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#1 Barry Boor

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 18:25

O.K. they are not built at Feltham and maybe it's only the engine that's badged Aston Martin, but, it may have escaped your notice that the 1000 kms of the 'Nurburgring' yesterday resulted in a 1-2-3 finish for the Lola-Astons.

When was the last time THAT happened in a long-distance race? 1958 T.T. perhaps?



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#2 Victor_RO

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 18:32

Really haven't got the foggiest idea when that last happened, but it didn't escape my notice... eventually. Caught the last 20 laps on Radio Le Mans.


At least I'm not the only one interested by this on this forum. Posted a thread on this and the upcoming 100km of Silverstone and Petit Le Mans in RC, and it quickly sank without a trace.

Edited by Victor_RO, 24 August 2009 - 18:35.


#3 RA Historian

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 19:42

When was the last time THAT happened in a long-distance race? 1958 T.T. perhaps?

Right. 1958 Goodwood Tourist Trophy, a four hour race that counted (albeit for half points) for the 1958 World Sports Car Championship (or whatever the correct title was that year)

1. Stirling Moss/Tony Brooks
2. Roy Salvadori/Jack Brabham
3. Carroll Shelby/Stuart Lewis-Evans

All in Aston Martin DBR-1s

Of course, the 'Ring yesterday was a Lola 1-2-3............

(cue indignant Aston backers that NOW is the time to take umbrage.....)

Tom

#4 Frank de Jong

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 19:46

And don't forget Spyker scored its first podium :rolleyes:

#5 RCH

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 19:52

Interesting that much was made of Aston Martin looking for a Le Mans win 50 years after, but looks like they may win the equivalent of the 1959 Sportscar Championship 50 years after.

Won't go into whether they are Lolas or Astons but they wouldn't be competing if it weren't for Aston Martin.

#6 Paul Parker

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 20:00

At least they are rather more successful and effective than their 1967 equivalents!

#7 garyfrogeye

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 10:05

Great new but it does now mean it will be even harder to get camping at Le Mans next year. They did sound really nice though, much better than those whispering diesels.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 19:32

This thread heading misses out a very important word, LOLA. I can well understand why Martin Birrane gets upset when all the acclaim seems to be directed to the other side of the 'partnership'. So how about a few words of congratulations to the guys from Huntingdon also

#9 RA Historian

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 20:56

Of course, the 'Ring yesterday was a Lola 1-2-3............Tom

As I said earlier...

Also, it appears that the thread title has now been edited to Lola-Aston Martin, so all should be right with the world!
Tom

Edited by RA Historian, 25 August 2009 - 20:57.


#10 retriever

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 21:14

As I said earlier...

Also, it appears that the thread title has now been edited to Lola-Aston Martin, so all should be right with the world!
Tom



I was well aware of your using the Lola name in your thread starter and my world was already alright before your comment, thank you.

Thank you Twin Windows (if it was you) for putting things right in the thread header.

#11 Barry Boor

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 21:22

Far be it from me to belittle Lola's contribution to the overall effort; I applaud them whole-heartedly.

BUT, this detracts from the point of my thread which was to compare the Aston Martin success in 2009 with that from decades ago.

#12 RA Historian

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 22:11

I was well aware of your using the Lola name in your thread starter

I did not start the thread.

But Barry, who did start the thread, has a point which is that it has been 51 years since Aston Martin engines powered the top three finishers in a major international sports car race.

Tom

Edited by RA Historian, 26 August 2009 - 00:48.


#13 Twin Window

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 22:34

BUT, this detracts from the point of my thread which was to compare the Aston Martin success in 2009 with that from decades ago.


Sorry, BB - I thought I was being useful! I've now changed it back (I think) to what it was.

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#14 Barry Boor

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 22:39

Thoughtful as ever, Twinny. Many thanks. :up:

I hope others will see my point.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 22:41

Far be it from me to belittle Lola's contribution to the overall effort; I applaud them whole-heartedly.

BUT, this detracts from the point of my thread which was to compare the Aston Martin success in 2009 with that from decades ago.


It's great that they won, but I was so fed up when the the gorgeous T70 with the white arrow retired at Brands in 1967. IIRC, it started from pole? Am I thinking alomg the right lines, did it have an Aston engine that day, my memory is getting worse by the decade :lol:

What events did they do in period, Le Mans test week-end, Brands and Le Mans?

#16 retriever

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 12:12

Please consider my knuckles well and truly rapped for mentioning the word Lola on this thread.

Edited by retriever, 26 August 2009 - 12:13.


#17 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 12:50

And to add to the mix two of "sons of" British racing drivers in 3rd place also - big Congrats to Chris and Stuart, both doing very well.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 13:05

It's great that they won, but I was so fed up when the the gorgeous T70 with the white arrow retired at Brands in 1967. IIRC, it started from pole? Am I thinking alomg the right lines, did it have an Aston engine that day, my memory is getting worse by the decade :lol:

What events did they do in period, Le Mans test week-end, Brands and Le Mans?


No, it had a Chevy engine by the time it got to the BOAC 500 in July '67. It did, however, also race at the Nurburgring 1,000Kms two weeks before Le Mans, putting up second fastest practice time behind the 2F but retiring with suspension damage after 6 laps. So just Le Mans (test and, briefly, race) and Nurburgring in period.