Following David Ogle’s tragic death in 1962 in a crash aboard an SX1000, the decision was taken to end the automotive venture. As such these little cars are quite rare. This car, David’s own, chassis number four, went to his wife, who stored it for thirty years. Its sister car was bought by to-be European Touring Car Champion John Handley, who would prepare the car for competition – dumping a stronger 1275 engine in before campaigning and homologating at the Nürburgring and beyond. It saw service for a good few years before being written off in the late ’70s.
Following the death of Handley in 2001, the current owner and driver James Nicholas acquired the Ogle and set about – with FIA certification – preparing it as Handley’s well-used competition machine as a tribute to him “so people can see his car in the 21st century”. You could just as easily re-body a Mini, but this little blighter is the real deal. And there it was, at 75MM, flying the little Ogle flag in the Weslake. It certainly caught our eye.
Photography by Tom Shaxson