McLaren lost his ‘Lowline’ and crashed at Woodcote Corner. Moss lost his second place to Surtees before the multiple motorcycle World Champion spun at Abbey, and Stirling ultimately reeled in Brabham – as he pleased – and sailed by to lead.
Tony Brooks suffered the embarrassment of being passed by the irrepressible Chuck Daigh’s front-engined Scarab, before the American spun at Copse, and then again at Abbey where the puddles and stream of draining water clear across the track would probably have triggered a red flag in later years. Surtees also passed the struggling BRM. Ireland and Allison (UDT Lotus 18) had spins and on lap 71 – this was a looonng race – Ron Flockhart crashed at Copse.
In the closing laps, Tony brooks managed to save some pride by repassing Daigh’s Scarab for sixth. ‘Autosport’ reported “All the drivers came in soaked and miserable, but they all felt that ‘It was nice to drive a proper racing car again’” – none of the established Grand Prix drivers at that time rated the new 1.5-litre Formula 1 ‘kiddy cars’ at all.
Another ICF race – the fourth in the five-race series – took place at Silverstone on July 8th – the BRDC British Empire Trophy. You know what? It poured with rain again. Tony Vandervell had withdrawn his Vanwall ‘Whale’ and John Surtees drove his Yeoman Credit-entered Cooper instead. He promptly qualified on pole position, faster than Moss, McLaren and Brabham.
Moss made the best start to lead on a streaming track from Surtees, and the race developed with Stirling simply dancing away from the rest of the field in his beloved Rob Walker ‘Lowline’ Cooper. Bruce McLaren was fighting off the attention of Graham Hill in third place and by lap 15 Moss led Surtees by a staggering 26 seconds. Hill’s BRM took third place from the Atkins-entered Cooper but the race then settled into a high-speed procession, Moss leading Surtees and Hill. Moss’s mastery was never in doubt, despite Surtees and Hill both setting record pace towards the end, and yet another ICF race fell to the Rob Walker ‘Lowline’…