Masters Historic Racing will celebrate the life of legendary team owner Alan Mann with a special celebration race for Pre-66 Touring Cars at Donington Park on Saturday July 14 at the ELMS weekend.
Alan Mann, who passed away in March, had success initially with Mk1 Cortinas and was asked by Ford to run Ford Falcons in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. He ran Ford Mustangs in the Tour de France and a year later ran Shelby American Cobras against Ferrari in international GT racing. Success came in GT racing as it did in the European Touring Car Championship with Lotus Cortinas. With Frank Gardner behind the wheel, Alan Mann Racing won the 1967 and 1968 British Saloon Car Championships with a Ford Falcon and then a Ford Escort, while he also ran lightweight Ford GT40s. When his association with Ford ended, Alan concentrated on his aviation interests but rekindled his love of motor racing in recent years, building and running historic racing cars.
Alan’s son Henry, the reigning Masters Pre-66 Touring Car Champion, will be on the grid for the Alan Mann Trophy and Masters is very honoured that Alan’s widow Sharon will kindly present the winners trophy. This new ‘summer’ race will offer 25 minutes of qualifying and a 55-minute, one or two-driver pit stop race on a high-profile timetable. The fabulous Donington Grand Prix circuit will be the ideal place for the cars to provide a tremendous spectacle.
Masters Historic Racing event manager Rachel Bailey said: “The summer months are a quiet time for the Masters touring car racers, so we are delighted to provide an extra opportunity to race at a prestigious event such as the European Le Mans Series round. This will be a great weekend for the drivers and a fitting high-profile event to remember a legend of touring car racing.”