It’s difficult to imagine a more cheerfully, independently, British motor racing outfit than the long-lamented Cooper Car Company Ltd. Throughout all of the Goodwood Motor Circuit’s frontline active life, from 1948 to 1966, Cooper cars were an ever-present, initially rising – then dominant – then fading force. Sixty years ago, in 1959 the Cooper marque won the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship title with Jack Brabham and the Constructors’ title thanks to the combined efforts of the works team and of Rob Walker’s privately-entered cars for Stirling Moss. And at our imminent 2019 Revival this wonderful anniversary will be duly celebrated.
The rise and fall of the single‑seater Cooper
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.