Thanks to our good friend Michael Crawley who was at Southport on the Gold Coast for the occasion, I was reminded that 63 years ago today Lex Davison won the first of his four Australian Grand Prix.
He was driving his own HWM which he had purchased from friend Tony Gaze who drove it in the first international F1 Grand Prix an Australian contested (1952).
Tony purchased it from the HWM factory where in 1951 it was young Stirling Moss’ first works and Grand Prix car.
Davison bought it without the blown up Alta engine it had used, and fitted the engine from his own wrecked XK120.
It was fitted with extra bits though, including a very expensive works 1953 Le Mans head.
Today it is still fitted with the same engine and head, and has been owned by the Hough family since 1962.
They are currently restoring the car to perfect condition – but original.