12th August 2018

GERMAN GRAND PRIX, Nurburgring Sudschleife

VANWALL 1-2 BUT GREGORY STARS

A decision was taken by the A.C.von D. that the 1957 German Grand Prix would be run, as expected, at the Nurburgring but to the surprise of many it was the shorter - Sudschleife - southern circuit that was to be used rather than the majestic Nordschleife. The Sudschleife has a similar character to its bigger brother but at least the spectators would see the cars come by 54 times rather than the 20 that they would see on the longer circuit.

No less than twenty-four cars assembled in the paddock prior to the commencement of practice although it could have been even more had B.R.M. decided to take part, but they didn't. Therefore, the British contingent numbered nine cars with three from Vanwall for Moss, Brooks and Lewis-Evans joined by a phalanx of Formula 2 Coopers - as this race was open to F.2 cars as well. Brabham and Salvadori were in the two factory cars while privately owned cars were to be driven by Tony Marsh, Brian Naylor, Dick Gibson and Paul England. All the Coopers were T.43s except for England's which was a T.41. In addition to the British contingent was the Maserati 250.F of Horace Gould.

On this occasion Ferrari reduced their entry by one, leaving just the cars of Hawthorn, Collins and Musso to represent Maranello. Maseratis made up for the lack of a fourth Ferrari with no less than nine 250.Fs, including the aforementioned Gould. Maserati dispatched four cars from the factory, to be handled by Fangio, Behra, Schell and Scarlatti. Centro Sud brought two cars - a blue one for Masten Gregory and a white one for Hans Herrmann. The other two cars were those of Godia-Sales and Halford. The large entry was completed by three Porsche sports cars, running in the F.2 class and driven by Edgar Barth, Umberto Maglioli and Dutchman Carel de Beaufort. The number of starters was reduced by one when the Paul England car was withdrawn as being unraceworthy.

Following Stirling Moss' victory at Aintree the Vanwall team were on an undoubted high and this was vividly emphasised when Moss and Tony Brooks left the rest standing right from the start, drawing away to magnificent first and second places at the end of the 54 laps. Moss was in a class of his own, leading Brooks home by over half a minute, with the third place car a further minute behind Brooks. Just by way of a change, although once again it was a Maserati in 3rd place, this time it wasn't Behra. Surprisingly, nor was it Fangio, nor either of the other factory cars. It was Masten Gregory who drove the race of his life to finish behind the two Vanwalls, and ahead of the entire Ferrari team, who trundled home in 4th, 5th and 6th places, led this time by Musso, who was the only one of the three not to be lapped by the winner. Behra made it to the finish in 7th place but he was the only works Maserati finisher on a very bad day for the men from Modena. Indeed, there was only one other Maserati to reach the chequered flag and that was Horace Gould who was beaten by a Porsche and two of the F.2 Coopers.

Stirling Moss took the fastest lap and it was an all-round wonderful day for the British equipe (apart from Lewis-Evans going off the road on the second lap) Well you can't have everything!

HERE IS THE RESULT OF THE THE 54 LAP RACE:

   1.
10
S. MOSS VANWALL VW.5
3.08.12'20
   2.
11
T. BROOKS VANWALL VW.1
3.08.44'82
   3.
16
M. GREGORY MASERATI 250.F
3.09.40'00
   4.
6
L. MUSSO FERRARI 801
3.10.22'87
   5.
8
M. HAWTHORN FERRARI 801
53 laps
   6.
7
P. COLLINS FERRARI 801
53 laps
   7.
2
J. BEHRA MASERATI 250.F
53 laps
   8.
27
C. de BEAUFORT PORSCHE 550.RS
52 laps
   9.
25
T. MARSH COOPER CLIMAX T.43
52 laps
   10.
24
J. BRABHAM COOPER CLIMAX T.43
51 laps
   11.
19
H. GOULD MASERATI 250.F
51 laps
   12.
28
B. NAYLOR COOPER CLIMAX T.43
51 laps
   13.
29
R. GIBSON COOPER CLIMAX T.43
49 laps
Fastest lap:   S. MOSS, VANWALL VW.5,   on lap 26,   3.23'28

Retired:
18
F. GODIA-SALES MASERATI 250.F
42 laps
1
J. FANGIO MASERATI 250.F
42 laps
20
U. MAGLIOLI PORSCHE 550.RS
38 laps
3
H. SCHELL MASERATI 250.F
36 laps
4
G. SCARLATTI MASERATI 250.F
22 laps
21
E. BARTH PORSCHE 550.RS
14 laps
15
B. HALFORD MASERATI 250.F
9 laps
17
H. HERRMANN MASERATI 250.F
8 laps
23
R. SALVADORI COOPER CLIMAX T.43
5 laps
12
S. LEWIS-EVANS VANWALL VW.4
1 lap

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