McKay, Cooper, Bathurst 1962…

Posted: August 24, 2020 in Fotos
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David McKay framed by the shadows, eases his Cooper T53 2.5 Climax ‘Lowline’ into Hell Corner for the run up Mountain Straight, Easter 1962…

Cracker of a shot. Its practice, tents of campers have set up for the weekend in the Australian Racing Drivers Club members area in the background, a somewhat ominous sky and the marshall with the ‘brickies’ hat made up of a carefully folded hanky.

A really skinny grid fronted for the Bathurst 100 Gold Star round, an event which had been one of the countries most prestigious.

Despite the small field Lex Davison, Cooper T53 2.7 FPF and Bib Stillwell, Cooper T53 2.5 FPF staged a great battle for 15 laps with Bill Patterson, Cooper T51 2.5 FPF and McKay  a little further back- McKay got past Patterson on lap 11 with Davison’s gearbox failing leaving Stillwell in front to win from McKay, Patterson and Greg Cusack in the older Scuderia Veloce Cooper T51 2.5 FPF.

I have written about this Cooper T53 before, here; https://primotipo.com/2017/09/06/chris-amon-cooper-t53-and-the-australian-grand-prix-1963/

(P Wherrett)

David McKay in the Lowline Cooper T53 with Barry Collerson, Cooper Minx on the outside, Warwick Farm, 5 August 1962.

Credit…

Alan Howard, John Ellacott, ‘Bathurst: Cradle of Australian Motor Racing’ John Medley

 

Finito…

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