The 500 Owners Association mentioned in various magazines, books and other articles.




Researched across Europe, written and designed in Sydney and finally printed and distributed in Suffolk Power Without Glory: Racing the Big-twin Cooper by Terry Wright. The book revisits the origins of the modern racing car, whose pedigree can be traced back to dirt track cars in America, cyclecars in Europe and the record-breaking motorcycles of Britain. It shows how these influenced the first Coopers and how they went on to win the drivers’ and constructors’ world titles in 1959 and 1960.

Formula III Racing In North America by Harry C Reynolds. Pretty much the definitive work by the key man of the time.

Bodywork Optional but Desirable by Colin Rawlinson published in 2010 by Iota publications. Covers period and post period competition with appendices for name drivers and many of the cars with a foreword by Bernie Ecclestone.

Formula 3 A Record of 500cc Racing by C.A.N May. Written by an insider and published in 1951, covers the early years in considerable detail. Austen May began competing during the 30s in trials using various cars including a string of M.G.s. He was very involved with 500s in the early years and competed regularly in a Cooper. Out of print.

500cc Racing by Gregor Grant, the editor of Autosport. Published in 1950. A good book on the early years of 500cc racing. Out of print but available from specialists.

Formula 500 from Unique Books. A compilation of period articles. Available from most specialist shops.

Formula III Yearbook 1953-1954 by Roy Pearl and Douglas Armstrong. The Half Litre Car Club's annual. Out of print.

500cc Motor Racing Year Book 1952 by Roy Pearl and Robert Blackburn. The Half Litre Car Club's annual. Out of print.

The Racing Coopers by Arthur Owen. Published by Cassell in 1959. Arthur was closely involved with Cooper Cars and drove in a number of the record attempts. Out of print

The Jim Russell Story by Norman Greenway, published by Transport Bookman in 1999. The story of the multiple Formula 3 Champion and founder of the racing racing school.

BACkfire by Peter Stowe, tells the story of the Bristol Aeroplane Company MC including CAPA who were so influential in the origins of 500cc competition. E-mail

Cooper Cars by Doug Nye. The most comprehensive coverage of the Cooper marque written by a respected author.

L'Epopee Francaise des Racer 500 by Francois Jolly. The definitive history of 500cc racing in France. Published by Editions Palmier in 1999.

Freik The Private Life of the Freikaiserwagen by Rob and Hugh Dunsterville, published by the Midland Automobile Club. One of the finest pre-war Shelsley Specials, built by David Fry and Hugh Dunsterville with assistance from Dick Caesar, reincarnated post war as a 500.

The 500cc Racing Car by Colin Rawlinson. Published in 2003 by Shire Publications, gives a good introduction. Available at good specialist shops.

Nordisk F3 Midget by Carsten Frimodt. The history of Denmark and the Nordic region's first real race cars takes its beginnings shortly after World War II at the Roskilde Ring, Falkenberg Skrea, and Karlskoga Gellerasen, in the period 1946-62. The Nordic speed kings include Danish Robert Nelleman, Sven Andersson and Finnish Curt Lincoln and many more. The running in time where the word safety was paramount and helmets were made of leather or cork! Available from Note: text in Danish