I was interested in Alan Freke’s mention of the Formula 2 Fry-Climax in November, as I well remember this car being driven by Mike Parkes.
I seem to recall that it was mid-blue and had rubber suspension, as well as being a monocoque, but had not realised that Alec Issigonis was involved, which places the car, chronologically and technically, between Lightweight Special and the Mini.
The photograph of the Freikaiserwagen with its very forward driving position and large tail shows proportions and design traits which were later echoed in the layout of the Fry-Climax, which was a welcome change from the hordes of T43 Coopers, but looked a trifle ungainly compared to the Lotus 16.
Parkes was, of course, a very quick driver and the results from the car, frequently just outside the top three in F2 races, owed quite a lot to him, as can be seen in the enclosed photograph of Mike entering Paddock at Brands Hatch in the August 1959 John Davy Trophy — very committed, very fast, and very much on three wheels!
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David Morgan, Barnet, Herts
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