Pictorial Review

Belgian Grand Prix, 1,000 km. Nurburgring, 1,000 km. Montlhery, Lotus-750 M.C., Brands Hatch, Eight Clubs’ Silverstone

Sensational Start. – This “Motor Sport” photograph shows clearly the scene immediately after the flag fell for the start of this year’s Belgian Grand Prix. Stirling moss (Maserati), behind the telegraph pole, already has a commanding lead. Behind, Peter Collins (Ferrari), who won so brilliantly, is a few lengths ahead of Castellotti (Ferrari), Behra (Maserati) and Fangio (Ferrari). After a poor start (from opposite the top stand), old-man Fangio had to brake hard for the corner to avoid ramming Castellotti and Behra, so that the two British Vanwalls, driven by Schell and Trintignant, were clos eon the tail of the World Champion.


Magnificent! – Peter Collins, who has shown his skill for several seasons, won his first Grand Epreuve at Spa driving for Ferrari. He is seen atking the hairpin before the finishing line in this great Belgian Grand Prix.

Pit Scene. – Two British aces, Collins and Moss, going past the pits on the Francorchamps circuit during the Belgian G.P. Shortly afterwards Stirling overtook Collins to get on the same lap as the leader, but when this picture was taken Collins, then second to Fangio, was a lap and a few yards ahead of Moss. Beyond the pits is the uphill right-hand bend on which Moss lost a back wheel on his first Maserati, the car finishing up the road just above the “A” of the shell ICA sign in this picture.

Local Journalist Makes Good! – Paul Frere, so popular with the belgian spectators, drove formidably at Spa to finish second behind Collins in a Ferrari.

The Maestro. – Fangio leading this year’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in a Ferrari before he was eliminated with transmission trouble. luckily for the “prancing horse” Collins and Frere were present to take over the lead, Collins finishing with a well-nursed car.

Close Stuff. – The belgian driver Pilette (Ferrari) fractionally ahead of Schell’s reliable vanwall at Spa, before being passed by the British car. Note the typical Belgian advertising posters.

Trouble. – Mechanics work to cure a leak in the reserve fuel tank on the factory Jaguar during the 1,000 km. race at Nurburgring, while an official remonstrates with the driver, Hawthorn, who wants to clean the windscreen. This race was full of petty regulations, but in this case Hawthorn was in his rights.

Dangerous Ground. – A strong force of Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloces competed in the 1,000 km. race at Nurburgring, the home of the 1,300-c.c. Porsches. They not only conquered their direct rivals but also many larger Porsches and the ex-Porsche driver Ringgenberg is seen tailing Plant’s Porsche Carrera.

It’s a Connaught. – C.J. Green’s unusual-looking example of the Send marque, with 1,767-c.c. engine, was one of the many competitors at the 8-Clubs’ meeting. It finished third in a five-lap scratch race.

Buckland Beats Ace. – H.F. Day, no doubt feeling very pleased with life, winning the A.C. Handicap at the 8-Clubs’ Silverstone Meeting in his 1953 “cart-sprung” A.C. Buckland tourer from a field which included all-independent Aces.

Fast Stuff. – Dickie Steed, adopted son of the late Editor of The Times, was a star performer in his Cooper-Jaguar at the 8-Clubs’ metting. He netted a first and a third and lapped the club circuit at 79.74 m.p.h.

Universal. – The outward appearance of the 12-cylinder and 4-cylinder 3 1/2-litre Ferraris is virtually identical, as is the chassis. The American driver Phil Hill is seen during practice for the 1,000 km. race at Nurburgring in a 4-cylinder version.

Corner Wizard. – Major A.M.R. Mallock, seen here in his Ford Ten-engined Austin at the 8-Clubs’ meeting, is extremely fast round the corners on the Silverstone Club circuit.


Dramatic Incident. – As described in our Belgian G.P. report, Moss lost a wheel from the new Maserati (left), and after coming safely to rest about half a mile beyond the pits, sprined across country (as seen in the middle picture), cheered by the spectators, to resume the race in Perdisa’s Maserati (right), in which he was placed third. In practice, the stricken car had run on fuel-injection but used carburetters for the race.

Maserati Sandwich. – Trintignant and Schell in the splendid British Vanwalls going well at Spa with a Maserati between them. Schell finished fourth after his team-mate had retired with engine trouble.

Old-Stager. – Luigi Villoresi, still racing, here corners in a Maserati during this year’s Belgian Grand Prix, finishing at the back of the field in his time-honoured style.

Hard Trier. – Horace Gould, with his Maserati at Spa, waving the Union Jack. His transmission seized and put him out of the race, but Gould does far better than many British amateurs have done in the “Continental circus” in the past.


Change-Over. – The winning Maserati pit stops at Montlhery were well organised under the direction of Ugolini. Here is Behra leaving the car so that Rosier might take over, while mechanics pour in fuel and oil.

Fatal Stop. – The A.W.E. was leading its class easily when it made its first pit stop in the Paris 1,000-km. race. Barth is seen checking the oil while mechanics try to make the refuelling hose work. Behind them is the Aston Martin pit preparing to receive Wharton in Kyffin’s DB3S.

Lotus of the Day. – J. Harris driving the Mk. VI model Lotus which was placed first in the five-lap scratch race for 1,100-c.c. cars and also 1,500-c.c. scratch race during the Lotus-750 Clubs’ meeting at Brands Hatch on June 10th.

Representative. – T. Millard’s Austin Special, one of those that were prone to spin round on the wet track, seen after coming out of Druids’ Hill Bend in the 10-lap handicap event for 750-c.c. cars at Brands Hatch.

Triplets. – The two Ford Anglias of Hayle and Lowe, followed by Gammon’s Prefect in the 10-lap saloon-car handicap race. The three cars kept this order throughout the race and crossed the finishing line together.