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Road Test

Road Test

This is the Ecurie France Talbot T150C. It has one of the most fabulous histories of any French race car, competing before and after the war. For a swansong, it finished second at Le Mans in 1952.

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Every nut and bolt on the car is original. A few years ago the owner decided to get it running after a 12 year lay-up. We spent a couple of weeks in the evenings overhauling the brakes, carbs, etc. But you can’t just press the button, start the car and drive off after such a long time without use. The gearbox and engine have to be turned over for a mile or so without starting her up.

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So we towed the car up the hill before eventually turning on the ignition. And yes, she started! Followed by a wonderful blast along the deserted roads with me following on a motorbike and Felix taking pictures from the pillion.

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Try starting a modern race car after more than ten years without taking it completely apart.