Hawker Racing Limited have just completed the suspension, brake and body repairs on this important 1934 MGPA which recently competed at the Le Mans Classic race.
Chassis PA/1711 was raced as number 56 in the 1935 version of the legendary endurance competition, where it was driven exclusively by well known female racers of the period as part of a high profile three car Works team. The trio of identical cars was managed by Captain George Eyston, himself a veteran of the 1928 ad 1929 Le Mans races and a holder of the world land speed record. The group was unfairly dubbed by the media at the time as ‘Eyston’s Dancing Daughters’ with PA/1711 driven by Joan Richmond and Barbara Simpson, who had been a familiar sight on the international racing scene before the war, and who boasted solid and successful racing records. The meticulously prepared cars featured a wide range of special components and unique modifications, including significant performance upgrades to the engine, brake and gearbox. The three MG’s proved quick and reliable on the track, with all three making steady progress during the notoriously hard race. Richmond and Simpson brought #56 home in first place amongst the team, which finished 24th 25th and 26th overall. (text taken from Classic Car Mag.net)