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Longford Trophy

Longford, 5 Mar 1961

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Roy Salvadori (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-5-57" (F2-7-59?)] - Climax FPF 4
#12 Ecurie Vitesse (see note 1)
24 1h 01m 58.2s
2 Bill Patterson (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-2-57" or "F2-5-57"] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 2)
24 1h 02m 12.0s
3 John Youl (libre) 2.2-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-9-60] - Climax FPF 4
#5 (see note 3)
24 1h 03m 25.2s
4 Austin Miller (libre) 2.2-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-20-59] - Climax FPF 4
#60 (see note 4)
24 1h 03m 44.4s
5 Lex Davison (IC) 3-litre Aston Martin DBR4/250 [4] - DBR1/300 6
#4
24 1h 03m 44.5s
6 Alec Mildren (2.5 F1) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-22-59] - Maserati 250S 4
(see note 5)
24 1h 04m 57.8s
7 John Roxburgh (libre) 2-litre Cooper Mk III 'T45' [F2-21-58] - Climax FPF 4

8 Mel McEwin (libre) 4.6-litre Tornado Mk II - Chevrolet Corvette 283 ci V8

9 Tom Corcoran (FJ) Lola Mk2 [BRJ18/FJ]
Scuderia Veloce

10 Len Deaton (FJ) 1-litre Cooper Mk II 'T43' [F2-7-57?] - Ford

R Jack Brabham (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 [F2-8-60] - Climax FPF 4
#14 (see note 6)
16 half-shaft
R Lex Sternberg Cooper - Climax FPF 4
16
R Bib Stillwell (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-4-59?] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 7)
6 plugs
R Stan Jones (libre) 2.3-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-7-60] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 8)
4
DNS Bib Stillwell (IC) 3-litre Aston Martin DBR4/250 [3] - DBR1/300 6
Did not start
DNS Arnold Glass (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ['CTA/59/F1'] - Maserati 250S 4
(see note 9)
Did not start
DNS Jon Leighton (libre) 2-litre Cooper Mk III 'T45' [F2-10-58] - Climax FPF 4
Did not start
DNS Doug Whiteford (libre) 2-litre Cooper Mk II 'T43' [F2-9-57?] - Climax FPF 4
G W Patterson
Did not start
DNS Lyn Archer (libre) 1.5-litre Cooper Mk I 'T41' [F2-3-56] - Climax FWB
(see note 10)
Did not start
Qualifying
1 Jack Brabham (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 [F2-8-60] - Climax FPF 4
2 Bill Patterson (libre) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-2-57" or "F2-5-57"] - Climax FPF 4
3 Stan Jones (libre) 2.3-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-7-60] - Climax FPF 4
4 Roy Salvadori (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-5-57" (F2-7-59?)] - Climax FPF 4
5 Alec Mildren (2.5 F1) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-22-59] - Maserati 250S 4

Notes on the cars:

  1. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-5-57" (F2-7-59?)] (Roy Salvadori): "Works Car No. 3" according to the Cooper Register. Believed to be Masten Gregory's regular car during 1959. According to Doug Nye's Cooper Cars, this was Bruce McLaren's race-winning car at both Sebring Dec 1959 and at Buenos Aires Feb 1960, Subsequent history unknown but may be either the works team's spare car during 1960 (raced by Flockhart and Daigh) and then by Flockhart and Salvadori in New Zealand; the ex-works car sold to Akins for Salvadri to drive in 1960 or the car reputedly sold to Fred Tuck for 1960.
  2. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-2-57" or "F2-5-57"] (Bill Patterson): In December 1960, Bill Patterson acquired a full 2.5-litre Cooper T51 in England and had it shipped to Australia. This "new" car has been described by Patterson and by later owner Murray Richards in a number of ways, including "ex-works", "ex-Brabham" and "ex-Salvadori". It was said to have been bought from a private team and given the dispersal of the 1959 works T51s, that suggests either Tommy Atkins team or Fred Tuck's. The Salvadori reference would indicate Atkins' team so this car may be the late 1959 works car that was then acquired by Atkins for Salvadori to race in F1 in 1960. Whatever its origins, Patterson debuted the car at Warwick Farm on 29 Jan 1961 and used it to win the 1961 Gold Star. He retained it as a show car after replacing it in 1963 and finally sold it in 1988 to Murray Richards for historic racing. It was sold to Rod Jolley in England in the mid-1990s. It was still owned by Jolley in 2007.
  3. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-9-60] (John Youl): Delivered to J Youl (Australia) according to the Cooper Register.
  4. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-20-59] (Austin Miller): Delivered to Stan Jones (Australia) according to the Cooper Register but with a note that it was transferred to R Stillwell.
  5. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-22-59] (Alec Mildren): Delivered to A Mildren (Australia) less engine in Oct 1959 according to the Cooper Register.
  6. Cooper T53 [F2-8-60] (Jack Brabham): Cooper Cars for Jack Brabham in F1 in 1960. Used by Brabham at the New Zealand and Australian Internationals in January and February 1961. It was then returned to the UK, was next seen at the Silverstone International Trophy in May 1961, where Ron Flockhart drove it as a Brabham Racing Organisation entry, but crashed in the rain. This car was not seen again.
  7. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-4-59?] (Bib Stillwell): "Works Car No. 2" according to the Cooper Register. Believed to be Jack Brabham's main car during the early part of 1959 and then became a spare car when 27-59 appeared at Zandvoort. According to Doug Nye's Cooper Cars, this would then appear to be Jack Brabham's 1960 NZ GP car.
  8. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-7-60] (Stan Jones): Delivered to Stan Jones (Australia) according to the Cooper Register.
  9. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ['CTA/59/F1'] (Arnold Glass): Tommy Atkins team built a new Cooper for the 1959 season to be fitted with a Maserati 250S engine. The car was purpose-built by Harry Pearce at the Atkins' team workshops so does not appear in Cooper records. It is given the number 'CTA/59/F1' here to aid identification. Both the Formula 1 Register and John Blanden identify this car as F2-15-58, a F2 T45 used by the Atkins team in 1958, but Doug Nye makes it quite clear the 1959 car was newly built. After a disappointing 1959 season it was sold to Sid Greene of Gilby Engineering for 1960 and raced by son Keith but was uncompetitive and was sold to Arnold Glass for Australian libre racing in August. It was then sold to Dennis Geary in Sep 1961 but he damaged the engine and, still unrepaired, went to John Hough for 1962. He was kileld when thrown from the car at Lowood in Sep 1962, only his second race in the car. The damaged car remained with the Hough family thereafter and was still on the family farm in 2016 awaiting restoration.
  10. Cooper Mk I 'T41' [F2-3-56] (Lyn Archer): Jack Brabham was allocated the second Mk I which first appeared in his hands at the Oulton Park Gold Cup in Sep 1956. After a second race in October, Brabham took the car to New Zealand and Australia and, after an impressive run of results, sold it to Alex Mildren. It was later owned by Arthur Griffiths, John Roxburgh and Lyn Archer. This car now bears the chassis plate F2-P-56. (Sources: Cooper Cars, Nye; Historic Racing Cars in Australia, Blanden)

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

These results have been compiled by David McKinney from a wide rangle of sources, including his own magazine articles and books. The 1959-1963 results are complete but for the 1957 and 1958 seasons, the only cars currently shown in the results are the F1, Intercontinental and F2 cars that feature elsewhere on this site plus the major Australian specials.

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