The Le Mans Nash is really easy to drive–it makes me look good
Le Mans Replica Frazer Nash, Annette Lynton Mason
AS a self-confessed ‘adrenaline junkie’, actress Annette Lynton Mason (right and preceding pages) keeps good company—she’s married to inveterate racer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, whose collection of classic and vintage racing cars is legendary. Annette has a few of her own, however, including an ex-works Aston Martin Ulster, a Type 35 Bugatti and, perhaps her favourite, this 1949 Le Mans Replica Frazer Nash.
Replica in this case describes a factory car built to the exact specifications of the giant-slaying road/race car that came third at Le Mans in that year, having been driven to the event from Yorkshire. Only 85 original Le Mans Reps were built and they stunned the racing world of the early 1950s, winning the Targa Florio and the Sebring 12 Hours, among other famous races.
Annette keeps that heritage alive by racing her very fine example with enthusiasm. She competes regularly at Goodwood, Castle Combe, Silverstone and, more exotically, in the Mille Miglia. For a racing car, the Le Mans Nash is notoriously forgiving: ‘It’s really easy to drive and easy to slide round corners. It makes me look good. It takes me into the magical world of historic motor sport and I can use it to go to Sainsbury’s, too. I love the car. I just love it.’
S-type Invicta, Chris Ball
CHRIS BALL fell in love with the low-chassis Invicta—universally admired as one of the most beautiful pre-second World War cars—when he was 12 years old and saw a picture of one in a boys’ book of cars. He still owns the book and now he owns the Invicta: chassis number S46. ‘It isn’t a trailer queen or a showroom job,’ says the retired company director. ‘It’s a car to be used.’
Invictas are said to be virtually indestructible: their reputation was built on remarkable performances in long-distance trials, including being driven round the world in 1927 by the Cordery sisters, with nothing going wrong but a broken half-shaft. It was, therefore, a perfect machine for the long-distance races Chris had in mind. He and his son Nick took S46 to Le Mans two years ago and they’re going back again this year.
Chris loves racing cars, adjective and verb. His first racecar was a GP Alta, found when he was working in Kenya, which he bought for very little money and raced there in Africa. He’s owned a Type 20 and a Type 22 Formula Junior Lotus— he won the North American Formula Junior Championship two years running—james Hunt’s Formula 1 Hesketh, a Brabham BT28, a Chevron B14 and a Ford GT40. However, when the Bonham’s flyer came through the door advertising S46, he remembered his boyhood book and dream and knew it was meant to be.
‘This isn’t a trailer queen or a showroom job–it’s a car to be used