His­toric race and rally news

1952 Nash-healey to race in packed Tom Cole Tro­phy at Sil­ver­stone

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Kevin Turner Photos: Paul Lawrence and LAT

The Nash-healey that fin­ished third at the 1952 Le Mans 24 Hours will re­turn to rac­ing in a ca­pac­ity field for the Tom Cole Tro­phy this week­end.

Chas­sis X6 was orig­i­nally built as a coupe but was crashed in the 1952 Mille Miglia, just six weeks prior to Le Mans. It was re­built with its cur­rent open body­work and Les­lie John­son/tommy Wis­dom took the four-litre ma­chine to third at La Sarthe, be­hind a Mercedes 1-2.

His­toric racer Sam Stret­ton will drive the car in the Tom Cole Tro­phy for sports-rac­ing, pro­duc­tion sports and GT cars of the 1946-1959 era at Sil­ver­stone on Satur­day. It is be­lieved it will be the car’s first UK race since 1951.

Stret­ton, who has driven the car on the road, said: “It seems a typ­i­cal, stable 1950s car. I’m look­ing for­ward to rac­ing it, it’s got a lot of torque. I’ve no idea where we’ll be, but the nice thing is to get the car out.”

The Nash-healey is owned by Jose Fer­nan­dez and Stret­ton hopes to ap­pear at other races later in the year if the car runs well at Sil­ver­stone.

The race com­mem­o­rat­ing the ca­reer of An­glo-amer­i­can driver Tom Cole, which re­places the Ge­orge Abe­cas­sis Tro­phy run at the event for the last three years, has at­tracted a full 34-car field. Other lead­ing en­tries in­clude Dar­ren Mcwhirter’s Lagonda V12, Christo­pher Keen’s Kur­tis 500S, Steve Boult­bee Brooks’ As­ton Martin DB3S and the Frazer Nash Le Mans Repli­cas of Martin Hunt and John Ure.

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