An archive the people who built and raced 500cc Formula 3 cars. Click on any name to see more.
|West German Scampolo driver in '50 and '51
|West German Champion in 1953
|CAPA founder and stalwart of 500s
|Swedish Effyh driver
|Ecurie Richmond driver who scored Cooper's first World Championship points.
|Prolific competitor from 1953 to 1958 in Cooper and Petty
|Staride and Cooper pilot from '54 to '59.
|Dutch airline pilot
|Special builder and Cooper driver for Ecurie Britannique.
|Cooper pilot from Cheshire in 1950 and '51
|Cooper regular and creator of the Flash Special
|Scottish Marwyn and Cooper driver.
|American Cooper driver and heir.
|Speedway rider and creator of the JBS.
|JBS Triumph driver.
|Swedish Cooper driver
|Alvin “Spike” Rhiando
|Winner of the Grand Prix race at Silverstone, inventor of the Trimax and colourful character.
|DB and Le Mans driver
|Successful racer from France and builder of the Loweno.
|Scottish Cooper pilot in 1957
|Commander CA Yorke RN, who gave his name to the 100 mile race at Silverstone.
|Driver, F1 mechanic and member of John Wyer's team
|Gentleman driver who took over the Mackson team.
|South African racer
|Successful trials driver who turned to 500 racing and was also a successful author.
|Cooper pilot from 1950 to '53, HWM Alta Lotus driver .
|Swedish Cooper driver
|Racer, yachtsman and Managing Director of the RAC MSA
|Mackson and Staride driver
|Bernie began his racing career in 500s and went on to run Brabham and then Formula 1.
|Regular club racer, known for Cooper Bradnack Lugs.
|Rally, track and hills driver.
|Early Cooper driver and all rounder.
|Garage owner and special builder
|CRM and Cooper driver
|The first man to compete in a 500 in Northern Ireland and New Zealand.
|Australian who performed well on his brief tour of England.
|The prominent early racer who died at Reims in 1957.
|Scottish JP driver
|The versatile all round racer.
|Cooper Mk IV driver.
|Californian special builder and long standing racer.
|Pre war motorcycle and Austin 7 racer and post war 500 racer
|Alfa Dana and Effyh driver.
|Soldier, daredevil and racer.
|Californian driver and film director.
|Managing Director of Cooper's Garage and the Cooper Car Company
|Car dealer and one of the fastest Kieft drivers.
|Motorcycle racer turned car builder.
|One of the first Cooper owners in South Africa
|Monaco driver and motoring artist
|Cliff began his career in a Cooper before being spotted by Colin Chapman.
|Brooklands racer and pioneer of 500cc motorsport.
|Top flight driver in 55 and '56, son of SCH "Sammy" Davis.
|An early pioneer and highly successful hillclimb competitor.
|Scottish Cooper and JP driver
|Ron "Curly" Dryden raced a Cooper and a JBS as well as for MG at Le Mans.
|Swedish born driver, father of Nina (Rindt).
|Steel magnate and racing car constructor.
|Proprietor of Arnott supercharges and eponymous 500 constructor
|Scottish JP driver.
|Circuit racer and multiple hillclimb champion
|A 500 regular who sadly lost his life at Boreham in 1951.
|Lord, "works" driver for Marwyn, journalist and keen motorcyclist.
|Scottish Cooper and JP driver.
|Designer of the Staride and Kieft, journalist and RAC competition manager.
|Regular Competitor in his Arnott and Martin.
|Buckinghamshire Farmer and Cooper driver.
|Cooper driver in 1956 & 1957
|Club racer from 1956 to 1960 in a Cooper and JBS
|Pioneer of low cost motor racing and driving force behind the 500 Club.
|New Zealand's "Cock o' the North" speedway rider and 500 racer.
|Richards "Dick" Hagy, East Coast driver
|American Kieft driver.
|GSI and CFS, Fraser Nash and Porsche driver.
|SCCA Champion in 1963
|Prolific competitor in Cooper and Kieft.
|Don was the most successful F3 driver with 3 championships and over 100 wins.
|Competitor and the man behind the Bardon-Turner.
|HL Williams, Cooper and Emeryson driver
|Cooper driver in '51 and '52, later a Connaught driver.
|Regular Cooper-JAP driver at Brands in the mid '50s
|Jimmy Richmond's team, Eric Brandon and Alan Brown.
|Cooper driver in '53 and '54
|Swedish Effyh and Cooper driver.
|DB pilot who went on to OSCA and Gordini.
|Winner of the Ladies Race at Brands
|John Cooper's boyhood chum and 1951 Formula 3 Champion.
|Cooper and Staride driver.
|Cooper and Kieft driver in 1952 and '53
|Landlord of the Albert Hotel a favourite watering hole.
|South African trendsetter in a Marwyn
|American Cooper driver from 1954 to 1957
|Motorcycle racer, Brooklands driver and fascist.
|Creator of the LTE Juwel and Brillant and record breaker.
|Renowned Norton engine tuner.
|Earl Howe, Le Mans winner, founder of the BRDC and Patron of the 500 Club.
|"Winco" Aikens, a leading light and one of the first to complete a car.
|Pioneer and long standing committee member
|American Kieft and Cooper driver.
|Builder of the KG Special
|Condor driver in 50 and 51
|Still racing his Cooper from 1959.
|Compatriot of Ivor Bueb and Cooper driver.
|1960 SCCA Champion
|Head of Goodyear in Belgium
|Belgian Cooper driver
|Monaco and Cooper driver best know as a garage owners and Rootes Group tuning company.
|Cooper and Kieft driver in 1953.
|Friend of the Coopers and one on their first customers.
|Perennial Formula 3 Cooper driver.
|Kent Smith and Arnott driver
|Engineer and designer of the Mackson and Kieft Formula 1 car.
|Prolific car builder from Natal
|Regular Cooper and Kieft driver.
|Double Formula 1 Champion, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans winner, started in a Cooper Mk V.
|Founding editor of Autosport magazine.
|Danish Champion in 1957.
|East German Grün driver
|German Scampolo driver.
|Motor racing photographer and regular contributor to Iota.
|Cooper driver and British Empire Medal Holder
|Emeryson driver, better know for bike racing and christening the Norton "Featherbed" frame.
|Regular Cooper pilot in '56 and '57.
|President and founding father of the 500cc Club of America
|The Franco American racer.
|Finnish Champion in 1958 and '60.
|East German Champion
|Creator of the Monopoletta, rally andLe Mans driver.
|Scampolo driver from Germany
|German DB driver
|Founder of the AGS team that ran in Formula 1 during the late '80s.
|EV, Heinrich Koring, Smith Mk III driver
|Speedway, Formula 3, Formula 1, Ford Competition Manager
|East German Grün driver
|Huschke von Hanstein
|The racing baron who became Porsche's PR Manager.
|Winner at Avus who went on to Grand Prix
|Successful English driver who progressed into Formula 2 and 1.
|Scottish JP driver
|Ivor "the Driver", who went on from Formula 3 to win Le Mans.
|Multiple Formula 1 World Champion for Cooper and in his own cars.
|A successful first year in 1958 led to Formula 2 and Formula 1.
|Special builder, Shelsley specialist and long time 500 competitor.
|Kieft agent and Montlhéry record driver.
|LT special and Cooper driver
|Cornish Cooper driver.
|National champion in 1960
|Perennial Cooper, JBS and Kieft driver.
|Regular Cooper pilot
|Regular Cooper in the early 50s and inspiration for the Turner Kieft.
|Emeryson driver in 1954
|Spitfire pilot, DFC and the first Dutchman to compete in Formula 1.
|Socialite, inventor and creator of the Parsenn.
|1959 SCCA Champion
|One of the finest exponents of 500cc racing.
|Buzzie and Haldon driver.
|Wife of Bob Gerard and third in the Ladies Race in 1950
|Border Reivers founder
|Freikaiserwagen driver, cousin of Jeremy.
|Scottish driver and constructor
|John A. Cooper
|Motorsport editor for the Autocar and collaborator in the Kieft CK51 design.
|500, stock car kart racer and father of Tony Brise.
|Regular from 1951 to 1958, mainly in his Martin.
|Cooper, Staride and later, Jaguar driver and preparation expert.
|The man behind Cooper Cars and a highly accomplished driver.
|American fighter pilot who was one of the first to be successful in Europe.
|SCCA Champion in 1961
|Half Litre Car Club Secretary.
|John Granville Grenfell
|Brooklands based engineer
|Successful competitor best known as the instigator of the Staride.
|JP, Kieft and Cooper driver and committee member
|Rhodesian Cooper driver who went on to sports and Grand Prix cars.
|Cooper-JAP driver for '58 & '59, yachtsman and dentist
|CAPA member and founder of the 500 Club
|500 Owners Association's founding father
|Anglo-Belgium driver and musician.
|Danish special builder and Effyh driver
|BG Special and Grün driver from East Germany.
|Condor driver from West Germany
|German Eigenbau and Monopoletta driver
|Perennial Cooper competitor.
|500 Champion in 1950.
|Moss' Manager and Formula 3 driver.
|JBS and Connaught driver.
|Ken Smith was the proprietor of the Jolly Farmers pub in Enfield. After several seasons of motorcycle racing, he switched to 500s and built a series of specials
|Began racing in a Cooper before progressing to team management and Formula 1.
|Regular though 1949 and '50 in his Cooper Mk III
|The versatile racing driver and hillclimb champion.
|Swedish KE special and Effyh driver.
|Kurt Ahrens Jr.
|Successful son and Cooper driver.
|Kurt Ahrens Sr.
|German speedway champion turned Scampolo and Cooper driver
|Prolific German Cooper pilot.
|Finnish KG, Effyh and Cooper driver
|Son of the Vauxhall Chief Engineer, Vice President of the 500 Club and President of the VSCC.
|Leif “Basse” Hveem
|Norwegian speedway rider and Cooper driver
|Finnish politician and mayor of Helsinki
|Formula 3 Champion in 1954,
|Wannabe Australian Kieft agent
|Scottish Cooper driver.
|Better known as "Pop", father of Stuart, motoring enthusiast and competitive driver.
|Regular competitor and car builder from Holland.
|American F3 racer, Datsun crew chief and clutch engineering company.
|Regular Cooper driver.
|"Ginger" Devlin, Cooper and Ecurie Richmond mechanic.
|D.M. Rogers, National 500cc Champion in 1962.
|Britain's first World Champion
|National Champion in 1961
|JBS and Martin driver from 1956 to '62
|Australian hill climb Champion
|Swedish Cooper driver
|Scottish Cooper and Staride driver who went on to win Le Mans.
|Creator of the Pugh Special and latter a Cooper pilot
|Swedish Effyh driver
|Trials rider and Kieft driver.
|"Lucky" Fregona, a South African pioneer.
|Cooper driver in 1951 and '52
|German Cooper and Kieft driver.
|First Scandinavian to acquire a production Cooper.
|Dutch Cooper driver.
|Cooper designer and jazz musician
|Creator of the Fidget and South African correspondent for Iota.
|Regular northern Cooper pilot
|Creator of the Emeryson car and regular driver.
|1957 SCCA Champion
|Major Braid was responsible for one of the strangest accidents of all time at Blandford.
|500 hopeful who went on to race for Ferrari alongside Mike Hawthorn.
|Emeryson driver, Le Mans winner and rally driver.
|One of Cooper's first customers and a 500 regular.
|Regular and successful Cooper driver from 1956 to '58.
|Started in a Cooper then drove just about everything.
|German Cooper BMW driver.
|Cooper driver from 1954 to 1959
|Often overlooked brother to Harry
|Motorcycle and car racer and author.
|Dutch Beels driver
|Multiple Danish Champion.
|R D Biss
|Regular Cooper pilot.
|Builder of the first Kieft for Moss and a series of cars in his own name.
|ERA, BRM and Vice-President of the 500 Club
|Grand Prix driver and Le Mans winner.
|Raymond van Hauw
|Belgian DB driver
|Creator of the Revis, one of the most successful specials.
|Australian Grand Prix driver.
|Hill climber and builder of the Fairley 500.
|Perennial competitor and winner of the first ever Cadwell Park race.
|Cooper and Staride driver
|Older brother of John and Cooper driver.
|Multiple Danish Champion.
|Raced his Cooper through 1950 and '51 then the Aston-Butterworth Grand Prix car in '52.
|International Cooper pilot.
|J.P. Driver from Edinburgh who won Le Mans.
|London boy who would play a major part in New Zealand racing when he exported his JBS.
|Kiwi on a racing tour of England who built the RGR
|Early Iota driver who helped to found Autosport magazine.
|Autosport Trophy winner in 1958.
|S.C.H. "Sammy" Davis, Bentley Boy, editor of the "Autocar" and President of the 500 Club.
|One of the most regular competitors in Formula 3.
|Sir Francis Samuelson
|Marwyn and Cooper pilot who never lost his enthusiasm for competition.
|One of Cooper's first customers and 500 regular from '48 to '50.
|One of the best tuners of Manx Nortons.
|One of the best all rounder drivers of all time who raced in Coopers and Kieft.
|Stuart began in a Cooper before progressing to Formula 1 with Connaught and Vanwall.
|Builder of the Swebe and Swedish Champion.
|Better known as "Silverstone Syd".
|One of New Zealand’s top racing drivers.
|Syd Van der Vyver
|South African Champion in 1960 and '61 who cut his teeth in 500s.
|East German driver who defected.
|German Cooper driver
|Iota special builder.
|Oldham garage owner and Cooper driver.
|Kieft and cooper driver who became champion in 1957.
|West German champion in 1950
|Ace from Africa.
|The multiple hill climb champion.
|F3 Champion in 1958 who moved to Formula Junior and F1, with Lotus, opposite Jim Clark.
|Emeryson driver in 1955.
|JBS driver in 1952
|Danish Cooper and KP Special Driver
|Multiple German Formula 3 Champion.
|Monopoletta pilot and winner at the Nürburgring in 1950
|East German Grün driver.
|Raced his Monopoletta in West Germany in 1950.
|One of the most prolific and successful German drivers
|West German Scampolo driver
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