Roy Pierpoint in the "Druids Bend" at Brands Hatch/UKin
front 1965, you see Mike Salmon in DPK5B behind him.
Picture courtesy Peter Quinn
Mike Salmon at Goodwood in 1965
Photo courtesy Goodwood Archives/
Vintage Racing director Morris
The History of the TDF
Mustang #82 DPK5B
The DPK5B licenced Mustang started its racing career in August 1964, after being shipped over in July by Ford to Alan Mann Racing Ltd
together with 3 other Mustangs (110-112).
Mustang 5F07K208109, built between 18 and 20th July 1964
at Dearborn and
delivered to Holman-Moody first, then exported to Alan Mann/Byfleet/UK
was driven by Bo Ljungfeld at the Tour de France 1964 as car #82
With the Tour de France starting on 11th of September, Alan Mann had not much time to modify the cars, but Ford wanted to see them winning, so time was no excuse and so was money. Alan Mann got all he needed plus more to get these cars up in front of the racing herd.
Bo Ljungfeldt gained his first experience in Mustangs in one of the Liege-Mustangs in
which were shipped prior to the TDF Mustangs. Unfortunately his electrical
system failed there and the car got sidetracked and heavily damaged. That
Mustang was registered with the licence plate DPG3B.
This Mustang 5F07K208109 here - licenced DPK5B - is the least famous of the 3 Tour de France Mustangs, since it did not
cross the finish line. Yet it was driven by one of the best
european drivers back then. Call it bad luck.
Leading from start to finish on the 8th Etappe in Pau, only Bo
Ljungfeldt experienced problems with the cars battery and had to take a break.
Reasons are not exactly known, but soon after this he was disqualified,
maybe when taking advantage of unallowed help. He later started again in
one or the other race part without being ranked in GT class.
John Grant, an ex-mechanic of Alan Mann explained the licence plate numbers to me in an interview: "Alan always had 3 letters up front and the last letter indicates the year - in this case B for 1964, A was 1963, C 1965 and so on. Those licence plates stay with the car for its lifetime typically."
So this is why we identify the Tour de France cars much better by their licence
plates, however we also
heard and can see in some vintage pictures hat some licence plates got mounted occasionally on other cars
for export or publication reasons, if
necessary, which adds to some confusion.
What happened to DPK5B after the Tour de France 1964?
John pointed us towards Mike Salmon:
"The ex-Ljungfeldt/Sager Mustang #82 was later painted dark
blue, when Mike Salmon raced it for F.English in Bournemouth/Dorset. F.
English was a garage owner. I think the Salmon Mustang was used
afterwards in club races"
Salmons Mustang period is quite well documented.
I contacted Mike himself in March 2005 for further research and this is what he
"I was most interested to receive your letter and page through
your clubmagazine. ...I don't know what happened to the car exactly
after my ownership, it is such a long time ago. I do know however that
the well known rally driver Rob Slotemaker owned the car for some time
in the late 60ies, maybe early 70ies, as he telephoned me to discuss the
Mustang at some length, but whether or not it is still in Holland is
Mike went on: "Over many years of racing most of the great classic cars, I have to tell
you that both the Ford Mustang and GT40 proved to be the most unreliable.
The situation may well have improved over the years, but at that time
the engines gave nothing but trouble. Camshafts wearing out within a few
hundred miles, bearings turning on the crankshaft with the GT40 causing
engine seizure...this happened no less than 3 times in one season.
Perhaps you can understand why I am no lover of american engines.
I see your friend Jeffrey has been in touch with Brian Lewis, then
mechanic of Alan Mann and later for me at Atherstone Engineering. He was
a first class mechanic. My very best wishes for the future of your club
and thank you once again for sending the magazine."
Indeed Mikes DPK5B engine was replaced during 1965 already.
From that point on it was easier to trace the car a step further:
Thanks to Martin Fokkens from www.racehistorie.nl
and Arjan Nugteren
we got a few pics of Slotemaker driving the car in various events like
the 68 Zandvoort Grand Prix and the 1971 Zandvoort event.
At that time he raced under the banner of the Algemeen Dagblad Racing
Rob Slotemaker and co-driver Heuvel driving DPK5B at a
Picture courtesy Martin Fokkens from racehistorie.nl
The car and Slotemaker was still around in 1968 as shown here. Pic
thanks to M.Fokkens from
DPK5B from Slotemaker followed by a DPK7B
licenced plate, the last one being not the winning TDF car, instead this
licence plate obviously got attached to the fomer Brabham car during
export for any reason we don't know yet. We still believe that DPK7B did
not return to Europe.
(Last records show it a being used by Skip Scott
- see separate page)
The Brabham car is recognisable from the golden
stripes on the dark red car, which are the same as during Ronny Lyons
ownership in the UK. In this race it was used by driver Jan van Straaten,
later sold to Willem van der Ende and later wrecked, s the records go.
In March 2006 Alain Goupy from Le Mans
contacted us and claimed to have this car still in his ownership and sent
a number of period photos, documents and statements about the cars
condition and where and how he found it.
The Slotemaker Mustang (the former TDF DPK5 car)
had obviously changed hands
at a certain time to Serge Trosch from Belgium. Serge drove a few events in 1968/1969.
Alain Goupy bought the car from Belgium.
When he found an ad in a paper, he contacted the Belgium owner and
visited the shed, where it was stored..."burried in pieces in between
Just to learn ... that the owner had sold the car to a
nearby dealer. Alain went immediately to that dealer and bought the
car from him, just 40% over the value it was advertised before.
The DPK5B then was extensively raced in France in the 80ies until it was
stored away in 1989.
We have seen the VIN 5F07K208109 in the stampings during its visible
lifetime. The historic customs
documents indeed proove the VIN to be one of the 4 written on a Ford
letter to Alan Mann Racing and the DPK5B licence plate was as well
Whether the car belongs to the papers, can only be
inspected by genuine Alan Mann mechanics like Brian Lewis or John Grant
checking out the specific welds and tricks they did on the Tour de
Picture courtesy Alain Goupy. This picture shows the car as
being raced in the late 80ies.
The car underwent another restoration by Gérard Cotteret
in France, as
we heard already in 2006 and was subsequently sold to Alain Schlesinger.
Alain sold it to Speedmasters in 2009 to the UK. There it was on sale for roughly 185.000
pound Sterling (around 250.000 Dollar), as a representative of Speedmaster informed us.
Race pass around 1990 with DPK5B licence plate pics
You could spot it back then also at http://www.speedmastercars.com/instock.html.
The car seems to have been sold as of 2013 back to France again.
Owner is a known racer named E.C.
Mustang Monthly's Mark Houlahan ran
a notice in one of their autumn 2014 magazine, that the car was found
"recently". Well it was not found, this "survivor" is known to insiders for
more than a decade ...at least just to correct that MM writing.
The car was
sent to be restored in a Mustang garage in Toulouse by the current owner.
To be finished until end of January 2015. As any restoration it seems to
The french Mustang and Shelby Magazine was going to
run an article on it in one of its publications, but I haven't seen the
publication yet being done. As far as I know they pulled out.
The car was as of December
2014 shown on a webpage by SUPRACARS Tony
Erker in "car list 2014-2".
Thanks to all contributors for their help in
tracing the history of DPK5B down.
Unfortunately through to late
2015 none of the owners had
taken the offer to have the car inspected by a genuine Alan Mann
mechanic. We can only state as of now therefore that the VIN stamping is legit
as inspected during some of the restorations, what remained of the rest of
the car in at least 4 restorations needs some eagle-eyed inspection.
As of October 2015, the car was offered for an inspection to the new Alan
Mann racing team (run by his sons Tom and Henry) and has finally
been picked up by them as of June 15th, 2016.
As of July 2017 it
saw the light again and was driven by Henry Mann for the first time in the
footsteps of his father at the Goodwood track. It looks really good and I
am sure it was restored to best knowledge of all involved parties.
A piece of history that
made it back to its stable and then on one of the original racetracks
that saw Alan Mann Mustangs in 1964. Congratulations to the owner and
fortune with the car. We hope this was at least the final
restoration in its lifetime.
As of September 9th, 2017, the car
went to auction with Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival event.
with the reserve not met, the last bid stalled at 220.000 Pound Sterling.
Pictures courtesy Bonham
Noteable is the re-modification to the uneven firewall brace holes.
Actually the TDF cars were not export brace equipped, but domestic DSO
cars sent to Holman-Moody. For quite a while this car had another brace
mount bracket welded to the firewall.
The car will be featured in a Motorsport Issue
in October 2017.
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