How adorable is this 1953 Staride Mk3, owned by Jan Nycz? Its forward stance is to allow space for a long-range, 10-gallon fuel tank between the driver and the 500cc Manx Norton motorcycle engine. Although the design was to enhance weight distribution, the layout makes on-limit handling tricky. Jan explains: “You’re so far forward that, when the back end goes, there’s not much you can do.” The car was built for Ninian Sanderson, who went on to join Ecurie Ecosse and win Le Mans in 1956.
Jan’s car is one of 12 production Mk3s, and has held lap records at Bowness and Rest and Be Thankful. When its glory days came to an end, this particular car was put into storage for 25 years before Jan resored it to the immaculate condition it’s in today. He has owned it for 13 years. Preparation pays: Jan has won several sprint and hillclimb championships with the car.