Rare Scarab to race at Silverstone for first time in 50 years

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One of the rarest Formula One cars of all time is set to return to the racetrack after a 50-year absence.

At July's Silverstone Classic meeting the first American Formula 1 car, the front-engined Scarab, will take to the blacktop once again.

Built by wealthy enthusiast Lance Reventlow – son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and the stepson of actor Cray Grant – the car made its debut at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1960.

However, by the time the front-engined car was ready to race competitively, Lotus and Cooper had made the switch to rear-engined designs and the Scarab was out-classed.

Originally owned by Tom Wheatcroft who kept the racer in his collection at Donington, chassis #3 is now in the hands of Julian Bronson who, after taking delivery of a new engine, has been working tirelessly on getting it ready for the July event.

"It's going to be close to be ready for Silverstone, but we should do it," he said. "It would be lovely to give it a debut race at the Silverstone Classic. It's really exciting. I've always wanted a front-engined Grand Prix car and this is just about the last of them. It's just incredible, such an exciting car."

The Scarab will feature a replica set of bodywork – just in case of damage – but will run in exactly the same livery. If you'd like to see it in action at the July 22-24 event you can purchase tickets at www.silverstoneclassic.com