1953 Formula Libre Races


6 AprChichester Cup, Goodwood
6 AprGlover Trophy, Goodwood
12 AprWinfield JC, Charterhall
18 AprWHDCC Trophy, Ibsley
18 AprAMOC Trophy, Snetterton
13 MayTampere
23 MayWJC Trophy, Charterhall
30 MayCoronation Trophy, Snetterton
27 JunWECC Trophy, Snetterton
18 JulGrand Prix Support, Silverstone
25 JulAMOC Trophy, Snetterton
25 JulUSA Invitation Race, Snetterton
1 AugWest Essex CC, Snetterton
3 AugBMCLCC Trophy, Thruxton
15 AugWJC Trophy, Charterhall
12 SepAMOC Trophy, Snetterton
26 SepWoodcote Cup, Goodwood
26 SepGoodwood Trophy, Goodwood
3 OctHastings Trophy, Castle Combe
10 OctSilverstone

V Chichester Cup
6 April 1953 - Goodwood: 12.00 miles (5 laps x 2.40 miles)


 1 Emmanuel de Graffenried      Maserati A6GCM           9m03.4, 127.91 kph
 2 Ken Wharton                  BRM P15                  9m04.2
 3 Ron Flockhart                ERA D-Type               9m07.4
 4 Reg Parnell                  BRM P15
 5 Tony Rolt                    Connaught A-Type         9m33.0
 6 Ken McAlpine                 Connaught A-Type         9m39.4
 7 Peter Whitehead              Cooper-Alta              9m42.2 
 8 John Coombs                  Connaught A-Type        10m01.8
 9 John Sparrowe                Cooper-Bristol T20      10m03.4
10 Archie Bryde                 Cooper-Bristol T20      10m06.6
11 Frank Curtis                 HWM-Alta                10m38.2 

Fastest Lap: Ken Wharton, 1m46.2s 
 

Richmond Formula Libre Race for the Glover Trophy
6 April 1953 - Goodwood: 36.00 miles (15 laps x 2.40 miles)


 1 Ken Wharton                  BRM P15                 23m53.0
 2 Piero Taruffi                Ferrari Thinwall        23m59.0
 3 Emmanuel de Graffenried      Maserati A6GCM          24m15.8
 4 Roy Salvadori                Connaught A-Type        24m47.4
 5 Tony Rolt                    Connaught A-Type        24m57.0
 6 Bob Gerard                   Cooper-Bristol T23      25m08.6
 7 Ron Flockhart                ERA D-Type              23m59.6, 14 laps

Fastest Lap: Wharton, 1m33.8s (92.31mph)



Winfield JC
12 April 1953 - Charterhall: 48.27 km (3.218 km x 15 laps)


 1 Ron Flockhart                ERA R4D                 15 laps 
 2 Ninian Sanderson             Cooper-Bristol T23
 3 A.W.Birrell                  ERA B-Type 
 R Jock McBain                  Cooper-Bristol           6 laps/Engine 



WHDCC Trophy
18 April 1953 - Ibsley: 31.4 miles (15 laps x 2.09 miles)


 1 I M M Stewart                Connaught               24m18.3s, 77.55mph 
 2 Ninian Sanderson             Cooper-Bristol          25m21.4s 
 3 Sidney H Allard              Allard                  25m21.6s
 4 James Scott-Douglas          Jaguar XK120C
 R Jimmy Stewart                Jaguar XK120C
 R John Habin                   Maserati 4CL 
 R Fred Tuck                                            spin off 

Fastest Lap: I M M Stewart, 1m35.6s (78.85mph)



AMOC Trophy
18 April 1953 - Snetterton: 43.616 km (4.362 km x 10 laps)


 1 Ken Wharton                  Cooper-Bristol          18m44.2s, 86.46mph 
 2 Roy Salvadori                Ferrari                 18m50.2s 
 3 Eric Thompson                Connaught               19m08.4s 
 4 Bob Gerrard                  Cooper-Bristol          19m10.4s 
 R Ron Flockhart                ERA R4D                 differential
 ? Duncan Hamilton              Talbot-Lago
 ? Tony Gaze                    Maserati

Fastest Lap: Ken Wharton, 1m50.8s (87.72mph)



13 May 1953 - Tampere


 1 Rodney Nuckey                Cooper-Bristol
 2 Erik Lundgren                Ford Special




WJC Trophy
23 May 1953 - Charterhall:


 1    Ron Flockhart             ERA                     81.4mph 
 2    Bob Gerrard               ERA
 3    Ken Wharton               BRM
 4    Bobbie Baird              Ferrari
 R 10 Jimmy Stewart             Jaguar XK120C

Fastest Lap: Ken Wharton, 1m24.8s



Coronation Trophy
30 May 1953 - Snetterton: 43.616 km (4.362 km x 10 laps)


 1 Ian Stewart                  Connaught               19m03.8, 84.98mph/136.76kph
 = Rodney Nuckey                Cooper-Bristol          19m03.8
 3 A Brown                      Cooper-Bristol          19m13.4
 4 Leslie Marr                  Connaught               19m36
 R Tony Gaze                    Maserati                3 laps
 R Geoff Richardson             RRA                     2 laps/spin
 R Bob Baird                    Ferrari                 2 laps/hit marker barrel

Fastest Lap: Ian Stewart, 1m51.6s (87.08mph) 



WECC Trophy
27 June 1953 - Snetterton: 43.61 km (4.361 km x 10 laps)


 1 Roy Salvadori                Connaught               18m45.8s, 86.34mph/138.95kph
 2 Ken McAlpine                 Connaught               18m54.2
 3 Rodney Nuckey                Cooper-Bristol          19m14.8

Fastest Lap: Roy Salvadori, 1m50.4s (88.04mph)



Grand Prix Support Race
18 July 1953 - Silverstone: 80.08 km (4.711 km x 17 laps)


 1 Giuseppe Farina              Ferrari Thin Wall       30m50.8s, 96.79mph/155.77kph
 2 Juan Manuel Fangio           BRM                     31m02
 3 Ken Wharton                  BRM                     31m34
 4 Ron Flockhart                ERA                     32m08.6
 5 Geoff Richardson             RRA                     31m40.2, 16 laps
 6 Anthony G Whitehead          ERA                     31m40.2, 16 laps
 7 Louis Rosier                 Ferrari                 32m12.8, 16 laps
 8 Horace H Gould               Cooper-Bristol          32m42.8, 16 laps
 9 Jock S Somervail             Cooper-Bristol          32m45.8, 16 laps
10 Fred Tuck                    Maserati                31m56, 15 laps
11 H A Richards                 HAR                     32m28.4, 13 laps

Fastest Lap: Giuseppe Farina, 1m45.2s (100.16mph) 



AMOC Trophy
25 July 1953 - Snetterton: 65.425 km (4.362 km x 15 laps)


 1 Ken Wharton                  BRM                     27m23.8s, 88.79mph/142.89kph
 2 Ron Flockhart                ERA                     27m44.6
 3 Tony Rolt                    Connaught               28m24.4
 4 Geoffrey Richardson          RRA                     28m49.4

Fastest Lap: Ken Wharton, 1m47.4s (90.50mph)



USA Invitation Race
25 July 1953 - Snetterton: 43.62 km (4.362 km x 10 laps)


 1 Ken Wharton                  BRM                     18m27.2s, 87.79mph/141.28kph
 2 Leslie Marr                  Connaught               19m47.8
 3 Ron Flockhart                ERA                     20m23.4
 4 B Wyatt                      Frazer-Nash             9 laps 

Fastest Lap: Ken Wharton and Ron Flockhart, 1m48s (90.00mph) 

Bobbie Baird was killed during morning practice. 



West Essex CC
1 August 1953 - Snetterton: 30.534 km (4.362 km x 7 laps)


 1 Leslie Marr                  Connaught A-Type        14m12.8, 128.9 kph
 2 B.Wyatt                      Frazer Nash-Bristol     14m28.0 
 3 P.Woozley                    Allard                  14m28.2



BMCLCC Trophy
3 August 1953 - Thruxton: 132.78 km (4.426 km x 30 laps)


 1 Tony Rolt                    Connaught               60m22.8s, 82.17mph/132.24kph
 2 P D C Walker                 Cooper ERA
 3 Jimmy Stewart                Jaguar

Fastest Lap: Tony Rolt, 1m58.4s (83.84mph)



II Newcastle Journal Trophy
15 August 1953 - Charterhall: 160.946 km (3.219 km x 50 laps)


 1 Ken Wharton                  BRM                     1h12m33.2, 82.7mph/133.1kph
 2 Tony Rolt                    Connaught 		49 laps
 3 Jack Fairman/Roy Salvadori   Connaught		48 laps
 4 Ninian Sanderson             Cooper-Bristol		48 laps
 R Giuseppe Farina              Ferrari Thinwall Special '010-375'      ignition
 R Stirling Moss                Cooper-Alta
 R Cliff Davis                  Maserati
 R Ron Flockhart                ERA R4D
 R Roy Salvadori                Connaught A-Type
 R Geoff Richardson             RRA

Fastest Lap: Ken Wharton, 1m24s (85.71mph)



AMOC Trophy
12 September 1953 - Snetterton: 43.616 km (4.362 km x 10 laps)


 1 Ron Flockhart                ERA                     18m45.8s, 86.34mph /138.95kph
 2 R Thompson                   Connaught               19m05.8
 3 Peter N Whitehead            Cooper-Alta             19m09.2
 4 Graham Whitehead             ERA B
 5 George Abecassis             HWM
 R Guy Jason-Henry              Connaught A-Type        fuel injection
 ? Les Leston                   Cooper Mk VI

Fastest Lap: Flockhart, 1m49.8s (88.52mph) 




Woodcote Cup
26 September 1953 - Goodwood: 12.00 miles (2.40 miles x 5 laps)


 1 Mike Hawthorn                Ferrari Thinwall        7m49.2s, 92.11mph 
 2 Juan Manuel Fangio           BRM P15                 8m05.4
 3 Ken Wharton                  BRM P15                 8m17.6
 4 Stirling Moss                Cooper-Alta             8m23.4
 5 F R Gerrard                  Cooper-Bristol          8m30.6
 6 Geoff Richardson             RRA                     8m42.6
 7 Guy Jason-Henry              Connaught
 8 J R McBain                   Cooper-Bristol
 9 Leslie Marr                  Connaught

Fastest Lap: Hawthorn, 1m32.0s 



Goodwood Trophy
26 September 1953 - Goodwood: 36.00 miles (2.40 miles x 15 laps)


 1 Mike Hawthorn                Ferrari Thinwall        23m17.8s, 92.70mph 
 2 Ken Wharton                  BRM P15                 23m40.8
 3 Bob Gerard                   Cooper-Bristol T23      23m21.2, 14 laps 
 4 Graham Whitehead             ERA B                   23m37.2, 14 laps 
 5 Roy Salvadori                Connaught               23m41.0, 14 laps 
 6 Horace H Gould               Cooper-Bristol          24m05.4, 14 laps
 7 Jock A Somervail             Cooper-Bristol
 8 Lesle Marr                   Connaught
 9 Guy Jason-Henry              Connaught
 R Juan Manuel Fangio           BRM P15                 12 laps/gearbox
 R Geoff Richardson             RRA                      9 laps/spark plugs
 R Stirling Moss                Cooper-Alta              3 laps/oil pressure

Fastest Lap: Hawthorn, 1m31.4s 



Hastings Trophy
3 October 1953 - Castle Combe: 27.3 miles (1.82 miles x 15 laps)


 1 Ken Wharton                  BRM V16                 18m55.8s, 87.4mph 
 2 Bob Gerrard                  ERA                     19m24.6
 3 Horace H Gould               Cooper-Bristol          19m25.4
 4 Tony Rolt                    Connaught

Fastest Lap: Ken Wharton, 1m11.8s (89.77mph) 



10 October 1953 - Silverstone: 15 laps


 1 Leslie Marr                  Connaught A-Type        15 laps
 2 Rodney Nuckey                Cooper-Bristol
   M.Head                       Jaguar XK120C 
   D.C.Truman                   Jaguar XK120C