Our look earlier today of Prince Bira on the runways of Ardmore had me hoping that I’d be able to find footage of the race. Thanks, Internet—you’ve come through for me again. The glory of people pulling those 8mm spindles out of the attic and getting them on YouTube truly is a magnificent thing.
Would it be rude of me to point out how much better the view from the grandstands is without having to see a half-dozen sunburnt dudes in Bud Light tank tops?
I think one of the things I like most about historic motorsport is the makeshift facilities. New Zealand didn’t have a purpose-built racing course to host this GP in 1955, but did it stop them? No.
Prince Bira’s 250F Maserati (#1) was perfectly welcome to mix it up on the runways of Ardmore Airport with Lex Davison’s HWM-Jaguar (#77) and Tony Gaze’s Ferrari (#4) just the same. Sure, there’s good reason why 55-gallon drums and haybales don’t serve as today’s racing course construction but there’s a spirit of improvisation that I appreciate.
Now I know you’re going to be tempted to read these subtitles. I understand how difficult it is to try overcome the urge. It just compels the viewer to glance down at that text; wrestling with your brain and your eyes.
It’s ok. Don’t fight it. Go ahead and read along. Then start the video over and lose yourself in those slow, luxurious pans over these breathtaking machines.
Whew. It’s hard for this upper Midwesterner to believe that I’ve already missed vintage race weekends this year. I blame the ceaseless snow shoveling for my delay in updating The Chicane’s Vintage Racing Calendar for 2013. Finally, it’s up to date. If you don’t see your club or event listed, drop me a line and I’ll add it.
Stirling Moss and Francis Beart fit and recommend Hepolite products.
(Stirling Moss driving Francis Beart’s Cooper Mark 7A car fitted with Hepolite products)
Some famous successes…
Silverstone · May · 1st
Nurburgring · May · 1st
Aintree · May · 1st
Silverstong G.P. · July · 1st
Brands Hatch · August · 2nd
Oulton Park · August · 1st
Goodwood · September · 2nd
Aintree · October · 1st
For all models…
Pistons · Pins · Rings · Liners
Hepworth & Grandage, LTD., St. John’s Works, Bradford 4
Man. Getting more high-definition cameras in more hands has sure given us more beautiful looks at vintage racing in every flavor. If only spectators that were attending these TT races 30 and 40 years ago had such imagery to leave us.