My reason for writing is to assure you that Graham Hill was responsible for a Mini race starting off in reverse. As far as I can recall, the event took place at Silverstone in the early ’60s and was shown on television.
I believe the five-minute board had been shown to the competitors when Hill leapt from his car and ran to all the others on the front row and several rows further back, passing on a message.
When the race began the majority of the cars did indeed leap off in reverse for a few yards before setting off in the right direction, much to everyone’s amusement. This, of course, was in the days when the top drivers often competed in two or more races at each meeting. Those were the days.
I am, Yours etc, Paul Dowler, Bideford, Devon