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Motoring Magic – Power and Glory Miniature Sheet 30 June 2008

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present an outstanding set of six stamp designs by artist Nick Sykes on our Power & Glory Miniature Sheet to celebrate historic motor racing. This splendid miniature sheet complements British Racing Greats - a set of six motor racing stamps by artist Peter Hearsey and both will be issued on 10th July 2008.

The Stamps

Ford GT 40 1965 - 7 Litre The GT40’s won 4 times at Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, twice in Gulf Team colours. Nick has recaptured a scene from the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car is driven here by the 1969 Le Mans winner, Jackie Oliver.

Shelby Cobra 1964 - 4.7 Litre The Goodwood Revival plays host to this scene with t he lead car being driven by Jean Pierre Jarier ex FI driver and F2 European Champion. The red Cobra behind ‘39 PH’ was driven at Le Mans by Peter Bolton, President of the Manx Motor Racing Club and Ninian Sanderson into 7th place and 1st in class during the racing of 1963.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR 1955 - 3 Litre Enzo Ferrari defined the Mille Miglia as “one of the world's greatest road races.” It epitomises the passion people hold for cars in pursuit of adventure, excitement and discovery. The 1955 Mille Miglia was won by Stirling Moss and co-driver Dennis Jenkinson who completed the classic route Brescia – Rome – Brescia in 10 hours 7 minutes 48 seconds at an average speed of 97.97 mph which was never beaten.

Ferrari 250 LM 1965 - 3.3 Litre The Equipe Nationale Belge car came second at Le Mans in 1965 driven by Dumay and Gosselin. The GT40 driven by Jackie Oliver, David Piper’s Ferrari P4 and Peter Hardman’s 250 LM follow the yellow Ferrari.

Ferrari 250 GTO 1962 - 3 Litre This car was driven at the Goodwood Revival by 3 times Indy champion Bobby Rahal. The 330 LMB Ferrari behind was driven by the 5 times Le Mans champion Derek Bell.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 1961 - 3.7 Litre ‘2VEV’ was the Ogier Essex Racing Team car at Le Mans in 1961. Raced by Jim Clark at Goodwood and won at Aintree. The car was rebodied in 1962 to the current shape which was both lighter and lower, it became the inspiration for future models such as the DB7. In 1992 Isle of Man resident Nick Cussons, driving 2VEV, became the European FIA Classic Car champion.

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