Lot 312 - 1956 BJR 500 Formula 3 Racing Car
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,500|
The '500' racing began in 1946 as a way for 'impecunious enthusiasts' to go motor racing using 500cc motorbike engines instead of the larger capacity engines that prevailed prior to the war. The idea caught on and was adopted as a new Formula 3 in 1950. Well-known names raced in 500s including Stirling Moss, Ken Tyrrell, Jim Russell, Les Leston, Peter Collins, Don Parker and Bernie Ecclestone and all drived at famous locations like Shelsley Walsh, Mallory Park and Silverstone.
Brian J Rowsell built the BJR 500 in 1956 to race in Formula 3. It was powered by a JAP single cylinder 500cc engine and featured a relatively sophisticated tubular chassis, wishbone and coil suspension at the front and a swing axle at the rear. Brian competed regularly in it from 1956 through to 1960.
Known results include:
1956 Crystal Palace - Redex Trophy, 14th in heat
1956 Brands Hatch - 9th in heat
1958 Brands Hatch - 5th in junior race
1958 Crystal Palace - Redex Trophy, 18th
1958 Brands Hatch - Lewis Evans Trophy, 5th in heat
1959 Brands Hatch - World Sports Trophy, 4th in heat
1959 Brands Hatch - 8th in heat
1960Brands Hatch - Lewis-Evans Trophy, DNF
It was then raced by J.K. Harvey (Brands Hatch 27th August 1961, 11th) and passed to John Bailey towards the end of 1962 who ran it in on the hills and in sprints until 1965. It was then put into the hands of Paul Harris and has been used for hill climbs at Prescott. This is an opportunity to enter a popular race series run by the 500 Owners Association and a number of hill climbs around the UK.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.