Paul Martin will be competing in the six-cylinder, two-litre GN Caesar Special, which was driven by Doc Taylor at the original Chateau Impney sprint events prior to 1967.
A formidable opponent in its regular appearances at the Chateau Impney and Prescott events in period, the Caesar will be looking to hold its own in the ‘Racing Cars over 1500cc and up to 3000cc pre 1940’ class. However, it will face fierce competition in the shape of seven iconic classic British ERAs and the fearsome Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, which triumphed at the first historic Monaco Grand Prix in 1934.
Built in 1937 by Dick Caesar, it began life as a CAPA car which was raced around fields in Bristol before its conversion into a hill climb car. Doc Taylor entered the Caesar Special at many venues during the fifties and sixties frequently winning against opposition from more modern marques to take fastest vintage-car time on a number of occasions. He famously declared in 1951 that he would never be able to afford another racing car and would keep the Caesar until he was 80. True to his word, he continued to compete in the car until the mid-1980s.
In recent years, the Caesar has become a rare sight away from Prescott, which makes its appearance at the Chateau all the more special.