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New Zealand 1959 International Grand Prix


The little wee country at the end of the world gets to have all the super stars ~ Laurie Craig

continued from "The Interview"

No doubt about it, when the flag dropped for the 1959 New Zealand Grand Prix, the starter was seeing off the most glamorous, star-studded field that had ever been assembled for the event to date.

It included the best driver in the world by common consent, Stirling Moss, who shot through the 150 miles at fantastic speed, smashing every previous record in the very warm 2015cc Rob Walker Cooper-Climax, and several other ranking drivers, including Brabham, the winner of the year before, up-and-coming Bruce McLaren (they were to follow Moss home in a Cooper benefit), Ron Flockhart in the latest BRM, Harry Schell, Carroll Shelby, Joakim Bonnier - and New Zealand's Ross Jensen in yet another Maserati.

And finally the great Guerino Bertocchi, famous old-time racing driver and Maserati's chief tester, was to be on the spot to supervise preparation and running of the Buell cars.

Enjoy the ride!


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