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1989 Spice-Chevrolet SE89P - ex-Paul Newman works car - newly restored

The only Group C/GTP car raced by the great Paul Newman, and highly competitive in historic Group C

1989 Spice-Chevrolet SE89P - ex-Paul Newman works car - newly restored

Chassis SE89P002 was built for the 1989 season, competing as a 'works' car at the great American circuits, Sebring, Miami, West Palm Beach, San Antonio, Sears Point, Tamps and Del Mar. The car led at West Palm Beach driven by Costas Los, and at Tampa driven by Wayne Taylor, who also qualified the car on pole at the season Finale at Del Mar, leading the race for 17 laps. Chassis 002 would come home 11th in the Sebring 12hr.

For 1990 the car was further developed and a deal was struck to have the great Hollywood star Paul Newman take over driving duties. Newman would be entered for Road America 500km, Walkins Glen 500km, and the 2hr of San Antonio, with a DNF, 7th and 6th respectively. SE89P chassis 002 is the only Group C/GTP car that Paul Newman ever raced.

1991 would see another full season for chassis 002, including the Daytona 24hr and Sebring 12hr.

Chassis 002 was subject to a bare-tub rebuild before the 2018 Le Mans Classic, restored to Paul Newman 1989 spec with fresh 700bhp all-aluminium Chevrolet V8, and fresh HTP. Proven to be competitive at Le Mans Classic 2018, 002 is certainly a potential winner in historic Group C and simple to maintain.

Period results:

Year: 1989      
Date Race Chassis Drivers
5.3.1989 3 h Miami Spice SE89P #002 Earl / Los
18.3.1989 12 h Sebring Spice SE89P #002 Los / Kline
23.4.1989 West Palm Beach Spice SE89P #002 Los / Ricci
3.9.1989 2 h San Antonio Spice SE89P #002 Atchison / Santal
10.9.1989 300 km Sears Point Spice SE89P #002 Atchison / Santal
1.10.1989 360 km Tampa Spice SE89P #002 Atchison / Taylor
22.10.1989 2 h Del Mar Spice SE89P #002 Atchison / Taylor
Year: 1990      
Date Race Chassis Drivers
25.2.1990 GP Miami Spice SE89P #002 Kline / Phillips
1.4.1990 500 km Road Atlanta Spice SE89P #002 Kline / Purner
1.7.1990 500 km Watkins Glen Spice SE89P #002 Newman / Brockman
19.8.1990 500 km Road America Spice SE89P #002 Newman / Brockman
2.9.1990 2 h San Antonio Spice SE89P #002 Brockman / Sharp / Newman
30.9.1990 Tampa Spice SE89P #002 Sharp
9.12.1990 Sebring Test Spice SE89P #002 Test
Year: 1991      
Date Race Chassis Drivers
5.1.1991 Daytona Test Spice SE89P #002 Sharp / Kline / Bonner
3.2.1991 24 h Daytona Spice SE89P #002 Brockman / McAdam / Phillips / Davis
3.3.1991 2 h West Palm Beach Spice SE89P #002 Kline / Brockman
16.3.1991 12 h Sebring Spice SE89P #002 McAdam / Purner / Phillips
7.4.1991 2 h Miami Spice SE89P #002 Kline / Purner
28.4.1991 300 km Road Atlanta Spice SE89P #002 Purner
5.5.1991 300 km Topeka Spice SE89P #002 Purner / McAdam
26.5.1991 2 h Lime Rock Spice SE89P #002 Purner / McAdam
2.6.1991 300 km Mid-Ohio Spice SE89P #002 Purner / McAdam
16.6.1991 2 h New Orleans Spice SE89P #002 Purner
30.6.1991 500 km Watkins Glen Spice SE89P #002 Jeff Kline
21.7.1991 300 km Laguna Seca Spice SE89P #002 Kline
28.7.1991 300 km Portland Spice SE89P #002 McAdam
25.8.1991 300 km Road America Spice SE89P #002 Kline / McAdam
13.10.1991 2 h Del Mar Spice SE89P #002 Kline

 

 

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