1957 Motoring Memories Vanwall victory
Back in the 1950s, no British-built car had ever won an F1 world championship race. That all changed on 20 July 1957, when Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss, sharing a Vanwall VW5, scooped the laurels at the British Grand Prix at Aintree. Coincidentally, this was the same day that Prime Minister Harold Macmillan made his ‘Our people have never had it so good’ speech. It almost seemed like Tony and Stirling were just proving him right!
Built in Maidenhead in Berkshire, the first Vanwalls began competing in 1954, albeit with little success. That lasted until a little-known automotive designer called Colin Chapman was brought in, from which point the cars began showing a marked improvement.
Stirling Moss joined the team for the 1957 season and led the fifth race of the year, at Aintree, after the first lap. But with his ride misfiring after 25 laps, he swapped Vanwalls with Surrey dentist Tony Brooks and then epically drove back from ninth place to first. This would be the third, but final, time a shared car won a Grand Prix.