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15th International Trophy Meeting: International Production Touring Car Race

Silverstone, Great-Britain

Date: 11/5/1963
Track length: 4.710 m
Entries accepted: 36 and 2 reserves
Finishers: 21

Pole position: Sears in 1.50,4
Fastest lap: Sears in 1.51,6 = 151,95 kmh

Distance: 12 laps
Average speed: 147,69 kmh
Weather: Dry, cool and windy
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info: 1963 Cars


This race saw the introduction of the Ford Galaxie and the Mini Cooper S.  Although Sears' Ford Galaxie was on pole, the Jaguars were first away and the Galaxie was fourth into Copse Corner, but the Ford's power soon told, especially down the Hangar Straight and at Stowe Sears stormed through into the lead. On the opening lap, Harper's Rapier was nudged in the back at Becketts. He slewed sideways and, as it rolled, was mounted by Christabel Carlisle's Mini Cooper S which came to rest perched on top of the Rapier. Neither driver was hurt, nor was Mike Young after rolling his Superspeed Ford Cortina. Hill, Salvadori and Salmon tried all they knew to keep up with the Galaxie but to no avail. Hill then retired at Club Corner with a burst tyre and Salmon pitted with ignition problems.
At half distance Sears had built up a lead of over 20 seconds from Salvadori, with Dodd in third place a long way back. Blumer and Whitmore still went at it hammer and tongs, whilst Gardner (Cortina) and Hutcheson (Riley) were also having a battle.
Ginther broke a half-shaft so Fords were out of the team award. Rhodes retired so the only surviving team, the Mini Coopers was also out. Hopkirk and Whitmore with their sideways cornering provided the main excitement. Sears eased off considerably after putting up a new lap record and rolled comfortably home to victory. Whitmore and Blumer circulated side by side to finish with the Mini Cooper just ahead. Hopkirk in the other works Cooper was also going very well and set the class lap record.
Source: Autosport

Class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
1 1 45 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Galaxie
Jack Sears, GB
6997 V8 D 12 laps, 22.57,8 1 1.50,4 1.51,6  
2 2 41 Tommy Atkins
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Roy Salvadori, GB
3781 L6 D 12 laps, 23.19,0        
3 3 43 Bracknell Motors
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Peter Dodd, GB
3781 L6 D 12 laps, 23.55,2        
4 4 44  
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Mike Pendleton, GB
3781 L6 D 12 laps, 24.27,6        
5 1 16 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Whitmore, GB
1071 L4 A 12 laps, 24.33,6        
6 1 33 Alan Andrews racing
Ford Cortina GT
Jimmy Blumer, GB
1498 L4 B 12 laps, 24.36,8     2.01,2  
7 2 18 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Paddy Hopkirk, IRL
1071 L4 A 12 laps, 24.44,8     2.01,0  
8 2 30/32 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Cortina GT
David Haynes, GB
1498 L4 B 12 laps, 24.54,8        
  3 35  
Riley 1.5
Alan Hutcheson, GB
1489 L4 B 11 laps, 23.01,4        
  4 30/32 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Cortina GT
Frank Gardner, AUS
1498 L4 B 11 laps, 23.01,6        
  3 19 Westover Racing
Morris Mini Cooper S
Edward Lewis, GB
1071 L4 A 11 laps, 23.53,4        
  4 2  
Austin Mini Cooper
Elizabeth Jones, GB
997 L4 A 11 laps, 23.54,8        
Ford Galaxie
Gawaine Baillie, GB
6997 V8 D          
    37 Sunbeam Talbot Ltd
Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA
Chris Amon, NZ
1592 L4 B          
    38 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA
? Peter Jopp, GB
? Peter Pilsworth, GB
1592 L4 B          
Volvo PV 544
Jürg Dubler, CH
1582 L4 B          
Austin Mini Cooper
Graham Burrows, GB
997 L4 A          
    3 Grosvenor Racing
Austin Mini Cooper
Tony Rutt, GB
997 L4 A          
    4 Scottish Racing Drivers Club
Austin Mini Cooper
Bill Borrowman, GB
997 L4 A          
Austin Mini Cooper
Michaelle Burns-Grieg, GB
997 L4 A          
Morris Mini Cooper
John D. Lewis, GB
997 L4 A          
    7 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper
Mick Clare, GB
997 L4 A          
    8 R.A.F. Motorsport Association
Morris Mini Cooper
K.W. MacKenzie, GB
997 L4 A          
    9 Team Red Rose
Morris Mini Cooper
Noel Hodkin, GB
997 L4 A          
    10 R.A.F. Motorsport Association
Morris Mini Cooper
J.C. Brown, GB
997 L4 A          
    11 Birmingham Motor Tyres
Morris Mini Cooper
Don Smith, GB
997 L4 A          
    14 Midland Racing Partnership
Austin Mini Cooper S
J. Cottrell, GB
1071 L4 A          
    15 Midland Racing Partnership
Morris Mini Cooper S
Ken Baker, GB
1071 L4 A          
    20 Team Red Rose
MG 1100
Harry Ratcliffe, GB
1098 L4 A          
DNF   17 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S
John Rhodes, GB
1071 L4 A          
DNF   40 John Coombs
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Graham Hill, GB
3781 L6 D         Burst tyre
DSQ   42 Atherstone Engineering
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Mike Salmon, GB
3781 L6 D         Ignition, irregular pits work
DNF   31 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Cortina GT
Richie Ginther, USA
1498 L4 B         Half shaft
DNF   34 Superspeed Conversions Ltd.
Ford Cortina GT
Mike Young, GB
1498 L4 B         Accident
DNF   36 Sunbeam Talbot Ltd
Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA
Peter Harper, GB
1592 L4 B         Accident
DNF   12 Don Moore
Morris Mini Cooper S
Christabel Carlisle, GB
1071 L4 A         Accident