The Le Mans Nash is re­ally easy to drive–it makes me look good

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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

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