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16th International Trophy Meeting - International Production Touring Car Race

Silverstone, Great-Britain

Date: 2/5/1964
Track length: 4.710 m
Entries accepted: 30 and 6 reserves
Starters: 30

Pole position: Sears in 1.48,8
Fastest lap: Sears in 1.49,6

Distance: 12 laps
Average speed: 151,92 kmh
Weather: Track almost dry at the start
Ruleset: Group 2
Car info: 1964 Cars


There is no doubt whatsoever that the revised Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone is even faster than ever. Practice for the touring cars was on the Thursday, and Jack Sears bundled the big Willment Galaxie round in 1:48.8, 3.2 seconds quicker than his 1963 record. That record was also cracked by Sir Gawaine Baillie (Galaxie) with 1:50.6, while Jim Clark and Peter Arundell (Lotus Cortinas) made the existing 1600 cc figure look rather silly, with times of 1:52.4 and 1:52.8 respectively. Then Clark went out in a reserve Lotus Cortina and returned 1:51.0. Quickest of the Mini drivers was John Fitzpatrick, who did 1:59.4 in the new 1293 cc Mini-Cooper S.
The circuit had practically dried for the eagerly awaited saloon car event. Rows 1 and 2 of the grid were all-Ford, with Jim Clark's Lotus Cortina sharing the front line with the big Galaxies of Sears, Gurney and Baillie. Behind were the Lotus Cortinas of Arundell, Gardner and Craft.

Right away Sears bombed into the lead, followed by Gurney, the quite incredible Clark, Baillie and the equally incredible Arundell. To watch the green and cream cars keeping up with, and being dwarfed by, the giant Galaxies was proof enough that Chapman doesn't have to worry overmuch about speed differential.

After one lap Chris Craft abandoned with a broken engine at Becketts. The race order was maintained as Sears, Gurney, Clark, Baillie, Arundell, Olthoff and Gardner. In the Mini division, Hopkirk was almost wheel to wheel with an interloper, in the shape of Mike Young's Anglia. On lap 4 Gardner took Olthoff but, next time round, drew "ohs!" from the grandstands, as he skidded coming out of Woodcote and finished up on the grass among the mud after being very narrowly missed by team-mate Olthoff. Smith coasted in with no oil pressure on his Jaguar, while Andre Baldet had to retire his Cortina with a flat tyre. Burrows (Mini-Cooper S) stopped at Stowe, and took off his crash-hat.

The leaders assumed something of a procession, but this was not so in the "mini" section. Hopkirk, Young, Fitzpatrick and Slotemaker were having a monumental dice, the two first-named passing and re-passing at every opportunity. This battle held the crowd's interest, as well as the rather spectacular cornering of Clark and Arundell. In the last but one lap, Sears doubled the Minis, and while he and Gurney took the chequered flag, almost unnoticed, followed by Clark, Baillie and Arundell, everyone awaited the scrapping quartets. Up Abbey came Hopkirk, his car splattered with mud, practically side-by-side with Fitzpatrick; Young and Slotemaker tried everything to displace them, and as the pair seemed to try for a dead heat finish, the two drivers behind had to do some phenomenal avoiding action to prevent collisions. It was surely a miracle that they managed to stay on the road!

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 50 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Galaxie
Jack Sears, GB
6997 V8 D 12 laps, 22.16,4 1 1.48,8 1.49,6  
2 2 52 Alan Brown Racing Ltd
Ford Galaxie
Dan Gurney, USA
6997 V8 D 12 laps, 22.42,4 2      
3 1 21 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark, GB
1594 L4 B 12 laps, 22.44,6 4 1.51,0 1.52,2  
4 3 51 Gawaine Baillie
Ford Galaxie
Gawaine Baillie, GB
6997 V8 D 12 laps, 22.59,4 3 1.50,6    
5 2 22 Team Lotus
Ford Lotus Cortina
Peter Arundell, GB
1594 L4 B 12 laps, 23.13,0 5 1.52,8    
6 3 23 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Lotus Cortina
Bob Olthoff, ZA
1594 L4 B 12 laps, 23.42,6        
7 4 29 McKechnie Racing
Ford Lotus Cortina
Innes Ireland, GB
1594 L4 B 12 laps, 23.48,2        
  1 43 C.L. Preece
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Chris McLaren, GB
3781 L6 C 12 laps, 23.57,4        
  2 42 John Sparrow
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
John Sparrow, GB
3781 L6 C 12 laps, 24.01,2        
  1 8 Cooper Car Co.
Austin Mini Cooper S
Paddy Hopkirk, IRL
1293 L4 A 11 laps, 22.20,4        
  2 9 Cooper Car Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Fitzpatrick, GB
1293 L4 A 11 laps, 22.20,4   1.59,4    
  3 12 Downton Engineering Ltd.
Austin Mini Cooper S
Rob Slotemaker, NL
1293 L4 A 11 laps, 22.20,8        
  4 7 Superspeed Conversions Ltd.
Ford Anglia Super
Mike Young, GB
1198 L4 A 11 laps, 22.22,0        
  3 41 Keith Wilson (Racing) Ltd.
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Keith Wilson, GB
3781 L6 C 10        
    24 John Willment Automobiles
Ford Lotus Cortina
Frank Gardner, AUS
1594 L4 B   6      
    20 M.B. Baring
Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super
Mick Cave, GB
1570 L4 B          
    25 Farnborough Racing Enterprises
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jon Derisley, GB
1594 L4 B          
Ford Lotus Cortina
David Haynes, GB
1594 L4 B          
    2 A.K.L. Fielding
Austin Mini Cooper S
Peter Sutcliffe, GB
1071 L4 A          
    3 Team Broadspeed
Morris Mini Cooper S
John Handley, GB
1071 L4 A          
    4 Team Broadspeed
Morris Mini Cooper S
Ralph Broad, GB
1071 L4 A          
    5 Aurora Gear Racing
Morris Mini Cooper S
Trevor Taylor, GB
1071 L4 A          
    6 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Elizabeth Jones, GB
1071 L4 A          
    16 Don Moore
Morris Mini Cooper S
Peter Clarke, GB
1071 L4 A          
BMC Mini Cooper S
1071 L4 A          
BMC Mini Cooper S
1071 L4 A          
BMC Mini Cooper S
1071 L4 A          
DNF   18  
Austin Mini Cooper S
Graham Burrows, GB
1293 L4 A          
DNF   40 Birmingham Motor Tyres
Jaguar Mk II 3.8
Don Smith, GB
3781 L6 C         Oil pressure
DNF   30  
Ford Lotus Cortina
Chris Craft, GB
1594 L4 B 1 7     Engine
DNF   27 Moto Baldet Racing Team
Ford Lotus Cortina
Andre Baldet, GB
1594 L4 B 1 7     Puncture