So it’s time to remember a tiny single-car Le Mans effort that took place 57 years ago with a near-standard garage door remote near 91356 sports car. This was an AC Ace-Bristol that had been bought secondhand for road use and the odd club race by an enthusiast named Jane Waugh. When she heard in February 1959 that no AC was listed for that year’s Le Mans, she offered to lend hers to AC dealer Ken Rudd to enter.
Rudd fitted racing mods such as aeroscreen, undertray, air intake cowl and short exhaust, plus a higher back-axle ratio and twin spotlights. He also resprayed it from red to metallic light green, more appropriate in those days of national racing garage door remote near 91356 Jane and her husband Robert drove it from their home in Kent down to Le Mans for scrutineering, crossing the Channel via the Silver City Air Ferry. Two experienced clubmen, Ted Whiteaway and John Turner, were enlisted as drivers. The plan was to circulate consistently, each doing four hours on and four hours off, day and night, and wait for the class opposition -including 2-litre Ferraris, Porsches and the twin-cam Triumph TRSs to fall by the wayside.
Which they did, leaving Ted and John to stroke home a magnificent seventh overall, beaten only by the Aston Martin DBR1s, which finished one-two, and four big Ferraris. The Ace averaged over 95mph for the 24 hours, and of course it won the 2-litre class. Then Jane and 'When Jane Waugh sold the car, she didn't think to mention to the new owner what it had achieved' garage door remote near 91356 drove the grubby car, which was still on its racing plugs, to Paris for a party at the French AC agent’s showroom, and on home to Maidstone. Much later, when Jane sold the car, she didn’t think to mention to the new owner what it had achieved. John Deveson has been 650 BPK’s custodian for 33 years, and it’s preserved in exactly its Le Mans form.