John Pringle (2,014 Cooper) of Bangor, County Down, FTD Altidore Hill Climb, Sat 5 September 1959.
"A POTENT little Ferrari-red racing car, the engine alone in which costs as much as any new de luxe saloon, will hold the centre of the stage at Knockagh to-morrow, where the Ulster Automobile Club hold hold their annual hill climb. The model in question is John Pringle's 2-litre Formula 1 Cooper-Climax, for which Pringle, a 40-year-old Bangor motor engineer, has just refused an offer of £2,500. The engine of the car, a beautiful example of British craftsmanship, is valued at £1,300."
Belfast Telegraph, Friday 30 September 1960
Entered Kirkistown, 8 Oct 1960.
"he [Pringle] will be going out in the two-and-a-half litre Climax-engined Cooper, which replaces the previous two-litre, sold to a driver in—of all places—Hong Kong!"
Belfast Telegraph, Tuesday, March 14, 1961
"Pringle had competed with a succession of F2 and F1 Coopers (including the ex-Moss/Walker 1958 Argentine GP winning car). By 1961, he was winning just about everything there was to win in Irish events with a 1959-type Formula 1 Cooper, powered by the full 2,495 c.c. Coventry Climax FPF engine, and the Craigantlet record was not unexpected."
Uphill Racers by Chris Mason, Page 164.
So what about the Cooper, sold over the winter of 1960-1961, allegedly gone to Hong Kong?
Arthur Owen started the Macau Grand Prix from the front row in 1962 in a Cooper F2.
M.J. Cook competed in the Malaysia Grand Prix (held in Singapore), 14 April 1963, in a Cooper-Climax. (Arthur Owen was also at this event.)
What can we make of the history of these cars?
Edited by Rupertlt1, 18 February 2020 - 16:56.