To put things in perspective… this was the year that gave us John Lennon’s infamous, “more popular than Jesus” quote, and Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India.
1966 was almost a repeat of the previous year in terms of weather, but unfortunately this also meant that there was significantly less entrants at only 84 for the weekend.
Pouring rain meant that the times were very poor, and no records at all were broken this year. Most of the classes were once again dominated by the might of the Mini, which was particularly noticeable in Class 1. There was only a two second difference throughout the Class, some stuff competition indeed. R P Franks took the title however, driving his 998cc Cooper ‘S’.
Against Production Sports Cars up to 1200cc, no other car really got a look in against the Mini, with A. Belcher in a Sprite being the next best performing model in fifth place.
It was unknown at the time, but the Speed Trial at Chateau Impney was in it’s penultimate year. Was this year a forecast of what was to come?
To continue reading about the history of motorsport at the Chateau Impney, look out for our next blog post in this series.
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