Adrian Butler

Adrian was the "A" in CAPA, an original "impecunious enthusiast", founder of the 500 Club and stalwart of 500 cc racing. He hailed from the Bristol area and built one of the first Iota chassis specials with Bruce Mardon, Stromboli. The pair made their first appearance at the "White Hart" meeting in May 1947, attended Shelsley in June and Gransden Lodge in July, where they failed to start, and finally had some success at Prescott in August, finishing second to Eric Brandon. Adrian finished the year at Towcester in October. Stromboli was, of course, outclassed very quickly by the Cooper production cars and Adrian eventually succumbed.

With his Cooper, Adrian achieved:

Brough 5th October 1952, 2nd in Handicap heat.

Crystal Palace 11th July 1953, 6th in Petit Prix.

Davidstow 1st August 1953, 4th in heat.

Silverstone 22nd August 1953 Commander Yorke Trophy, 11th in Silverstone 100.

Brough 3rd October 1953, DNF.

Oulton Park 3rd October 1953, DNF.

For 1954, he acquired a Staride and achieved rather more:

Kirkistown 20th March 1954, 6th.

Brough 17th April 1954, 3rd in heat.

Brough 17th April 1954, 3rd in Scratch Race heat, 3rd in handicap heat.

Brands Hatch 1st May 1954, 2nd in heat for Junior race.

Silverstone 22nd May 1954, 2nd.

Brands Hatch 7th June 1954 Whit-Monday Meeting, 4th in Open Challenge heat, 2nd in Junior heat, 2nd in Junior final.

Silverstone 21st August 1954 Commander Yorke Trophy, 6th in 100 Mile race.

Commander Yorke Trophy, Silverstone, 21st August 1954

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