1954 II Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Race

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United Kingdom  1954 (II) Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Race
Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1954 Formula One season
Date 2 August 1954
Official name II Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Race
Location Davidstow Circuit, Davidstow, Cornwall
Course Permanent racing facility
2.973 km (1.8475 mi)
Distance 20 (reduced from 30) laps, 59.46 km (36.95 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Rodney Nuckey Cooper-Bristol
Fastest lap
Drivers United Kingdom Rodney Nuckey
United Kingdom John Coombs
Time 1:29.0
First United Kingdom John Coombs Lotus-Connaught
Second United Kingdom Tom Kyffin Cooper-Bristol
Third United Kingdom Dick Gibson Cooper-Bristol

The 2nd Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Race was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 2 August 1954 at the Davidstow Circuit, Cornwall. The race was to be run over 30 laps of the little circuit, but this was reduced to 20 laps due to the bad weather. The race was won by British driver John Coombs in a Lotus Mk VIII.

This was the second of three Formula One races held in Cornwall during 1954 and 1955, and is particularly notable for being the first Formula One race to be won by a Lotus.[1]

Rodney Nuckey led the race until lap 17, when he suffered oil pressure problems, leaving Coombs and Kyffin to battle for the lead until the end.[1]


Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 United Kingdom John Coombs J. Coombs Lotus-Connaught 6
2 United Kingdom Tom Kyffin Equipe Devone Cooper-Bristol 2
3 United Kingdom Dick Gibson R. Gibson Cooper-Bristol 3
4 United Kingdom Gordon Rolls Equipe Devone Cooper-Bristol 19 laps 4
Ret United Kingdom Rodney Nuckey Eric Brandon Cooper-Bristol Oil pressure 1
Ret United Kingdom Albert Wake A. Wake Alta-Bristol 5
DNS United Kingdom Jack Walton J.H. Walton Cooper-Bristol
DNS United Kingdom Peter Bolton J.H. Walton Frazer Nash-BMW
DNS United Kingdom Eric Brandon E. Brandon Cooper-Aston Martin Engine in practice
  • Brandon's Cooper-Aston Martin blew its engine in practice, and a Bristol engine was installed in its place. This car was the Cooper-Bristol that Nuckey used during the race.


  1. ^ a b "Davidstow", Peter Tutthill, 1996.

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