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Old 27 Apr 2006, 19:39 (Ref:1596444)   #1
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Cooper T51 chevy

coopper T51 fitted with chevy engine is coming up for sale by auction
anyone out there have any ideas as to who would have raced the car or even built it
I suspect it could have been a Sprint or Hillclimb car from the 50-60`s
There where other Coopers fitted with chevy`s and a Maserati engine & even a Ferrari with a Chevy !!
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Old 27 Apr 2006, 20:58 (Ref:1596511)   #2
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That's a history question, drifty!
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Old 27 Apr 2006, 21:48 (Ref:1596534)   #3
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is that your final answer or do u want to phone a friend??

so what your saying is i put it in the wrong thread!
ok ive now sussed that there are 2 Historic threads on 10tenfs

Are you able to move it across?
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Old 27 Apr 2006, 23:31 (Ref:1596588)   #4
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Wake up man; I've already moved it! You had posted it in Historic Racing Today forum, whereas you were asking about the history of the car, so I've moved it into here;the Motorsport History forum; there's only one history forum!

It's a good question though, so what about this Cooper Chev, anybody?
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Old 28 Apr 2006, 08:38 (Ref:1596732)   #5
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The car is thought to be the the ex David Hepworth car that he used mid 60s.It was probably built up from from bits.Its been in the same ownership since the late 60s
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Old 28 Apr 2006, 09:33 (Ref:1596767)   #6
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John Im going to get the blonde hair dye now

Ted your on the lines i expected to hear it had to be a car that was either well known in its day or run by some one like david
have you actually spoken to him about it or have any records fotos in action?
i have a pal interested in the car (too far away to chase down info) but with these scents of info he can then call/mail people for more details
If you have more news PM me or psot here
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Old 29 Apr 2006, 08:27 (Ref:1597353)   #7
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Unfortunatly David Hepworth died some years ago,I have drawn a blank as to the cars origins PRIOR to Hepworths ownership.
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Old 29 Apr 2006, 08:48 (Ref:1597361)   #8
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having spoken to Hepworth Jnr who has seen the car with Davids old mechanic they cannot confirm its his car at this stage so
"Where there 2 cooper chevs" around at this time??

story is the car was in a nissan hut for many years ( 30 or so??) in scotland but there is a weston super mare link

With regards to Davids Cooper passing hands the comment was North Wales quarry mining machine trader buying old cars at the time and he may have bought the car- Any ideas anyone who this could be?? We are talking
mid 60`s when most of us where either babies or at Kindergarten so its going to be difficult to find any mature fans still alive who may recall those days even Roy Lane was not running at the time
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Old 30 Apr 2006, 09:21 (Ref:1597992)   #9
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The last owner bought the car in 1967 from Colin Watts in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. Colin (who has also died) might have bought the car from Hepworth to replace his 1100cc Cooper JAP, but never used it. Have spoken with a lot of people from the area but no joy.
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Old 3 May 2006, 08:10 (Ref:1599852)   #10
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There were several Cooper Chevrolets about in the 1960s. Bryan Eccles had one in 1963 which Allen Brown discusses on oldracingcars. Chris Summers had an earlier one (1958 leaf-sprung F2 according to Mason). This went to Mike Gray who was killed in it at Barbon 1964. Did Chris Summers have another? I believe he had a Cooper Monaco Chevrolet for a short time in the mid 1960s. The Weston Speed Trials in 1963, won by Chris Summers in a Cooper Chevrolet, had G Balls in third in a Cooper Chevrolet. Was it a different car?
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Old 3 May 2006, 08:35 (Ref:1599862)   #11
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Its neither the Summers cars or the Eccles one. G Balls is a new one
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I found mention of many Cooper-Chevs when I was researching the Cooper T53 article on OldRacingCars.com but I was concentrating on the lowlines so ignored any of the earlier cars such as the one at the auction.

One that I do recall that hasn't been mentioned yet is the car that Alan Eccles (no relation, I believe, to Bryan) raced in 1964 and 1965. I vaguely remember seeing a picture of it in Autosport which convinced me it was a T51 although David McKinney had it in his notes as a T53.

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Old 5 May 2006, 05:18 (Ref:1601006)   #13
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The Alan Eccles car was indeed a T53
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Old 5 May 2006, 07:06 (Ref:1601018)   #14
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Are you sure Ted? Do you know which one? Do you know what happened to it next?
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Alan Eccles raced a T51 from 1962 ro early 1964, then the T53
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