500-c.c. Car Racing at Brands Hatch

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

The first car-race meeting was held at Brands Hatch new 1-mile circuit, on April 16th. These were races, and all but one were so closely contested that the leaders, even after 30 miles, were all on the same lap at the finish. Add to this the excellent view of the whole course which spectators enjoy, either from the fences or from their cars parked on the sloping banks, slick organisation, a John Bolster commentary, expert driving and a total absence of unnecessary “officialdom and red-tape” and Brands Hatch will be seen to have a very promising future. The setting is delightful and some 7,000 people are believed to have attended. We are glad that the 500 Club has “come home” with such an excellent venue; all credit to their hard-working secretary. J. F. Gale. We recommend those who are not at Le Mans on June 25th to attend the next car meeting at Brands Hatch. Note that the cars lap faster than motorcycles at this famous two-wheeler venue! The fastest lap announced was by Carter (Cooper), at 64.76 m.p.h.
 
Amateur-built Car Race (10 Laps)
A breathless race! The Parker led the front-drive Emeryson, was passed, then Parker made a great effort to repass along the finishing straight but went on to the grass in doing so. Emery then had trouble, as did Bacon’s F.H.B., while Spink’s G.S.3 spun at Paddock corner.
 
1st: D. Parker (Parker-J.A.P.) … 59.24 m.p.h.
2nd: P. R. Emery (Emeryson-J.A.P.), 13 sec. behind.
3rd: G. Spink (G.S.3-Norton).
 
Open Challenge Race (Final-10 Laps)
This was run in three seven-lap heals and a Final. Parker and Baird lost time by stalling at the start of heat I. The Rhiando-Trimax retired after a lap. John Cooper won convincingly at 60.81 m.p.h., 3.8 sec. ahead of Brown, Parker coming in a gallant third. Aston started badly in heat 2 and Whitehouse came through between Coldham and Carter, bat the latter repassed on the last lap to win at 61.57 m.p.h., 0.4 sec. ahead of Whitehouse, Coldham third—a magnificent race! Interest was lent to heat 3 by the appearance of Stirling Moss, but his Cooper seized its piston as he was chasing Bottoms’ J.B.S. after four laps. The race was then a procession, Bottoms winning at 61.95 m.p.h., 13.8 sec. ahead of Sykes’ Cooper, Christie third. The Final was a fine tussle between Carter and Whitehouse. Parker making a bad start from the back row but duelling with Sykes, and Bottoms losing time on the grass at Paddock bend. May’s Connor retired.
 
1st: K. E. Carter (Cooper) … 62.84 m.p.h.
2nd: W. J. Whitehouse (Cooper), 1.8 sec. behind.
3rd: J. N. Cooper (Cooper).
 
Professionally-built Cars Race (Final-20 Laps)
This was in three 10-lap heats and a 20-lap Final. In heat 1 Aston’s Cooper led Brandon for five laps, then seized solid. Brandon built up so vast a lead he slowed to converse with the crowd. Lambert’s Cooper also retired, leaving Brandon at 58.3 m.p.h., 46 sec. in front of Baird’s Marwyn, the only other finisher. Heat 2 was exciting, for with Brown’s Cooper out in front Spike Rhiando’s rear-engined Rhiando-Trimax fought a stirring duel with Winterbottom’s Cooper-H.R.D., first one leading then the other, Spike grand on the corners. Alas, the bugs aren’t out of the Trimax yet and it retired on lap 9, whereupon Christie took up the challenge and passed Winterbottom, losing to Brown by 2.8 sec., the average being 59.88 m.p.h. Coldham and Carter led until 6 of heat 3, when Coldham retired and Whitehouse set at catching Carter, which he did by a prodigious effort at the top bend on lap 8, finally winning at 62.26 m.p.h., by 1.7 sec., John Cooper third. In the Final Whitehouse showed his mastery, catching Cooper at the downhill corner, while Coldham also came by, Carter now as fast. but a lap in arrears.
 
1st: W. J. Whitehouse (Cooper-Norton), 63.13 m.p.h.
2nd: S. A. Coldham (Cooper-J.A.P.), 3.6 sec. behind.
3rd: J. N. Cooper (Cooper-J.A.P.).
 
Championship Race (30 Laps)
This gruelling race eliminated cars one by one, John Cooper’s engine seizing, the Emeryson spluttering round, Bottoms going out at lap 17, when the Emeryson finally stopped. Whitehouse proved his and the Norton engine’s real superiority and won again, a fine exhibition of driving, during which he was careful to look behind before pulling over to pass. Parker finished fourth.
 
1st: W. J. Whitehouse (Cooper-Norton), 63.66 m.p.h.
2nd: E. Brandon (Cooper-J.A.P.), 8.8 sec. behind.
3rd: A. E. Brown (Cooper-J.A.P.).