From the Archives - The British Empire Trophy 1955

The BRDC British Empire Trophy was conceived in 1932. Throughout its lifespan the race was hosted at 5 different circuits and has been awarded for 10 separate race categories.

In 1955, the race was held at Oulton Park for F2 Sports cars, where it was won by Scottish driver W.A.”Archie” Scott-Brown on a waterlogged circuit. He averaged 73.52mph in a race lasting 55 mins 45 seconds, driving a Lister Bristol entered by Brian Lister.

The Lucas and Dunlop prize money of £250 was shared between the lifelong friends. It was Brian Lister of the Cambridge based Lister Company, who had first recognised Archie Scott-Brown’s talent. Scott-Brown repaid Lister by also winning the British Empire Trophy in 1957 having lost out to Stirling Moss in 1956.

The victories were made sweeter by the fact that Scott-Brown was banned from participating in the 1954 Empire Trophy race due to his disabilities and licensing issues. Archie was born without a right hand and shinbones as a result of German Measles. His love of motoring began when his father made him a small car to aid his mobility. By 1951 Archie was competing in his own MG Roadster. He would eventually gain 71 race victories and participate in a Formula 1 Race in 1956.

Scott-Brown’s international career was hampered by the refusal to give him an international race license, which was overturned following pressure from fellow drivers. He eventually had 15 international victories and was a greatly respected driver known for his daring antics on the track. This painting celebrating the 1955 win can be viewed in the Segrave Room.

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