Hersham and Walton Motors

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A 1952 HWM Formula Two car HWM 1952 car Donington 2007.jpg
A 1952 HWM Formula Two car

Hersham and Walton Motors (HWM) is the world's longest established Aston Martin business (having acquired the franchise in 1951) and is well known as a racing car constructor. As a constructor, it is best known for its involvement in Formula Two from 1950 to 1953 and Formula One in 1954. When 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. 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.

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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. By 1953 they were outclassed, but when the international Formula changed in 1954, John Heath constructed a works car to compete in Formula One. HWM abandoned the new Formula One after two appearances as their car was seriously outclassed. Meanwhile, the first Jaguar-engined HWM sports racing car had appeared in 1953, and this had some success with Abecassis at the wheel. From then 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. 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.

HWM is today owned by George Abecassis's business partner Mike Harting (ex-Aston Martin) and his family. HWM trades as HWM Aston Martin and HWM Sports Cars and is an Aston Martin and Sports Cars dealership.

Formula One World Championship results

HWM sports car HWM Sports on the Wheatcroft Straight.jpg
HWM sports car

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearChassisEngineTyresDriver123456789
1951 HWM 51 Alta 2.0 L4 D SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg George Abecassis Ret
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss 8
1952 HWM 51
HWM 52
Alta 2.0 L4 D SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER NED ITA
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg George Abecassis Ret
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins RetRet6RetDNSDNQ
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lance Macklin Ret119158DNQ
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss Ret
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Paul Frère 5Ret
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Roger Laurent 12
Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous 10
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Duncan Hamilton Ret7
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes 10
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dries van der Lof NC
1953 HWM 53 Alta L-4 P ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins 8Ret13Ret
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lance Macklin RetRetRetRetRetRet
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Paul Frère 10Ret
Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous 1415
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Duncan Hamilton Ret
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Fairman Ret
Flag of Switzerland.svg Albert Scherrer NC
Flag of the United States.svg John Fitch Ret
1954 HWM 53 Alta L-4 D ARG 500 BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA ESP
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lance Macklin Ret

Results of other HWM cars

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap.)

YearEntrantDriverChassisEngine12345678
1952 Tony Gaze HWM 51
HWM 52
Alta L-4 SUI
500
BEL
15
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
ITA
DNQ
1955 E. N. Whiteaway Ted Whiteaway HWM 54 Alta L-4 ARG
MON
DNQ
500
BEL
NED
GBR
ITA

Further reading

Abecassis, David (2010). A Passion For Speed, the Life and Times of George Abecassis. Paul Skilleter Books. ISBN   978-0-9566857-0-4.

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