One of the real pleasures of running old stories from the archive is the follow-up messages and calls that inevitable result from some online memory-jogging.
Our refresher on the first-ever GT3 race yesterday was no different, with a note from Colin Noble Sr (father of current LMP3 pace-setter Colin Noble)
Colin reminds us that The Glenvarigill Ferrari, owned by Hector Lester “was prepared by a genuine one-man team, a guy called John Buchan who worked out of my workshop at home at Peggyslea farm near Edinburgh.
“They didn’t even have a trailer never mind a truck, they had an old American motorhome that John converted to carry the few spares they had which were next to nothing!
“I arranged to borrow an old Ivor Williams open trailer from a farming friend along the road and off he set Silverstone-bound on his Jack Jones through the night!”
The Dailysportscar sticker on the front of the car was applied by yours truly before the rather rainy race 2!
The other memory of that race comes from me. Immediately after the podium ceremony and press conference Allan and I had a chat about the race whereupon he handed me the winners cap, which he and Hector duly signed. It’s here in the office with me now, one of the few truly special pieces of motorsport memorabilia that I hold dear.