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Cooper 500cc F3 Stuart Lewis-Evans Silverstone 1952 British GP meeting with his father

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Great photo of future Vanwall F1 driver and Pole Position man at the 1957 Italian GP, stood with his father, Lewis Lewis-Evans and his Cooper Norton 500cc F3 car at Silverstone during the 1952 British GP event in which he appeared in the Formula Three race.

The car is unusual in featuring a rollover bar and seat belts at a time when very few european drivers would have even considered such safety features. Indeed Stirling Moss refused to wear belts figuring it was safer to be thrown out in an accident than be trapped in any ensuing fire.

Stuart and his father raced in F3 together. When Stuart graduated to Formula one with Vanwall his Manager was Bernie Ecclestone. Sadly he was badly burned in the final Grand Prix of 1958 in Morocco and died of his injuries a few days later. The third top driver to die that season along with Collins and Musso.

Nice background detail of other F3 cars including an Erskine-Staride(20) and the Dunlop support vehicles parked up either side of a Connaught A Type.

10x7 inch (254x178mm)