Cooper T67

Cooper T67

1963 Mk4, T65 / 1963 Mk3A, T67
Original Specification
Wheelbase   7’ 6”
Track            4’3” front, 4’3” rear
Engine          BMC-XSP.  71.5mm bore x 68.2 stroke, capacity 1098cc.
Dry sump. Single twin-choke Weber carburettor.
Gearbox       Citroen-ERSA 6 speed. Fixed length drive shafts.
Wheels         13” cast magnesium.
Brakes          9” discs.

For this last season of Formula Junior Cooper produced a strikingly low and narrow design similar to the previous years Formula 1 car.
The pencil slim body included a large opening in the tail end and the driving position was near horizontal.
The first chassis was built with Hydrolastic suspension units but after trials this system was found to be unsatisfactory so this car and all the production cars had conventional coil springs.
The chassis was constructed in part from smaller diameter tubes than hitherto and incorporated anti-dive front & anti-squat rear wishdones.
A new style of cast magnesium upright was used at the rear together with an additional link arm, adjustable via Rose joints as was much of the suspension.
With the formula drawing to a close, production figures dropped to about half of the previous year and of these only a few had the standard BMC engine. However a significant number specified the now popular Ford engine and a similar number opted to have their cars delivered without any engine.
Jack Knight managed to fit 6 speeds into the much modified Citroen-ERSA gearbox to compete with the, now almost industry standard, Hewland.
The result of all of this sophistication produced a fast car, and Peter Revson, heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune, achieved the fastest ever recorded lap speed for any Formula Junior car with a 130mph lap at Enna-Pergusa.
Kurt Bardi-Barry opened the account for this model with a win at Vallelunga followed a week later when the future Formula 1 star Jochen Mass won at Cessenatico. Unfortunately, this promising start did not herald a spectacular season for the model, with just less than 20 race wins across the world.
However one man, Kurt Ahrens, notched up an astonishing 9 of these, including once at Budapest in front of an estimated 75,000 spectators.
Jean-Claude Franck won with his car at the Brenau circuit near Berlin, which actually involved a section of autobahn carriageways and even part of the slip entry/exit junction system !.
Peter Revson won and led home 4 other Coopers at the Roskilde circuit in Denmark.
The “twins” had moved on, so Tyrrell had some new faces in his cars:-
John Rhodes and Peter Proctor were the regulars, relieved on occasion by Tim Mayer and also by Jose Rosinski who won at Magny Cours.
Whilst at home wins were harder to come by this season but John Taylor won for Gerrard Racing at Mallory two weekends on the trot.
The ex Hydrolastic and the Revson car are amongst the 8 cars known today.

 

1963 Cooper FJ Mk4 T65
Peter Revson T67, Sweden

Cooper T65

Cooper T65

Chassis FJ/15/63

Chassis FJ/15/63 is the prototype Cooper Car Company Limited 1963 Formula Junior.
Only one T65 ( FJ MK IV ) was built and formed the basis for the production cars known as T67’s, 14 of which were built.

Chassis FJ/15/63 also known as the “Hydro Proto” and featured in the February 1963 Autosport Article with a Theo Page cutaway drawing, was shown at the 1963 Motor Show fitted with Hydrolastic suspension.

This proved unsuitable and the car was converted to coil springs.

Run as one of three works Tyrrell Car’s in 1963, driven by, amongst others, Timmy Mayer, Peter Proctor and John Rhodes, FJ/15/63 was returned to the works at the end of the 1963 season and allocated its chassis plate.

The car was then sold by the works to David Porter who ran Trevor Shatwell under the Flairavia Racing banner in International F3 in 1964. The car was then purchased by P.A.B.Stewart from Fife in 1965 who raced, hill climbed and sprinted FJ/15/63 until 1970 under the Caledonian Motors banner. The car was then acquired by Ian Mackenzie then laid up until purchased in dis- assembled state by George Cooper in 2007. George reassembled the car but did not compete with it.  I purchased the car from George Cooper in June 2009 and since then have been developing it, the major change being the finding of the original 6 speed Jack Knight ERSA gearbox in Brisbane which is now (Winter 2011) being refitted to the car.

Since acquisition Chassis FJ/15/63 has competed at Bo’ness, Doune, Prescott,Shelsley Walsh and Vernasca Hill Climbs and been raced at Mallory Park, Croft, Oulton Park, Silverstone, Knockhill, Porto and Portimao.

Cooper T59

1962 Mk3, T59

Original Specification

Wheelbase  7’ 5”
Track           4’3” front, 4’2” rear
Engine         BMC-XSP.  67.6mm bore x 76.2mm stroke, capacity 1095cc.
Dry sump. Single twin-choke Weber carburettor.
Gearbox      Citroen-ERSA 5 speed with 3 pairs of quick-change
alternative ratio final drive drop gears.
Sliding spline drive shafts.
Wheels        13” cast magnesium.
Brakes         9” discs.

This model was the first Cooper Formula Junior to use disc brakes and the callipers were Mini-Cooper. Although the factory continued to use some off the shelf components where practicable more and more items were bespoke, indicating a high level of financial commitment to this formula.
The much improved chassis was narrower & better braced, the wishbones were longer and the body reduced in width & height.
John Love & Tony Maggs continued as the “Cooper Twins” for another year using BMC engines in their Works Team cars, run once again by the Tyrrell Racing Organization. However the Ford was becoming very popular and a good many private teams and individuals opted for this engine, so the “twins” didn’t have it all their own way again this season.
The standard gearbox reverted to the Jack Knight modified ERSA, now in 5 speed form, the previously unpopular Renault alternative for the Mk2 being dropped.
Although MRP thinned a little overall, they continued to support the marque in some numbers and it fell to Richard Attwood to chalk up this model’s first victory, at Silverstone, the precursor to more than 30 race wins for numerous teams and privateers.
The “twins” had some good wins individually on the continent, augmented by Denis Hulme on occasion and at Karlskoga they produced another of their set piece 1st & 2nd finishes.
The 1962 season was very fruitful and more than once Mk3s were winning at three different circuits on the same day all across Europe.
The USA was a very good market for this model and several famous figures, who had supported Coopers so far, continued with the Mk3.
Tim Mayer did well, twice leading a 1-2-3 race finish and Walt Hansgen had some good wins in a Briggs Cunningham entered car, who raced his FIAT engined Mk2 Cooper himself sometimes.
Another legend in his own lifetime who enjoyed racing the excellent Mk3 was Roger Penske.
This highly regarded model sold to 11 different countries in 1962 and 30 cars are known to survive today.

1962 Cooper FJ Mk3 T59
1962 Dunboyne Ireland. Ken Tyrrell & John Love #4

 

Cooper T59 – Steve Smith

This car is Chassis No. FJ-14-62, supplied new to Roland Boddi in March 1962 and raced and hill climbed by him in the Scuderia Filipinetti team during 1962/63 throughout Europe at circuits such as Reims, Monaco, Monza, Clermont Ferrand, Circuito Del Garda etc. The best result came at Garda in 1962 finishing 4th. At Garda the following year, after winning his heat, Boddi crashed whilst lying 2nd behind Jo Schlesser, and was thrown from the car thus ending his racing career. The car was then rebuilt and used in the Swiss Hill Climb Championship for many years.

The car returned to the UK in 1999 and is restored to its original Scuderia Filipinetti livery and raced regularly by current owner Steve Smith.

Cooper T59 – Andrew Wilkinson

Chassis number 28 was the last official chassis released from the Cooper factory. It was purchased by David Cole who campaigned the car in period in Formula Junior, coming 3rd at Goodwood in March 1963 and 8th at Roskilde Ring in Denmark in August 1963.  Formula Junior finished at the end of 1963 and the car was raced in the Monoposto Formula in the seventies after which it was retired for a while. In the mid eighties the car was purchased by Peter Walker as a rebuild project and upon his death the restoration was completed by Alan Baillie. By this time the car had been fitted with a Ford engine and a hewland gearbox. John Harper purchased the car in 1990 and raced it for two seasons. It was then purchased by Alan McGregor in April 1992 and campaigned successfully in the popular Historic Formula Junior series for several years. Andrew Wilkinson bought the car in 2009 whereupon it was renovated again and is now continuing to be campaigned in HFJ.

Cooper T56

1961 Mk2,T56

Original Specification.

Wheelbase   7’ 5”
Track          4’ front, 3’11” rear.
Engine       BMC-XSP.  64.4mm bore x 76.2mm stroke, capacity 994cc.
Wet sump. Single twin-choke Weber carburettor.
Gearbox    Renault 4 speed, or at optional extra cost
Citroen-ERSA 4 speed with 3 pairs of quick-change
alternative ratio final drive drop gears.
Sliding spline drive shafts.
Wheels     13” cast magnesium.
Brakes       8” radial fin cast magnesium drums.
Hydraulic twin leading shoe.

The second Cooper Formula Junior

This second Formula Junior was designed to closely resemble the contemporary F1 model and the now predominately straight tube chassis, just 2 inches shorter wheelbase than the F1 car, was clothed in a fibreglass body with a long nose & high tail fin and was the first Cooper to use 13” wheels.
Suspension was coil springs & wishbones all round, retaining the previous uprights but now with brake drums separate from the wheels.
BMC continued as the standard engine but some Ford Cosworths were fitted which had become available in 1098cc capacity and dry sump.
Walt Hansgen was victorious in the models’ very first race, actually in November 1960, at Riverside, California in the prototype.
Ricardo Rodriguez then won with this car in Mexico City, following which it featured in a motor racing B movie film, in which Ricardo was lead actor and the car was painted in Coke-Cola colours complete with huge bottle top logos.
Future World Champion, New Zealander Denis Hulme raced a Mk2 several times and eventually won with his car Pescara.
Nearer home, Tony Maggs and John Love were hugely successful, finishing 1st & 2nd together for the Works Team in over a dozen European races, sharing the laurels roughly equally and even staging a dead heat once at Montlhery.
The Midland Racing Partnership team fielded up to five of this model and John Rhodes won a great many of the UK races for them. He went on to race Grand Prix Coopers and acquired the title “Smoking” Rhodes when he raced Mini-Coopers to equally good effect.
On the strength of all this success the famous film actor and motorcycle racer Steve McQueen bought one of the works team cars at the end of the year.
30 cars are known to survive including Works Team cars, MRP cars and the Hansgen/Rodriguez car.

 

1961 Cooper FJ Mk2 T56
Tony Maggs, 7th Aug 1961, Brands Hatch

 

Cooper T56 – Peter Jackson

1961 Cooper Mk2 Formula Junior T56

FJ/21/61

Engine > Ford Cosworth Mk4 dry sump, 2 valves per cylinder,
bore 85mm x stroke 48mm, 1098cc, A6 camshaft, 9.0krpm, 110bhp.
Transmission > Inverted VW transaxle, 4 speed close ratio gear cluster.
Brakes > 8”dia x 1 ½”wide, iron lined cast magnesium drums.
Wheelbase 89”, Track 48”, Weight 412kg.

This car was originally one of the Cooper Works Team cars run by Ken Tyrrell, which were raced by John Love and Tony Maggs for the 1961 Formula Junior Championship season ~ won jointly by Maggs.

In September 1961 the car was sold to Frenchman, Robert Bouharde and given chassis number FJ/21/61 by the works, for export purposes.
Bouharde raced the car extensively until Formula Junior ceased at the end of 1963, including winning the 1962 Coupe de Paris at Montlhery.

In 1966 the original BMC engine was changed for a Ford and for 10 yrs was used for Sand Races, Hill Climbs & Sprints in Jersey, Channel Isles.
Brian Moody won the 1967 Sand Racing Championship, Ching Trophy.

A major restoration in 1978 included refitting a BMC engine, which survived until a catastrophic blow up in 1988 when the present Ford engine was fitted and the original gearbox was replaced by the VW.

Some notable former owners include Tico Martini of Formula 1 fame and Roy Lane the British Hill Climb Champion.

The car has been actively competitive for almost every year of its existence being campaigned all over Europe and also North Africa.
The present owner enjoys continuing this fine tradition with mostly Historic Racing Championships, Hill Climbs and Sprints.

The car is presented in the French period livery of Robert Bouharde.

Cooper T56 – Crispian Besley

John Taylor Memorial Race, Mallory Park 23rd Aug 2009

Serial  #MOWDG405

This car was originally one of the three Cooper BMC Works Team cars run by Ken Tyrrell.
It was raced by both John Love and Tony Maggs* for the 1961 Formula Junior Championship season and they were hugely successful, finishing 1st & 2nd together for the Works Team in over a dozen European races, sharing the laurels roughly equally and even staging a dead heat once at Montlhery.
Tony Maggs took eight wins, including Goodwood, Magny-Cours, Monza, Karlskoga, Zandvoort, Oulton Park and Monthlery and went on to win the European Formula Junior Championship. ~ won jointly with Jo Siffert
The car was sold to an Australian buyer by David Rishworth in 1979 and later to the Valdez collection in the US from which I bought it in 2008.
I re-imported it into the UK early in 2009 and finding it completely unraceworthy had it recommissioned.I then debuted it at the John Taylor trophy race at Mallory Park and winning the class by 6 hundredth’s of a second as the engine was in the process of letting go !
*Maggs and  Love both went on to compete in contemporary F1:
The son of a wealthy farmer/businessman, Maggs shot to prominence in Formula Junior and was invited into the works Cooper Formula 1 team for 1962 and 63, partnering Bruce Mclaren and finishing second in the French Grand Prix of both years. Maggs was dropped at the end of ’63 in favour of former World Champion Phil Hill,
John Love came very close to becoming the first African driver to win a World Championship Grand Prix in 1967 when driving an ex- Bruce Mclaren Cooper in the South African Grand Prix at Kylami.Love had been a leading local driver for many years and at 42 was relatively old for a Grand Prix driver. Eighteen months earlier he had acquired Cooper T79 with a Climax  four-cylinder engine, which Bruce McLaren had raced in the 1965 Tasman series, winning the Australian GP at Longford.

Cooper T56 – Claus Myhr

Nurburgring 2007

Cooper T56 – Clive Temple

Cooper T52

1960 Mk1, T52

Original Specification.
Wheelbase   7’ 2”
Track            3’10” front, 3’9” rear
Engine          BMC-XSP,  64.4mm bore x 76.2mm stroke, capacity 994cc.
Wet sump.  Twin SU carburettors.
Gearbox       Citroen-ERSA 4 speed, with 3 pairs of quick-change
alternative ratio final drive drop gears.
                      Sliding spline drive shafts.                
Wheels         15” cast magnesium.
Brakes          8” drums integral with wheels, hydraulic twin leading shoe.              

This first Cooper Formula Junior design drew heavily on parts from other models ~~ the 15” wheels came from the F3-500 cars whilst the gearbox, transverse rear leaf spring and cast magnesium uprights all came from F2.
The chassis was a Cooper trademark all curved tube spaceframe and the aluminium body, typically simple to remove, was a nicely proportioned whale back style. Front suspension was by double wishbones with coil springs and hydraulic telescopic dampers were fitted all round.
BMC engines were the factory standard but other makes such as FIAT, Lancia & DKW were fitted and a few cars had the newly developed Ford engine, including one which was raced by Jonathan Seiff of the Marks & Spencer family. He was to become MD of the Chipstead Group when they bought out the Cooper firm some years later.
First race victory fell to the BMC engined car of Jack Dalton at Stockton, California and Kurt Ahrens’ FIAT powered example won at Trier in Germany just a few weeks later and he took 3 more victories including one at Dresden.
Henry Taylor won the prestigious Monaco Junior GP race and won again at Albi and then at Silverstone.
Notably John Surtees made his single seater debut in this model, finishing 2nd to Jim Clark at Goodwood and he went on to fame & fortune as the only man, so far, to be a World Champion racing cars and motorcycles.
Rising star Mike Spence won two races in England and Walt Hansgen a similar number in USA, driving Briggs Cunningham’s car.
The Lancia engined car is one of the 15 cars known today.

 

1960 Cooper FJ Mk1 T52

Mike Spence, Cooper Mk1 Formula Junior T52, Goodwood Mar’60

Crossle 4F

Andrew Robertson – Mallory Park March 2008