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1960 BSCC Season
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Season Information
No. Rounds Eight (Eight races)
First Round Brands Hatch
Last Round Brands Hatch
Manufacturers Austin, Auto Union, Borgward, Ford, Jaguar, Morris, Peerless, Riley, Saab, Sunbeam, Volvo
No. Drivers 31
Overall Drivers' Championship
First George "Doc" Shepherd {{{overdrivechamppts}}} pt(s)
Second {{{overdrivesecond}}} {{{overdrivesecondpts}}} pt(s)
Third {{{overdrivethird}}} {{{overdrivethirdpts}}} pt(s)
Overall Teams' Championship
First Not Awarded {{{overteamchamppts}}} pt(s)
Second {{{overteamsecond}}} {{{overteamsecondpts}}} pt(s)
Third {{{overteamthird}}} {{{overteamthirdpts}}} pt(s)
Independents' Championship
Drivers' Not Awarded {{{indrivechamppts}}} pt(s)
Teams' Not Awarded {{{indteamchamppts}}} pt(s)
Jack Sears Trophy
Champion Not Awarded
Class Championships
Class A Not Awarded {{{classapts}}} pt(s)
Class B Not Awarded {{{classbpts}}} pt(s)
Class C Not Awarded {{{classcpts}}} pt(s)
Class D Not Awarded {{{classdpts}}} pt(s)
Manufacturers' Championship
Champion Not Awarded {{{makerchamppts}}} pt(s)
Runner-up Not Awarded {{{makerrunpts}}} pt(s)
Season Guide
1959 1961
 The 1960 British Saloon Car Championship was the third season of the BSCC, which competed with a single format for the year, unlike all previous (and subsequent) years where classes were used.[1] The 1960 championship was won by "Doc" Shepherd, the most experienced driver in the new format.[1]

RegulationsEdit

For 1960, the BSCC's usual class system was dropped, in favour of what is known as a 'silhouette' specification, with all cars having to use an engine no bigger than 1,000cc in capacity.[2] The cars also had to have the same overall appearance, wheel size, wheelbase, rear axel and gearbox casing as on the road cars they were based on.[1]

Later in the year, cars with larger engine capacities (1,600cc or more) were allowed to enter races, although they were not eligable for the overall championship. The lack of entrants also saw the BSCC run alongside GT cars, confusing the entry list some what.[1]

Round by RoundEdit

Below is a round by round report of each of the 1960 championship's eight meetings.

First Round: Brands HatchEdit

With the new regulation's preventing around two thirds of the 1959 grid, including Jeff Uren (reigning champion) from entering in their cars, those who ran in Class A had the series to themselves for the first race.[1] "Doc" Shepherd won the first race of the season, defending from John Young's Ford Anglia and Geoff Williamson's spirited drive from last to third.[1] It proved to be one of the most successful days for Austin in its racing history, with four out of the top five drivers using either an Austin A35 or A40.

Second Round: SnettertonEdit

Race two of the season saw the 1960 championship head to Snetterton, where the 1,000cc cars were joined by a number of larger capacity cars.[1] The 3.8 litre Jaguar Mk II proved to be a tough opponent for the Austin pack, with Gawaine Baillie and Doug Uren holding off the Doctor in his A40.[1] Young followed Shepherd across the line, with B.D. Whitaker completing the 1,000cc podium.[1] The race was also noted for being the debut of the first woman to compete in the BSCC, Mrs C. Wagner (wife of D. Wagner) who drove an Austin Mini Seven to fifth in the 1,000cc class.[1]

Third Round: Mallory ParkEdit

Once again on their own, the 1,000cc cars gathered at Mallory Park for the third meeting of the season, with sixteen entrants for the race (the largest grid since the start of the season).[1] Shepherd and Young continued their form, finishing first and second respectively, while John Aley joined them in his Austin A35.[1] Young's drive was of note that day, as he battled his way to second after starting at the back, taking nine cars on the first lap.[1]

Fourth Round: Oulton ParkEdit

The fourth round of the season confused the paddock some what, as the BSCC cars would be running in the same race as the GT cars, although it would only be the 1,000cc class touring cars that would be eligible for the BSCC points.[1] While the first five positions in the race went to the GT cars, sixth overall was David Lewis, using a (non-championship eligible) Jaguar Mk II.[1] Of the BSCC cars, Edward Lewis was able to claim top honours, winning the 1,000cc category from Aley and Whitaker.[1] John Young made ground on "Doc" by finishing fifth, with Shepherd failing to finish the race after a wheel came off his charging A40.[1]

Fifth Round: SnettertonEdit

The GT and Touring cars parted ways, with the BSCC heading to Snetterton for the second time that season.[1] Former champion Jack Sears took a dominant victory in one of the Mk II Jags, followed by Vic Parness in his Mk II.[1] Behind them, a titanic battle between Shepherd and Young saw the "Doctor" come out on top, taking his fourth 1,000cc victory that year.[1] Paddy Gaston joined them on the 1,000cc podium, as the 1,000cc cars proved they were more than a match for the larger engine cars.[1]

Sixth Round: The Kingsdown Tophy (Brands Hatch)Edit

By this stage, Brands Hatch had been extended to what is now known as it's GP format.[3] To celebrate, the circuit would give The Kingsdown Trophy to the winner of the touring car race that day.[3] The 1,000cc cars had hope of winning the Trophy, however their chance of victory was scuppered when the 1,600cc + cars were allowed to enter the race.[1] As a result, Roy Salvadori led a Jaguar 1-2-3-4 across the line, beating Sears, Baillie and Parness to the Trophy.[1] However, none of the 1,000cc competitors could stop Shepherd claiming his fifth victory that year, as he managed to beat the fifth Jag (in the hands of Bill Aston) and a host of other, more powerful, cars to fifth overall.[1] Reigning champion Jeff Uren made a rare appearance at Brands, finishing top of his class in his trusted Ford Zephyr.[1]

Seventh Round: The Farningham Trophy (Brands Hatch)Edit

For the seventh meeting of the year, the BSCC supported Formula 2, who gathered at Kent's best known racing circuit for the Farningham Trophy. Although the 1,000cc cars were forced to race with the 1,600cc + cars once again (with another victory for a Jaguar, this time driven by Sears), Shepherd proved to the field his title credentials, beating the four other Jags to second overall.[1] John Young claimed second in the 1,000cc class while Bob Jankel claimed his first podium in the BSCC (for 1,000cc cars) on his debut by finishing third in the category.[1]

Eighth Round: Brands HatchEdit

With the title already decided, the final meeting of 1960 proved to be a damp squib, after Shepherd rolled his car in accident at Clearways after one lap, and Albert Powell (using an older Jaguar 3.4 litre) ran away from the field.[1] Some glory was seen by Young, whom (after finishing second in six of the years eight races) was able to take victory in the 1,000cc class, holding off Andrew Hedges (who had the ability to make it a clean sweep of victories that season for the Austin A40).[1]

EntriesEdit

Below is a table of all entrants of races in the 1960 BSCC season.

Nationality Name Team Car No. Class
United Kingdom John Aley Cambridge Racing Austin A35 59 1000 TC
United Kingdom B.D. Whitaker 58
United Kingdom Mike Anthony W. Heathcote Morris Mini Minor 55
United Kingdom Mick Clare Clare's Garage 106
United Kingdom J.N. Cumming Cambridge Racing
United Kingdom Philip Desoutter 88
United Kingdom H.B. Digby
United Kingdom Tony Rutt 107
United Kingdom Jimmy Blumer Downton Engineering Ltd. Austin Mini Seven
United Kingdom Bill Bradley 105
United Kingdom Peter Riley
Kingdom of Belgium C. Wagner 56
United Kingdom J.V. Brownlee Auto Union 1000S 65
United Kingdom Nicky Byrne 64
United Kingdom J. Barret Austin A40
United Kingdom Dennis Clarke 111
United Kingdom Paddy Gaston Gaston Racing 62
United Kingdom Andrew Hedges Scuderia Light Blue
United Kingdom George Lawrence 60
United Kingdom Edward Lewis 61
United Kingdom M.V. Mackie 112
Unknown S.J.C. Minoprio
United Kingdom George "Doc" Shepherd Don Moore Racing 63
United Kingdom Geoff Williamson 83
United Kingdom Keith Francis Ford Anglia
United Kingdom Mike Graber 67
United Kingdom Bob Jankel
United Kingdom John Lewis 68
United Kingdom E.J.B. Mitchell The Motor Racing Team 69
United Kingdom John Young 66
United Kingdom Syd Hurrell SAH Accessories Saab 93 104
United Kingdom Bob Jennings Condor Motor Car Co. Renault Dauphine Gordini 57
United Kingdom Harry Ratcliffe Morris Minor
United Kingdom Roy Aston Star Hill Racing Equipe Jaguar Mk II 1600+ TC
United Kingdom Gawaine Baillie 77
United Kingdom Graham Hill Team Speedwell
United Kingdom J. Jowett 76
United Kingdom J.R. Kennerly
United Kingdom Vic Parness
Unknown T. Powell
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori John Coombs
United Kingdom Peter Sargent A.C. Le Fort
United Kingdom Jack Sears Equipe Endeavour
United Kingdom Doug Uren 78
United Kingdom Bill Blydenstein Borgward Isabella TS 73
United Kingdom I.R. Burvill-Holmes Willen-Eng Peerless GT
United Kingdom T.D.L. Rose
United Kingdom Ellis Cuff-Miller Ford Zephyr
Unknown K.H. Hoie
United Kingdom David Haynes
United Kingdom Jeff Uren
Swiss Confederation Karl Foitek Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI
United Kingdom Peter Harper Sunbeam Talbot Ltd. Sunbeam Rapier Series III
United Kingdom Michael Parkes
United Kingdom G.M.F. Humble Riley 1.5
United Kingdom Alan Hutcheson 70
United Kingdom Peter Pilsworth 71
United Kingdom Peter Jopp Volvo 122 S
United Kingdom Les Leston 74
Kingdom of Belgium D. Wagner 75
United Kingdom A. Lever MG Magnette 72
United Kingdom Albert Powell Jaguar 3.4 litre

Final StandingsEdit

The final standings of the 1960 season are shown below.

British Saloon Car Championship Drivers' Standings
Pos Name Team Car Class Pts
1 George "Doc" Shepherd Don Moore Racing Austin A40 48
2 John Young Ford Anglia 30
3 Edward Lewis Austin A40 13
4 = John Aley Cambridge Racing Austin A35 6
4 = Andrew Hedges Scuderia Light Blue Austin A40 6

ChampionsEdit

George "Doc" Shepherd claim the Bonneville Trophy for the first time, with a record equalling 48 points and the largest winning margin in the BSCC's short history (up to that point). The only other Trophy on offer that year, (the Kingsdown Trophy) went to Salvadori.

ReferencesEdit

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