This story actually dates back to before we were operating AA, I was a young budding photographer chasing the passion for cars and making some money on the side while in my first detailing job.
I was attending a Custom cars and coffee event at sundown ( which we now sponsor funnily enough ) and a gorgeous F40 rocked up. I approached the gentleman to chat about the car and offered him some photos just for the opportunity, as most young people do.
He invited me over to his man cave/factory one evening and just said take your time and go nuts, it was an awesome setting with race cars and a few other exotics lying around, a real mans man cave.
After spending some time with the F40 I noticed a really low slung car under covers shoved in the back corner of the factory. As I edged closer to the mystery object, I raised the question and asked if it was an actual F1 car.. To which I was told it was! But I wasn’t supposed to know it was there…
I didn’t dig any further as privacy was and still is a big part of our customer relationships.
A few weeks later I posted an F40 image online, and was asked if Mr X had showed me the F1 car, to which I replied no but I did see it under covers. It was at this time I was informed that was actually Alan Jones’ 1980 championship winning F1 car… I couldn’t miss the opportunity and decided to put myself out there and ask if I could photograph the car, the owner very generously agreed!
Luckily this car is still regularly seen at historic displays and still gets thrown around the track time to time.
Check out all the photos below!