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HWM cars lined up at Silverstone 1952

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Really nice photo of the entire HWM team lined up beside their transporter in the paddock at Silverstone prior to the 1952 British GP.

Wonderful period atmosphere - the transporter, the Riley rad car, the attire of the spectators etc. Team owner John Heath is the tall figure stood above the cockpit of car 31. He was killed in the 1955 Mille Miglia when his sports racing HWM rolled over on a bend. The racing team folded soon afterwards but HWM had been a car dealership as well and continued as sellers of exotic and sporty machinery under the management of ex F1 driver George Abecassis.

The cars are sat on what is now the club circuit which at the time was used as the paddock.

Car 29 was Peter Collins - car 30 was Duncan Hamilton- car 31 was Lance Macklin. Only Macklin finished the race in a lowly 15th.

In 1952 and 1953 all world championship Grand Prix were held to F2 regulations and Alberto Ascari dominated both years, winning back to back world title for Ferrari and in this case won the British GP at an avaerage speed of 90mph with Taruffi 2nd.

10x7 inch (254x178mm)