Hercules Alexander (Lex) Beels was born in 1916, from Heemstede, Holland (very near the Zandvoort circuit), was a regular 500 racer in Coopers and own cars. He began with a Mk III in 1949 and finished third at Zandvoort behind Moss and Aston but beating Brandon and Dryden and followed this with a second at Goodwood in September to Peter Collins. His "unauthorised" Goodwood appearance in a British race led to a rapid rewriting of the rules for foreign competitors competing in British national races, fortunately with a sensible outcome.
Over the next seven years, Lex became one of the most travelled 500 drivers. Some notable results include fourth at Avus in July 1951, second in a Cooper at Porrentruy in Switzerland in July 1952 and second at Namur in Belgium in the same month. Lex acquired the Bill Whitehouse Cooper Mk VI to take second at Chimay, Belgium 24th May 1953, second at Orleans 22nd May 1955 and a win at the Roskildering August. Third at Halle Salle Schleife in East Germany in June and first at Dessau in September 1956. 1957 proved successful in Germany with wins at Wismar in May, Sachsenring in August, Bernau in September 1957 and Dresden.
Some results for Lex:
Lex loses his rear suspension, probably Halle Saale, April 1957.
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