teams.
After being sold, the car was later rediscovered in 2016 and sold at auction to its new American owner who commissioned Nathan to restore it. The show unveiling marks the end of this mammoth project in part of the celebrations for Spring Autojumble’s 25th anniversary, where exhibitors are invited to decorate their stands in silver and send their memories and pictures to SAJ25@beaulieu.co.uk.
Mini 60 Display
Marking another anniversary at this year’s show is the Mini 60 display, which will put one of Britain’s greatest classics in the spotlight with a timeline of every major milestone in the classic Mini’s lifespan from 1959 to 2000.
The Mini Cooper Register display will bring together a wide range of Minis, with more than 40 rare and remarkable examples already confirmed to join the display including an ex-BMC Works rally Mini, Mini Cooper police car, Mini vans and pick-ups, an Italian-built Innocenti Mini Cooper and the luxurious Radford Mini used in the 1966 BBC TV series Adam Adamant Lives.