Motor Sport will maintain its customarily strong presence at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, and its stand will reflect the event’s ‘Built to Last’ motif – albeit with a patriotic twist.
Motor Sport magazine will focus on Britain’s contribution to competitive longevity and its display features several fascinating cars – including the oldest surviving racing Bentley. Built in 1921, and with Brooklands racing pedigree, this 3 Litre has been developed as a recreation of one of the 1922 Tourist Trophy team cars, which finished second, third and fourth on the Isle of Man to secure the team prize and give Bentley’s factory team its first success.
Although none of the original cars survives, this 1921 Bentley has been adapted to be an exact copy and includes details such as a brakeless front axle and an ultra-rare Claudel-Hobson carburettor. Today it is campaigned extensively in Britain and abroad by brothers Richard and Andrew Frankel, most recently appearing in one of the final episodes of Downton Abbey.
The other star exhibit is an Aston Martin DB2, which was entered for the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours… but did not start after driver Jack Fairman suffered an accident on the public road while making his way to the event. Trailers and transporters were far from the norm almost 70 years ago.
It was swiftly repaired and Eric Thompson raced it at Silverstone a few weeks later, since when it has enjoyed a successful career, chalking up several notable victories in sprints and time trials. Although it spent a period on loan in the Le Mans Museum, it has been raced for most of its life and scored another memorable success earlier this year, when factory Aston Martin driver Darren Turner won the Fordwater Cup at the 20th anniversary Goodwood Revival Meeting.
Be sure to visit the Motor Sport magazine stand at the show, 1-430.