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From the Motor Sport Archive
AN unfortunate clashing of dates with the Sebring 12-hour race robbed the Race of Champions of such drivers as Siffert, Andretti, Servoz-Gavin, Rodriguez, Courage, Pescarolo and Stommelen, so that the BRSCC were hard put to assemble a strong field, and two practice accidents reduced the starters to 12. Most of the of the cars had only just arrived back from South Africa so there was only time for hasty preparation and any faults that had shown up at Kylami could not be rectified properly. In spite of the difficulties the entry was very competitive and an enormous crowd poured into the Kentish stadium in spring sunshine on the Sunday morning of race day. Their appetites were whetted by a Formula Ford race which saw a great battle between newcomer Vandervell (Merlyn), son of Tony Vandervell, who pioneered Britain's supremacy in Grand Prix racing, and the experienced Formula Three driver, Trimmer (Lola), victory going to the former after a race-long battle, with the Lola driver going off the track on the last lap. This was followed by part one of a saloon car event which was dominated by Gardner in a Ford-sponsored Boss Mustang of fearsome demeanour. The second part followed the Formula One race and the Mustang broke its shock-absorber mountings and let Craft win with a 1,600 c.c. Broadspeed Escort.