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)