It was 'surprise, surprise' at Monaco today as the British 2-litre Cooper Car driven by Maurice Trintignant of France today won the 'Round the Houses' Monaco Grand Prix.
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Background: It was 'surprise, surprise' at Monaco today as the British 2-litre Cooper Car driven by Maurice Trintignant of France today won the 'Round the Houses' Monaco Grand Prix. Another Cooper driven by jack Brabham of Australia was fourth.
The winning Cooper, which has a half litre less engine capacity than its chief rivals, beat decisively the costly teams of Vanwalls, BRNs, Ferrarris, Maseratis.
Second place was won by Luigi Musso, Italy, driving a Ferrari, with Peter Collins of Britain also in a Ferrari third.
Cooper Cars are built by a small firm and use a Coventry Climax engine originally designed to operate fire pumps. The winner was from the stable of Bob Walker, an enthusiast who employs Stirling Moses's one time mechanic, Alf Francis, to prepare his private team.
The race initially was a tremendous fight between the British BRM and Vanwall cars (filmed exclusively on the Vanderwell Maidenhead test-bed last week by a BCINA cameraman). Lap records for the race were broken time and again, and finally the course record itself began to go. But the killing nature of their Round the Houses course, which calls for 1,000 gear changes in the 100 laps, brought trouble to braking and transmission systems. Only the Cooper went the distance without trouble. Moss driving Vanwall retired with valve gear trouble, and a plug blew out of Brooks Vanwall. BRN suffered from its old trouble, brakes.
This year, for the first time, there is a word championship title not only for drivers but for the most successful make of car. To date the Cooper has a lead of two outright wins in a series of ten contests.