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1951 International Trophy

Daily Express International Trophy

Saturday, May 5, 1951
Race winner:
Heavy rain
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Parnell, 2m38
1951 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

1950 4½-litre Ferrari Leads Latest Alfa-Romeos in Rain

Jaguar Wins Production Car Race, Mk. V Coopers Hold Off Iota Challenge in 500-c.c. Event.

Although the hoped-for battle between the official Ferrari and Alfa-Romeo teams fizzled out with the withdrawal of the former, Silverstone on May 5th saw Reg. Parnell's 1950-type 4½-litre Ferrari seriously challenge Fangio's Alfa-Romeo in its heat and lead all the Alfa-Romeo team of Type 159s in a tropical rainstorm which caused the Final of the International Trophy Race to be abandoned.

There is no doubt but that Parnell out-drove the Italians under these conditions, and the roar of cheering that followed him round the circuit from the drenched crowds marked one of the most stirring episodes in British racing. Had the race not been abandoned Parnell would almost certainly have had the distinction of being the first driver, Ferrari the first car, to vanquish the all-conquering Alfa Romeos.

Stirling Moss and Charlie Dodson — Austin ace returning to racing — finished first and second in the Production Car Race in XK120 Jaguars, and Frazer-Nashes dominated the under-2-litre category, convincing proof that Britain makes two truly outstanding high-performance cars.