We all know Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason enjoys using a stick shift just as much as the loves turning to his drum sticks. However, it seems the artist has passed down his car passion to his daughter, Holly Mason-Franchitti.
And we’re here to show you how she goes about her racing – now, the “34 hp” part of the title above might sound like a typo, but this isn’t the case.
That’s because Holly has engaged in retro vehicle racing and she’s using a 1958 Austin A35. The car used to be nothing but a pile of rust and yet the meticulous restoration process it has gone through has managed to bring it to a state which might just be prettier than the factory one.
In standard form, this Austin can hit 60 mph in a staggering (for the current standards) 30.1 seconds, while its top speed sits at almost 72 mph.
In the end, we’re talking about a rear-wheel-drive car with a manual gearbox (it’s 2016, we have to mention the clutch), so, despite the cuteness overload, the track experience might be more hardcore than it seems.
In fact, the A35 has a good record for taking part in motorsport activities back in the 1950s, so our senior readers probably won’t be surprised by Holly’s vehicle choice.
And if the final part of her second name also sounds familiar, it’s because she’s married to Marino Franchitti – the British racing driver has taken part in 139 races so far, being one the drivers that currently manhandled the 2017 Ford GT racecar in endurance racing. His career also includes a second place in the 2009 American Le Mans Series (he raced in the LMP2 class).
Speaking of which, Holly will compete in St Mary’s Trophy Race for this year’s Goodwood Revival Meeting. Check out the piece of footage below to see her getting familiar with the little Austin.