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Historical Snippet 5 - 11 Sep 2013

Snetterton photo of the day.

This year we celebrate 50 years of McLaren Racing. In the early days of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, we see Bruce in his 5-litre McLaren Elva-Oldsmobile exiting Russell Bend in the Archie Scott Brown Memorial Trophy, for Sports Racing Cars over 2-litres on Good Friday 1966.

One of the big Internationals at the circuit that fans could enjoy in those days, with several Grand Prix drivers coming to race in Norfolk. Bruce knew Snetterton well, having raced his Cooper F1 & F2 cars at the circuit, aswell as sports and saloons.

It was a successful day for drivers from New Zealand, as his team mate and fellow Kiwi Chris Amon finished second - on aggregate in the two part race -to winner Denny Hulme, another Kiwi, in Sid Taylor's brand new Lola T70. Bruce finished third in heat one but retired with a lack of oil pressure in heat two. Supporting races were for F3, won by Roy Pike's Lotus from Peter Gethin's Brabham, with the British Saloon Car Championship to round off the day. Jack Brabham won in a Mustang from Brian Muir's Galaxie with Jim Clark a close third in a Lotus Cortina.

Nick Loudon took this excellent picture, one of the best racing photographers in the 60s. He now works as a keeper of big cats at a zoo in Hertfordshire

Words by Andrew Kitson