Roy Salvadori leads George wisken in the 1959 London Trophy at Crystal Palace

1959 London Trophy

The main race of the day, the 36-lap London Trophy for F.2 cars, went to Roy Salvadori in Tommy Atkins Cooper-Climax after an initial tussle with Bueb (Cooper-Borgward) and Jim Russell (Cooper). Russell had to stop to fix a slipping clutch, giving Salvadori an easy win from Bueb and Chris Bristow (Hume Cooper).

Perhaps the most exciting race of the day was the Touring Car race which was won by G. H. Williamson in the Alexander Engineering A40. This car arrived in a van and its performance during the race showed that it was very highly tuned. It comfortably beat Leston’s 1.5 Riley, only Shepherd’s A40 being anywhere near, at the finish.

The Norbury Trophy for over 1,500 c.c. sports cars provided another win for Salvadori in Coombs’ Cooper-Maserati but another few yards would have seen a win for Graham Hill’s 2½-litre Lotus XV. Hill was boxed in by Russell’s 2-litre Cooper Monaco for several laps and when he got clear he broke the circuit lap record with a speed of 83.12 m.p.h. in an endeavour to catch Salvadori. How many circuits have the lap record held by a sports car?

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Crystal Palace

Country

Britain

Location

Anerley Hill, Sydenham, London

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.39 (Miles)

3,415

Championships

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19,346

Results

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25,227

Drivers

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14,546

Teams

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920

Circuits

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