Henry Mann crossed the line to seal victory in the Goodwood Revival’s two part St Mary’s Trophy on Sunday, September 13th - the first time Alan Mann Racing has won it at one of the most prestigious and high-profile events on the historic motorsport calendar.
However the story of the weekend has to be the stunning Saturday Part 1 drive of Tom ‘Mr Le Mans’ Kristensen, Henry Mann’s co-pilot for the event. After a fuel-flow problem in qualifying on Friday, Kristensen had just half a lap under his belt at the end of the session and subsequently had to start Saturday’s race from the back of the grid.
What followed was a masterclass in race-craft. 9-time Le Mans winner Kristensen put on a formidable display behind the wheel of a 1964 Ford Fairlane 427cu.in.Thunderbolt. Charging through the field, more often than not sideways through the corners, he propelled himself past the fast-starting Lotus Cortinas of Gordon Shedden and Andrew Jordan before finally taking 1st place.
While Goodwood commentators have hailed it as ‘the greatest race in Revival history’, Tom Kristensen himself was a little more modest, saying:
“After the issues we experienced on Friday and starting from the back of the grid, I knew I’d need to give it my all. It was a really memorable win and I loved power-sliding that car through the corners! Goodwood Revival is a unique event, and it was fantastic to explore it with the great Alan Mann Racing and teammate Henry."
Alan Mann Racing’s weekend was far from over with Kristensen’s victory, as Henry Mann started in 3rd place in Part 2 on Sunday. Mann then produced a composed, controlled and professional drive in the Fairlane to take the second race win of the weekend and secure the overall Trophy.
Henry Mann said:
“After coming to the Revival for half my life with my father Alan Mann, it’s a truly special feeling to win the St Mary’s Trophy at such a great event, particularly with such a brilliant teammate and such a strong field. I know Dad would be absolutely delighted and very proud of the team.”
This year, in addition to racing its own cars all over Europe, Alan Mann Racing has started to prepare and run ‘customer cars’ – of which the Fairlane was the first: owned by Martin Adams of Smokin’ Joes & Commonwealth Racing motorcycle fame.
The Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt was originally built by legendary Ford works team Holman & Moody in 1964, and was raced in 1965 by Alan Mann himself who took it to two Brands Hatch Boxing Day wins in a row.
In 2002 Lee Holman of Holman & Moody, using original archive designs and drawings, made this faithful recreation from a 1964 Fairlane discovered in a California garage. The resulting car raced in Europe for several years before arriving with AMR at the beginning of 2015, where it was completely overhauled and is now presented in authentic period specification.