TRANSITION SERIES - 1960 F.1 & F.2

Ever since I started building series of single-seater slot cars from earlier years, I always tried to give the series catchy names. Some were very easy to name, others less so. When I got to 1957 I gave up and called the series '1957' but when it came to 1960 I was able to find a name.

1960 was the year that saw rear-engined cars finally take over from those with engines in front of the driver. I know that technically, the cars with the engine behind the driver should be called mid-engined but the world has really only known them as rear-engined cars.

And so, as this was a year when almost every F.1 car manufacturer joined Cooper and put the cart before the horse (as a certain Enzo Ferrari described the practice) I decided that my series would carry the name TRANSITION......

Here are a few images of cars that I made to run in the Transition series. In some cases there are no drivers in the cars because the photos were taken soon after the models were completed.

The first picture shows the three B.R.M. Type 48s that were driven throughout the season by Graham Hill, Dan Gurney and Jo Bonnier.

Next we have the works Cooper Climax T.53 cars that were campaigned by Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren.

The Yeoman Credit finance company sponsored a team of Cooper Climax T.51 cars in 1960, run by Stirling Moss' manager Ken Gregory.
This picture shows the drivers as they were at the start of the season - Tony Brooks, Harry Schell and Chris Bristow. Sadly, Schell and Bristow were both killed before mid season and were replced by Henry Taylor and Olivier Gendebien.

Several drivers raced for the works Lotus team in 1960 in their Climax powered 18 cars.
Here we have Alan Stacey, who was also killed that season and Innes Ireland.
Other drivers to appear in these cars were Jim Clark, John Surtees and Ron Flockhart.

Although he spent quite a bit of 1960 injured Stirling Moss also drove a Lotus Climax 18 entered by Rob Walker.

Ferrari maintained Formula 1 cars should have the engine at the front, although as we can see from this picture of the cars at Monza,
a rear-engined car did eventually creep in, although in this case, it is a Formula 2 version.
Left to right - Willy Mairesse, Richie Ginther and Phil Hill, with Wolfgang von Trips in the F.2 car.

At Monaco in 1960 Ferrari introduced their first rear-engined car. It was driven that day, by Richie Ginther.
The chassis of this car was modified later in the year and became the F.2 car you see above.

A brave attempt by wealthy American Lance Reventlow saw the introduction of the Scarab name to Formula 1.
Sadly, the cars were a couple of years too late. Chuck Daigh shared the driving with Reventlow himself.

Two Italian teams were seen during the season. Scuderia Centro Sud ran Cooper Maserati T.51s fairly regulary, driven by amongst other Masten Gregory,

while also, Cooper T.51s with Ferrari engines appeared occasionally, driven by Gino Munaron and Giulio Cabianca.
These were known as Cooper Castellottis in honour of the great Italian driver Eugenio Castellotti who died in 1957, testing a Ferrari at Modena.

Formula two racing played a large part in the season of 1960. A huge number of Cooper Climaxes, mainly T.45s with an occasional T.51 made up the vast majority of the entries at most races, as can be seen in the 1960 F.2 race reports section of this website. However, there were a few other makes putting in an appearance, in addition to the rear-engined Ferrari:

A major player throughout the season was the Porsche team, which fielded anything up to five of their 718 cars at some races.
Shown here are Edgar Barth, Hans Herrmann, Stirling Moss, Jo Bonnier and Graham Hill.

Here is a close up of the Rob Walker car.

As stated, Coopers abounded. This is one of the more successful cars - the T.45 of Tony Marsh.

And finally in this section, a couple of one-offs.....
Ian Raby sometimes drove a modified Cooper Climax that went under the name of a Hume Climax.

Henry Taylor was seen very occasionally, towards the end of the season in some races driving a somewhat out of date, front-engined Laystall Climax.

Wherever possible I have included photograps of the cars entered for each of the races in the Race Reports (although a few seem to have gone missing). These can be found elsewhere on the slots home page, so you can see which cars raced and where.

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