I guess the DBR1 in the foreground needs no introduction, being the sole outright winner for AML of the Le Mans 24H race in 1959 for Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori after all the cars retired in 1958 when they were odds on favourites. I now own the ex bar “Cheval Blanc” they all retired to in La Chartre after the race to drown their sorrows, and I swear I can hear the ghosts of the laughs when team manager John “Death Ray” Wyer slipped and fell on his a..e in the bar during the infamous early Sunday drinking game!
David Brown allegedly said “thank god we don’t have to come back here again” when they finally won in 59, and other than brief forays from semi-works efforts with the Nimrod and AMR1 in the 80’s, the full factory effort did not return until the 21st Century.
Again, it took a few years to get right, but was eventually rewarded with 2 back to back GT class wins against arch rival Corvette with the DBR9 in the photo, led by Dave Richards‘ Prodrive AML team.
Since then, there have been some total disasters, such as the retirement of both of the poorly developed AMR One’s in 2011 within the first few laps when back in the top flight LMP1 prototype class, but honour was restored with another GT class win for the V8 Vantage on its final outing before being retired and the new Vantages started competing, with mixed results.
These 1:18 Auto Art models are beautifully detailed, and I will have to console myself with looking at them in 10 days time when I would have been at my 34th visit to LM24H, but will have to wait until September now. At least there is the AMOC Virtual Concours this weekend in June to look forward to now! 👍🚦