29th of June – Well, I guess the brand of this car is pretty obvious. What I’d like to know is: Why is it yellow, who’s the driver and what race is it?
A front-runner in Formula 3 in his own Cooper-Norton during the 1952 season, Rodney Nuckey bought a Formula 2 Cooper-Bristol for 1953. After a third place in the Syracuse GP and fourth in the London Trophy at Crystal Palace, Nuckey entered the 1953 German Grand Prix in the F2 class and scored a fifth place. He continued to race the car in 1954, mainly in Formula Libre events, along with the Ecurie Richmond F3 Cooper. He later retired to live in Australia.
Born: 26th of June 1929 in London, UK;
Died: 29th of June 2000 in Manilla, New South Wales, Australia aged 71.
Paris-born Harry Schell inherited as an 18-year-old a racing team called Ecurie Bleu from his late parents and had a first go at Indianapolis in 1940. After the war he was a regular on the very active French racing scene and he made his Grand Prix debut at Monaco in 1950 at the wheel of the first rear-engined F1 car, the Cooper-JAP. In the years that followed he raced Formula 2 machinery for HWM and Gordini, while enjoying his life playboy lifestyle. In the mid-1950s he drove a Maserati and finished second in the Rome GP and third at Aintree.
In 1956 he drove a Vanwall in the French Grand Prix at Reims, where he battled for the lead against a trio of Lancia-Ferraris. In 1957 he drove a works Maserati, finishing third in the Pescara Grand Prix, and produced a career best second place in the 1958 Dutch Grand Prix in a BRM P25. He was also an active sports car racer and in 1956 partnered Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Maurice Trintignant to victory in a Maserati 300S at the Nurburgring. He stayed with BRM in 1959 but then switched to the Yeoman Credit Cooper team in 1960. On May 13 that year he was killed while qualifying in the wet for the International Trophy non-championship F1 race at Silverstone.
Born: 29th June 1921 in Paris, France;
Died: 13th May 1960 in Silverstone, UK, aged 38.