The British Vanwall Formula One team forever has the honour of being the first-ever winner of the World Constructors Championship trophy.
The Vanwall team, which won in 1958, was led on track by Sir Stirling Moss. This motoring legend was supported by Tony Vandervell, the team owner, and David Yorke, the manager, and their success was the culmination of a decade of determination to beat Italy’s Ferrari team and restore Britain’s pride as an automotive country of excellence.
The name Vanwall is a hybrid of Vandervell and Thinwall. The latter was a bearings business and the first cars – Thinwall Specials – were Ferrari race cars resprayed in British racing green. From the beginning, the team went all out to win.
From 1954, the British Vanwalls were racing regularly and were soon famed for their pioneering innovation, using fuel injection, disc brakes and next-generation tyres.
The remarkable chassis designed in 1956 by Colin Chapman (of Lotus fame) and aerospace engineer Frank Costin propelled Vanwall into a new league. Within the next two years the car was a regular race winner and champion of the Constructors World title. The 1958 Vanwall car won six of its nine races that year, leaving Ferrari and all others in its wake as it claimed its place in F1 history.
The legend continues…
Fans of Vanwall will be eagerly anticipating the six cars currently planned to be built to 1958 specifications, drawing on original designs and being handmade and machined by highly specialist historic race engineers. The detail of accuracy will reflect the original cars to the nearest thousandth of an inch.
The Vanwall Drivers
Sir Stirling Moss
1958 saw Sir Stirling Moss at the height of his legendary driving skills. Known for testing cars to the limit and only working with the best, he won at Zandvoort, Oporto and Casablanca.
Tony Brooks won three of the nine races that Vanwall competed in during 1958, including Spa, Nürburgring and Monza. Graceful and consistent, he was known for his almost poetic style on the track.
Sheer determination and talent earned Stuart Lewis-Evans his position as driver #3. He earned third place at both Spa and Oporto and had all the makings of a true champion before his tragic and untimely death following a crash at Casablanca. Rightfully, his name and reputation live on.