Birthday Cup – Croft 1968

A delve into my father’s archive of photos reveals this fascinating set from the 1968 Birthday Cup at Croft – just a few miles from the former family home in Darlington. The old’s chap’s abiding memory of the meeting, as a 15 year old, was a trio of Gold Leaf sponsored Lotus 47s circulating together. In the end, that most versatile of racers, Frank Gardner, triumphed in a Lola T70 Mk3 from a field which included Ferrari 250LM, Ford GT40 and Tony Dean, father of prolific team boss Richard. A reminder that I was born a generation too late. Or maybe two…

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