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Lot 243

Auctioneers Estimate 4000-5000
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JOHN RATTENBURY SKEAPING R.A. (1901-1980) A BRONZE SCULPTURE OF LADY GODIVA ON A REARING HORSE, set upon a green veined marble base, the bronze is signed and dated (19)68, 35.5cm high This rare statue has an important place in Motor Racing history. After the cessation of the Racing Engines Project at Coventry Climax, Leonard Lee (Chairman, Managing Director and Major Shareholder of the Company) commissioned John Skeaping to create this work, each was engraved with the name of the recipient. Leonard Lee presented one each to the following people: Bruce McLarens wife Pat, John Cooper, Colin Chapman, Raymond Baxter, Harry Mundy, Ron Burr, Hugh Reddington and the one we are offering for sale Peter Windsor-Smith (Chief Racing Engine Designer). The bronze is engraved along the bottom edge Peter Windsor-Smith a Memento of our association with the VICTORIOUS GODIVA FIRE PUMP RACING ENGINES 1954-1965 from Leonard P. Lee The ambition at Coventry Climax was to design and build Formula One Grand Prix racing engines that would win the World Championship. Indeed they did power the Championship Winning Formula One cars no fewer than four times in seven years (1959, 1960, 1963 and 1965). The curious inscription on the bronze .... Godiva Fire Pump racing engines.... relates to a quote in Des Hammills book Coventry Climax .......Leonard Lee knew that the racing programme was going to be expensive, so he decided to have as many of the Racing Programme costs absorbed into the general overheads of the (engineering) company as possible so that the Shareholders wouldnt think there was masses of money going into making racing engines. (They also made Outboard Motors, Forklift Trucks etc. This very bronze statue was illustrated in that book, page 13.

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