Avon Tyres celebrated its famous victory at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin during this year’s Autumn Classic at Castle Combe on October 5.
Established in 2012, the Autumn Classic has developed into a popular event on the classic racing calendar, providing grids full of spectacular cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Avon Tyres’ history with Castle Combe stretches back to the start of this era. The Melksham-based company became a key sponsor of the circuit in the early 1950s, with the famous footbridge – which crosses the pit lane entry – carrying company branding since 1952. The Avon Tyres logo is also featured on a second footbridge between Quarry and the Esses, as well as on banners and flags around the track.
Avon Tyres and Aston Martin enjoyed plenty of success together on the race track in the 1950s. After the Avon-shod DBR1/300 of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby took victory at Le Mans in 1959, the manufacturer went on to claim the overall World Sportscar Championship crown.
Avon Tyres had a strong presence at this year’s Autumn Classic with its own stand, at which members of the public found out more about the brand’s classic tyre offering. Marking the 60th anniversary of the Le Mans victory with Aston Martin, the line-up was headlined by the DBR1/300 that was driven to second place in the same race by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frère.
Following a recent visit to the Avon Tyres headquarters, the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) returned to Wiltshire to join the celebrations. AMOC provided a DB4, DB6, DB V8 and DB MKIII for the Avon Tyres display, alongside the DBR1/300, a DB2 and a Nimrod.
For more information about Avon Tyres, go to www.avontyres.com.
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