Aston Martin Gets Ready For F1 Return With Trip Down Memory Lane

Zborowski himself drove the TT1, but both cars ran into engine trouble and retired from the race. Still, it was a big step forward for Aston Martin, and greater success followed with a second-place finish at the 1922 Grand Prix de Penya Rhin, with similar successes the following year. It would be another two decades before Aston Martin competed again, with a win at the 1946 Belgian Sports Car Grand Prix in a 1936 Aston Martin 2.0-liter sports car, followed by a second-in-class finish at the 1949 Spa 24-hour race. Each time, stockbroker St John Ratcliffe Stewart Horsfall aka ‘Jock’ was behind the wheel.Moving into the 1950s, company owner Sir David Brown considered motorsport involvement to be integral to the brand’s commercial success. The DBR1 won the 1959 edition of LeMans, while the DP155 marked the move over to single-seater racers. In 1959, the marque was crowned World Sportscar Champions.