World Champions — T.E.A.C. Cat’s-eyes Rally — Harker Special — OuIton Park — Kieft Chassis
Top, left: Runner-Up in the 1953 World Championship was Juan Fangio, pictured here in his Maserati during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Will he move up one rung on the ladder of success this year?
Top, right. — Third Place in the final analysis of the 1953 championship events was taken by Guiseppe Farina, member of the victorious Ferrari team. Will he be Ferrari’s number one now that Ascari has changed to another marque? This picture shows him at Spa during the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bottom: The Champion. — Alberto Ascari, the world’s number one for two seasons. Can he repeat his success this time in a Lancia? Will these top drivers still be there at the end of the current season? We can but wait and see and anticipate. Ascari is seen winning last year’s Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
Fast Touring was provided by the Fraser-Nash during a three-day test run. It is pictured here in a country lane near the Welsh border.
The Harker Special. — Offside view of the two crank shaft, V8 power unit. The exposed Duplex timing chain can be seen at the front of the blocks, and also the single eight-cylinder Scintilla magneto.
Modifications to Oulton Park circuit are being carried out at present. The new extra loop can be seen in the foreground and will cover part of the lake, making the total length 2 2/3 miles.
Anglo-American Effort. — A de Seto Fire-Dome V8 being tried for size in a Kieft sports-car chassis. This is being built to the order of the American driver Goldschmidt.
Lady Wigram Trophy Winner. — Peter Whitehead (Ferrari) with a time of 69 min. 51.3 sec., won the 99.5-mile race at Christchurch, New Zealand at a speed of approximately 85 m.p.h.
One Of Many. — D. J. Walker (M.G. TA) one of the competitors in Class A 1 of the Cat’s-Eyes Rally, performing at Southend. Twenty-five per cent of the cars in this class were M.G.s of many types.
Anchorage. — A Javelin stops neatly and correctly during the final braking test at Southend in the closing stages of the Thames Estuary A.C. Cat’s Eyes Rally.
Going Away. — Having cleared one set of markers, J C. Whitfield-King (Riley 1 1/2-litre) prepares to tackle the next hurdle in the driving tests of the Cat’s-Eyes Rally.
Cutting It Fine. Bolton (Silverstone Healey) goes close to the markers in the “Esses” section the driving tests. A minor snowstorm did not assist competitors in the later stages.
High Beech At Night. D. P. Silver (Morgan) reports at the Epping Forest control during the Cat’s Eyes Rally. The oil-drum coke fire helped to ease the cold night temperature.
Stability. — The “wheel at each corner” Aprilia holds the road despite the slippery surface during the driving tests on the sleet-covered, wind-swept Southend front
Ladies’ Award Winner, — Mss P. Smith and Mrs. K. Smith seen here on the second phase of the “wiggle-woggle” test in their Hillman, at the conclusion of the Thames Estuary A.C. Rally.
Bleak Back Ground. of bathing huts, frozen surf and deserted pier sets the scene for the final tests on the front at Southend. The Javelin is driven by F. Bassett.