John Brise was a pig farmer who, at the age of 19 acquired a Jaguar SS100 and scored third places at Goodwood in May and June 1950 in 5 lap BARC Member's races. John's older brother Bob Brise raced a Cooper in 1951 and John made his debut in 1952 in a Kieft at Castle Combe finishing fourth in the third heat to Stirling Moss and Andre Loens.
In 1953, after buying John Cooper's Cooper Mk IV, he was consistently a frontrunner. He finished second in the second and final heats at Orleans on 31 May to Stuart Lewis-Evans and second in the second heat at Amiens on 9 June, to Eric Brandon but went on to win the final.
At Brands Hatch in a Martin, he finished sixth in the Easter Handicap race and in May, he finished second to Bernie Ecclestone in the Consolation Race in the Cooper. An impressed Daphne Arnott offered him a works drive alongside Ivor Bueb. The car was difficult to drive but Brise was able to achieve a fourth place in the production car race at the Commander Yorke meeting at the Silverstone in August. John drove the streamlined Arnott, to set a series of Class I records at Montlhéry in October. The 500 Km record of 108.13 mph still stands.
Early in 1954, John sold his Cooper to George Dardenne.
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