Wyer's taste for fine dining was also well-known. He sought out good hotels; the deal-clincher was food and drink. In some years, he took scouting trips in late winter only to select a place to stay near that season's races. "It was a dirty job..."
For Le Mans, the team always stayed at the Hotel de France in La Chartre sur-le-Loir. It was 27 miles south of the track--another benefit as far as Wyer was concerned: no distractions. The team was there for as long as two weeks before the race, because winning Le Mans was the main goal of Aston Martin's owner, David Brown. It took them seven years, but everything came right in 1959 when Ferrari imploded and Aston-Martin finished 1-2, two laps ahead of the third place car. Carroll Shelby, who was never heard from again, co-drove the winning car with Roy Salvadori (who really was rarely heard from again).
There was quite a party at the Hotel de France that night.
|Hotel de France, La Chartre sur-le-Loir, south of Le Mans.|
|Dining room, Hotel de France, La Chartre sur-le-Loir. "Carroll Shelby imbibed here."|