ALAN MANN RACING STORMS TO REVIVAL VICTORY WITH TOM KRISTENSEN

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ALAN MANN RACING STORMS TO REVIVAL WIN WITH TOM KRISTENSEN

Chobham, Surrey, UK. September 14th 2015.

Henry Mann, son of motorsport legend Alan 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.

ALAN MANN RACING (AMR) - Titles and Honours:   

  • 1964 Rallye de Monte Carlo – runner up by Bo Ljungfeldt in a Ford Falcon (won every special stage, a feat not repeated to this day)
  • 1964 Tour de France Automobile, Touring Division – won by Peter Proctor and Andrew Cowan in a Ford Mustang
  • 1965 International Championship for GT Manufacturers, Over 2000cc Division – won by Ford, Shelby & AMR
  • 1965 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Roy Pierpoint in a Ford Mustang prepared by AMR
  • 1965 European Touring Car Challenge – won by Sir John Whitmore in a Ford/Lotus Cortina
  • 1967 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford Falcon Sprint entered by AMR  
  • 1968 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA  
  • 1969 British Saloon Car Championship – runner up by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA  
  • 2011 Masters Historic pre-1966 Touring Cars – won by Henry Mann in a Ford/Lotus Cortina  
  • 2015 Goodwood Revival St Mary's Trophy - won by Tom Kristensen & Henry Mann in a Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

Cars for Film and Television work:  

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)  
  • Goldfinger (1964)  
  • Doppelgänger (Gerry Anderson, 1969) & UFO (1970)  
  • Day of The Champion (1965 unfinished Steve McQueen F1 project)
TOM KRISTENSEN USING ALL OF THE TRACK. © Copyright Scott Dennis Photography

TOM KRISTENSEN USING ALL OF THE TRACK. © Copyright Scott Dennis Photography

JUST A FEW LAST MINUTE NUANCES... © Copyright Scott Dennis Photography

JUST A FEW LAST MINUTE NUANCES... © Copyright Scott Dennis Photography

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WORLD CHAMPIONS - 50 YEARS ON

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WORLD CHAMPIONS - 50 YEARS ON

Chobham, Surrey, UK. July 6th 2015

On July 4th, 1965, two Alan Mann Racing prepared Shelby Daytona Cobras crossed the line at the Reims-Gueux 12 Hour race to seal the International Championship for GT Manufacturers (more commonly known as the World Sportscar Championship) on behalf of Ford & Shelby American. 

Alan Mann Racing is delighted to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of this win - the first and only time an American manufacturer won a World Championship. 

Created by Carroll Shelby in 1964 to challenge Ferrari on their home European circuits, the Daytona Cobra Coupe is one of the most iconic American cars ever built, powered by a 4.7L Ford V8 with a top speed of over 190mph. 

The 1965 season started in superb fashion, with the Daytona Cobra taking 1-2-3 positions at both Daytona & Sebring. At this point, control of the program was handed over to Alan Mann Racing with one simple mandate - beat Ferrari and win the title. 

Over the next 5 months, the Daytona's and their lineup of drivers rampaged through Europe at all the classic circuits, including Monza, Oulton Park, Spa, Nurburgring, Reims & Le Mans/La Sarthe. 

Many famous names piloted the cars to this historic victory including Bob Bondurant, Frank Gardner, Allen Grant, Bo Ljungfeldt, Jochen Neerpasch, Jack Sears, Jo Schlesser, Dick Thompson and Sir John Whitmore. 

'Alan Mann was probably one of the finest team tacticians in motor racing... a man who thought on his feet, and he moulded a team in which both drivers and mechanics trusted him implicitly.' - Graham Gauld & Sir John Whitmore, Gentleman Jack: The Official Biography of Jack Sears 

All of the Daytona Cobras will come together for the very first time at the Goodwood Revival in September. 

"I've wanted to drive one since I was a little boy. We're so proud to have this as part of our history and we can't wait to see all 6 together later this year!" - Henry Mann  

Alan Mann Racing continues its association with Ford to this day, preparing, racing and winning with a variety of 1960s Fords in historic racing all over Europe.

ALAN MANN RACING (AMR) - Titles and Honours:   

  • 1964 Rallye de Monte Carlo – runner up by Bo Ljungfeldt in a Ford Falcon (won every special stage, a feat not repeated to this day)
  • 1964 Tour de France Automobile, Touring Division – won by Peter Proctor and Andrew Cowan in a Ford Mustang
  • 1965 International Championship for GT Manufacturers, Over 2000cc Division – won by Ford, Shelby & AMR
  • 1965 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Roy Pierpoint in a Ford Mustang prepared by AMR
  • 1965 European Touring Car Challenge – won by Sir John Whitmore in a Ford/Lotus Cortina
  • 1967 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford Falcon Sprint entered by AMR  
  • 1968 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA  
  • 1969 British Saloon Car Championship – runner up by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA  
  • 2011 Masters Historic pre-1966 Touring Cars – won by Henry Mann in a Ford/Lotus Cortina  

Cars for Film and Television work:  

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)  
  • Goldfinger (1964)  
  • Doppelgänger (Gerry Anderson, 1969) & UFO (1970)  
  • Day of The Champion (1965 unfinished Steve McQueen F1 project)
 
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LEGENDARY RACE TEAM WELCOMES NEW ERA WITH THE RED AND GOLD REVIVAL

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LEGENDARY RACE TEAM WELCOMES NEW ERA WITH THE RED AND GOLD REVIVAL

Chobham, Surrey, UK. June 1st 2015

Fifty years after it was created, legendary race team, Alan Mann Racing, is embarking on an exciting new era of historic racing and shifting the focus of its business to offer race car preparation services to customers. 

Alan Mann Racing will continue to race its iconic red and gold-liveried cars in both UK and European historic motorsport events. The addition of customer car preparation services will ensure that the knowledge possessed by original team members about how best to prepare legendary Fords of the 60s will benefit private owners, and ensure their cars are as well prepared and fast as they were in their heyday.  

Over the last fifty years, Alan Mann Racing's team of engineers worked their magic on Ford cars like the Mustang, Cortina, Escort, and Falcon. Now, original team members that worked for Alan Mann in the 1960s will be consulting to make sure privately owned cars benefit from the winning formula that has made Alan Mann Racing one of the most respected and well-loved teams in British motorsports. 

This is the most significant step taken by Alan Mann Racing since the team was re-created by Alan Mann himself in 2004. Alan Mann passed away in 2012, leaving his sons Henry and Tom to make a choice: let Alan Mann Racing fade away or breathe new life into it. Their choice was not only to continue to race, but to create a red and gold revival. 

"We are delighted to be re-energising this wonderful team with its unique links to Ford and its products," said Henry Mann, Managing Director of Alan Mann Racing.  "Motorsport was our father's passion in his early life and became a great joy in his later years when he was surprised and humbled by the immense interest in his activities and cars of many years before." 

"The legacy of success we have inherited is a great honour and we hope that by reigniting the team and building the business even further through our links to customer cars, we would have made Dad proud. Not only will this keep his name alive, but it will ensure the famous Alan Mann Racing livery is seen on the track long into the future." added Henry Mann.  

Since 1964, Alan Mann Racing has built a reputation for meticulously prepared, competition-beating racing cars encompassing Ford Mustangs, Cortinas, Falcons, GT40s, Escorts and even Cobras and a CanAm car. Many legendary drivers have been behind the wheel of an Alan Mann Racing-prepared car over the years including Frank Gardner who once said: "I was very lucky to drive for Alan Mann... I learned a lot from him. He knew what it took: to be organised, to take the team away from all the politics, to have a short chain of command, to prepare the cars well".

ALAN MANN RACING (AMR) - Titles and Honours:   

  • 1964 Rallye de Monte Carlo  runner up by Bo Ljungfeldt in a Ford Falcon (won every special stage, a feat not repeated to this day)
  • 1964 Tour de France Automobile, Touring Division – won by Peter Proctor and Andrew Cowan in a Ford Mustang
  • 1965 International Championship for GT Manufacturers, Over 2000cc Division – won by Ford, Shelby & AMR
  • 1965 British Saloon Car Championship  won by Roy Pierpoint in a Ford Mustang prepared by AMR
  • 1965 European Touring Car Challenge – won by Sir John Whitmore in a Ford/Lotus Cortina
  • 1967 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford Falcon Sprint entered by AMR  
  • 1968 British Saloon Car Championship – won by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA  
  • 1969 British Saloon Car Championship – runner up by Frank Gardner in a Ford/Lotus Cortina and a Ford Escort FVA  
  • 2011 Masters Historic pre-1966 Touring Cars  won by Henry Mann in a Ford/Lotus Cortina  

Cars for Film and Television work:  

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)  
  • Goldfinger (1964)  
  • Doppelgänger (Gerry Anderson, 1969) & UFO (1970)  
  • Day of The Champion (1965 unfinished Steve McQueen F1 project)  

 

 
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