With a modicum of luck, by the time you read this, I will be wobbling my way to Le Mans in someone else’s elderly Aston Martin Virage, hoping it holds together for long enough to get me to what, for me at least, is a more-than-usually important running of the Vingt Quatre Heures. As regulars may remember from this column a few weeks back, the race marks the 30th anniversary of my first Le Mans (to which I wobbled in a brand new hired Renault 5) and, the Monday after, my first day as a motoring journalist.
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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.