• Dutch Grand Prix 1958

Moss wins as British manufacturers dominate

Martin Williamson May 26, 1958
The Vanwalls of Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks and Stuart Lewis-Evans fill the front row of the grid © Getty Images
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Vanwall was slowly getting used to the new fuel regulations and that helped Stirling Moss win the Dutch Grand Prix, his second victory of the season - the first in Argentina had been in a Cooper-Climax. It was also the third consecutive grand prix won by a British manufacturer.

It was a good weekend for Vanwall as rising star Stuart Lewis-Evans - team boss Tony Vandervell's favourite driver - stormed to his first pole but in the race itself once more he and team-mate Tony Brooks were forced to retire.

Moss, the team's third driver, had no such mechanical gremlins and eased victory over the BRMs of Jean Behra and Harry Schell and the Cooper of Roy Salvadori as the British constructors filled the first four places. With Cliff Allison's Lotus in sixth, only the Ferrari of another British driver, Mike Hawthorn, prevented a total shut-out.

Not only had Vanwall won but the British Racing Motors project funded by British industry, including in its early days Vandervell, was finally coming good after almost a decade of endeavour.

Martin Williamson is managing editor of digital media ESPN EMEA

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Martin Williamson is managing editor of digital media ESPN EMEA Martin Williamson, who grew up in the era of James Hunt, Niki Lauda and sideburns, became managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group in 2007 after spells with Sky Sports, Sportal and Cricinfo