Me and my motor features racing driver Oliver Webb
PUBLISHED: 00:16 12 January 2011 | UPDATED: 18:22 20 February 2013
Knutsford-based racing driver Oliver Webb shares his driving passion - a rare 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500
Teenager Oliver Webb is used to being behind the wheel of powerful cars. A rising star of Formula Three, he is already being tipped to follow in the tyre tracks of some of Britains most successful racing drivers.
And the 19-year-old chooses not to live his life in the slow lane away from the track, either. Last year he bought this 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500, one of only four original models in the UK.
The car is an exact replica of the prize car, Eleanor, in the Nicholas Cage film Gone in 60 Seconds, right down to a booster button on the dashboard, marked Go, baby, go.
It is an amazing car, Oliver said. It was my dream car from when I was very young and then when I saw that film I knew I really wanted one. There are a lot of impressive cars in Cheshire but this turns more heads than most of them. It has all the requirements to be classed as an original but it has been revamped and is a complete replica of the car in the film. The button on the dash gives an extra 100 horse power but even without that it has a lot of grunt. It has 650 horse power, but it doesnt do corners very well.
It is a stunning car but it is all about looks, not handling, and it is at the other end of the scale from the cars I race.
On the track, Oliver recorded two podium finishes in his first three Formula Three races of the season and plans to race in the Renault World Series this year and he added: Thats considered the last stage before Formula One and the plan is to be in Formula One within three years.
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