Knowing their chances of appeal were slim, the pair headed into the evening and drowned their sorrows. All night.
When they found out that they had been reinstated the following morning, only double brandies could restore their energies. And thus quenched, they began 24 hours of racing, and won in a lightweight C-type.
That same car, registration number XKC 051, was spotted in the 1980s by Roy Swann at a Bagshot showroom owned by Duncan Hamilton who was selling his race-winning car.
Swann baulked at the £600,000 asking price, so he commissioned a replica from the Le Mans Sports Cars firm, with the help of Hamilton who allowed the original to be used as a template.
It’s not an identical copy: the front suspension and brakes are different and Jaguar badge – absent from the racing car to minimise drag – is on the bonnet at the insistence of Hamilton to ensure it wasn’t mistaken for the original.