Cooper will be the featured marque at the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, August 18-20, 2006, announced Steven J. Earle, president of General Racing Ltd. and founder of the event. Cooper Car Company will be part of a larger celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, featuring the racecars and champions that have competed there.
Founded in 1947 by Charles and John Cooper, the Cooper Car Company started in a small garage in Surrey, England, where the father/son team began building racecars. By the 1950s and 1960s the Cooper Car Company reached its peak as their rear-engine, single seat cars found multiple successes in Formula One events and altered the face of the Indianapolis 500.
Brabham placed sixth in a Cooper Formula 2 car at the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix; Moss won the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix in a Cooper; and in 1959 and 1960, a Cooper won 11 Grand Prix races, with Brabham winning two world championships. Cooper and Brabham shocked the racing establishment at the Indianapolis 500 when they appeared in 1961 with the revolutionary, rear-engine Kimberly-Cooper-Climax. By 1962, every Formula One car on the starting grid had been totally redesigned to follow Cooper’s visionary rear-engine concept.
Perhaps, the Cooper Car Company may be best known for the Mini Cooper. The distinct shape of the Mini Cooper is still recognized today.
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