FROM SEND TO SYRACUSE - THE HISTORY OF CONNAUGHT

THE START OF BRITAIN'S GRAND PRIX DOMINANCE

Rabagliati Graham

In the mid-1950s racing still took place in time-honoured fashion, when two vintage 1938 converted buses were used to transport the Connaught Grand Prix cars 2,000 miles from Send to Syracuse, and... Read more
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In the mid-1950s racing still took place in time-honoured fashion, when two vintage 1938 converted buses were used to transport the Connaught Grand Prix cars 2,000 miles from Send to Syracuse, and a team of just eight watched Tony Brooks cover 70 laps in the Connaught ‘B’ Type before taking a well-deserved victory against stiff opposition, the first such win for a British car and driver since 1924.

At Syracuse in 1955, Tony Brooks, driving a works Connaught, won a major Continental Formula One Grand Prix for the first time since Sir Henry Segrave won the San Sebastian Grand prix for Sunbeam in 1924,, defeating the works team of five Maserati on their home ground, and from that moment on, the face of Formula One was changed, leading to the great domination in the years ahead of the British teams and the British motor racing industry

You have only to read both Jenks’ contemporary reports of the Mille Miglia, and then of the Syracuse GP, to understand how he appreciated the magnitude and significance of Tony Brooks’ achievement. Not only did a young dental student leap out of the unknown into history, but the long trip down to Syracuse for the Connaught mechanics in their ancient bus cum transporter, was a "Boys’ Own” story in itself

 

Product specification

Binding
In hardback
Pages
338
ISBN / EAN
9781900113137
Languages
English
Publication date
01/2018
Dimensions
19 x 25 x 2,5 cm

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Book type or Series
History; Racing

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