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    Who like classic race cars then???

    Well, I had an invite to "Alan Mann Racing" last weekend.

    For me, I grew up idolising the Alan Mann Escort's & Cortina's which were both very successful race cars of their day. But they were also very well known in the UK for racing American Fords like the Mustang, Galaxie & Falcon etc.

    Henry; Alan Manns son invited me to a press day at the showroom/workshop so I was like a kid in a sweet shop, actually touching cars that would have been a mere poster picture as a child.

    I didnt take to many pics as I was to busy wiping the drool from my chin

    The first car is one of my dream cars, this is the famous Escort driver by Frank Gardener XOO 349F

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    This is the very same Escort back in 1968

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    And the man himself

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    The MK1 Lotus Cortina was driven by none other than Jackie Stewart in the 1965 European Touring Car Championship. Two AMR cars were entered, one driven by Jackie and the other by John Whitmore

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    The rest are American race cars from the day, and the best bit is, these cars are all still driven in anger at historic events:

    63/64 Galaxie

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    This GT40 has only covered 7 miles from new. It was in Ron Denis's personal collection, but it was bought recently by AMR

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    More random historic FIA race cars

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    It was amazing to get up close to some real icons, rather than your normal trailer queen trash
    Last edited by Al; 13-07-2018 at 11:04 PM.

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    Oh, and if your not into racing or dont give a F..k, then just for you:

    Alan Mann Racing built the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cars for the film

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    some seriously quality cars there Al, that GT40 must be worth a fortune

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.F View Post
    some seriously quality cars there Al, that GT40 must be worth a fortune
    Its up for sale at £3 Million

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    It just looks like Boy-Racer material from my youth!
    A Caddy is for life not just for Christmas

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    You're a lucky boy - spent many happy hours in my teens in the mid '60s up at Brands Hatch (a walk across the fields and over the back fence to get in!) watching lots of cars like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickw View Post
    You're a lucky boy - spent many happy hours in my teens in the mid '60s up at Brands Hatch (a walk across the fields and over the back fence to get in!) watching lots of cars like this.
    It was quite surreal Mike. Not only did I get to see the cars I idealised as a kid, but to be invited and have a good chat with Henry (Alan Manns son), was a pleasure! He spoke and suggested that I build my 65 Cyclone into a FIA race car..

    And talking of the fence at the back of "Brands", my older brother in law grew up in Hartley, and he has told me many stories of holes in fences back in the day!

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    We all did it

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    great post and story Al, I'll show the father in law who is into all that sort of stuff.

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