Geoffrey Marsh of the Marsh Plant Hire Company built 3 rumbling Aston V8 race cars and with the legendary driver Gerry Marshall winning 21 races in 2 of the cars they are all fondly remembered by enthusiasts...
The first of the Marsh Plant V8s was dubbed the Silver Dream Racer and in the hands of Gerry Marshall had a remarkable 1989 season. The combination won all 8 races started , 6 in the AMOC Intermarque Championship plus 2 more in Aston v Jaguar races.
Just the 1 win from 6 in 1990 as Marshall had many a good dice against the likes of Malcolm Hamilton`s super-charged E-Type. Gerry`s last run with the car in this guise was his only AMOC race in 1991 , the record being 9 wins , 14 finishes in 15 starts. 5430cc.
This car would re-appear in 1999 with new aerodynamics and engine . see further down in EVO form...
Gerry Marshall AMOC Intermarque record part 1 :
1989 - 6 starts - 6 outright wins
1990 - 6 starts - 2 outright wins + 1 class
1991 - 2 starts - 1 win
+ 2 further wins in Aston v Jag races
The second of the Marsh Plant V8s saw the team and Marshall branch out into the new for 1993 BRDC GT series ( which soon evolved into the British GT Championship as we still know it today) . The car made 4 appearances in the GT series in all , two 3rds at Silverstone for Gerry before an outright win at a very wet Brands Hatch race. David Leslie added another 3rd in the car in march 1994 .The car was never intended to be homologated for GT racing and thus ran in a modified National class against the Blue Coral 935s. Thereafter the car was Marshall`s weapon of choice in the AMOC Intermarque through to the end of 1998. 12 Intermarque wins were recorded taking Marshall`s record to 21 between the 2 cars used. Mark Hales track tested the car for CCC ( April 1999 ) and found that the fat tyres needed much warming to prevent the car rotating , 18s at the back and 17s at the front !
This car was replaced by the re-worked `10330` car for the 1999 season.
Fast forward to 2014 and this historically important Aston Martin makes it debut in the CSCC Special Saloons + Modsports series having been aquired by David Beatty . The 6145 cc V8 having been replaced by the original 5340 cc unit. Still resplendent its original BRDC GT livery the car made its series debut at Silverstone.
Gerry Marshall AMOC Intermarque record part 2 :
1992 - 1 start -
1993 - 4 starts - 4 wins
1994 - 4 starts - 4 wins
1995 - 4 starts - 3 wins
1996 - 3 starts - 1 win
1997 - 1 start
1998 - 5 starts - 1 win ( 6145cc )
Gerry Marshall / David Leslie BRDC GT record :
1993 - 4 starts - 1 win
1994 - 1 start ( Leslie )
The original V8 Marshall had raced back in 1989/91 was rebuilt for the 1999 season and featured both the revised 6145cc engine plus the aerodynamic lessons learned from car 2 . Marshall raced it 4 times gaining 3 podiums and both surviving a collision with Richard Chamberlain`s Porsche 935 replica at Donington. Thereafter Gerry switched to a DB4 model in the all Aston races and on August 6th 2000 reached the remarkable milestone of 600 career wins , at Snetterton.
Raced by Anthony Reid in May 2009 in the AMOC `Super GT` race , qualifying on pole ahead of David Ellis but retired during the race. The car was damaged at the Goodwood Festival 2014 on its run up the hill.
Gerry Marshall AMOC Intermarque record part 3 :
1999 - 4 starts -
The car was built by engineers Martin Bachelor and Chris Lawman with some input from F1 man Jock Clear and based on a 1972 V8 model. The engine is located over a foot further back but this Group C V8 from the EMKA was missing a few of its claimed 575 horses. So it was the aerodynamic package that impressed on the CCC track test most , the lack of front grill providing front downforce. The car had a flat bottom and ground effect venturis. At 1360 kgs however it was no lightweight.
+ 1 DNS at Silverstone Aug 16/17/18th
+ 1 DNS at Silverstone Jun 23rd
+ 1 DNS at Brands May 4th
KEY ( Starts - outright wins - class wins )
+ 3 DNS
The Silver Dream racer ( chassis 10330 ) first made headlines in 1982 in the hands of Ray Taft when he won the first 3 rounds of the AMOC 'Robin Hamilton Inter-Marque Challenge`. These were entertaining races between Astons ,Porsches ,AC and Jaguar marques in modified form . Taft's car was entered by Hyde Vale with a 500 bhp engine developed by the team's technical director Richard Zethrin ( see article right ). Taft won at Silverstone ,Brands and Oulton before David Ellis came back with his uprated V8 to pip him at Silverstone 2 . Mike Wilds guested at Mallory Park ( 2nd again after a fantastic dice with Ellis ). Taft beat Ellis at Oulton in the finale though the AC team ran out winners over the 4 classes. A win in a post-war Aston race and 2 more having joined in the previously all-Amaerican V8 ASCAR Challenge made 7 wins in 1982.
Dovetailing into ASCAR clearly was a good move as 4 wins in 1983 took Taft to the ASCAR title that year.