New photos from the Tour de France 1964
|Mustangs won their biggest share of
racing glory early in Europe |
Winning the Touring class at the Tour de France 1964
3 Mustangs were entered by Alan Mann Racing from Byfleet UK and one by Ford of France through Henry Greder and lead most of the individual races in the touring class during the TDF.
They actually came in 8th and 9th behind two Ferraris, four Porsches and an Alfa Romeo. Theirs was only a category (Touring) win, but for us Mustangers it made the biggest impact in road-racing in the 60ies.
Thanks to Jeffry Harris/USA, we got a letter dated August 6, 1964 from Henry Carlini (Special Promotions Department, to Mr. Alan Mann of Alan Mann Racing, indicating that he sent the invoices of four rally cars shipped in July to Alan Mann. It shows 5F07K208109, 5F07K208110, 5F07K208111 and 5F07K208112.
These VINs can be related to the 3 TDF Mustangs (licenced as DPK5B, DPK6B and DPK7B ) plus one spare car (DPK4B) that was brought over to France as well by Alan Mann, driven by himself for a while, until spares were needed for the 3 other cars..
There is a lot to say about the modifications. Modified engines were delivered to Alan Mann by Holman-Moody. I have made an interview with Alan Mann in late June 2002.
So far known details about the race, the drivers and the cars can be found on our club webpage.
Have a look inside the Peter Harper/David Pollard TDF Mustang
I got these unedited pictures courtesy of Christian Bonnemaison, a french fellow enthusiast of historic race events.
The full history of the DPK5B licenced TDF Mustang can now be found here at this subpage
The full history of the DPK6B licenced TDF Mustang (Harper) can now be found here at this subpage
The full history of the DPK7B licenced TDF Mustang (Procter) can now be found here at this subpage
I also made an interview with Alan Mann himself.
And an interview with John