B-type This was a new design, using a 2470cc (93.5 x 90mm) tWin-ohc 240bhp Alta engine, which as in the A-type drove through a pre-selector gearbox. Wishbone and coil spring front suspension was used, the de Dion arrangement being retained at the rear, and disc brakes were fined. The first car appeared late in 1954 with full-width one-piece streamlined bodywork and a distinctive tail fin. This was vulnerable and difficult to handle, and was to be abandoned. In 1957 one of cars was rebodied with a semi-wedge body, and dubbed 'toOthpaste tube'.

The B became known as the Syracuse after Brooks' victory. The works team contested only tWo Championship races in 1956, when Fairman was fourth in the British GP and Flockhart and Fairman were third and fifth at Monza. The last race for the works team was at Monaco in 1957 when Lewis-Evans placed the 'toOthpaste tube' fourth. Two of the cars were bought by Bernie Ecclestone for Tasman racing but by 1957 they were obsolescent as far as would-be independent entrants were concerned.

Drivers: Tony Brooks, Ivor Bueb, jack Fairman, Ron Flockhart, Bob Gerard, R. Gibson-Berry, Les Leston, Stuart Lewis-Evans, Kenneth McAlpine, Mike Oliver, Reg Parnell, Tony Rolt, Roy Salvadori, Archie Scott-Brown, Piero Scotti, Desmond Titterington, J. Young.

Ferrari GP 1955


196 Mercedes

Maserati 250

Bugatti Type 251 1956

Gordini Type 32 GP 1955

BRM P25 GP 1955

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Author: ArchitectPage

The B-type was another neat car, universally known as the Syracuse after Brooks' Sicilian victory. This was the first GP victory for a British driver in a British car for 31 years.
The distinctive 'toothpaste tube' was the third 13, rebodied. Here it has a short 'Monaco' nose, and is being driven along the harbourside by Lewis-Evans. By simply plugging on as others retired he eventually flnished fourth. This car was also raced in New Zealand with a 3.4-litre Jaguar engine, and normal bodywork