From his home in London, England, auto enthusiast Alastair Gillespie has been trying to find a “lost and very rare British racing car,” with the trail ending in Shawnee in the 1970s.
The Alta 1100cc Sports 2-seater competition model is one of only 14 ever made, Gillespie said.
“Alta cars were hand built by Geoffrey Taylor in Surbiton, Surrey, England – who built the prototype in 1927 as a young man in his father’s stables,” he said. “They are an example of a light racing car with an innovative advanced design for the time – alloy engine, dual overhead camshafts, supercharged.”
The specific Alta in question, chassis 20, was delivered to Pat Oxenden on Jan. 5, 1934.
Gillespie said Oxenden was “an early lady racing driver,” and with the Alta, she won a Brooklands Ladies Mountain Handicap in 1935 at 64.02 miles per hour, doing two laps at 66.86 mph. Brooklands, he…