Davison, a month later, took 2 VEV to third in the British Empire Trophy behind Stirling Moss in a 250 SWB and Bruce McLaren’s Jaguar E-type. Victory followed in the GT race supporting the British Grand Prix at Aintree, ‘when Davison, who had been handling the Essex Racing Stable’s Aston Martin Zagato splendidly; having closed up steadily on the now-smoking Jaguar, went into the lead, to win by 1.2 sec., under the very nose of Sir William Lyons, watching from the apron in front of the stands.’
It was that same August that Clark and 2 VEV became acquainted. With Roy Salvadori at the helm of 1 VEV, Clark took this sister car. They took the flag in that order, Salvadori third with Clark fourth – despite his boot lid unlatching – behind the two formidable Ferraris of Stirling Moss and Michael Parkes. But Clark had, little did he know, immortalised the car when he drifted into that photo.
In October, Clark and Whitmore tackled the Paris 1000kms, running second until the engine blew.
Ogier sold 2 VEV in 1964, with Alexander Roch contesting the 1964 Paris event before its gearbox gave up. Through various owners, and subsequent historic meetings until as late as the mid-‘80s, it was restored at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell in 1993 and retired from the track.
It headed to Bonhams’ auction accompanied by four apparently ‘massive and bound documentation folders’, which include press clippings, prints, invoices and receipts.