In 1958 the shock of the new came in the form of the Cooper T43, which Stirling Moss drove to victory in the Argentine Grand Prix. It was the first ever win for a rear-engined F1 car, beating front-engined giants of F1 racing like the Maserati 250F, Lancia D50 and Ferrari 246 Dino.
One year later and the Cooper-led revolution became unstoppable when the T51 became the first rear-engined F1 car to win the constructors’ and drivers’ (with Jack Brabham) championships. Nothing would be the same in F1 again.
Fast forward to 2015 and get set for Race No. 10 on Sunday 13 September and a classic re-enactment of one of F1’s most pivotal moments. This year’s race for 2.5-litre grand prix cars of between 1954-1960 is truly going to be a front vs rear-engined battle royal!
There are three Cooper T51s entered – two Climax powered, one Maserati-engined – and one of the later Cooper T53 ‘lowlines’. The old guard is represented by five Maserati 250Fs, including Tony Wood’s ‘Tec Mec’ Tecnica Meccanica 1959 car that he brought home second last year, and also by the remarkable sight of three Ferrari 246 Dinos. The gorgeous Italian was the last front-engined car to win an F1 race and in the hands of Richard Attwood has twice won at Revival in the past.
Lotus is well represented with both the 16 – one of which won the event last year – and the 18, all Climax powered, while there’s a brace of both Aston Martin DBR4s and Connaughts on the entry list. Three BRMs, a P48 and two Type 25s, will take part, along with the popular and hugely fast Scarab Offenhauser.
Julian Bronson’s ‘Offy’ very nearly won last year after leading for most of the race – see our short video highlights here – and Julian will be even more determined than ever this year, pesky little Coopers or no!
Meanwhile get in the (front-engined!) mood with this quality clip from the Richmond Trophy in 1955. Stirling Moss and Roy Salvadori racing each other in Maseratis at Goodwood…nothing not to like then!