Since the early days of Grand Prix racing many attempts were made to enter the Formula One and pre-war Grand Prix era. The period 1885 – 2021 contains over 650 Unraced projects. Every now and then new projects appear on the surface. To share with you all the stories i decided to summarize the stories per year. Don’t you worry, all the stories will be researched and eventually published. This is the summarized overview of the 1957 season.
Vanwall VW6 Streamliner
In 1957 Vanwall appeared with the Vanwall VW5 on the grid. On the 14th of July, the Non-championship race at Reims was held. At that race, Vanwall appeared with the VW5. However, for the Vanwall VW6 was there as well. Abbey Panels and Frank Costin constructed the exclusively for Reims. As the Circuit was ultra-fast.
Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks were to drive the car however due to illness Roy Salvadori and Stuart Lewis-Evans took place behind the wheel. The car was only used in the free practice to see how the car behaved. The first few months of 1957, the team had working on this car. During those years, several teams were experimenting with streamlined bodyworks.
As said the car was only used during the free practice to test the cars. Moreover, see how their aerodynamic package was working on the track. Sadly, there isn’t that much information available of the Vanwall VW6. It is said that both Salvadori and Lewis-Evans were not happy with the VW6. It is said that both drivers were not happy with the feel of the car and how the car behaved while racing.
After the qualification the car team returned to their previous car. Eventually The VW6, without the streamliner configuration, appeared at Monza and was driven by Tony brooks.