Don Parker began racing with the Parker Special (nee CFS) then progressed to a JBS for 1951. When the new Kieft CK51 made its debut in the International Trophy at Goodwood on the 14th May 1951, in the hands of Stirling Moss, Don was allowed to try the car and matched Stirling's time. He ordered a car in kit form and applied his experience to a meticulous build incorporating many small modifications of his own. Don used this car to great effect winning the Formula 3 championship in 1952 and '53.
Towards the end of 1953 and now Kieft's agent, he acquired the penultimate Kieft from the factory as a rolling chassis and modified it to his own specification, lightening and lowering the car and fitting a close fitting body suited to his own slight frame. He further modified the front of the car (possibly after his shunt at Castle Combe) to give a distinctive pointed nose as apposed to bulbous nose of the standard car.
1954 was one of the most competitive seasons of racing ever, Don had to contend with the works Cooper Mk VIIIs of Les Leston and Stuart Lewis-Evans, plus the up and coming Jim Russell and Ivor Bueb in private Coopers Mk VIIIs as well as Moss in the Beart Cooper. He was still able to carry the contest to the very end, an extra race for Boxing Day at Brands Hatch. Bueb won the Christmas Trophy from Stuart Lewis-Evans, Les Leston was third, debuting the new Cooper Mk IX and Don, fourth missing the title by half a point!
Some results for Don in the Parker-Kieft:
1955 proved more difficult, Don was up against the definitive Mk IX Cooper with Russell, Bueb and Lewis-Evans firmly established as the establishment. Perhaps sensing this, he seem so have taken in rather more hills, sprints and travelled further a field than previous years. He still took 10 wins including his 100th:.
Don at Brands Hatch in 1955
Unsurprisingly, Don didn't feature in the national Formula 3 Championship but he did take the Light Car Trophy ahead of David Boshier-Jones. He continued with the car for the early races of 1956:
Then bowed to the inevitable and purchased a Cooper.