1952 Cooper T20 MKI

1952 Cooper T20 MKI 1952 Cooper T20 MKI 1952 Cooper T20 MKI Monoposto
Chassis Num: CB/5/52
This is a 1952 Cooper Type 20 - Cooper Bristol MK1 with chassis number CB 5 52 and engine number 100/B2 4265. Its first owner was the Frazer-Hartwell Syndicate. It was raced during the 1952 season at Boreham, Turnberry, Cadours (France), Goodwood, and Charterhall.

In 1953 it was shipped to Argentina for the first Argentine Grand Prix with driver John Barber (8th place) and the ninth Buenos Grand Prix with driver Teddy Schwelm (12th place). Also Goodwood and Ibstock in the UK with drivers Jeff Sparrowe and George Hartwell.

In 1955 it was shipped to New Zealand by Jack Brabham and later entered in the 1957 New Zealand Grand Prix with driver Gavin Quirk (DNS). While in New Zealand it was raced extensively in hill climb and various other races.

In 1996 it returned to the UK and currently owned, maintained and raced by Brian Horwood.

This car is powered by a six-cylinder engine capable of producing 160 horsepower. It has a Reistor gearbox and transverse leaf spring suspension.
The Cooper T20 was produced beginning in 1952 and was powered by a L6 Bristol engine. The Bristol engine had been chosen because it was viewed as the best available 2-liter unit at the time. The manufacturer, Bristol Aeroplane Company based the six-cylinder engine's design on the pre-war BMW 328. The engine displaced 1971cc with hover-head valves actuated by cross-pushrods. In standard guise it produced nearly 130 horsepower, which was about 40 horsepower less than the competition.

The engine was lacking in power in comparison to its competition. Cooper chose to continue with the engine due to its availablity, reliability, and parts were in abundance. To compensate for its lack of power, Cooper devised an uncomplicated and lightweight chassis. The resulting car was the Cooper T20, also known as the Cooper-Bristol Mark I (MKI). A prototpye was debuted to the public at Hollyfield Road in early 1952.

The car was given a four-speed manual gearbox and a traditional Cooper suspension. The suspension included tranverse leaves and tubular wishbones. The chassis had been inspired by the Mark V 500 and featured a box-section chassis with holes drilled into the frame to reduce the overall weight. The steering was by rack-and-pinon with a 1.75 turns lock-to-lock. Located on all four corners were Cooper magnesium cast-type that measured 10-inches in diamater.

The prototype car was sold to Archie Bryde. Bob Chase purchase a T20 and it was raced by Mike Hawthorn who had much success with the car. At the Belgian Grand Prix, it was driven to a spectacular fourth place finiish. Late, a third place finish in the British Grand prix was achieved. A fourth at the Dutch Grand Prix earned him a fourth place finish in the World Championship. Hawthorn drove the car to a victory at the Lavant Cup where he was chased by two other Cooper-Bristols. Another victory was scored at the Formule Libre Chichester Cup.

Mike Hawthorn's career would continue with much success. The T20 had paved the way for this aspiring driver. The Cooper-Bristol T20 often outclassed the more powerful cars, though they had trouble beating the Ferrari's. It was Cooper's first Formula 2 car and was replaced in 1953 by the T23, also known as the Cooper Bristol MKII. The T23 had many improvements, such as a lighter tubular frame and larger brakes. The drum brakes of the MKI had been one of the vehicles achilles heal. The MKII's were given 11-inch Alfin light-alloy drums. The body was slightly redesigned, making it smoother and more aerodynamic. Powered by Bristol engines, the car failed to score any championship points during the 1953 season. At the conclusion of the 1953 season, the cars were raced in Formula Libre classes, by such memorable names as Australia's Jack Brabham.

During the very early 1950s, Cooper had built a reputation by dominating the Formula 3 class. This had been a profitable venture and the company had wanted to diversify by moving into the Formula 2 class. Their customers had been asking for a Formula 2 car in which they could continue to climb the racing class ladder. Thus, the creation of the Formula 2 Cooper T20 MKI's. The car had proved capable, but more was required to become a serious contender. Hawthorn joined with Maranello in 1953, competing in F1 competition under the Ferrari banner. His career would continue for several years, mostly at the wheel for Ferrari's and Maserati's.

Coopers next iteration of the T20 was the Mark II, T23. All, but one, of the cars were powered by Bristol engines, still with the engine being placed in the front. One example was given a BRG Alta engine and owned by Peter Whitehead and driven by Moss.

One of the factory drivers was Britshman, John Barber. He traveled to Argentina at the start of the 1953 F1 season to compete with his Cooper T23. He managed an eighth place finish, seven laps down from the victor. Cruz Schwelm entered an MKI, but it retired prematurely due to mechanical problems.

Alan Brown and Cruz Schwelm retired in the Buenos Aires City Libre GP, and Barber managed an 11th place finish in the Mark II.

At the close of the season, Gerard and Moss had managed some victories in minor events. The Cooper MKI and MKII models continue to race, with some being converted to sports racing cars. Some of the cars had success in the Formula Libre class and in Formula 1, though with larger engines and improvements throughout the vehicle.

The 1953 World Championship season had run under Formula 2 regulations. At the close of the season, the regulations changed to 2.5-liters in natural aspirated. Cooper decided to focus on Formula 3, unveiling the newest contender, the Mark VIII 500 in October. The 'curved-tube' concept was unveiled to the public where its streamlined body was hailed as the sleekest Cooper to-date.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2007
1952 Cooper T20 MKI 1952 Cooper T20 MKI 1952 Cooper T20 MKI Monoposto
The Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse was founded in 1952 by Edinburgh businessman and racing driver David Murray and mechanic Wilkie Wilkinson. The teams highlight came in 1956 and 1957, winning the 24 Hours of LeMans. The cars they piloted were painted in Flag Blue Metallic paint.

Over three seasons, the team had four Formula One Grand Prix entries; the first was by David Murray himself, driving a Cooper T20 in the 1952 British Grand Prix. Unfortunately, he retired prematurely from the race due to engine troubles.

For 1953, the team entered two cars - a Cooper T20 for Jimmy Stewart and a new Connaught A Type for Ian Stewart. Again, neither driver was able to finish the race. Jimmy spun off the track on lap 79, and Ian was forced out of the race due to engine problems.

The final F1 outing for the team was at the 1954 British Grand Prix, where the Connaught was again entered, this time driven by Leslie Thorne. The car finished the race, though it was twelve laps behind the leader. The team then turned their attention and efforts solely on sports car events.

This Cooper-Bristol T20 MK1 was delivered new to the stable of David Murray. It was driven by Murray in the 1952 British Grand Prix, and by Mr. Stewart in the 1953 British Grand.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2012
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1952 Formula One Season
 Piero DusioCisitaliaD46 Italy Piero Dusio 
 Anton UlmenVeritas
Germany Anton 'Toni' Ulmen 
 Arthur LegatVeritas
Belgium Arthur Legat 
 Frederick Anthony Owen GazeHWM
Australia Frederick Anthony Owen Gaze 
 Ecurie RosierFerrari
500 F2 
France Louis Rosier 
 Scuderia FerrariFerrari Italy Alberto Ascari
Italy Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina
Germany Rudolf Schoeller
France André Simon
Italy Piero Taruffi
Italy Luigi Villoresi 
 Ecurie EspadonFerrari Switzerland Rudolf 'Rudi' Fischer
Switzerland Peter Hirt
Germany Hans Stuck 
 LD HawthornCooper
T20 MKI 
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 
 AHM BrydeCooper
T20 MKI 
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
United Kingdom Reginald Harold Haslam Parnell 
 Connaught EngineeringConnaught
United Kingdom Kenneth Henry Downing
United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine
United Kingdom Sir Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Roger Dennistoun 'Dennis' Poore
United Kingdom Eric Thompson 
 AFMAFM Germany Hans Stuck 
 Peter WhiteheadFerrari United Kingdom Graham Whitehead
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 
 Scuderia MarzottoFerrari
166 F2 
Italy Piero Carini
Italy Gianfranco 'Franco' Comotti 
 G CapraraFerrari United Kingdom Roy Francesco Salvadori 
 Willi HeeksAFM Germany Willi Heeks 
 Helmut NiedermayrAFM Germany Helmut Niedermayr 
 Ludwig FischerAFM Germany Ludwig Fischer 
 Willi KrakauAFM Germany Willi Krakau 
 Fritz RiessVeritas Germany Fritz Riess 
 Theo HelfrichVeritas Germany Theo Helfrich 
 Adolf BrudesVeritas Germany Adolf Brudes 
Germany Paul Pietsch 
 Hans KlenkVeritas Germany Hans Klenk 
 Josef PetersVeritas
Germany Josef Peters 
 Kenneth Henry DowningConnaught
United Kingdom Kenneth Henry Downing 
 HW MotorsHWM
United Kingdom George Edgar Abecassis
Belgium Johnny Claes
United Kingdom Peter John Collins
Belgium Paul Frère
France Yves Giraud-Cabantous
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton
Belgium Roger Laurent
United Kingdom Lance Noel Macklin
United Kingdom Sir Stirling Moss
Netherlands Dries van der Lof 
 Scuderia FraneraFrazer Nash United Kingdom Kenneth Wharton 
 Tony CrookFrazer Nash United Kingdom Tony Crook 
 Élie Marcel BayolOsca
France Élie Marcel Bayol 
 Equipe Simca-GordiniSimca-Gordini
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France Jean Marie Behra
Thailand Birabongse 'B. Bira' Bhanudej
Belgium Johnny Claes
France Robert Manzon
France Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant 
 Alfred DattnerSimca-Gordini Switzerland Max de Terra 
 Robert O' BrienSimca-Gordini United States Robert O' Brien 
 Ecurie BelgeSimca-Gordini Belgium Johnny Claes
Belgium Paul Frère 
 Ecurie RichmondCooper
T20 MKI 
United Kingdom Eric Brandon
United Kingdom Alan Everest Brown 
 Ecurie EcosseCooper
T20 MKI 
United Kingdom David Murray 
 Enrico PlateMaserati
Argentina Alberto Augusto Crespo
Switzerland Emmanuel 'Toulo' de Graffenried
United States Harry Schell 
 Escuderia BandeirantesMaserati
Brazil Luigi Emilio Rodolfo Bertetti Bianco
Eitel Danilo Cantoni
Philippe Etancelin
Netherlands Jan Flinterman
Brazil Francisco Sacco 'Chico' Landi 
 Officine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati
Italy Felice Bonetto
Argentina José Froilán González
Italy Franco Rol 
 WS AstonAston
Butterworth NB41 
United Kingdom William 'Bill' Aston
United Kingdom Robin 'Monty' Montgomerie-Charrington 
 Marcel Lucien BalsaBMW France Marcel Lucien Balsa
Germany Karl-Günther Bechem 
 Karl-Günther BechemBMW
Greifzu Eigenbau Special 
Germany Karl-Günther Bechem 
 Harry Erich MerkelBMW
Greifzu Eigenbau Special 
Germany Harry Erich Merkel 
 Ernst KlodwigBMW Germany Ernst Klodwig 
 Rudolf KrauseBMW Germany Rudolf Krause 
 ERA LtdEra United Kingdom Sir Stirling Moss 

1952 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix  BremgartenMay 1952 Italy Piero TaruffiFerrari 
United States Indianapolis 500  IndianapolisMay 1952 United States Troy RuttmanKuzma 
Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Belgian Grand Prix Spa-FrancorchampsJun 1952 Italy Alberto AscariFerrari 
France French Grand Prix  Rouen-Les-EssartsJul 1952 Italy Alberto AscariFerrari 
United Kingdom British Grand Prix  SilverstoneJul 1952 Italy Alberto AscariFerrari 
Germany German Grand Prix  NürburgringAug 1952 Italy Alberto AscariFerrari 
Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix  ZandvoortAug 1952 Italy Alberto AscariFerrari 
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Formula One World Drivers' Champions

1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton

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