7th December 2017

GLOVER TROPHY, Goodwood

MOSS OPENS HIS VANWALL ACCOUNT

A small entry assembled for the first F.1 race on British soil in 1957. No cars came across the channel from Italy, or indeed from anywhere else in Europe so the entry was entirely green. Or at least, it would have been, had the Connaught team had time to paint there newly-bodied B-type, which was to be driven by Stuart Lewis-Evans. Instead, the car was in a bare aluminium finish, which made it stand out from the massed ranks of dark green cars. The car had a very unusual body shape which was instantly dubbed 'the toothpaste tube' upon its arrival in the Goodwood paddock. There were two other Connaughts on the entry list; regular bodied cars to be driven by Jack Fairman and Archie Scott-Brown.

Although there were no continental entries, there was one Italian car. This was the Maserati 250.F belonging to Gilby Engineering, with Jim Russell as the driver. B.R.M. brought along two of their pretty type 25 cars with Roy Salvadori and Ron Flockhart as their drivers. Jack Brabham had a little T.43 Cooper Climax and a Lotus Climax was entered for Cliff Allison. Paul Emery brought along the Alta-engined device, carrying his own name and last but assuredly not least, Vanwall arrived from their encouraging debut at Syracuse with two cars for regular drivers Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks.

Following a comfortable pole position, Stirling Moss never looked likely to be beaten in the 42 lap, 100 mile race, and so it proved. Stirling led away at the start and no other car was able to get anywhere near the Vanwall. For Tony Brooks, things were nowhere near as comfortable. The Manchester dentist fought with an ill-handling car from the start and eventually gave up the struggle after 18 laps. The two B.R.M.s ran near the front early on but after Salvadori retired Flockhart was left to battle alone with Scott-Brown's Connaught. The diminutive Scot was too quick and eventually pulled away to finish a fine second. 30 seconds ahead of Flockhart but a similar distance behind the winner.

The Cooper, the Lotus and the Emeryson all retired and it was left to the two remaining Connaughts to complete the small list of six finishers. Lewis-Evans and Fairman were both two laps behind Moss, the newer body shape of the Lewis-Evans car not seeming to make much difference to its performance. These two finished behind Russell who drove a steady race in the dark green Maserati, finishing one lap behind the fist three.

It will come as no surprise to see that Moss took the fastest lap to complete a clean sweep of pole, victory and fastest lap and despite the absence of the Ferrari and Maserati factory teams, Vanwall's season looked quite promising.

HERE IS THE RESULT OF THE THE 42 LAP RACE.

   1.
7
S. MOSS VANWALL VW.3
1.04.35'60
   2.
3
A. SCOTT-BROWN CONNAUGHT B-type
1.05.05'30
   3.
2
R. FLOCKHART B.R.M. Type 25
1.05.35'59
   4.
8
J. RUSSELL MASERATI 250.F
41 laps
   5.
4
S. LEWIS-EVANS CONNAUGHT B-type
40 laps
   6.
5
J. FAIRMAN CONNAUGHT B-type
40 laps
Fastest lap:   S. MOSS, VANWALL VW.3,   on lap 19,   1.28'55

Retired:
1
R. SALVADORI B.R.M. Type 25
33 laps
10
J. BRABHAM COOPER CLIMAX T.43
21 laps
14
C. ALLISON LOTUS CLIMAX 12
19 laps
6
T. BROOKS VANWALL VW.7
18 laps
9
P. EMERY EMERYSON-ALTA
13 laps

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