Daily Record International Trophy

Charterhall, 11 Oct 1952

1 Bob Gerard (libre) 2-litre ERA A Type [R4A] - s/c 6
#8 (see note 1)
40 58m 17.2s
82.4 mph
2 Ken Wharton BRM V16 Mk I 'P15' [No 1] - s/c V16
#2 BRM Ltd (see note 2)
40 58m 22.6s
3 Louis Rosier Ferrari 375/51 - V12
40 58m 42.9s
4 Peter Walker (libre) 2-litre Cooper Mk I 'T20' - ERA s/c 6
5 Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] 6
#6 Ecurie Rosier (see note 3)
6 Mike Oliver (F2) 2-litre Connaught A [A3] - Lea-Francis 4
#30 Connaught Racing Synd
R "B Bira" Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] - OSCA V12
#7 (see note 4)
fuel tank
R Sir James Scott-Douglas (sports racing) 3.4-litre Jaguar C-type - XK120 6
#42 Ecurie Ecosse

R Giuseppe Farina Ferrari 375 Thin Wall Special [375-10] - V12
#4 G A Vandervell

R Reg Parnell BRM V16 Mk I 'P15' [No 2] - s/c V16
#1 BRM Ltd (see note 5)
rear axle
UNK Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 [114] - s/c V12

UNK Bill Dobson (F2) 2-litre Ferrari 125 [10C] - V12
#39 Scuderia Ambrosiana (see note 6)

UNK Johnny Claes (F2) 1.5-litre Gordini T15 [0015-GC] - T18 4
#28 Ecurie Belge (see note 7)

UNK Bobby Baird Baird Griphon - Maserati s/c 4
#15 G Caprara

UNK Geoff Richardson (libre) 1.8-litre RRA - ERA s/c 6
#14 (see note 8)

UNK Graham Whitehead ERA C Type [R8C] - s/c 6
#11 (see note 9)

UNK Ron Flockhart (libre) 2-litre ERA D Type [R4D] - s/c 6
#18 Alba Union (see note 10)

UNK Alastair Birrell ERA A Type [R1A] - s/c 6
#19 Alba Union (see note 11)

UNK Jimmy Somervail ERA B Type [R12B] - s/c 6
#22 (see note 12)

UNK Peter Mould (libre) 2-litre Alta IFS - s/c 4

UNK Louis Manduca Alta IFS [69IS] - s/c 4
#23 (see note 13)

UNK Joe Little Alta IFS [62IS] - s/c 4

UNK Kenneth McAlpine (F2) 2-litre Connaught A [A1] - Lea-Francis 4
#31 Connaught Racing Synd

UNK Dennis Poore (F2) 2-litre Connaught A [A4] - Lea-Francis 4
#29 Connaught Racing Synd

UNK Mike Hawthorn (F2) 2-litre Cooper-Bristol Mk I 'T20' [CB-4-52] - Bristol 6
#20 L D Hawthorn

UNK Ninian Sanderson (F2) 2-litre Cooper-Bristol Mk I 'T20' [CB-6-52] - Bristol 6
#38 Ecurie Ecosse

UNK André Loens (F2) 2-litre Cooper-Bristol Mk I 'T20' [CB-5-52] - Bristol 6
#32 Fraser-Hartwell Synd

UNK Archie Bryde (F2) 2-litre Cooper-Bristol Mk I 'T20' [CB-1-52] - Bristol 6

UNK John Barber (F2) 2-litre Cooper-Bristol Mk I 'T20' [CB-7-52] - Bristol 6

UNK Stirling Moss (F2) 2-litre ERA G Type [R1G] - Bristol 6
#25 ERA Ltd

UNK Bill Skelly (F2) 2-litre Frazer-Nash F2 [421 200 180S] - Bristol 6

UNK Jack Walton (F2) 2-litre Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica [421 100 157] - Bristol 6

UNK Horace Richards (F2) 2-litre HAR ['1'] - Riley 6

UNK Ian Stewart (sports racing) 3.4-litre Jaguar C-type [XKC006] - XK120 6
#40 Ecurie Ecosse

UNK Bill Dobson (sports racing) 3.4-litre Jaguar C-type - XK120 6
#41 Ecurie Ecosse

UNK Frank Curtis (libre) 5.4-litre Allard - Cadillac V8

DNS Raymond Mays BRM V16 Mk I 'P15' [No 3] - s/c V16
#3 BRM Ltd (see note 14)
Did not start
DNS Eric Thompson (F2) 2-litre Connaught A [A3] - Lea-Francis 4
#30 Connaught Racing Synd
Did not start

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

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. ERA A Type [R4A] (Bob Gerard): Pat Fairfield's customer A Type then via Norman Wilson to reg Parnell in 1942 and Bob Gerard as a hillclimb car in 1945 to Rhodesian owners in the 1950s. Returned to the UK in the mid-1960s and raced in historic events with 2-litre engine by Peter Brewer 1954-65 and Sir John Venables-Llewellyn 1967-93. Via another UK owner to Jöst Wildbolz (Switzerland) in 1999. Retained 2007.
  2. BRM V16 Mk I 'P15' [No 1] (Ken Wharton): Raced by Ray Sommer 1950, Reg Parnell 1950-53, Fangio 1952-53 and Gonzalez 1952. Retired after the 1953 season but retained by Owen Organisation as an exhibition car. Bought by Dan Marguiles for a Greek consortium at Christie's Motorfair auction in October 1981. Subsquently sold to the National Motor Museum Trust. Retained 2007.
  3. Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] (Yves Giraud-Cabantous): Built in 1950 using parts from '110 003' and raced for the works by Martin, Chaboud and Giraud-Cabantous in 1950 then by Rosier as a private entry in 1951. Driven by Trintignant for Ecurie Rosier in 1952, then Giraud-Cabantous 1952-53. Owned by Marceau Hauret 1955 and Houdayer (Paris) 1981. Raced from 1987-2000 by François d'Huart (Belgium) as '100105'.
  4. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] ("B Bira"): To Enrico Platé for 1949 (dated 14 Nov 1949 in Maserati records) and raced by Bira up to Geneva 1950. Car fitted with a 4450cc OSCA V12 engine for Bira for the 1951 season. The OSCA was taken to Australia in 1955 by Bira as a spare car to his 250F and sold there to Alf Harvey who raced it from 1955 to 1959. The car then went to the UK for historic racing and was bought by Tom Wheatcroft in 1971. Subsequently in the Donington Museum.
  5. BRM V16 Mk I 'P15' [No 2] (Reg Parnell): Raced by Peter Walker 1950-51, Ken Wharton 1952-54, Gonzalez 1952-53, Moss and Reg Parnell 1952 and by Ron Flockhart once in 1954. Damaged during Wharton's win at Glover Trophy, Goodwood Apr 1954, stripped and scrapped.
  6. Ferrari 125 [10C] (Bill Dobson): Peter Whitehead bought 10C new for 1949 and used it through 1949 and 1950 before buying a newer ex-works 125. This car was raced by Dobson in 1951 and later sold to David Murray. Whitehead later bought a 1949/50 LWB Tipo 125 renumbered 0114; it is this latter car that spent many years in the Donington Collection.
  7. Gordini T15 [0015-GC] (Johnny Claes): Customer car campaigned by Toni Branca (Switzerland) 1950-51. Acquired by Viscomtesse de Walckiers and raced for her 1952 by Claes, O'Brien, Frère. Owned and raced by Georges Berger 1953. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. RRA (Geoff Richardson): Built by Geoff Richardson using mechanical parts of an ex-works Riley raced before the war by Percy Maclure, in a new Richardson-built frame. Raced initially with the engine from the White Riley, and sometimes therefore called the ERA-Riley. Richardson continued to race the car, mainly in small English events, until 1955, replacing the engine with a 2.5 Riley in 1954 and a 2.0 Alta in 1955. The car was then dismantled but reassembled by Keith Knight, still with Alta engine, in 1965. Retained by Knight into this century.
  9. ERA C Type [R8C] (Graham Whitehead): 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.
  10. ERA D Type [R4D] (Ron Flockhart): The sole D-Type, built in 1938 using mechanical parts from R4C and raced by factory drivers Mays and Dobson 1938-39. Sold to Mays when he left the team and raced by him until 1950. Then via Ron Flockhart, Ken Wharton and a chain of other owners into historic racing in 1966. Via further UK and Indian owners to Mac Hulbert in 2001.
  11. ERA A Type [R1A] (Alastair Birrell): The original 1934 prototype, this car was driven by Mays, Cook, Seaman and others before the war. Later to John Heath (HW Motors) 1946, Reg Parnell's team 1947, David Hampshire 1948-51 and then to Alistair Birrell and Ron Flockhart in Scotland in 1952. Into historic racing when it was owned by Sandy Murray from 1959 to 1982 and frequently raced by Tony Merrick. Then through a further chain of owners until acquired by Dean Butler in 2005.
  12. ERA B Type [R12B] (Jimmy Somervail): Built by White Mouse Stable in 1939 on a new factory B-Type chassis and using the mechanical parts from R12C. Raced by Bira 1946-47 as 'Hanuman II' then to David Hampshire and David Murray for 1949 and 1950. Through a chain of mainly Scottish owners and then to Sam Tingle in Rhodesia in 1957. Then via Allan Gillespie back to Britain for Bill Morris in 1962. Campaigned by Morris up to 1998 then to David Wenman in 1999. Retained 2007.
  13. Alta IFS [69IS] (Louis Manduca): Alta chassis 69IS was a single-seat Alta with independent suspension all round built for Lady Mary Grosvenor in 1939. It was not completed before the outbreak of war and was later built up post war and raced by Gordon Watson and Robert Cowell. It was rebodied with post-war bodywork and, according to Denis Jenkinson writing in 1987, then disappeared. Ted Walker has identified 69IS as the car driven by The Noble Louis Count Manduca, a member of the Maltese nobility, in 1952 and 1953 but suggestions that it was the car that went to Gib Barrett in Australia do not appear to be correct. In 2006, it was said to be owned by Paul Jaye.
  14. BRM V16 Mk I 'P15' [No 3] (Raymond Mays): Raced by Ken Wharton 1952-53. Car very heavily damaged in his crash at Albi May 1953 and the wreck was scrapped. A car with this number has been in the Donington Collection since the mid 1990s.


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