A Le Mans Start

This fabulous photograph, was taken just in front of the Motor bridge at Silverstone at the entrance to Copse Corner on September 14, 1957. Here we see the Le Mans type start which was used for the over 1.5 liter Sports Car Race which took place before the non-championship F1 race at the International Trophy Meeting. An intrepid photographer, well dressed for harsh weather, stands at the right, having photographed the cars pulling out from the start.

Leading the field is Aston Martin works driver Tony Brooks with a DBR1. Right behind him in car n. 74 is the eventual winner Roy Salvadori in a more powerful DBR2. The third car away is another Aston Martin DBR2 with Noel Cunningham-Reid aboard. Behind the leading three cars, left to right, are the Lister-Jaguar driven by Archie Scott-Brown, a Jaguar D-Type driven by Duncan Hamilton, Graham Whitehead’s Aston DB3S (directly behind Cunningham-Reid), and Ivor Bueb in another D-Type.

At the finish it was Salvadori ahead of Scott-Brown by just two seconds. Scott-Brown had also set fastest lap, and third was Cunningham-Reid in the second DBR2. Brooks came in fourth, followed by Willy Mairesse in an Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 290MM which in the above photograph has temporarily failed to start and is still in the pits.

Scott-Brown was a true revelation in this early Lister-Jaguar. He had only one hand and his feet were both mis-shapen due to birth defects, yet he somehow had fantastic car control. All too often he was turned away by race organizers because of his physical condition. Nevertheless, he had had a superb career but all that would end the next year during a hotly contested sports car race versus Masten Gregory at Spa-Francorchamps. Scott-Brown went off on a damp track and died after a terrible fiery crash on the same corner where Richard Seaman was killed in a Mercedes Grand Prix car in 1939.

Photos  by Alan R. Smith and Tom March ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com

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One comment

  1. Jim sitz · · Reply

    Just saw Archie one time, his drivinfg the Jaguar
    D tyupe, but it was im[pessive, Shifting gears with his good
    arm and using the other to steady the wheel !

    some driverr

    jim sitz


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