ARA Model Review: 1959 COOPER T51-CLIMAX FPF FORMULA ONE #24

7 July 1998


BRUMM 1:43 SCALE 1959 COOPER T51-CLIMAX FPF FORMULA ONE #24,
WINNER, MAY 10, 1959 MONTE CARLO GRAND PRIX, MONACO, JACK
BRABHAM

Brumm Catalog #R278

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	As with all Brumm models (manufactured in Italy), the
model is 1:43 scale and is presented in a see-through
plastic display case with a removable cover.
	The 1:43 scale is a good compromise between space
considerations regarding display and sufficient size to
permit reasonable levels of detail.
	Model length: 3.25 inches; width: 1.25 inches; height:
0.7 inch
	Model construction: Metal with plastic interior
(detailed) and windscreen, exhaust and mirrors
	Display case length: 5.25 inches; width: 2.375 inches;
height: 1.875 inches

	The Brumm Cooper T51 model in beautiful British Racing
Green is an essentially "spot on" replica of the #24 Cooper
T51-Climax FPF driven to victory by Jack Brabham in the May
10, 1959 Monaco Grand Prix!  The victory was the first for
Brabham in a World Championship event and began a
championship season for both Brabham and Cooper!
	Unlike the "substantial" front-engined Grand Prix cars
of the 1950s, the Cooper T51 represents the advent of
"smaller, lighter, more aerodynamic" design!  The Brumm
model accurately reflects the far more compact design of
this vanguard of the "rear-engine revolution."
	Page 81 of Racing Cars and the History of Motor Sport
by Peter Roberts (Octopus Books, London, 1973), contains a
very clear grid shot of the #24.  Page 159 of Mike Lang's
Grand Prix! (Haynes Publishing, 1981) contains a full-page
photograph of #24 in action at Monaco.
	The Brumm model conforms in all visible details to the
two photographs!  The #24 is correctly shown in a white
circle and is properly positioned; the Cooper nose badging
is correctly depicted.  The car's white striping, on the
nose and tail, is accurately depicted and positioned.  The
car's silhouette, featuring various scoops, dual fuel
fillers, and wraparound windscreen, is accurately detailed. 
The T51's mirrors are faithfully depicted and positioned. 
The wheels are correctly depicted and the tires feature the
correct Dunlop identification.  The exhaust, positioned at
the rear on the right side exiting underneath the wheel
assembly, is a correct representation.  The detailed
interior matches the available photography and the cutaway
drawing published in the Cooper autobiography.  The model
thus evokes the proper "look and feel" of the prototype!
	Cooper as a marque is best known for achieving the
honor of the first rear-engined World Championship race win
(1958 Argentine GP, Stirling Moss, Rob Walker Cooper
T45-Climax) and for winning the 1959 and 1960 World
Championships with Jack Brabham; in the United States,
Cooper is also remembered for its groundbreaking 1961
Indianapolis 500 effort with Jack Brabham.
	Car Facts and Feats (Guinness, 1971) notes that
"Charles and John Cooper, father and son, brought about a
revolution by evolution, through a series of extraordinarily
simple cars.  Quite simply, the Coopers proved through
racing success that the correct place for the engine of a
racing car is behind the driver-while earlier essays in this
configuration had by no means been unsuccessful, they had
simply not been overwhelmingly convicing."
	As John Bentley noted in his book, The Grand Prix
Carpetbaggers: The Autobiography of John Cooper, "From the
time he was eight, when his father built him a single seater
with a lawn mower engine at the family garage, John Cooper's
life was race cars and race courses.  John Cooper designed
and built some of the best cars ever raced."
	Mike Lawrence, in his Directory of Grand Prix Cars
1945-65, describes the Cooper T51 as follows: "The 1959 cars
(T51) were virtually the same as the 1958 (T45) version." 
As he had noted, "the 1958 cars (T45) also had coil spring
and double wishbone front suspension and an additional top
wishbone at the rear.  Disc brakes became usual equipment
and there was a new front anti-roll bar and a wider body."
	Cooper notes that the 1959 Climax FPF four-cylinder,
twin-cam engine "displaced 2495 cc (152.2 cubic inches) and
put out 239 bhp at 6750 rpm."
	Lawrence enthused "In the Manufacturers Championship,
Cooper came first from Ferrari and it was an achievement
which cannot be underestimated.  Some enthusiasts from a
Surrey garage were Champions of the world, when all they had
initially set out to do was to have some fun and cheap
racing with some Fiat Topolino bits and a J.A.P. engine. 
Why, they had not even run in F1 three years before and it
was less than 29 months since a British car (Vanwall) had
first won a World Championship event, and that was the
result of years of dedicated effort by a millionaire
industrialist.  This was Boys' Own Paper stuff."
	Cooper's 1959 efforts encompassed the entry of "works"
T51 and T45 chassis with Climax FPF engines and Rob Walker's
entry of T51 chassis with Climax FPF engines for Stirling
Moss and Maurice Trintignant.
	In the 1959 World Championship season-opener at Monaco
on May 10, works T51s were entered for Jack Brabham and
Bruce McLaren while Masten Gregory was entered in a T45. 
Walker entered T51s for Moss and Trintignant.
	Moss won the pole; Brabham qualified third, Trintignant
sixth, Gregory eleventh (in the T45) and McLaren thirteenth. 
Jean Behra, driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 1959, led the
first 21 laps in a Dino 246.  Moss took the lead on lap 22
and held it through lap 81 before retiring with gearbox
failure; this was to be the first of several such failures
in 1959 and was traced, unfortunately after the season, to
problems at Colotti (Moss' cars used Colotti gearboxes
unlike the works cars)!  Moss' misfortune was Brabham's good
fortune as he led the remainder of the 100-lap race and won
by 20.4 seconds over Ferrari team leader Tony Brooks' Dino
246.  Brabham also set Fast Lap.  Trintignant was third in
the second Walker T51, two laps down, after enduring a
one-lap pit stop to attend to a throttle problem.  McLaren
was fifth, four laps down, after a collision with Harry
Schell!  Gregory (in the T45) suffered a gearbox failure
after six laps when running tenth.  Cooper notes in his
autobiography that "there was almost no oil in the gearbox
and this problem remained to plague us for quite a while,
yet, until I finally hit on the solution."  Later, Cooper
notes, "a small modification to the gearbox lid performed
the trick immediately."  However, the fix apparently wasn't
discovered and made until after further problems at
Zandvoort!
	Brabham's victory (plus Fast Lap) over Brooks very
prophetically set up the 1959 World Championship battle:
Brabham led Brooks by three points, 9 to 6, and was destined
to lead the points throughout the championship en route to
the 1959 title!
	Round two, the Dutch GP, was held May 31 at Zandvoort. 
Cooper entered T51s for Brabham and Gregory with no entry
for McLaren, while Moss and Trintignant drove T51s for
Walker.
	Brabham qualified second, Moss third, Gregory seventh
and Trintignant eleventh.  Joakim Bonnier took the pole in
the works BRM 25 and led 58 of the 75 laps en route to
victory by 14.2 seconds over Brabham for BRM's first-ever
World Championship GP win!  The other seventeen laps were
led by the two works Cooper T51s and Moss in the Walker T51!
	Gregory led laps two through eleven before encountering
gearbox troubles; he eventually finished third, on the lead
lap.  Brabham led laps 30 through 33.  Moss set Fast Lap and
led laps 60 through 62 before retiring with gearbox trouble! 
Trintignant finished eighth, two laps down.
	Brabham now had fifteen World Championship points;
Bonnier was now second with eighth and Brooks third with 6.
	Round three of the 1959 World Championship, the Grand
Prix of France, was held at Reims on July 5.  Cooper entered
T51s for Brabham and Gregory and a T45 for McLaren.  Cooper
also tried a fully-enclosed streamliner T51 but it was
abandoned after practice runs revealed a tendency to "lift." 
Trintignant drove the only Walker T51 as Moss was driving
the BRP (British Racing Partnership) BRM 25!
	Tony Brooks won the pole in a works Ferrari Dino 246
and led all fifty laps to score a 27.5 seconds victory over
teammate Phil Hill in a Ferrari 1-2!  Brabham finished
third, on the lead lap, after running second from laps 21
through 25.  McLaren finished fifth, on the lead lap, in the
T45; he ran as high as fourth from laps 43 through 46. 
Trintignant ran second from laps six through nineteen but
spun; he finished eleventh, fourteen laps down.  Gregory ran
second on laps four and five but wilted in the heat,
retiring with heat exhaustion after onlly eight laps.  Moss
in the BRP BRM 25 set Fast Lap.
	Brabham now had 19 World Championship points and led
the title chase over Brooks' 14.
	The British Grand Prix of 1959 was held at Aintree on July
18.  Brabham and Gregory again drove the works T51s with
McLaren in a works T45 and Trintignant again was in the only
Walker T51 as Moss again drove the BRP BRM 25.
	Brabham won the pole, with Trintignant starting fourth,
Gregory fifth and McLaren eighth.  Brabham led the entire
75-lap race and won by 22.2 seconds over Moss, who set Fast
Lap in the BRP BRM 25 in its best result!  McLaren finished
third in the T45, only 0.2 second behind Moss after a battle
which saw McLaren actually in second place on lap 67! 
McLaren also shared Fast Lap with Moss.  Trintignant
finished fifth, one lap down, after running third from laps
fifteen through twenty-three.  Gregory finished seventh, two
laps down; he ran as high as third on lap six but according
to Cooper's autobiography Gregory's engine was overheating
(he even stopped for water).
	Brabham left England with 27 World Championship points
while Brooks was still at 14!
	Round five of the 1959 World Championship, the Grand
Prix of Germany, was held for the first (and only) time at
the super-fast Avus track.  The race was held in two heats
with the finish determined on "aggregate" as the organizers
felt that tires would not survive an uninterrupted race.
	Brabham and Gregory were again entered in the works
T51s with McLaren in the works T45.  Moss returned to the
Walker team for the remainder of the season as he joined
Trintignant in driving a T51.
	Moss qualified second, Brabham fourth and Gregory
fifth; McLaren qualified ninth in the T45 and Trintignant
qualified twelfth.
	Tony Brooks won the pole in a works Ferrari Dino 246;
he won both heats, leading 42 of the 60 total laps and
setting Fast Lap, winning on aggregate by 1.6 seconds over
teammate Dan Gurney.  Gurney was second in the first heat
and third in the second, leading eight laps of the event. 
Third, only 3.52 seconds behind Gurney, was teammate Phil
Hill in a Ferrari 1-2-3!  Hill finished third in heat one
and second in heat two, leading seven laps of the event.
	Trintignant was the first non-Ferrari home in fourth,
one lap down, as all the other Coopers retired!  Trintignant
was sixth in heat one and fourth in heat two.
	Three of the Coopers retired with gearbox failure: Moss
after one lap, Brabham after fifteen (due to an incorrectly
machined pinion gear according to Cooper's autobiography)
after running as high as third from laps two through four,
and McLaren after 37 laps as he finished fourth, a lap down,
in the first heat but retired after eight laps in heat two
when running fourth after having moved as high as third. 
Gregory led the only laps not led by Ferrari, laps three and
four and twenty-three of heat one, when his engine blew on
lap twenty-four!
	Brooks' victory and Fast Lap increased his point total
to 23, only four behind Brabham's 27!  Cooper still led the
Constructors title chase with 29 points, although Ferrari
now had 24.
	Round six, the Grand Prix of Portugal, was held at
Monsanto on August 23.  Again Brabham and Gregory drove
works T51s with McLaren in the T45; Moss and Trintignant
drove the Walker T51s.
	Coopers qualified 1-2-3-4 at Monsanto with Moss on the
pole, Brabham second, Gregory third and Trintignant fourth! 
McLaren qualified eighth in the T45.  Moss led the entire
62-lap event, setting Fast Lap, two win by one lap over
Gregory!  Trintignant finished fourth, two laps down. 
Brabham ran second for the first 23 laps but hit a telegraph
pole on the 24th avoiding a lapped car!  McLaren retired
after 38 laps with clutch problems while running third.  Dan
Gurney finished third in a Ferrari Dino 246, the first
non-Cooper, 1 minute, 51.22 seconds behind Gregory!
	With neither Brabham or Brooks scoring points, the
drivers' Championship chase remained static but Cooper began
to pull away from Ferrari in the Constructors standings.
	Masten Gregory suffered a broken collarbone, fractured
leg and several cracked ribs in the Tourist Trophy sports
car race at Goodwood and thus couldn't compete in the final
two events of the 1959 World Championship season.
	Round seven, the Grand Prix of Italy at Monza, was held
September 13.  Brabham drove the works T45 at Monza with the
T51s assigned to McLaren and substitute driver Giorgio
Scarlatti.  Moss and Trintignant drove Walker T51s.
	Moss won the pole with Brabham starting third; McLaren
qualified ninth, Scarlatti twelfth and Trintignant
thirteenth.
	Moss won the race by 46.7 seconds over Ferrari's Phil
Hill.  Moss led 43 of the 72 laps, making no tire stop,
while Hill, the leader of the remaining 29 laps, set Fast
Lap but made a tire stop!  Brabham also made no tire stop in
the T45 and finished third, on the lead lap.  Trintignant
finished ninth, two laps down, with Scarlatti twelfth, four
laps down, after, according to Cooper's autobiography, he
suffered gear linkage problems, including a two-lap pit stop
to recover shifting capability.  McLaren retired with engine
failure after 22 laps while running sixth.
	Brabham now had 31 points to 23 for Brooks entering the
final round of the 1959 season.
	The season finale, the Grand Prix of the United States,
was held at Sebring on December 12.  Cooper entered a T51
for Brabham and a T45 for McLaren.  Moss and Trintignant
drove the Walker T51s.  Harry Schell also had a T51 entered
by his "Ecurie Bleue."
	Moss took the pole with Brabham qualifying second,
Schell third, Trintignant fifth and McLaren tenth.  It was
later revealed (post-race) that Schell's third-fastest lap
was a "prank" as he short-cut the circuit.
	Polesitter Moss led the first five laps but retired
with gearbox failure!  Brabham then led laps six through 41
of the 42-lap race but ran out of fuel on the last lap, and
thus McLaren won by 0.6 second over Trintignant, who set
Fast Lap on the final lap trying to catch McLaren!  Thus
Coopers led every lap of the event!  Brabham finished
fourth, on the lead lap, while Schell ran into clutch
problems and retired after five laps.  Tony Brooks, hit by
teammate Wolfgang Trips on the first lap, pitted for an
"inspection" and finished third, on the lead lap, but 3
minutes, 3 seconds behind runnerup Trintignant.
	Brabham's three points for fourth at Sebring were a
"dropped score" and he completed the 1959 season with 31
points to Brooks' 27.  Moss ranked third with 25.5 points,
18 earned in the Walker Coopers, 7.5 earned in the BRP BRM. 
Phil Hill was fourth for Ferrari with 20, with Trintignant
fifth at 19 in the Walker Coopers and McLaren sixth with
16.5 in the works Coopers.  Masten Gregory tied for eighth
ranking (with BRM's Bonnier) competing in six of the eight
events in the works Coopers.
	In the Constructors Championship, Cooper-Climax
achieved the title with 40 points; the cars actually scored
53 points "gross" but three results totalling 13 points were
"dropped."  All Cooper-Climax entries, not just those
entered by the works, were eligible for points, and thus the
Walker Coopers of Moss and Trintignant earned points for
Cooper, although their contribution made no difference to
the eventual results.  Trintignant's fourth at Avus gave
Cooper three points it would not have achieved otherwise as
none of the works Coopers finished; Moss' win at Monsanto
came with Gregory second and thus Cooper would have won
anyway (although Gurney's Ferrari would have been second
rather than third) and Moss' Monza win came with Brabham
third and thus without Moss the Phil Hill Ferrari would have
won with Brabham second.  All told, the Walker Coopers
resulted in a "+5" Constructors points for Cooper, not
essential for the Cooper title.
	Ferrari was second with 32 points (38 "gross" as two
results totalling six points were dropped).  BRM was a
distant third with 18.
	Brabham competed in all eight 1959 World Championship
events for Cooper, seven driving T51 entries, once in a T45
(Monza).  In the T51s he won twice and achieved one second,
one third, and one fourth-place finish for a total of five
point-scoring finishes.  He suffered one mechanical
retirement (Avus) and wrecked once (Monsanto), achieving an
average finish of 4.85 in seven T51 starts.  He won one pole
(Aintree), started second four times, third twice and fourth
once for a T51 average start of 2.29!  He set one Fast Lap
(Monaco) and led four races for 134 laps (28.87%),
completing 380 of 464 possible laps, or 81.9%.  In the T45
at Monza he started and finished third, on the lead lap. 
His eight 1959 World Championship starts thus saw him win
twice, score one runnerup finish, finish third twice and
fourth once for six point-scoring finishes, completing 452
of 536 laps (84.32%) and leading four races and 134 laps
(25.0%) with an average finish of 4.625 and an average start
of 2.375!
	McLaren drove works Cooper entries in seven 1959 World
Championship races; he competed twice in T51s and five times
in T45s.  In the T51s he finished fifth once (Monaco) but
suffered a mechanical retirement in the other T51 start at
Monza.  His average start and finish in the T51s was
identical, 11.0.  He completed 118 of 172 laps, or 68.6%. 
In Bruce's five T45 starts, he scored a win, a third, and a
fifth for three point-scoring finishes; he retired with
mechanical problems twice (Avus and Monsanto).  He achieved
one Fast Lap (Aintree) and led one race for one lap
(Sebring) and won!  His T45 average finish was 5.8 from an
average start of 9.0.  He completed 242 of 289 possible T45
laps, or 83.74%.  All told, his seven 1959 World
Championship starts for Cooper produced a win, a third, and
two fifth-place finishes for four point-paying finishes,
three mechanical retirements, one Fast Lap, one race and one
lap led, 360 of 461 possible laps completed (78.09%) and an
average finish of 7.29 from an average start of 9.57.
	Masten Gregory competed in six 1959 World Championship
races for Cooper, five in T51 entries and once in a T45.  In
the T45 at Monaco he started eleventh and placed thirteenth,
retiring after six laps with gearbox failure.  In the five
T51 starts, he achieved a runnerup finish (Monsanto) and a
third (Zandvoort), one non-point finish (seventh at
Aintree), and led two races for thirteen laps.  He suffered
two mechanical retirements and quit one event due to heat
exhaustion.  He completed 240 of 322 possible T51 laps, or
74.53%, posting an average finish of 8.0 from an average
start of 5.4.  In his six total 1959 World Championship
Cooper appearances his average finish was 8.83 from an
average start of 6.33 and he completed 246 of 422 laps
possible, or 58.29%.
	Giorgio Scarlatti was the only other Cooper works
driver in 1959, starting and finishing twelfth at Monza,
four laps down.
	The works Cooper team entered fifteen T51s in 1959
World Championship competition, achieving two wins, two
seconds, two thirds, a fourth, and a fifth for eight
point-paying finishes.  The T51s achieved one non-point
finish, one pole, one Fast Lap, suffered four mechanical
retirements, one accident retirement and one driver fatigue
retirement.  The works T51s completed 806 of 1030 laps, or
78.25%, leading six races and 147 laps (27.43%).  The works
T51s posted an average finish of 7.2 from an average start
of 5.13.
	The works Cooper team entered seven T45s in 1959 World
Championship competition, achieving one win, two
third-place, and one fifth-place finish for four
point-paying finishes.  The works T45s achieved one Fast Lap
and led one lap in one race.  They suffered three mechanical
retirements and completed 320 of 461 laps, or 69.41%,
posting an average finish of 6.43 from an average start of
8.43.
	The 22 works Cooper entries in 1959 World Championship
racing achieved three wins, two runnerup finishes, four
third-place finishes, a fourth and two fifths for a total of
12 point-paying finishes and one non-points finish.  Works
Coopers posted one pole and two Fast Laps, suffering seven
mechanical retirements, one accident retirement, and one
driver fatigue retirement.  The 1959 works Coopers completed
1126 of 1491 laps, or 75.52%, led six races and led 148 laps
(27.61%).  The 1959 works Coopers posted an average finish
of 6.95 from an average start of 6.18.
	The Rob Walker Cooper T51 team entered all eight races. 
Maurice Trintignant competed in all eight events, earning
one runnerup finish, one third-place finish, two
fourth-place finishes and one fifth for a total of five
point-paying finishes plus three non-point finishes and NO
retirements!  Trintignant set one Fast Lap (Sebring).  He
completed 512 of 536 possible laps, or 95.52%!  His average
finish was 5.75 from an average start of 7.875.
	Moss competed in six events driving Rob Walker Cooper
T51s.  He won twice but retired with gearbox failures in the
other four events!  Moss won four poles and set two Fast
Laps.  Stirling completed 284 of 411 laps, or 69.09%.  He
led five races for 173 laps, or 42.09%.  His average finish
of 8.5 came from an average start of 1.5!
	The fourteen 1959 World Championship starts by Rob
Walker's Cooper T51s thus produced two wins, one runnerup
finish, one third-place finish, two fourths and one fifth
for seven point-paying finishes plus three non-point
finishes.  The Walker T51s achieved two poles and three Fast
Laps, retiring from four events with gearbox failures.  They
completed 796 of 947 possible laps, or 84.05%, and led five
races for 173 laps, or 32.28%.
	The combined works Cooper and Rob Walker T51 entry
totals for 1959 World Championship racing show 29 entries
producing an average finish of 7.07 from an average start of
5.14.  The T51s won four races, finished second three times,
third three times, fourth three times and fifth twice for a
total of fifteen point-scoring finishes plus four non-point
finishes.  The T51s won five poles and set four Fast Laps,
leading seven races for a total of 320 laps (59.70%)!  The
T51s suffered eight mechanical retirements, one accident
retirement and one driver fatigue retirement, completing
1602 of 1977 possible laps, or 81.03%.
	The eight-race 1959 World Championship season produced
wins by four teams using three chassis marques, four chassis
models, and three engine marques.
	Jack Brabham, Tony Brooks, and Stirling Moss each won
two races with Joakim Bonnier and Bruce McLaren scoring one
victory apiece.  The works Cooper team won three races, the
Walker Cooper team won two events, Scuderia Ferrari won two
races, and the works BRM team triumphed once.
	Cooper chassis won five events, with the works T51
entries winning twice and Walker's T51s also winning twice
and the works T45 winning once (McLaren at Sebring). 
Scuderia Ferrari Dino 246s won twice and the works BRM 25
won once.  Each of the five Cooper victories was powered by
a Climax FPF four-cylinder engine.
	The works Ferrari took four of the eight runnerup
finishes (Phil Hill two, Brooks and Gurney one each) while
Brabham and Gregory (works Cooper T51s), Trintignant (Walker
Cooper T51) and Stirling Moss (BRP BRM 25) achieved one
apiece.
	Cooper chassis achieved five of the third-place
finishes (two by works T45 entires, two by works T51
entries, and one by a Walker T51) with Brabham achieving two
and Gregory, McLaren and Trintignant one apiece in the
Coopers.  The works Ferrari Dinos took the other three
third-place finishes, one apiece by Brooks, Gurney, and Phil
Hill.
	All told, of the 24 possible 1959 World Championship
"podium" finishes, thirteen were achieved by Cooper chassis
and Climax FPF engines, nine by Ferrari chassis and engines,
and two by BRM chassis and engines.  The works Cooper team
and the Scuderia Ferrari achieved the most 1959 "podiums" by
a team, 9 apiece, followed by the Rob Walker Cooper team's
four.  The works BRM and BRP BRM teams each posted one
"podium" finish.
	Brabham led the drivers in "podium" finishes with five;
Brooks posted four.  Phil Hill and Moss achieved three
"podium" finishes apiece, Gregory, Gurney, McLaren and
Trintignant two apiece, and Bonnier one.
	Cooper-Climax FPF entries led the most races, seven,
and the most laps, 321, or 59.89% of a possible 536 laps. 
Ferraris led three races for 157 laps, or 29.29%.  BRM led
one race for 58 laps, or 10.82%.
	The Rob Walker Cooper T51 effort tied for the team
leadership in races led (with Cooper) with five and led the
teams in laps led with 173 (all by Moss), or 32.28%.  The
works Ferrari team led three races (third-ranking) but led
157 laps (29.29%) for second-ranking.  The works Cooper team
tied for the entrants' leadership in races led with five but
led 148 laps, or 27.61%, third-ranking.  Only one of the
Cooper team's laps was led by a T45, but it was the final
lap at Sebring and earned a victory.  The works BRM led one
race for 58 laps, or 10.82%.
	Moss led all drivers with five races led and 173 laps
led (32.28%), all in the Walker Cooper T51s.  Brabham was
next with four races and 134 laps led (25.0%), all in works
Cooper T51s.  Brooks led two races for 92 laps for Ferrari,
Bonnier led one race for 58 laps for BRM, Phil Hill led two
races for 36 laps for Ferrari, Jean Behra led one race for
21 laps for Ferrari, Masten Gregory led two races for 13
laps in works Cooper T51s, Gurney led one race for eight
laps for Ferrari, and McLaren led one race for one lap in a
works Cooper T45.
	Brabham (works Cooper T51), Brooks (Ferrari), and Moss
(Walker Cooper T51) each led a race all the way.  Cooper
also led every lap at Sebring with three cars (Brabham in
the works T51, McLaren in the works T45, Moss in the Walker
T51).
	Cooper T51-Climax FPF entries took five of the eight
1959 World Championship pole positions with Ferrari's Dino
246 taking two and BRM's 25 achieving one.
	The Walker Cooper T51 achieved four poles (Moss),
Scuderia Ferrari two (Brooks), the works Cooper T51 effort
one (Brabham), and the works BRM team one (Bonnier).
	Cooper-Climax FPF entries achieved five of the nine
(one shared) 1959 World Championship Fast Laps, with T51s
achieving four and a T45 one.  The BRM 25 and Ferrari Dino
246 each achieved two Fast Laps.
	The Walker Cooper T51 team achieved three Fast Laps,
the works Cooper team two (one T45, one T51), the BRP BRM
team two, and Scuderia Ferrari two.
	Moss took four of the nine (one shared) 1959 World
Championship Fast Lap honors, two driving the BRP BRM 25 and
two at the wheel of a Walker Cooper T51!  Brabham scored one
Fast Lap driving a works Cooper T51, McLaren one piloting a
works Cooper T45, Trintignant one in a Walker Cooper T51,
and Brooks and Phil Hill one apiece in Scuderia Ferrari Dino
246 entries.
	Ferrari pilot Tony Brooks won two of the three races
not won by Cooper-Climax entries, BRM driver Joakim Bonnier
the other.  In the five races won by Cooper-Climax entries,
Brooks was the leading non-Cooper twice (as he led the
opposition in four of the eight events!), with Moss (BRP BRM
25), Gurney (Ferrari), and Phil Hill (Ferrari) leading the
non-Coopers in the remaining four events.
	Works Cooper T51-Climax FPF entries contested five
non-championship Formula One races in 1959; Rob Walker
entered Moss in three of the events, although in one his
Cooper was powered by a BRM engine.
	In the March 30, 1959 Goodwood Glover Trophy, Moss won
in the Walker Cooper T51-Climax from fifth starting
position, setting Fast Lap en route to a 16.6 seconds
victory margin over Brabham in a works T51; Brabham had
started third.  Gregory started seventh and finished fifth,
a lap down, in another works T51.  McLaren drove a works
T45, starting and finishing sixth, two laps down.  Harry
Schell had won the pole in the works BRM 25, led early, but
faded to third, one second behind Brabham.
	The April 18, 1959 Aintree "BARC 200" saw Ferrari score
a 1-2 with its Dino 246s in the hands of Jean Behra and Tony
Brooks.  Behra led laps 31-67 and won by 10.4 seconds over
Brooks.  McLaren started a works T45 eleventh but finished
third, on the lead lap but one minute, 43.4 seconds behind
Brooks!  Gregory won the pole in a works T51 and led the
first 19 laps of the race before his clutch failed!  Moss
started sixth in a Walker T51 powered by a BRM 258 engine;
he set Fast Lap and took the lead after Gregory retired,
leading laps 20-30 before retiring with gearbox problems! 
Brabham started fifth in a works T51 but retired after only
18 laps due to a gasket failure.
	The May 2, 1959 Silverstone International Trophy
resulted in a win for Brabham in a works T51.  He started
fourth in the event; the race included Formula 2 cars and in
fact the other Cooper entries were F2 cars.  Brabham led the
first two laps and the last 47 en route to a 17.6 seconds
victory over Roy Salvadori in an Aston Martin DBR4/250. 
Salvadori set Fast Lap.  Ron Flockhart finished third in a
BRM 25, seven seconds behind Salvadori.  Moss had won the
pole in the BRP BRM 25 and took the lead from Brabham on lap
three only to spin on lap four!
	The September 26, 1959 Oulton Park International Gold
Cup saw Cooper T51-Climax entries start and finish 1-2-3! 
Moss took the pole in the Walker T51, set Fast Lap and won
the race by 5.2 seconds over runnerup starter Brabham! 
Chris Bristow started and finished third in the BRP Cooper
T51-Climax, albeit 92.4 seconds behind Brabham.  McLaren
started fifth in a works T51 but retired after nine laps
with gearbox failure.  Roy Salvadori finished fourth, two
laps down, in the High Efficiency Motors Cooper T45 powered
by a Maserati 250S engine, with Graham Hill fifth, three
laps down, in a works Lotus 16-Climax FPF.
	The October 10, 1959 Snetterton Silver City Trophy
featured mostly Formula 2 entries; Ron Flockhart won the
pole in a BRM 25, set Fast Lap, and won the race after
leading laps 1-6 and 10-25.  Brabham started sixth in a
works T51 and finished second but never led.  Bruce Halford
finished third in a BRM 25.  Graham Hill led laps 7 through
9 in a Lotus 16-Climax but then retired with driveshaft
failure.
	All told, the five 1959 nonchampionship events produced
three wins for Cooper T51s, two by Moss in Walker entries,
one by Brabham for the works.  Ferrari and BRM split the
remaining race wins.  Brabham's works T51 efforts in the
five races produced a win, three runnerup finishes and a
mechanical retirement.  Gregory achieved a fifth and a
mechanical retirement in works T51s while McLaren's only
effort in a works T51 ended in mechanical retirement.  In
works T45 entries, however, McLaren achieved a third and a
sixth.
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