|Commander C.A. Yorke R.N.|
Charles Anthony Yorke was born in July 1910. Though still serving in the Navy, he became a keen supporter of 500cc racing and long distance racing in particular. Tony became a member of the committee in December 1947 and presented the "Good Losers" Trophy to the Club, the first recipient being Frank Bacon. Sadly, Tony was killed on a motorcycle in June 1949 after he had given his name to another trophy, for the 100 Mile event at Silverstone, first held a few weeks after his death. At the time it was huge test for any car to last such a distance and was won by a seventeen year old Peter Collins.
The success of the inaugural event firmly established the "500"s as serious racing cars and helped influence Paris to introduce the 500 cc Formula 3 for 1950. The Yorke Trophy was run for a further 10 years, sometimes with two 100 mile races, sometimes with heats, sometimes with JAP engine only and petrol classes, plus supporting races.
Commander Yorke Trophy Results
9th July 1949
1st Peter Collins - Cooper Mk III, 2nd John Cooper - Cooper, 3rd Don Parker - Parker
1st Ken Watkins - Cooper Mk IV, 2nd Alan Rippon - Cooper, 3rd Ken Carter - Cooper Mk III
Commander Yorke Trophy 1st Alan Brown - Cooper Mk V, 2nd Bill Patterson - Cooper Mk V, 3rd Ron Dryden - JBS
1st John Coombs - Cooper Mk VI, 2nd Bob Gerard - Cooper Mk VI, 3rd Charles Headland - Arnott
Silverstone 100 1st Ken Smith - Smith-Buckler, 2nd Ivor Bueb - Bueb-Arnott, 3rd Jim Russell - Cooper Mk VI
21st August 1954
1st Jim Russell - Cooper Mk VIII, 2nd Charles Headland - Martin, 3rd Colin Davis - Cooper Mk VIII
28th September 1956
27th July 1957