RACER ON THE ROAD

Octane - - LETTERS -

ROBERT COUCHER’S ‘Jaguar Mile­stones’ piece on the Le Mans XK140 in Oc­tane 151 in­ter­ested me be­cause I rode in that car as a boy. It was the Tues­day af­ter the race – which was run in late July in 1956, oth­er­wise I would have been away at school. Rob­bie Walshaw’s son, Paul, had been my best friend at pri­mary school, so Rob­bie knew me well and when he spot­ted me stand­ing at a bus stop he of­fered me a li* into town. The car was still wear­ing its race num­bers so, as a 15-year-old rac­ing en­thu­si­ast, I jumped at the chance.

I don’t re­call Rob­bie telling me about what had hap­pened at La Sarthe but I did learn later that in ad­di­tion to an apol­ogy the ACO of­fered him a free en­try for life! PAUL HAR­G­REAVES NORTH YORK­SHIRE

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