This year’s miscellany of photographs started at Syracuse with a Ferrari mechanic, starting a Dino 246 up the blunt end.
Motoring about in Italy, it soon became obvious that the 3½-litre G.T. Maserati was in production. At Monza I was rather shaken to find Bentleys on the banked track, and Monaco produced some technical stuff, the F1 Cooper rear suspension with double wishbones (for right). and later at Monza again the Formula Junior Stanguellini was racing. Up at the Nurburgring I saw Moss testing the new G. P. Maserati and a 12-cylinder 3-litre sports car. Back to technicalities again and the French G. P. at Reims saw the new Lotus, with Mr. Vandervell wondering how it would go if a Vanwall engine was squeezed into the tiny projectile. We read a lot about Chapman strut-suspension but seldom get a chance to see it, so here it is, the half-shaft acting as one of the struts. Leaving the French G.P. meeting early. I followed the Alpine Trial. driving a Giulietta Spyder Sprint Veloce Alfa-Romeo, which was a week of highly entertaining motoring, some very dangerous driving, and the object of the whole thing being to make a film. The Alfa is seen on the next page.
The day after the British G.P. saw me at Caen for a small race, but note the crowd. The “feeding time” are the members of the Porsche team in the 750 Club Relay Race—no we didn’t win, which is why our backs are to the camera. The day after I was on my way to Portugal in a 403 Peugeot and returning to France, I explored the mountain passes in the Pyrenees. part of the route for the Tour de France. It was very hot and this black tunnel was full of cars lying in the cool. The Citroen driver had also frightened himself!
A short visit to England enabled me to take a pleasant afternoon off and go and see World Champion Mike Hawthorn in the Alfa-Romeo on the left of the picture above. On the right is Hawthorn’s own car, the two of them being from the 1932 Le Mans Alfa-Romeo team. After that I went to Casablanca through Spain but did not got a chance to see any activity in this bull-ring. Yes; we went in a Mercedes-Benz, a Type 219, and it was all right. Returning to London in time for Earls Court, saw me having a drive in a Lotus Elite, and was I impressed ! … D. S. J.
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