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Martin Birrane Passes Away

Legendary motorsports businessman Martin Birrane passes away suddenly at age of 83…

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Legendary motorsports businessman Martin Birrane has passed away suddenly at the age of 83.

Birrane, who was known for resurrecting Lola Cars in the late 90s, as well as numerous other activities, including the ownership of Mondello Park, died on Saturday evening.

A former driver, Birrane made ten starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, achieving a podium finish in 1980 while also winning the GT class in 1985.

He went on to set the Irish land speed record prior to purchasing Lola in 1997, rebuilding the company into a thriving success with a diversified portfolio of motorsports activities.

While Lola ceased operations in 2012, Birrane held control of the Lola Group and still operated its advanced wind tunnel in Huntingdon, England.

Birrane had been in the midst of arranging 50th anniversary celebrations for Mondello Park, as well as the 60th anniversary of Lola Cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the time of his passing.

He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Susan, four children and five grandchildren.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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