I’ll never forget Le Mans 2003 and for two reasons. The main one was that for three years I’d given up writing about Bentleys in any journalistic capacity so I could spend the time working with the company and its contractors – Apex Motorsport and Race Technology Norfolk that between them had designed, engineered, tested and raced its Speed 8 prototypes. I was writing a book about a project whose stated aim from the start was to win Le Mans, and to do so within three years of its inception. This was year three. To say the stakes were high was putting it mildly. Needless to say, the two Bentleys entered finished first and second in a display of speed and reliability few who were there will ever forget.
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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.