Hersham and Walton Motors

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Hersham and Walton Motors

Worlds longest established Aston Martin business and is well known as a racing car constructor add

Category: Auto racing

Founded in 1946.

Countries: United Kingdom (22%), England (22%), (22%)

Main connections: Formula Two, Formula One, Australian Grand Prix

Linked to: Alta Car and Engineering Company

 

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1946

Then HWM owners George Abecassis and John Heath went racing together from 1946 and in 1948 they built a streamlined sports racing car on the chassis of a Sports Alta, and thus embarked upon the construction of racing cars and racing sports cars at their motor works in Walton-on-Thames, England add something


1948

The 1948 car gave them encouraging results and so new car, this time called an HW-Alta, was constructed and raced in 1949; this car was sufficiently successful to convince the partners to embark upon building a full team of cars for the 1950 Formula Two season of British and continental events: these cars were known as HWMs add something


1950

As a constructor, it is best known for its involvement in Formula Two from 1950 to 1953 and Formula One in 1954 add something

 

From 1950 to 1952, HWM achieved remarkable success in Formula Two for a team that was run on very little money and yet which faced the might of continental marques in every race add something

 

British racing green - Later, darker shades became more common, though there was a return to lighter greens by HWM and other teams in the 1950s


1953

By 1953 they were outclassed, but when the international Formula changed in 1954, John Heath constructed a works car to compete in Formula One add something

 

Meanwhile, the first Jaguar-engined HWM sports racing car had appeared in 1953, and this had some success with George Abecassis at the wheel add something


1954

Australian Grand Prix - Lex Davison, who for several years would experiment with sports car engines in smaller Formula 2 chassis, took his first of four victories in a Jaguar engined Formula 2 HWM in 1954, while the previous year Whiteford won his third and final Grand Prix as for the first time racing cars thundered around the streets surrounding the Albert Park Lake in inner Melbourne


1956

After John Heath was killed on the 1956 Mille Miglia in Italy in an HWM Works car, Abecassis did not wish to continue and the works racing programme continued for just a year add something


1957

From on until 1957, the team was involved in sports car racing both in Britain and on the continent, sometimes beating their Jaguar and Aston Martin Works competitors add something