Ferrari 330 P4 Prototype, Chaparral 2F
Hawkins-Williams, Works Ferrari 330 P4-Prototype, Chaparral in pursuit (Photo: Mike Hayward Collection)

1967 BOAC International 500 – Profile and Photos

By John Kerruish | Photographs by Mike Hayward Collection

Just after 6:00pm on Sunday the 30th July 1967, as Phil Hill brought his bewinged Chaparral 2F over the line in first place on the 211th and last lap of the BOAC 500 Sportscar Race, he allowed himself a brief smile. He was indeed a man satisfied with a job well done. Hill and his co-driver Mike Spence, who was sadly to lose his life at Indianapolis the following year, had driven hard and fast for over 6 hours and brought their car home in one piece. It had been a pivotal race in more ways than one.

Pivotal for the pensive Californian in that, after several seasons in the Grand Prix wilderness following the abortive ATS Formula One venture and hard times with Cooper and others in sports cars, the triple Le Mans winner and 1961 Formula One World Champion had shown that he still had what it took to deliver victory in a world-class, long distance event.

Pivotal also for Chaparral, being only the second major European victory, following the previous year’s experimental foray at the Nurburgring 1000kms, for the inspired Texan duo of Jim Hall and Hap Sharp and the latest in their long line of innovative sports car designs. This win being especially significant, breaking up as it did the Ferrari/Porsche hegemony which had existed for so long at the highest level in Sportscar racing.

Pivotal, finally for both the Ferrari and Porsche home-teams, as the race was the closing round of the 1967 F.I.A. World Sportscar Manufacturers Championship, bringing down the curtain on the most hotly contested season for many years. The two grandee teams had come to Brands Hatch with everything to play for; their scores separated by but a single point after the Ford whitewash at the previous month’s Le Mans 24 hours had denied them access to the winner’s circle.

Three days earlier, when the cream of the International Sportscar racing set had gathered for practice, prior to joining battle at the tight and twisty Kentish circuit, the eager spectators had been amazed that closed-wheel racing of this calibre was once again on the menu in Britain. This was indeed the first truly international race, other than a Grand Prix, to be held on British soil since the Goodwood TT’s of the 1950’s!

Not only were all the crack teams present, making up a very full grid, but just about everybody who was anybody from the world of Grands Prix had been signed-up to drive. In addition to the sole 7.0 litre, alloy-block Chaparral entry of Hill/Spence there were three works 4.0 litre Ferrari P4’s, with crews including Jackie Stewart, Chris Amon and Ludovico Scarfiotti, all entered in the open roof ‘Prototype’ category. These were ably backed by the privateer Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 412 P Coupe of Richard Attwood and David Piper and a number of older LM Ferraris also in private hands. Porsche in turn had pulled out all the stops to field no less than five works cars. The total made up of four 910’s in 2.0 and 2.2 litre guise and an ex-Le Mans long-tailed 2.2 litre 907. Their driving roster included such luminaries as Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Jo Siffert, Bruce McLaren and ‘Quick’ Vic Elford. Flying the Ford flag was a John Wyer entered 5.7 litre Gulf-Mirage to be piloted by the great Pedro Rodriguez, in his first drive for the team to which he would later bring much glory, and the S.C.C.A. veteran Dick Thompson. Five privately-entered GT40’s ran in a supporting role. The ubiquitous Lola T70 was not to be ignored either, represented, amongst others, by a 5.7 litre MkIIIB works car for John Surtees/David Hobbs and a similar; Sid Taylor entered machine for soon to be crowned Formula One World Champion Denny Hulme and his boss Jack Brabham.

Opening lap of 1967 BOAC 500
1967 BOAC Six Hours, Formation Lap: #2 Lola T70 MkIIIB of John Surtees and David Hobbs; #8 Ferrari 330 P4 of Paul Hawkins and Jonathan Williams; #7 Ferrari 330 P4 of Ludovico Scarfiotti and Peter Sutcliffe; #1 Chaparral 2F of Mike Spence and Phil Hill. (Photo: Mike Hayward Collection)
1967 BOAC Six Hours Endurance Race
1967 BOAC Six Hours, Formation Lap: #10 Porsche 910 of Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt; #11 Porsche 910 of Jo Siffert and Bruce McLaren; #3 Ford GT40 Mirage M1 of Pedro Rodriguez and Richard Thompson; followed by a gaggle of plastic Porsches all the way to a MG and Austin-Healey in the rear. (Photo: Mike Hayward Collection)

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  1. Love the pix. I remember that Chaparral from Sebring. I also remember being only a couple of feet from Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien when they won at Sebring in a red Ferrari. Mr. Hill was a great driver, and an even greater gentleman. He will be greatly missed by his (now aging) fans. What racing! What drama! What fun, if (you the driver) survived.

  2. I realized that three of phil hills co drivers that he won races with all died in racing accidents! that would be jo bonnier , pedro rodriguez and mike spence! ! always rooted for phil in any car he was driving! jo, mike and pedro are missed! R I P!!!

  3. All photographers need to step up and make their work available for free on the net. No point in fading away without sharing your talent. Most of your (and mine) stuff is available anyway. Do it!

  4. Phil Hill and Jo Bonnier won the Nurburgring 1000K in 1966, also Phil won the Daytona 2000K in 1964, drove brillantly in FORD GTs in 64′ and 65′, and had his final win at Brands Hatch in 67′, his skills never left him, just two very bad team choices at ATS and Cooper, a pity he didn’t drive for Honda in F1 in 1965!

  5. I was there, supporting my hero Bruce Mclaren, who drove a truly outstanding race, (only to be expected of the great man). I have posted a fair few pics on the http://www.racingsportscars.com website.
    It was a great day out, topped by being able to share some bubbles with Bruce and other members of the Porsche team.

  6. I was at that Race in 1967 and remember the sights and sounds well. Brands is a small track and even the GP circuit newly opened meant that the cars were in spectator view for long periods of the lap. The Chaparral pounded round and round in the latter part of the race, instantly recognisible as the low frequency earth shaking rumble was heard long before it was seen! The High rear wing opened up for the straights and pointed down for the bends.There were faster and more advanced cars present but none had the drama of this car and that wing started it all! The driver list was unbelievable…more talented than a grand prix