An institution by anyone’s standards, Formula 1 feels as though it has been around forever. But everything has to start somewhere, and for F1 that was in 1950. The Richmond & Gordon Trophies celebrate those early days, with cars built from 1954 to 1960, sharing a 2.5-litre capacity but varying in their approach to the business of going fast.
With this weekend’s action covering the move from front-mounted engines to mid/rear, notable cars included a Cooper-Climax T51, the first rear-engined car to claim the first World Championship of Drivers title, in the hands of Jack Brabham. While other significant entrants included a Lotus 18, multiple Maserati 250Fs, a Lancia D50 and a stunning Ferrari 246 Dino, the last front-engined car to win an F1 race, and the type of car that would take local hero Mike Hawthorn to his World Championship.