The iconic Aston Martin Ulster makes an emotional return to the track...
On 16th June 2015, Katharine Minchin fulfilled a dream that she had, which was to drive her incredible Aston Martin Ulster "Mary" around the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring with her son; 80 years after "Mary" won in her class at the Eifel-Rennen. A race that used to take place on the roads around villages in the Eifel mountains in the early 1920s, until it was deemed too dangerous and the Nürburgring was built.
"Mary" is a truly special car: her body was built by Glasser of Dresden and she was originally ordered by a German racing driver called Werner Hillegart. In 1935, Hillegart drove "Mary" to success and won her class, which was for cars with engines no larger than 1.5-litres.
In 1953 Katharine's husband acquired the car and she's been in the family ever since.
Katharine was very excited to celebrate the 80th anniversary of her win in style and got in contact with the Aston Martin team who arranged for the lap of the Nordschleife to take place. The weather on the day was perfect and "Mary" ran beautifully on the open track, which the team had closed especially for the historic occasion.
A wonderful way to celebrate a landmark anniversary for a truly special car.