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No Le Mans Classic for PostWarClassic

No Le Mans Classic for PostWarClassic
Oh boy, would we have liked to take our project car to this year’s Le mans Classic – next month on the 6th, 7th and 8th. And despite the thing - the original 1966 Le Mans Mini Marcos - being under restoration at the moment, the plan was to do just that. Not to race it, mind you. The idea was to have the body shell fully restored and painted at the end of this month, pick it up in the UK, bring it over to Le Mans just for display and then carry on along the autoroute towards Pau where the engine is being built at the moment. But things went differently.

Last winter the first major hick-up in the restoration of the Le Mans Mini Marcos announced itself, asking for a rather radical change of direction. What happened? Well... I teamed up with a Yorkshire based restoration company to fully prepare and paint the body. I made a sympathetic deal with them since I couldn't afford to pay the full price. They agreed. But what they supposedly hadn't thought of was that they were running behind on other (budgeted) projects. There was no time for the Marcos anytime soon, or so it seemed. When they decided the only solution was to almost triple the price that we agreed on, I thought it was better to come over and pick it up. And so, that's what I did. I booked a night crossing from Rotterdam to Hull with my empty trailer and got back on the same ferry the next night, now with the Marcos behind me. Meanwhile, I’d made arrangements at home with somebody else to repair all of the body, fit the roll cage that was cut out at some stage and fully prepare it for painting. Once back in Holland I was happy to find my new body builder very eager and enthusiastic to work on the car and I left it with him.

And so, after many months that nothing happened the fibreglass work is under way now. But there’s no way the car will make it to Le Mans Classic this year. We’ll have to do with some of the lovely photographs the organizers have used in press releases for now. Enjoy them. And stay tuned…

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures Le Mans Classic)


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