To put things in perspective… 1959 was the year that saw the birth of the Mini, as well as one of the most popular children’s toys: Barbie.
The Speed Trial at Chateau Impney of 1959 has often been described as having enjoyed perfect weather for the event, as well as having its biggest crowd to date.
The overall course record was actually broken twice in 1959, firstly by Peter Gaskell in Tony Marsh’s Cooper 500. This was later bested by Reg Philips, and then again later in the day by David Good with a time of 23.76 seconds.
Patsy Burt broke her own time, and earned herself the fastest Ladies time of the day, and this year was able to take home the trophy for her efforts.
Celebrations would also have been had by Phil Scragg, who won the Sports Racing Car Class for the third year successively, earning himself a hat trick with the HWM Jaguar that had been constructed for him in 1956. Phil had rather a successful year all round, going on to win the British Sportscar Hill Climb Championship as well this year.
A bit of excitement was had at the sprint this year, as the ERA R1B owned by Alan Cottam exploded on the start line, showering spectators with parts of gearbox and oil. With incredible luck, no injuries were reported but Alan does remember another competitor asking later in the day if he would like the cog back that he’d found in the back of his Porsche!
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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