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#1 Barry Boor

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:54

I just wondered why it was that Jack Fairman seems to have driven a works F.1 Cooper at Ain-Diab in 1958, while Jack Brabham was 'relegated' to the F.2 car? This seems a strange move given that Jack had driven the F.1 car for best part of the season.

Doug? Anyone?

Also, two Coopers seem to popped up from nowhere - Picard and la Caze. What's the story on those two?

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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:34

According to Doug's Cooper bible, Brabham was in contention for the Autocar F2 championship, which before Casablanca was narrowly led by Lewis-Evans. Brabham won the F2 category and thus took the championship. Picard had rented the Walker F2 Cooper for this race.

#3 David McKinney

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 10:40

...and La Caze, being a resident of Morocco, arranged to use George Nixon's for the occasion

#4 wenoopy

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:47


...and La Caze, being a resident of Morocco, arranged to use George Nixon's for the occasion
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Another Moroccan in a Cooper F2 was Andre Guelfi, a former Gordini F1 and sports car driver.
He was known by some as "Dede La Sardine"(He was a fish merchant) and later, after marrying French President Pompidou's neice, amassed a large fortune. In the 1990's he was involved in the ELF-Aquitaine scandal involving the IOC, the French and German governments and a large amount of money. He was last heard of in Malta, trying to aviod extradition, jail, or the repayment of millions of Euros!

#5 Paul Taylor

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 14:02

And according to Motorsport magazine November 1958, Brabham did jump into Fairman's works Cooper for a few fast practice laps.

#6 Doug Nye

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 20:49

As above!

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#7 Barry Boor

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 21:23

Thank you all. Just the information I wanted!

Picard's decision to hire a Walker Cooper seems like a very enterprising one.....  ;)

#8 Paul Taylor

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 21:35

Picard's decision to hire a Walker Cooper seems like a very enterprising one.....  ;)


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