Fans of Sports Racing Cars from 1955 – 1960 look no further. The Sussex Trophy showcases the very best the era has to offer, from diminutive Lotus 15s right up to the legendary Jaguar D-Types and gorgeous Maserati ‘Birdcages’, the class was as well represented as ever.
When the flag dropped it was Marino Franchitti who made the sharpest start in the Ten Tenths ‘Birdcage’, although it wasn’t long before he was overcome by Bobby Verdon-Roe and Chris Ward in a Ferrari 246S Dino and a Lister-Jaguar Costin respectively.
The two disappeared up the road and enjoyed a truly epic battle for the lead, despite the fact that Mr Ward had to drive with his car in fourth gear after lap three. Despite some outstanding driving from both, the handicap to the Lister proved to be too much and in the end it was Bobby Verdon-Roe who claimed the winners laurels. Behind them Sam Hancock (Lister-Jaguar) and Andrew Newall (Aston Martin DBR2) fought hard for third place, which eventually fell to the former.
Elsewhere there were Lister-Jaguar and Lister-Chevrolet ‘Knobblys’ as well as a Cooper Jaguar, a Maserati 250Si, Tojeiro-Jaguar… the list goes on. Luckily, you can see all of them in the latest of our superb race-day galleries at the top of the page and enjoy race highlights by clicking here.
Photography: Adam Beresford