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Thu 27th April 2017
11:50 am
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AC Cars, Le Mans 1963, Stirling Moss & all that!

On the weekend of June 15th & 16th 1963 AC Cars entered a works Cobra, car number 3, driven by Peter Bolton & Ninian Sanderson. The entrant was in the name of AC Cars/ William Hurlock (MD of the company) and managed by Stirling Moss. 

A second works supported Cobra car number 4 was entered by the American owner/driver Ed Hugus and Englishman Peter Jopp. Carroll Shelby was heavily involved with the team effort.

Both cars were Thames Ditton prepared and classed as GT 3+ powered by a Ford 4.7ltr V8 engines.

At the end of the race dominated by Ferrari, car 21 a Ferrari 250P driven Bandini/Scarfiotti claimed victory, followed by a further 4 Ferrari machines all powered by 3.0ltr V12 engines. Car number 3 the AC works machine was placed a very credible 7th behind the all powerful red machines. The Hugus entered car number 4 retired after 117 laps with a damaged con rod and crank.

Unfortunately, the race cost the life of the Brazilian driver Christian Heins at the wheel of an Alpine M63.

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From left, Carroll Shelby, Tony Martin (cap) an intense Stirling Moss and driver Peter Bolton.
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Le Mans 1963, pit wall, Carroll Shelby, Tony Martin, Stirling Moss and Peter Bolton
Car number 3. AC Cobra driven by Bolton/Sanderson, powers its way to the finish in 7th place.
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Car No 3 driven by Bolton/Sanderson
Jim Bennett (chief mechanic) Peter Bolton (driver) Stirling Moss (team manager) & Ninian Sanderson
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Car No 3 Pit Stop. Jim Bennett (chief mechanic) Bolton, Moss and Sanderson