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#1 David Beard

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Posted 12 January 2003 - 14:24

A little while ago I bought this collection of driver's passes, all apparently relating to the same person. They give a little snapshot of the life of one of those types who used to treck around Europe with a racing car in an old bus or a on simple trailer, picking up starting money at one far flung circuit then proceeding the next. They might possibly have belonged to a chap named David Hitches, and perhaps FJ or small sportscar races. Does anyone have any relevant programmes or race reports that might confirm his attendance at any of these events?


19 June 1954 Race meeting Crystal Palace
29 May 1954 Daily Telegraph International Meeting Aintree
25 September 1954 Race meeting Goodwood
23 May 1959 200 Mile Relay Race Silverstone
7 May 1960 National British Race Meeting Oulton Park
9 October 1960 Coupe du Salon- Voitures Formule 2 Montlhery
8 October 1961 Coupe du Salon- Voitures Junior Montlhery
1961 3 Gran Premio Messina Circuito Laghi di Ganzirri
11 June 1962 Race meeting Crystal Palace
1 July 1962 Coupe International de Vitesse des Juniors Reims
1962 4 Circuito Internatazionale Reviera di Cesentico
1962 Race meeting Monza
1962 XII Cicuito Autobolistico Caserta
17 May 1958 Race meeting Silverstone

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#2 Rob29

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 10:04

Can confirm David Hitches Lola Ford
Apr 29 1962-Cesenatico-2nd
Jul 8 1962-Rouen-5th
Oct 10 1962-Coupes du Salon-Montlhery-2nd

#3 David Beard

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 17:24

Originally posted by Rob29
Can confirm David Hitches Lola Ford
Apr 29 1962-Cesenatico-2nd
Jul 8 1962-Rouen-5th
Oct 10 1962-Coupes du Salon-Montlhery-2nd


Thanks for that, Rob. What was your source, out of interest?
Any more, anyone?

#4 Rob29

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 19:14

Source- Autocourse 1962-63. I was at the Crystal Palace meeting mentioned but no longer have progamme or Autosport report.

#5 Felix Muelas

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 21:51

Source : Formula 1 Register Fact Book : Formula Junior 1958-61 and 62-64

Looks like 1962 is OK in all instances.
Have just checked the F Junior records for the remaining races of the year (incl. Crystal Palace) and here there is Mr David Hitches!

11 June 1962 Race meeting Crystal Palace"Anerley Trophy" (retired lap 4 Heat 2 exhaust pipe)

1 July 1962 Coupe International de Vitesse des Juniors Reims (12th Heat One, unknown fate in Final -he started -)


As far as 1961 is concerned, he is to be found in the 23 july 1961 III Gran Premio di Messina (11th on Heat One, 14th on the Final) BUT the 8th October 1961 Coupes du SalonĀ“s entry lists do not seem to be complete (a lot of "etc" on the records) and he is not shown.

Nothing yet on previous years...

#6 David Beard

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 22:03

Excellent Felix, thanks :up:

#7 Barry Boor

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 22:05

David, that Caserta one hasn't got a circuit map on the back by any chance, has it?

This track has eluded us all for yonks!

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 22:08

Originally posted by Barry Boor
David, that Caserta one hasn't got a circuit map on the back by any chance, has it?

This track has eluded us all for yonks!


How are you at reframing pictures?

#9 Barry Boor

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 22:13

:lol: :lol: :lol:

#10 David Beard

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Posted 19 January 2003 - 17:43

Originally posted by Rob29
Can confirm David Hitches Lola Ford
Apr 29 1962-Cesenatico-2nd


I have just got hold of a copy of Jo Siffert's biog. He won this race, it seems. Mr Hitches did well!

#11 Rob29

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Posted 19 January 2003 - 18:09

Originally posted by David Beard


I have just got hold of a copy of Jo Siffert's biog. He won this race, it seems. Mr Hitches did well!

Seems 2 days later he was at Lake Garda where he won! Must have lost his pass from that one!
The other day at the Autosport Show I acquired a book'Circuito di Garda' by Giancarlo Cavallini.It has full report and results ,incl. a photo of Lola #9 with what I assume is Mr.Hitches standing beside it helmet in hand.