Back in 1959, Aston Martin rocked up to the Le Mans 24 Hour race with a fleet of three gorgeous DBR1s and a pretty impressive crop of drivers. The number four car was piloted by Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman, Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby were in number five, and Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frére drove number six.
The fight was of course with Ferrari, but Salvadori and Shelby eventually came out on top to take the title – and that remains Aston’s only ever outright win at the famous endurance race.
Without an entry in either prototype class, that’s unlikely to change in 2019, but the British marque will commemorate the 60th anniversary of its success by going for gold in both the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes.
That’s for the weekend though. For now, click through for a few facts about Salvadori and Shelby’s famous victory all those years ago…