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#1 wildman

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 04:33

A longtime family friend of my spouse who hails from Kent recently sent us a print of this image, which she believes she shot at Brands in 1965 – or possibly '66. She's not a gearhead, and doesn't recall the details of her visit to the track, other than she and her boyfriend at the time arrived late in the day, and spent their time walking the paddock looking at cars. Nonetheless, she's particularly fond of this image, even though she relied on us to identify the driver for her.

We'd hoped to provide more of a backstory for her, but we're stumped as to which race this might have been. Here are the facts we know (or think we know):

  • It’s very likely from 1965 or ’66; Stewart began wearing his sideburns a bit longer beginning in 1967, based on photos we’ve found online.
  • Our friend is certain the photo was taken at Brands, which makes sense for a Kent native.
  • The car in the photo is definitely a BRM, based on the style of the car number and the color scheme.
  • Stewart drove for BRM from 1965 through 1967. We haven’t found any instance where he drove car #6 at any race in England during those years, however, or even a two-digit number ending in 6. To the best of our knowledge, the same is true for his BRM teammate, Graham Hill. Stewart also never won a race in a BRM carrying the number 6, in any country.
  • Brands Hatch hosted the British GP in 1966, taking turns annually with Silverstone as the venue. Stewart dropped out of the 1966 event after 17 laps due to a mechanical failure.
  • In 1965 and ’66, there were several non-championship F1 races run in Britain, including:

Race of Champions, 13 March 1965, Brands Hatch (Stewart finished 2nd, car #4)

Sunday Mirror Trophy, 19 April 1965, Goodwood (Stewart classified 10th, not running, car #4)

BRDC International Trophy, 15 May 1965, Silverstone (Stewart won, car #4)

BRDC International Trophy, 14 May 1966, Silverstone (Stewart wasn’t entered)

International Gold Cup, 17 September 1966, Oulton Park (Stewart DNF'd)

  • We did come across a Geoff Goddard photo from 1966 of Stewart wearing a light blue driving suit similar to the one in this photo. In that other photo, his suit displayed a Shell Oil patch, which is consistent with the Shell sticker on the BRM. In our friend's photo, the Shell patch would’ve been obscured by the laurel wreath and red sash.

So, can anyone shed some light on what race this was, or why there's a #6 BRM behind him? Alternately, does someone recognize the trophy that JYS is holding?

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Edited by wildman, 06 December 2021 - 05:36.


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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 05:49

I reckon it must be the Tasman series in 1966 or 67. Jackie won four races (and the championship) for BRM in 1966, and two races in 1967. His two 1966 wins in Australia were in BRM #3, and neither of his 1967 wins were in #6. This leaves his two NZ wins in 1966, at Wigram and Teretonga, and his car wore #6 at both these events.

There are various photos of the actual Lady Wigram Trophy available online, and it’s a different design and larger than the one in the photo. My vote therefore goes to Teretonga 1966, but with luck some of our Oz or NZ members will have better info.

Edit: here’s a photo of Bruce McLaren receiving the Teretonga Trophy in 1959. The lid seems to have been lost by the time it got to Jackie seven years later, but otherwise I’d say it’s very similar to the one Jackie is holding.

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Further edit: in BRM Vol 3 there’s a photo of Jackie after his Teretonga win, wearing the laurel wreath and sash and holding a glass of bubbly and the trophy. It’s definitely the same trophy.

#3 Barry Boor

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 07:13

Tim's comments seem to make sense. My comment is that she must have had a bloody good lens on that camera.

#4 cooper997

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 07:37

Wonderful photo.

 

Tim's on the money, so hopefully wildman's friend did visit NZ? 

 

The No 6, Shell and Dunlop decal positions fit for 29/1/66 Teretonga Tasman meeting. DCN's BRM Volume 3 page 220 helps confirm Jackie holding the same trophy and wearing the same 'accessories'. There's also a closeup sideon photo in New Zealand Motor Racing 1966 annual of JYS looking very similar (but hair slightly curled at front) sipping champers at the week before, Lady Wigram meeting..Where he carried No. 6 also. 

 

 

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#5 Tim Murray

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 07:49

The No 6, Shell and Dunlop decal positions fit for 29/1/66 Teretonga Tasman meeting.


These decals only appeared at the four 1966 NZ races. Photos show that they were obviously not permitted at the Australian races, and would certainly not have been allowed at any UK F1 event before 1968.

#6 jcbc3

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 09:17

Could she, or the long lost boyfriend, have bought it some kind of concession stand at Brands?



#7 BRG

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 11:20

Leaving aside how a trip to Brands Hatch netted a photo of a race winner in NZ, I wonder why the red sash on the laurel wreath appears to have the year 1961 on it?  When neither the car nor the driver would have been there?



#8 Tim Murray

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 11:22

Other way round, BRG. The ‘61’ is really ‘19’ with the ‘66’ hidden behind the trophy.

#9 BRG

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 11:40

Other way round, BRG. The ‘61’ is really ‘19’ with the ‘66’ hidden behind the trophy.

Ah-ha!!

 

Sorry, I am not really Alan Partridge!

 

Then the question is why is Jackie wearing the wreath upside down?  Or is that just a Southern Hemisphere effect?



#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 12:00

He was only a wee lad then...

 

Totally unused to winning big races.



#11 Tim Murray

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 12:17

I imagine the wreath orientation was determined by whoever put it round his neck. I hope Doug won’t mind my quick snap of the photo in BRM Vol 3 mentioned above:

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#12 Emery0323

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 17:09

Could she, or the long lost boyfriend, have bought it some kind of concession stand at Brands?

Either the photo might have been bought at a concession stand at Brands selling photos, or perhaps it was some sort of free hand-out being given out by the BRM team to spectators?    In American racing that was fairly common, I don't know if Lord Stanley would have paid for free PR handouts like that.  Did JYS have an organized fan club then? 

It seems highly unlikely that wildman's friend, a Kent native, would have confused a trip to Brands with a trip to New Zealand (which she quite possibly never made)!


Edited by Emery0323, 06 December 2021 - 17:12.


#13 opplock

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Posted 06 December 2021 - 19:21

Either the photo might have been bought at a concession stand at Brands selling photos, or perhaps it was some sort of free hand-out being given out by the BRM team to spectators?   

 

A free hand out seems the likely explanation. Possibly a Shell or Dunlop freebie.  

 

I imagine that only local photographers would have ventured as far south as Teretonga so I cannot imagine photos ending up on sale at Brands. Euan Sarginson's pics were used by Autosport in those days.



#14 Glengavel

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 08:41

He was only a wee lad then...

 

Totally unused to winning big races.

 

Yes, who is this Pommy nouveau arriviste with nothing but the Italian Grand Prix to his name?



#15 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 10:15

He was only a wee lad then...

Totally unused to winning big races.


Yes, he only had numerous Formula 3, Formula 2 and sports car wins, the 1965 BRDC International Trophy and the 1965 Italian Grand Prix to his name at that time.

#16 BRG

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 11:44

I think Ray was joking about the 'upside down' wreath.  I am sure he knew very well that Jackie had already arrived on the scene properly.



#17 opplock

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 12:49

I think Ray was joking about the 'upside down' wreath.  I am sure he knew very well that Jackie had already arrived on the scene properly.

 

Of course he was joking. After all JYS had added the Lady Wigram Trophy and the Teretonga Trophy to his collection by the time he arrived in Australia.  



#18 cooper997

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 23:31

More JYS Champers celebrations... although this time in Oz.

 

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cooper997 collection

 

 

Stephen