|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on December 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM|
The Cunningham Stripe Watch
To begin with I got a C70 DBR1. This was a Christopher Ward limited edition of 500 pieces and it followed on from the original C70 series of 6. I had wanted all six of the original set but knew I couldn't afford this and was agonizing over a UK Brooklands or the Italian Rosso Corsa. The DBR1 came along and I went for that. Then Christopher Ward cleared the last few out cheaply so I did pick up the C70 Italian job. They then brought out a C70 Monte Carlo and with a good sale price I could not resist that. Without realising it I had begun to collect the C70 watches. I bid for a few on eBay but was outbid as they were starting to fetch very high prices. I just lost out on a C70 US Cunningham and Jan from the Christopher Ward Forum contacted me. He had not bonded with his C70 Cunningham so he would sell it if I wanted it. He wanted it to go to an enthusiast who would give the watch the love it deserves so we agreed a price and today this beauty arrived at the Post Office. Thank you Jan it has been a pleasure to deal with you.
We are big MINI fans in the car world and we have two MINIs, a Clubman and a MINI Coupe and both of these have Cunningham style stripes on, so I am very pleased now to have a watch with these stripes on too.
Tommy Milton drove his Miller 122 to victory in the 1923 Indianapolis 500, which was the first time this legendary race was considered part of the International Grand Prix series. Although the Cunningham racing stripe was not introduced by American, Briggs Swift Cunningham II until much later, as the first ever racing stripe.
It is highly appropriate that it is sported by the C70US as the famous blue parallel lines on white ground have become synonymous with American motor racing.