Articles tagged Owen Maddock

Page 133 of October 2018 archive issue thumbnail Page 133, October 2018

Bobbing and weaving

Blunt-bodied beauty wasn't immediately popular, but surprised many on track Sports-racing cars of the 1950s don’t come much more ‘quintessential’ than the jewel-like Cooper T39 Bobtail, one of the most important examples of which is currently up for grabs at William I’Anson’s Cotswolds-based dealership. The T39 Bobtail was the avant garde product of the talented but eccentric engineer, designer...

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McLaren: Life after Bruce

When the inspirational leader who drove the team died, McLaren could have spun into the ground. Instead it regrouped and vindicated his vision and his faith Words: Paul Fearnley. Photography: Alex P There was a lot to think about. But Bruce Leslie McLaren — boss/designer/engineer/tester/racer — preferred it that way. Three years of his New Zealand childhood had been spent in plaster, in traction...

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Hayes and Cooper reminiscences

Sir, I appreciated your editorial in the February 2001 issue regarding the sad losses of Walter Hayes and John Cooper, agreeing with everything you said. I first came to know Walter soon after he joined Ford of Britain as Public Relations Manager — he very quickly changed that to Public Affairs, and also changed the works newspaper from what looked like a parish magazine to something the...

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The right stuff

Out of a small workshop, and against enormous odds, sprang an unlikely world force. But Paul Fearnly believes that what made cooper great also caused it to fail Cooper's numerous successes provide the framework from which hang the innumerable anecdotes and fond memories that give this legendary team its winning appearance. You can't help but warm to Surbiton's finest and its ugly-bug machines....

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Accidental heroes

No one believed that a garage owner and his son could take on and beat the might of Ferrari and Maserati. Matthey Franey looks back at, and samples, a bit of Cooper history In 1955, the Cooper Car Company, perhaps unwittingly, built a sportscar that would change forever the face of motor racing. Charles and John Cooper's tiny concern from darkest Surbiton had already enjoyed considerable success...

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Go low, aim high

The Lotus 18 forced Cooper to raise its game by building the 'Lowline'. Tiff Needell tries both and reports back to Damien Smith. Photography by Malcolm Griffiths/LAT  Complacency: a strong word when aimed at brittle motor racing people.  But... "Why change it when we're winnin'?"  Sounds complacent, doesn't it?  Well, at the dawn of the 1960s John and Charles Cooper have every right to feel...

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Team Managers - Guy Anthony Vandervell

In part two of our series, Robert Edwards looks at the man who walked out on BRM and yet brought Britain its first F1 World Title. It was Tony Vandervell's impatience as much as anything else which created the machine which won the inaugural Formula One Constructors' Championship in 1958. He had, like other notables in British engineering, been on the advisory board of the British Motor Racing...

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Owen Maddock Owen Richard Maddock, chief designer of the Cooper Car Company during the 1950s and early '60s, has died, aged 75. The son of architect Richard Maddock, who designed the Cooper factory in Surbiton, Owen studied engineering at Kingston Technical College while with the Home Guard in the last years of World War II, and then spent two years doing National Service in Germany. Upon his...

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Last chance saloon

Despite many racing successes, Borgwand’s Isabella saloon was unable to save the company from going under. Its greatest exponent, Bill Blydenstein, remembers it Like many people I have very fond memories of the Borgward Isabella TS, the sports saloon which proved a surprise victor in late-Fifties saloon car racing. Competitors like Volvo and BMW were no doubt relieved when Borgward was declared...

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Little Belter

In the space of four years, Cooper went from a contender punching above its weight to world champion. Gordon Cruickshank speaks to the men who were in its corner photography by James Mann Pragmatists, not purists: That was Cooper compared to design-led Lotus, or the intensive engineering of BRM. While Colin Chapman was stripping out every gramme and making components double up, Cooper's were...


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