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John Coombs Racing Organisation
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Team Information
Nationality British United Kingdom
First Season 1959
Founder John Coombs
Team Principle Unknown
Key People Unknown
Driver(s) Graham Hill
Roy Salvadori
Car Jaguar Mk II
Sponsor(s) Unknown
Team Stats
Previous Season Standings Unknown
Races Entered 41
Total Number of Wins 12
First Win Brands Hatch 1960
Total Number of Podiums Unknown
Total Fastest Laps Unknown
Number of Championships Unknown
 The John Coombs Racing Organisation was a British Saloon Car Championship team, who built and raced modified Jaguar cars.[1] Better known simply as John Coombs, the team were in constant competition with Equipe Endeavour for race wins.

HistoryEdit

John Coombs was originally founded in the 1950s, after John Coombs ended his personal racing career.[2] John Coombs ran in sports cars primarily, although as an owner of a Jaguar Dealership, Coombs was asked to run cars in the BSCC.[2] Preparing a modified Jaguar 3.4 Litre, Coombs asked his friend Roy Salvadori to drive for him in the 1959 BSCC season.[3] After competing at three races, the car was required to compete in endurance events abroad, meaning the Salvadori did not get classified in the final standings.[3]

After appearing at one race in 1960 which Salvadori won, Coombs launched their modified Jaguar Mk II (available for both racing and road) for the 1961 season.[1] With Salvadori remaining as their only driver, the team's full efforts were focused on getting Salvadori to the top of the time sheets, a feat which he achieved three times.[4] Three retirements through accidents in races hampered Salvadori's title challenge, although he did finish as runner up in Class D, just seven points short of winner Mike Parkes.[4] 

Salvadori continued with the team into 1962, with John Coombs signing one of the biggest names in motor racing, Graham Hill.[5] Due to the ultra competitiveness of the Jaguar Mk II, the year was virtually defined by the herd of Jags that led the field, with large squabbles involving numerous cars.[5] In the end, Hill took fourth overall and second in Class D, with Salvadori ninth and third.[5]

Salvadori left the team in 1963, with Hill taking over as the number one driver for the team, and Mike MacDowel brought in.[6] Hill took three victories that season, claiming third overall, and was granted the Class D title after Jack Sears was excluded from the class championships as he drove three different cars.[6] MacDowel only drove in one race, with the team leaving the championship after the emergence of the American Muscle cars, such as the Ford Galaxie.[6]

HonoursEdit

John Coombs were a major player in the BSCC in the championship's early years, although their drivers missed only just missed out on class honours on several occasions.

  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1963
    • Class D Championship Champion (Graham Hill)

Driver ListEdit

Below is a list of all the drivers that have raced for John Coombs Racing Organisation.

John Coombs Racing Organisation Driver List
Year Nationality Name No. Rounds Final Standings
1959 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 1-3 bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC
1960 6 bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC
1961 All 5th
1962 United Kingdom Graham Hill 1-4, 7-8 4th
Commonwealth of Australia Bob Jane 6 bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 1-5, 7-8 9th
1963 United Kingdom Graham Hill 1-6, 8, 10 3rd
United Kingdom Mike MacDowel 7 bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC

ReferencesEdit

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