Roy Mayne

Roy was born in January 1921 and began Formula 3 racing in 1953 with a Cooper Mk V recording a respectable fifth place in his heat for the Junior Race at the Brands Hatch Whit-Monday meeting 1954. He followed this with sixth in the JAP race at Crystal Palace in September and a fourth in the JAP at Brands in October. A respectable start for a car and engine that would always struggle against the Mk VIII Nortons of the top drivers.

Roy passes the grandstands at Silverstone on the 11th September 1954 Photo Courtesy of Roy and Philip Mayne.

For 1955, Mayne achieved a the Second Final of the Senior Race at Brands in June and changed to a Cooper Mk IX for 1956 with a commensurate improvement in results. He won the Second Final of the Sporting Record Trophy in April and was second in the Second Final later the same month, at Brands Hatch. Roy dropped to fourth in the Second Final at Brands in July and nineteenth for the Grand Prix race at Silverstone. Back at Brands in August he managed ninth in his heat followed by fifth in the JAP Race on 9th September. In the Commander Yorke Trophy meeting at Silverstone, Roy took third place in the Second Final. 1957 began with a third in the JAP Race in April and later a fourth at Crystal Palace in August.

The Autosport Trophy 1958.

And an award from Prescott Hill in May 1957 for an ascent of 49.22 seconds.

1958 was a more successful year, starting with a fifth in the Junior Race at Brands in May, then third in June, again in the Junior Race and eight in the Vanwall Trophy at Snetterton in July. At Snetterton on the 2nd August he achieved third in the first race and a win in the third. race to take the Autosport Trophy for the year. Roy passed away in July 2009, it was our pleasure to have welcomed him to the Iota Celebration race at Brands Hatch in 2007.

Roy in his Cooper Mk IX at Brands Hatch on the 8th June 1958 when Roy would finish third in the Junior Race. Photo by Charles Dunn

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