Tuesday, 4 December 2012
More digitised photographs
In the Glover Trophy Brooks was in a second BRM starting from the second row, but went out after 10 laps with low oil pressure. Hawthorn disputed the lead with Scott-Brown and Moss, whose Maserati No 1 was now fuel-injected. Les Leston and Bob Gerard (Connaughts) were in the running until by half distance Moss was in the lead and drew away by 2sec a lap. The Maserati gained on acceleration, the Connaughts drawing away on the straights. On lap 22, according to a contemporary account, “something went wrong with the BRM suspension and the car slid off the road upside down. Hawthorn escaped with a shaking. Moss was now without a rival, leading by half a lap, the steady Gerard third a lap behind Salvadori. Moss averaged 94.35mph, the fastest race yet seen at the circuit.”
The 8-cylinder Gordini No 2 is the pretty one with the cowled front on the left of the picture. Among the other starters were Le Mans winner Louis Rosier (Maserati) and Ken Wharton driving Rosier’s Ferrari. WK Henderson had an outstanding career as Scotland’s photographer for Autosport and his great archive is available on http://www.thebillhendersoncollection.co.uk.
Hawthorn “escaping with a shaking” was not the only mishap of the afternoon. Compare race reporting then with now. “Two fatal accidents marred the day. APO Rogers (Sun-pat Special) and AFF Dennis, driving Hamilton’s D-type Jaguar, both sustained fatal injuries.”