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As young boy he shared a motorcycle with his brother, and often disassembled, reassembled and tweaked the little bike to maximize its speed. It was decided to enter one of the two-seaters in the Spa hour sports car race that year and a single car was built with lightweight racing coachwork. You are commenting using your Twitter account. On lap 13 of the race he lost control of the car, and left track and crashed.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. It was then re-bodied as ‘The Spa Replica’ and shown at the Motor Show, but its high price found no buyers. The car from then onwards became known as the ‘Spa Special’.
This page was last edited on 30 Juneat The operation called for making the Germans believe that they had, by accident, intercepted highly classified documents detailing future Allied war plans. He was killed the following year in an ERA at Silverstone. In he converted EML back into sports car specification and entered the Spa 24 hour race as a privateer.
This car, although never a team car, has become one of the most famous Aston Martins ever built. For this race he partnered with Leslie Johnson, driving an Aston Martin prototype DB1, which construction had started on just raicng weeks before the race.
This operation was instrumental in the allied war effort helping to secure a foothold in Europe.
Jock Horsfall (GB)’s cars – Photo Gallery – Racing Sports Cars
You are commenting using your WordPress. Back to Jock Horsfall, who after the war in competed in a sprint organised by the Bristol Aeroplane Company Motor Sports Club club membership being restricted to company employees. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Notify me of new comments via email. As Mincemeat became legend the question persisted: Having found a suitable body and received the permission of the family, the fictional Temporary Captain, acting Major William Martin Rcaing body, preserved in dry ice and dressed in his Royal Marines uniform, was ferried in the back of a green van across Britain, yorsfall by Jock at high speed, to Holy Loch in Scotland where it was racijg on board the British submarine HMS Seraph.
Unfortunately for Horsfall, he was trapped in the car as it rolled and his resultant injuries proved fatal. After the war, Horsfall returned to racing and achieved his greatest victory was in the winning the Spa 24 Hour in Belgium.
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The DB1 went into limited production and limited commercial success. In addition to his competitive career, during World War II he was employed as a specialist driver for the British secret service.
Retrieved 17 September The car, which became known as the Black Car, was ordered by R. The plan involved dropping the body of a fictional officer into the sea off the coast of Spain with a briefcase chained to his wrist containing false invasion plans. During the war he was involved in Operation Mincemeat, a highly successful British plan to convince the Hosrfall High Command OKW that the Allies would invade the Balkans and Sardinia instead of the island of Sicily, the actual raccing.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wilkins and fitted with an Ulster style body found lying unused at the works. The tombstone now bears Glyndwr Michael’s real name, but he will be remembered as Major William Martin, who in death had saved thousands of lives and turned the tides of war.