1989 Spice Group C

SE89P Chevrolet - ex-Paul Newman

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1989
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    002
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • FIA Papers 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

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.