Perhaps one of the most memorable moments in the race’s history came in that first year when Thompson’s DB3 burst into flames in the pits, fortunately without serious injury to its driver. This year, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy is run not for nine hours, but as a normal, single-driver sprint event.
Among the entry for 2016 will be an array of drum-braked Ferraris and Maseratis seeing if they can do what they couldn’t in period: better Aston Martin. Variety will come in the shape of British marques Austin Healey, Cooper, Frazer Nash, Jaguar and Lotus, plus continental challengers Alfa Romeo and Mercedes.
Photography by Jochen Van Cauwenberge