Lex Davison was a household name in the Australia of the 1950's....he created Ecurie Australie
We had our international heroes....Bradman and later, Sedgeman, Hoad, Rosewall, Peter Thomson etc, but motor racing ..wasn't on the radar screen of national endeavor,,hence Ecurie Australie
Lex Davison, old money and conservative, establishment, changed all of that, over time
A Four times AGP winner - even though it can be argued that Stan Jones actually won in 1957 and likewise, David Mckay won in 1961, Davison exemplified the wealthy talented amateur, so typical of Australian motor racing of era.
Davison, rich beyond our dreams, houses in Toorak, Portsea and farm at Lilydale ....................was a gentleman and a very talented driver.
I can clearly remember the day, Saturday afternoon,. March 1965 , my student financed old Vanguard up on the hoist getting serviced..in Kew
The proprietor, walked in, tears in his eyes, and said "Lex Davison was killed at Sandown this morning?
My response was "You are joking"
His response was " I wish i was"
What followed was beyond Hollywood.
Davison's protégé, Rocky Tresise, killed in the 2.7 Cooper next weekend .
Wally Mitchell, buys both wrecks and makes a Cooper Monaco look-a-lke
He is killed after a fiery crash at Symonds Plains
Some years later, Paul Higgins, a regular team member and a renowned journalist, is murdered in his suburban home .
or a Greek Tragedy