Aston Butterworth

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Aston Butterworth was a Formula Two constructor from the United Kingdom, during the years 1952-3 when the World Drivers' Championship was run to Formula Two regulations. They participated in four World Championship Grands Prix.

The project was instigated by Bill Aston, who decided to build a car for Formula Two. The chassis was a copy of a Formula Two Cooper,[1] fitted with a flat-four engine devised by Archie Butterworth. The car made its debut in April 1952 in the Lavant Cup at Goodwood, [2] finishing eighth with Aston at the wheel. In May, a second car was added, driven by Robin Montgomerie-Charrington, who achieved the team's best finish, a third place at Chimay in June.

Aston entered the car, fitted with Allard-Steyr cylinder heads a new carburettor,[3] in the 1952 German Grand Prix. He withdrew on Lap Two after suffering an oil pressure loss.[4] Aston continued to appear in races throughout the 1953 season, but there was never enough money to develop the program properly. A major problem was the supply of fuel - the Aston Butterworth sometimes suffered from fuel starvation, and even sometimes caught on fire.[1] When the new F1 regulations came in 1954, Aston-Butterworth ceased participating.

Complete World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1952 Aston NB41 Butterworth F4 Dunlop SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER NED ITA
United Kingdom Bill Aston DNP Ret DNQ
United Kingdom Robin Montgomerie-Charrington Ret

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hodges, David (1990). A-Z of Formula Racing Cars. Bideford, UK: Bay View Books. p. 279. ISBN 1870979168. 
  2. ^ Motor Sport, May 1952, p.232.
  3. ^ Motor Sport, September 1952, p.403.
  4. ^ Motor Sport, September 1952, p.425.