Saturday 30 October 1965, Wimbledon

(Preview notes - raceday programme) With the cancellation of tomorrow's meeting at Cross-in-Hand in order to facilitate the laying of a more permanently suitable raceway, our drivers have a rare few days rest before racing again on Thursday next at Aldershot - with the exception of Stan Ingle, Trevor Frost, Jan Scott and Eddie Hynes who, after the meeting tonight, return to Holland with the Continental drivers, to race at Baarlo tomorrow. They catch a plane from Gatwick Airport at 2 a.m. tomorrow, so all the hurrying they will have to do this weekend will not be confined to the raceways.

Report from December 1965 Journal

The eagerly awaited World International meeting staged at Wimbledon turned out to be all that was expected.

With drivers engaged from Holland, Belgium, Czeckoslovakia, Eire, Nigeria and the U.S.A., as well as from the Home countries, there was a distinct air of `World Championship' night about the proceedings. This was made even more pronounced owing to the fact that there was a draw for grid positions.

Some supporters, and for that matter, drivers also, were at a loss to understand how the Home drivers were chosen for this event. The method Les Eaton adopted was, in my estimation, the fairest possible one. He chose those drivers who seemed to be in form at the time that the programme went to press. This caused some disappointment to followers of Don Mason and Trevor Carpenter, but facts are facts, and for the two previous weeks, these two popular stars had not had their usual run of success. As a pointer to just how right Les was in his decision, consider the fact that of the eight English stars chosen, five of them filled the first five places in this event. And if anyone thinks that to be bad judgement, well, they'll never be satisfied.

The race was the best International event I have yet seen. The overseas drivers all managed their cars in a way that proves that they are now really getting the hang of the `little 'uns'. Holland's Willie Vullings, driving a car borrowed from Ginger Payne, Bill Greene from the U.S.A., and Nol Van Kleef, also from Holland, did well to finish in eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively. Neither Vullings nor Van Kleef drew good grid positions by any means, coming out of the hat 19th and 20th. Uncle Sam's representative was a little more fortunate in that he was drawn 13th, though if he is at all superstitious he probably doesn't agree.

Trevor Frost, in winning this his first big event in the world of Formula IIs, was drawn ninth, andtookthe lead position from Eric Taylor in the eighteenth lap. Eric must have been fuming. Having been drawn first out of the hat and leading for seventeen laps, only to have his motor go sick on him. This seems typical of Eric's luck this season. Never mind Eric, it can only last a lifetime! There were no fantastic pile ups in the race, but it did not lack thrills. Neither did the supporting races.

As a point of interest, others well up with the leaders in this race were as follows, in finishing order, Tiger Thomson (Scotland), Willie Vullings (Holland), Bill Greene (U.S.A.), Nol Van Kleef (Holland), Eddie Hynes (Eire), Bill Carbis (Scotland), David Patrick (Scotland). Main points to note, only one Southern Driver in the first thirteen, Five English, four Scottish, two Dutch, one Irish and one American. This must prove that our Northern drivers are at present the strongest in the sport today, and also in the future we can expect to see some of the Championship 'tags' travelling abroad if we are not very careful.

The Grand Final, which was the 'Stock Car Journal' Trophy Event, was a grand race indeed, with thirty cars lined up on the grid for the 'off'. The big surprise was the fact that although five star men finished in the first six, the one place not filled by a star man was the most important one of all - the first place. This was filled by that popular Blue Top, Tony Mellish. Tony, at the time of going to press is fourth in the Blue section of the National Roof Grading chart Star status can surely not escape him for long. Big thrill of the race was provided by Johnny Cutting, victim of a spine-chilling flip in the ninth lap whilst battling it out with Trevor Carpenter for the second place. Tony Mellish took over the lead in this lap also, lost it to Trevor in the next, and then fought back to take the lead once more, and hold this position to the end. Other places went to Eddie James, Aubrey Dance, Trevor Frost, Norman Crowe and Pete Parratt. The 'Journal' trophy was presented. by editor Dave Gay, and a photo of Tony's triumph appears elsewhere in this issue.

Stock Car Racing News

Two nights later at Wimbledon there was another big crowd for the World International, held by Stan Ingle. Owing to a clash of fixtures on the Continent, Spedeworth had not been so successful in bringing over the Continental drivers this year — but the field for this event included three from Holland, one from Belgium, and one from Nigeria, plus the usual drivers — Jan Scott representing Czechoslovakia; Rinti Capecchi (Italy); Bill Greene (USA); and Eddie Hynes (Ireland). Six Scottish drivers also made the long journey down, and eight top drivers represented England. Eric Taylor led the pack from the start. Nowadays this great worker for the sport has a blue roof, but his driving in this race until the car slowed reminded one 'how in 1962 he was the sport's first silver top driver — 'second only to the 'gold' roof of Stan Ingle. In small letters Eric has this fact painted on the car. He is right to be proud of it. Derek Fiske, Eddie James and Trevor Frost led the chase of Taylor, but soon Frost took over the lead and with four laps to go he looked a clear winner. Sudden-ly the race had to be stopped. Our Nigerian visitor, David Ash-wood, had been turned over and could not get out of his car. When the race was re-started Frost had Chris Studd and' Aubrey Dance right behind him, but he never faulted and the ex-Formula I World Champion went on to win his first major Spedeworth title. Studd was second, as he was in, the British and World Championships on the same track. Dance was third, followed by Norman Crowe, Derek Fiske (deducted a place by the Steward) and a lone non-Englishman, George M CM i Han for Scotland., The Grand Final of the even-ing was won by blue-top Tony !Mellish, only after this race had been stopped after 11 laps for safety reasons. The cause this time was Johnnie Cutting, whose car rolled over so many times and such a speed on the pits bend we all lost count. Cutting emerged unhurt and actually re-started the car. Later this burly smiling driver went round on the Control car just to prove to all that he was fit after the •most alarming turn-over I have ever seen. Mellish was in the lead when the race was stopped, and like Frost, kept it that way. He was followed home by World Champ Eddie James, Aubrey Dance and Trevor Frost.

Race 1: 1st 463 Dell Stickings, 2nd 174 Tony Mellish, 3rd 477 John Watts, 4th 86 Pete Parratt, 5th 320 Dave Pierce, 6th 206 George Telfer, 7th 364 Tony May, 8th 160 Jim Field

Race 2: 1st 280 Johnny Melia, 2nd 311 Terry Rustell, 3rd 207 Johnny Matthews, 4th 417 Roger Warnes, 5th 294 Geoff Goddard, 6th 216 Mike Hitchcock, 7th 319 Denny Pearson, 8th 366 John Astley

Race 3 World International: 1st 68 Trevor Frost, 2nd 399 Chris Studd, 3rd 70 Aubrey Dance, 4th 304 Derek Fiske, 5th 307 Norman Crowe, 6th George McMillan

Race 4 CONS 1: 1st 35 Trevor Carpenter, 2nd 364 Tony May, 3rd 180 Jim Field, 4th 54 Don Packham, 5th 441 Nigel King, 6th 315 Johnny Cutting

Race 5 CONS 2: 1st 319 Denny Pearson, 2nd 210 Eddie James, 3rd 41 Eric Taylor, 4th 34 Don Mason, 5th 478 Harold Holloway, 6th 95 Jan Scott

Race 6 Journal Trophy: 1st 174 Tony Mellish, 2nd 210 Eddie James, 3rd 70 Aubrey Dance, 4th 68 Trevor Frost, 5th 307 Norman Crowe, 6th 86 Pete Parratt

Trevor Frost receives the trophy from R Glanville


Tony Mellish receives the Stock Car Journal Trophy from Dave Gay