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1962 International Trophy

Daily Express International Trophy

Saturday, May 12, 1962
Fastest Lap:
Clark, 1m36.4
1962 season:

Silverstone, May 12th.

With the Dutch Grand Prix only a week away the British teams came to Silverstone for the final round of the British "season" in a much more advanced state than at Snetterton, Goodwood or Aintree, although one cynical observer remarked that most of the British cars are worn out before the real racing starts.

Lotus still had only one V8 engine, the Climax unit which had already given Jim Clark victories at Snetterton and Aintree, but Trevor Taylor had to be content with a 4-cylinder Climax, although a V8 Climax engine was due for delivery in time for Zandvoort. BRM had two of their V8 cars for Hill and Ginther, backed by Jack Lewis and Tony Marsh in their own cars, while Lola still had only one V8 for Surtees and a "four" for Salvadori. The Cooper factory were saving their new V8 car for Zandvoort and McLaren again drove the Tommy Atkins prepared 4-cylinder which he drove so well at Aintree, Tony Maggs still being without a car. UDT-Laystall were represented by Ireland in a V6 120° Ferrari loaned by the works for the occasion and Masten Gregory in a new V8 Climax-engined Lotus 24. Jack Brabham's mechanics were hurriedly assembling his V8-engined Lotus and he practised in a 4-cylinder car as the new car did not arrive until the morning of race day. Bonnier and Vaccarella represented SSS Venezia in Porsche and Lotus, respectively, while John Campbell-Jones and Tony Settember had their Emerysons. The rest of the 24-car field was made up of five Lotus-Climax (Trintignant, Piper, Shelly, Parnell and Chamberlain), two Coopers (Burgess and FJ driver John Rhodes with a 1,475-cc Ford engine), and Keith Greene with his Gilby.