Delage 15-S8 Grand Prix
1927/1926, Jackson Shed, On long term display
The 1,500cc, straight-eight supercharged Delage is one of four originally built by the Delage factory for the 1926 season, including the very first RAC British Grand Prix, held at Brooklands and won by Robert Sénéchal and Louis Wagner in a sister car with this car coming third.
Delage substantially modified the cars over the winter of 1926-27 and, in their revised form, they won the World Constructor Championship in 1927, winning five grands prix. Car No 2, driven by Robert Benoist, won the British Grand Prix at Brooklands, with second and third places also taken by Delages, and it is that winning car which has now been bequeathed to Brooklands Museum.
In 1929 the car was purchased from Louis Delage by Malcolm Campbell and shortly after that by W B ‘Bummer’ Scott. In this car Scott achieved a Class F 24 Hour World Record at Montlhéry and a Class F 200 Miles World Record at Brooklands. It was later owned by Prince Chula of Siam (cousin and entrant of “B Bira”) by whom it was dismantled for an ultimately unsuccessful modernisation.
Alan Burnard acquired the remains of the car in 1964 and began an heroic lengthy rebuild. As first restored by him, it ran with an ERA engine, but he later reconstructed a correct Delage engine with which it is now fitted, though still driving through an ERA-type ENV pre-selector gearbox.