Founded by Adrian Reynard in 1973 as Sabre Automotive Ltd, the company built on its success in lower formulae (particularly Formula Ford and its variants; Reynard himself was a top driver in Formula Ford 2000 in the late seventies) to progress in March 1994 to Champ Car racing and collaborate with British American Racing from 1999 in the design of its early Formula One cars. Adrian Reynard formed a very effective working partnership with friend and Formula Ford rival Rick Gorne, who looked after the sales and commercial side of the business. Reynard acquired a reputation for being a marque whose cars won in their first race – they achieved this on their debuts in Formula Ford 1600, Formula Ford 2000, Formula Three (1985), Formula Atlantic, Formula 3000 (1988) and Indy car (1994). Reynard effectively wiped March, Lola and Ralt out of F3000 and Lola out of Indy Car – Lola recovered by securing the one-make contract for F3000 and reviving themselves in Indy Car in the late 1990s.
This car is the first Reynard Judd purchased by the “FIRST Racing Team” of Lamberto Leoni, for use in the “International F3000” races between 1987 and 1991.
This car was piloted by Marco Apicella, who finished further overall in the 1989 season Below are the results achieved by Apicella with this car:
May 15th , 1989 – Pau (FR) – Pole position + Fastest Lap – 2nd in the race behind Jean Alesi.
June 4th , 1989 – JEREZ (SP) – 3rd in race behind Eric Bernard (1) and Erik Comas (2)
July 23rd , 1989 – Enna (EN) – 4th in race behind Andrea Church (1) Claudio Langes (2) Eddie Irvine (3)
August 28th 1989 Birmingham Superprix – 2nd behind Jean Alesi (1)
Sept 16th 1989 Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 3rd behind Jean Alesi (1) Erik Comas (2)
The car was used recently and is therefore ready to race and is complete with starter, Crick rear tank for rapid re fuelling, front wings, various suspension arms and some spare wheels and tyres.