Motorsport PR:

  • JD Classics took a class win at the world-famous Brighton Speed Trials over the weekend in the team’s 1954 Cooper T33.
  • The car was last driven at the Brighton Speed Trials in 1955, when its owner Cyril Wick took best time of the day in its class.
  • JD Classics MD Derek Hood set a fastest time of 13.90, with a top speed of 106mph.

Maldon, Essex, Tuesday 8 September: History repeated itself at the weekend as the JD Classics-owned 1954 Cooper T33 took a class win at the Brighton Speed Trials, just as it did at the same event sixty years ago. The latest victory adds even more heritage to the Cooper’s already-impressive competition history.

The Brighton Speed Trials have been running since 1905, and in the 1955 event the Cooper T33’s original owner Cyril Wick competed in his car, setting the fastest time for sports cars over 2501cc.

This year, JD Classics Managing Director Derek Hood took the Cooper T33 back to Madeira Drive in Brighton for the latest running of the Speed Trials. Damp roads and more than 90 competitors made for a hotly contested event but the dominant Cooper easily came out on top of its class with a top speed of 106mph and a fastest time of 13.90.

As one of the world’s longest running motorsport events – held for 110 years continuously – the Brighton Speed Trials attracts a range of incredible competition cars, road cars and motorcycles.

JD Classics MD, Derek Hood, said: “The Brighton Speed Trials is an absolutely fantastic event with as much heritage as the cars that compete in it. To come back sixty years after this Cooper T33 originally managed a class win here and take home another class win is very special indeed.”


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