Richmond Trophy

Goodwood, 18 Apr 1949

1 Reg Parnell Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - s/c 4
#22 R Parnell (see note 1)
10 17m 22.4s
82.87 mph
2 Peter Whitehead ERA B Type [R10B] - s/c 6
#26 P N Whitehead (see note 2)
10 17m 26.2s
3 Cuth Harrison ERA C Type [R8C] - s/c 6
#40 T C Harrison (see note 3)
10 17m 29.2s
4 Fred Ashmore Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - s/c 4
#23 R Parnell (see note 4)
10 17m 40.8s
5 Leslie Johnson ERA E Type [GP2] - s/c 6
#43 T A S O Mathieson (see note 5)
10 17m 48.2s
6 George Abecassis Alta GP [No 1] - s/c 4
#39 G E Abecassis (see note 6)
10 18m 35.4s
7 Bob Ansell Maserati 4CL [1555/1579] - s/c 4
#24 R E Ansell
9 18m 41.2s
8 Dick Habershon Delage 15S8 [WMG102] - s/c 8
#29 R P R Habershon (see note 7)
9 Guy Gale (4.5 F1) 4-litre Talbot T150C [82934] 6
#35 G F A Gale
R Duncan Hamilton Maserati 6CM [1551] - s/c 6
#25 J D Hamilton & P Fotheringham-Parker
(see note 8)
R Geoff Ansell ERA B Type [R9B] - s/c 6
#28 G E Ansell (see note 9)
R David Murray Maserati 4CL [1569] - s/c 4
#27 D Murray (see note 10)
R Bob Gerard ERA B Type [R14B] - s/c 6
#42 F R Gerard (see note 11)
1 collision
R Tony Rolt (4.5 F1) 3.4-litre Alfa-Aitken Special - Alfa Romeo 8
#31 A P R Rolt
1 collision
DNA Archie Baring Maserati 4CM [1521] - s/c 4
#41 A A Baring
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.5-litre s/c F1 or 4.5-litre F1 unless noted.

1 Bob Ansell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CL [1555/1579] - Maserati s/c 4
2 George Abecassis (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alta GP [No 1] - Alta s/c 4
3 Tony Rolt (4.5 F1) 3.4-litre Alfa-Aitken Special - Alfa Romeo 8
4 Guy Gale (4.5 F1) 4-litre Talbot T150C [82934] - Talbot 6
5 Fred Ashmore (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - Maserati s/c 4
6 Reg Parnell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] - Maserati s/c 4
7 Duncan Hamilton (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 6CM [1551] - Maserati s/c 6
8 Leslie Johnson (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre ERA E Type [GP2] - ERA s/c 6
9 Peter Whitehead (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre ERA B Type [R10B] - ERA s/c 6
10 Dick Habershon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Delage 15S8 [WMG102] - Delage s/c 8
11 Bob Gerard (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre ERA B Type [R14B] - ERA s/c 6
12 Geoff Ansell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre ERA B Type [R9B] - ERA s/c 6
13 Cuth Harrison (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre ERA C Type [R8C] - ERA s/c 6
14 David Murray (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CL [1569] - Maserati s/c 4

Notes on the cars:

  1. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1596] (Reg Parnell): Maserati records list this as Reg Parnell's car dated 14 Sep 1948. Raced by Parnell from 1949 to 1951, under the Scuderia Ambrosiana banner in 1950 and 1951, also by Hampshire in 1951. Sold or leased to Bobby Baird mid-1951 and then sometime after 1952 sold to Count Johnny Lurani. Lurani sold it in 1955 to Pat Hoare in New Zealand where it raced until the mid-1960s and then spent many years in the Queenstown Motor Museum. It was sold in 1982 and returned to Europe in 1989. Sold at auction a number of times in the late 1980s and 1990s. Owned by Max Lustenberger (Switzerland) from 1999. Retained 2004.
  2. ERA B Type [R10B] (Peter Whitehead): Peter Whitehead's regular B Type from 1936 to 1952 (also driven by Peter Walker and Graham Whitehead). Then via other UK and US owners to Nick Mason who raced and demonstrated it for more than 20 years from 1980. With Paddins Dowling by 2006. Retained 2007.
  3. ERA C Type [R8C] (Cuth Harrison): Built in 1938 using mechanical parts from R8B and raced by Earl Howe 1938 and until a crash in the 1939 International Trophy. Then to Reg Parnell for 1946, Cuth Harrison from 1947 to 1951, Brian Shawe-Taylor 1951 and 1952; then a chain of other owners until acquired in 1977 by Bruce Spollon. Rebuilt to correct C-type specs and raced from 1981 to 2003.
  4. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] (Fred Ashmore): Shown in Maserati records as Alberto Ascari's early 1948 car. To Reg Parnell 1949 for Fred Ashmore then raced in 1950 by David Hampshire and others as part of Scuderia Ambrosiana. Then David Murray's car for 1951. Crashed in practice at the Nürburgring for the 1951 German GP and not seen again.
  5. ERA E Type [GP2] (Leslie Johnson): The second E-Type, first raced by Leslie Brooke 1947, then taken over by ERA Ltd and raced by Leslie Johnson 1948-50, latterly for TASO Mathieson. Peter Walker 1951, then went with GP1, appearing in Scotland with Jaguar engine in 1962. To Gordon Chapman in 1966 and still owned by the Chapman family in 2000.
  6. Alta GP [No 1] (George Abecassis): Alta 'GP1' was built for George Abecassis and raced in 1948 and 1949. Later formed the basis of a HW-Alta-Jaguar sports which went to Phil Scragg and registered as RPG 418. Three owners later the car went to Kenya, returning to the UK in 1973. It was owned by Chris Lunn in 2005. The 'GP1' Alta in the Donington Museum was built up from some parts of GP1 plus a frame of unknown origin. (Source: Powered by Jaguar 2nd Ed 2005, Nye)
  7. Delage 15S8 [WMG102] (Dick Habershon): Numbered '5' by Alan Burnard in his histories as a continuation of the works numbering but also logically 'WMG 102'. The second 1937 White Mouse Garages ifs car, using parts from ex-works 1926/27 GP 2,3 and 4 on a new chassis. Possibly not completed until acquired by Reg Parnell during the war. Driven in 1946 sprints by his nephew Roy Parnell, then by Dick Habershon in club events 1947-49 and Rob Walker (driver Tony Rolt) 1949. Fitted with E-Type ERA engine and campaigned by Walker as the ERA-Delage 1951-53, usual driver Rolt but also Peter Walker, Eric Thompson, Roy Salvadori and, in occasional sprints, Rob Walker himself. Alan Burnand in sprints 1954-56 then in historic racing with Joe Goodhew, Ray Potter, Patrick Lindsay, Anthony Mayman and, since 1993, Bruce Spollon.
  8. Maserati 6CM [1551] (Duncan Hamilton): Delivered on 25 Oct 1937 to Earl Howe, probably acting as agent for a South African purchaser. Immediately shipped to South Africa for the 1937/38 winter season to be raced by Bill Everitt, before passing to local driver Buller Meyer. Imported to UK in 1947 UK by George Abecassis who raced it briefly before selling it to Duncan Hamilton and Philip Fotheringham-Parker who campaigned it extensively in 1948, 49 and 1950. To Brian Finglass in early 1950s, before passing to Fred Zambucka in New Zealand, then via various New Zealand owners to the Geer brothers (U.K.) about 1980. Believed to be retained 2007.
  9. ERA B Type [R9B] (Geoff Ansell): A customer car for Denis Scribbans and then Bob Ansell up to 1949. Guest drivers included Brian Shawe-Taylor, who then bought the car and raced it 1950-51. Then via Irish and UK owners, entering historic racing in 1955. Raced by the Mann brothers from 1976 to 1993, then to Switzerland for four years, back to Peter Mann and then to Rainer Ott (Germany) in 2005. Retained 2007.
  10. Maserati 4CL [1569] (David Murray): Delivered on 29 May 1939 to Johnny Wakefield who campaigned it successfully up to the outbreak of war. After Wakefield's death in 1942, purchased by Reg Parnell. Raced by extensively Parnell between 1946 and 1948, after which it was raced by David Murray in 1948/49. Fitted by Parnell with twin-stage supercharged engine, then Ambrosiana team spare during 1950 before passing via John Green to Bobby Baird in 1951. To George Weaver in USA, then via British, Swiss and German owners to Georg Kaufmann (Switzerland). Retained 2005
  11. ERA B Type [R14B] (Bob Gerard): Johnny Wakefield 1938-39 and then Bob Gerard's main ERA from 1946 to 1953. Then via Jimmy Stuart to Donald Day in 1959. Apart from a short period, Day has owned it ever since. Recent drivers include Ted Rollason, Goff Tidball and Paul Richardson. Retained 2007.

Formula 1 events 1948-1953

The results published here were compiled by David McKinney and Adam Ferrington from a range of sources including Autocourse, Motor Sport and Autosport, as well as the F1 Register's A Record of Grand Prix and Voiturette Racing Volume 5 covering 1950 and 1951. Individual car identities were then meticulously checked against their enormous libraries of books and photographs, notably Talbot-Lago de Course by Pierre Abeillon, Les Gordini by Robert Jarraud, Gordini – Un Sorcier, Une Equipe by Christian Huet and The History of English Racing Automobiles by David Weguelin.

David has also contributed extensively from his notes on car identities compiled over 40 years of research, Michael Müller has contributed immaculately researched histories of all the 1948-1950 Ferrari 125s, and Doug Nye, both through his books and his personal assistance on HWM, has also been of great help.

Please note that since David's sad death in 2014, Adam and Allen have agreed that these pages will remain unaltered from now on, as a lasting testimony to David's expertise.