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    Enter the Dragon Bonhams, Goodwood, UK 10 September / #Aston-Martin-Speed-Model-Red-Dragon / #Aston-Martin-Speed-Model

    The #Aston-Martin Speed Model ‘Red Dragon’ is the star of the show. It was built in #1936 as the ultimate ‘Ulster’ Aston Martin for Richard Seaman, to challenge Germany’s sophisticated new BMW 328s in the most important UK race of the period, the RAC TT on the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland.

    Unfortunately, a win with the 2-litre Aston wasn’t to be. Seaman set the fastest lap in his class but the engine seized after 12 laps. The car was then sold to Dutch owner/driver Eddie Hertzberger, who raced it in the 1937 and 1938 Mille Miglia and in the Spa and Le Mans 24-Hour races.

    Amateur racing driver Dudley Folland acquired the car after World War Two. Folland had started his racing career as ‘Tim D Davies’, driving a Frazer Nash in the 1935 Le Mans before graduating to the Aston.

    John Polson, the specialist who consigned the car, says: ‘Folland chose “Red Dragon” because it was the most competitive British-built car available in the early years after the war.’ Folland finished third in the Paris 12-hour race at Montlhéry in 1948; a few weeks earlier he and co-driver Ian Connell had been holding second in the Spa 24 Hours until Connell crashed.

    Both races were won by the new Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa V12. Folland was so impressed by the Ferrari that he ordered one for himself – the first Ferrari in the UK – and in the meantime modified the Aston Martin with lightweight bodywork resembling the Ferrari’s. In 1949 he ran the Aston again at Le Mans, and in more recent years it has become well known at AMOC events.

    Now, still bearing Carmarthenshire-born Folland’s Welsh red dragon, it’s expected to fetch between £1.6 and £2m, more than the Ferrari 275 GTB also consigned to the Revival sale.
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