One of the most startlingly effective old racing cars I ever tested was Wolfgang Friedrich’s Aston Martin Project 214. I drove it at Goodwood and was blown away by its speed and poise. As Wolfgang would be first to say, it is not one of the original two 214s, because only one survives (the other was broken up after a fatal accident in 1964) and has been in private ownership for a very long time.
Thank Frankel it's Friday: The mysterious Aston Martin Project cars
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.
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