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Last updated: Thu 8 Jan 2015

See Rob Walker’s Delahaye in action

The racing car used by Nunney’s former Lord of the Manor Rob Walker in the 1939 Le Mans 24-Hours classic was used in a Johnnie Walker ad last year.

Sir Stirling Moss and Rob Walker

Rob Walker (right) with Sir Stirling Moss

Rob Walker was one of the most respected personalities in the world of motor racing in the 1950s and 1960s.

His Rob Walker Racing Team had a total of nine Grand Prix wins. He was not only the first private team owner to secure victory in a Formula One World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix, but also the last ever to do so.

As heir of the Johnnie Walker whisky fortune, he was able to follow his passion for fast cars and employ legendary racing drivers such as Sir Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Tony Brooks.

In 1939 he co-drove his Delahaye in the Le Mans 24-Hours classic with Ian Connell, taking over at 8pm suitably dressed for dinner in an impeccable dark blue pin-striped suit and tie, then opting for informal Prince of Wales check for the Sunday morning stint.

His crew flagged him in for a pit stop because they were down to the last bottle of champagne and they knew he wouldn’t want to miss that. “Oh absolutely, quite right.” He helped finish the bottle and went back out to finished the race ninth. And drove back to England in the car.

The Rob Walker Racing Lotus 18 which Stirling Moss drove to victory in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix.

The Rob Walker Racing Lotus 18 which Stirling Moss drove to victory in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix.

His iconic Delahaye now takes pride of place in Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, near Yeovil. Its use in the Johnnie Walker commercial was a rare opportunity to see it in action.

The Johnnie Walker Blue Label ad The Gentleman’s Wager II stars Jude Law, Giancarlo Giannini and Zhao Wei.

The two men enter a wager over a priceless vintage car that takes Jude on an epic journey from Southern Italy to Monte Carlo.

We see that it is only through the gratitude he shows people along the way and the joy this brings him, that he is able to succeed.

The short film was directed by Jake Scott and created by Anomaly. Rob Walker’s son Robbie Walker taught Jude Law how to drive the Delahaye.

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