In 1955, Vic Bradfield was a Second Officer on an oil tanker sailing between Britain and the Persian Gulf. The pay was good and during the six-week voyages there were absolutely no opportunities to spend it. With cash in his pocket, what else could a 24 year-old do? He bought a well-used Formula III Emeryson directly from Paul Emery. Without any prior experience, he entered it in one of the premier Formula III events, the Commander Yorke Trophy race at Silverstone in September. With 72 cars entered, Vic had no chance of winning, but that wasn’t the point – he had ‘arrived’. As it happened a sprocket broke during practice and, since he was unable to obtain a replacement, it brought a premature halt to his first event.
Our thanks to Vic Bradfield and Tony Kaye for words and pictures.