Stovebolt Special - Andi Rusyn

HWM Stovebolt Special

This is the famous Stovebolt Special, a 1950 HWM Formula 2 racer in which Stirling Moss had his first paid drive when he was just 20 years old.

In 1954, the car found its way to Hollywood where it was driven by Kirk Douglas in the movie 'The Racers'. After this, it was bought by American Tom Carstens, who decided the F2-spec 4 cylinder engine wasn't cutting the mustard and he replaced it with a small-block Chevy V8, which had become known as a Stovebolt, even though it didn't use a stovebolt (only Chevy V6s did...). The press nicknamed it the Stovebolt Special and the name has stuck ever since. 

This is current owner Simon Taylor with the car at the Autumn Speed Finale event at Shelsley Walsh, where it competed in the hill climb, until an engine issue curtailed things somewhat. 

It's a very cool car, driven to and from events by a very cool owner who doesn't believe in trailers. Good man!

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