Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports - Kevin Turner

The His­toric Sports Car Club cel­e­brated the 50th an­niver­sary of the race that started the club’s story with a spe­cial pa­rade at Cas­tle Combe. The in­au­gu­ral For­mula Grif­fiths event for 1950s sportscars was won by Neil Cor­ner’s Jaguar D-type at Combe on May 16 1966.

Many of the orig­i­nal ma­chines – or mod­els to rep­re­sent those on the 25-car 1966 en­try – were on dis­play and took to the cir­cuit at lunchtime, along with some of the orig­i­nal driv­ers.

The grid made for an im­pres­sive sight and here we pick out four of the key cars.


Chris Drake took this Lo­tus to sec­ond place at Combe in 1966. A race win­ner in pe­riod, the Lo­tus-bris­tol then clinched the two-litre class ti­tle in the 1972 JCB Cham­pi­onship with Drake at the wheel. Af­ter some time in Bel­gium, the car came back to the UK in the 1990s. Cur­rent owner Mal­colm Paul bought it in 2012 and, along with Rick Bourne, won the RAC Wood­cote Tro­phy the fol­low­ing year.


Ex­pe­ri­enced com­peti­tor Betty Haig, along with Guy Grif­fiths, was one of the key fig­ures be­hind the Grif­fiths For­mula. She raced this 1951 Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica, it­self a reg­u­lar rally en­try in the 1950s, to sixth over­all in that first Grif­fiths race at Combe. Brian Clas­sic has owned the car since the 1970s.


Bernard Worth drove his Fer­rari to 11th at Combe in 1966 and, re­mark­ably, still owns the two-litre ma­chine. He raced it ex­ten­sively, switch­ing be­tween three dif­fer­ent en­gines, un­til 1982.

“It was just a sec­ond-hand car when I bought it from a small ad­vert in Au­to­car in 1960,” re­called Worth. “I went to see it up in Cheshire where it was owned by the chief de­signer at Rolls-royce.

“I had a let­ter from Betty Haig invit­ing me to take part in the Grif­fiths For­mula race at Cas­tle Combe in 1966. I was then on the early com­mit­tee with peo­ple like Betty and Ru­pert Gly­don.

“At one stage I ran the Fer­rari with a three-litre mo­tor, which made it very quick and very ex­cit­ing in the wet. I still use it on the road; I’m very for­tu­nate!”


This car was en­tered in the 1500cc class for the May 1966 race, but didn’t make the start. Frank Mock­ridge dra­mat­i­cally rolled at Old Pad­dock (and was thrown clear) in a pre­vi­ous race so never got to start the Grif­fiths For­mula en­counter. Pa­trick Hello now owns the Jowett, which is back in road trim.

Haig Frazer Nash was also on show

Worth has owned Fer­rari since 1960 and raced it many times

Lo­tus-bris­tol took sec­ond in 1966 race

Jowett crashed back in 1966

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