Originally posted by humphries
Whilst researching races held in Scotland I saw in the programme entry list for the Charterhall meeting (11 Oct, 1952) the name Johnny Claes entered by Ecurie Belge in the 1500cc Gordini, the car used by Bob O'Brien at Spa. With the race number 28 Claes was entered in both the Newcastle Trophy for F2 cars and the Formule Libre race for the Daily Record Trophy.
Little information can be gleaned from the British journals of the day about the F2 race but I turned to an old notebook compiled back in the 1970s and, to my surprise, I had recorded that amongst the starters for the F.Libre race was - R.O'Brien (Gordini)!
Checks in Motor Sport, Autosport, The Motor, no mention, but in The Autocar there was a list of all the starters in the F.Libre race and sure enough - R.O'Brien (Gordini)! Whether O'Brien or Johnny Claes drove the car in the F2 race is not known.
Now Graham any photographs of #28 would be useful.
Has Graham Gauld been directed towards this post? I guess he may well have taken some shots at the meeting, there's a photo of the front of the grid on page 33 of his Scottish book.