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)