Started life as LM12 for the 1934 LeMans as part of the team comprising LM 11, 12 and 14 but after a disastrous showing by the team was rebuilt and renumbered as LM16 for the Ards TT the team cars were painted red due to the superstition of Bertelli that the previous Irish Green was unlucky.
The combination of car development and colour change seemed to work with LM16 coming third overall and the team winning the coveted team prize and earning the model name “Ulster” which was applied to the small number of 1.5 litre replica cars made for customers which were guaranteed to exceed 100mph.
The car continued to race up to the war in private hands as well as being returned to the factory in 1936 to be converted to “touring specification” and is therefore the only Ulster to have a driver’s door, still retained for originality, but rarely used!
Having learnt to drive in LM16 she is a cherished member of the family, but is still very much used as intended on the racetrack and rallys.
A break in the racing, Thomas Fotheringham, driver of LM16