Le Mans and sports car racing legend Alan Mann received the keys to his GT40 Continuation at the Pistonheads Show, UK on Thursday 10th January. The GT40 Continuation car, made by Superformance, livered in the famous red body and gold and white viper stripes and instantly recognizable as the Alan Mann racing livery, was handed over to Alan by the managing director of Le Mans Coupes Ltd, Nigel Hulme, the UK importer of GT40 Continuation. Also present was Alan's son, Henry, and a number of the mechanics who have worked for Alan Mann Racing Ltd since the Le Mans period right through to the present day preparing cars for him. The final touch to adorn Alan's new car was the Alan Mann Racing Ltd decal placed on the car by his own mechanics.
Nigel Hulme, MD of Le Mans Coupes, said "It is an honor to handover the first customer GT40 Continuation car in the UK to a genuine Le Man and GT40 legend and a testament to the quality of the GT40 Continuation cars produced by Superformance". Alan himself was delighted "the car is superb, my son is already looking to get a drive before I do!"
Editorial Notes: Alan Mann Racing Ltd supplied three of the nine GT40's that raced in the 1966 Le Mans, with GT40's famously finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The livery of the GT40 handed over to Alan at the Pistonheads Show is based closely on the livery of the lightweight GT40 developed by Alan Mann Racing which incorporated a number of elektron lightweight alloy panels. The original car, in this livery, competed at Reims in 1967 driven by Nelson and Liddell, the 1966 Sebring 12-hour race and at the 1966 Le Mans Test Days driven by Sir John Whitmore, car number #16.
More pictures from the event are available here