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British Grand Prix     Rouen Formula Two     French Grand Prix     Reims 12 Hours

Raymond Mays, Stirling Moss

Tony Brooks, Juan Manuel Fangio

Tony Rolt Roy, Salvadori

Phi-Phi ” Etancelin, Baron de Graffenried

Louis Chiron, Duncan Hamilton

 

Domination. — Hill and Clark in the Lotus 49 cars lead the British Grand Prix in an impressive. way. The leading car, driven by Hill, was built overnight after the practice crash and has the earlier type of windscreen and nose as the car had to be built out of whatever was available in the stores.

Modified. — The cast-iron sides plates on the ZF differential housing sandwich the new top cover plate with long through-bolts. On the back of the gearbox is the “legaliser.”

Brand-New. — The latest Cooper-Maserati V12 was ready for final practice and Rindt is seen about to step into it. Designer Derek White, on the extreme left, makes some notes.

Behind the Leaders. — A terrific battle went on behind the leading Team Lotus cars with Hulme being given excellent cover by Brabham, as they race down Hangar Straight followed by Amon (Ferrari) and Gurney (Eagle). Brabham kept Amon at bay until a few laps from the end.

Silverstone Ancien Pilotes de Grand Prix

Recalling their epic victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia, Stirling Moss driving a Mercedes-Benz 300SLR straight-eight, fuel-injection sports/racing car in the Silverstone parade, with Denis Jenkinson, Motor Sport’s Continental Correspondent, as his “navigator,” exactly as in the great Italian road race. This was the first time a 300SLR had been seen in this country. It was a spare car, number 10 — not the actual Mille Miglia car, from which it differs in a number of details.

Fangio driving a Mercedes-Benz W196 in proper demonstration fashion in the Historic Racing Car Demonstration, refusing to be drawn into a “race” with Moss.

Nostalgic noise as well as a satisfying sight — Raymond Mays had the the V16 B.R.M. very much on full-song in the lower gears.

Rouen F.2

On the Cobbles. — Stewart (Matra) is seen leading Rindt (Brabham) round the Nouveau Monde hairpin during their fight for the lead of the Rouen F.2 race. Just behind is Hill (Lotus), who stayed with them but was some laps behind due to pit stops.

Eyes Right. — Schlesser (Matra) looks across the apex of the Nouveau Monde hair pin on the Rouen-les-Esserts circuit as the nose of Oliver’s Lotus forces its way through on the inside.

Own Car. — McLaren in his own F.2 car was with the leaders until the Clark.Brabham incident caused him to lose contact, after which he ran a lonely but consistent race to finish.

Apprentice. — Jonathan Williams in the new F.2 Ferrari with Dino V6 engine on its first public outing. It is very similar to the bigger 3-litre F.1 car, but did not perform too well, lacking Cosworth-type b.h.p.

French G.P.

Still Winning. — At the slightest hesitation by more powerful cars Brabham gets his Repco V8-engined cars in front, which is what happened on the twisty Bugatti circuit at Le Mans, where he won the French G. P. He is seen coming out of the artificial ess-bend before joining the real Le Mans circuit. The deflector by the front suspension is to encourage a suction to help etract radiator air.

New Mount. — Bruce McLaren drove one of Gurney’s Eagle-Weslake cars at Le Mans, and is seen leading Rindt. Hulme and Rodriguez in the opening phase of the race.

Moment of Domination. — The two Lotus 49 cars began to dominate the French Grand Prix in a most impressive manner, until final-drive trouble put them both out. Hill is seen leading Clark by a few feet.

Rugged. — Hulme did most of the race at Le Mans changing gear with the metal rod of the gearbox of his Brabham-Repco V8, having lost the wooden knob. In his usual stolid fashion he supported Brabham to a fine 1-2 victory for the team. This was the first race for the second of the BT24 cars. Note the painted tyre course marker in the foreground.

Confused. — Stewart never seems to be certain about the most suitable car for a race and at the French G.P. he started practice with an H16-cylinder B.R.M. but quickly changed to a Tasman V8. He is seen during the race braking heavily for one of the corners.

Wrong Time. — The Le Mans clock, which normally indicates the end of the 24-hour race at 4 p.m. on Sunday is showing 4.14 p.m. as the Assistant Race Director indicates the last lap to Brabhham.

Broken. — The lid off the ZF diff. of Clark’s Lotus 49 shows the damaged teeth.

Reims 12 Hours

Night Racing. — The brilliantly lit pits at Reims present an impressive sight during the early stages of the 12-hour race in this fine time-exposure taken when the N.A.R.T. Dino Ferrari and the Udy Lola-Chevrolet are in the pits with electrical trouble.

Mark II. — The 7-litre works Ford driven by Schlesser and Ligier is seen in bright sunshine on the way to winning the 12-hour race at Reims. The black strip in front of the windscreen is a temporary bug-deflector. In spite of the Esso sign in the background the Ford was not always in the lead.

Ragged. — The ex-works 1966 long-tailed Porsche Carrera 6 of Steinemann Spoerry had a slight accident which removed one front corner and caused rather a lot of unnecessary drag, but did not affect the running of the car.

Tense Moment. — When Siffert could not start the P2 Ferrari, owner-David Piper leant in and operated the switches, while a helper in front indicates that the headlamps are alight. The dent in the nose and grass in the radiator opening are signs of an excursion off the road.

Private Group 4. — The production Porsche Carrera Six of Buchet, co-driven by Herrmann, is seen on its way to third place.

 

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