The tiny off-shore Portuguese possession of Macao, a stone's throw from Communist China, held its fifth Grand prix motor car race, November 16.
The tiny off-shore Portuguese possession of Macao, a stone's throw from Communist China, held its fifth Grand prix motor car race, November 16. The crowds were not as large as last year, but several hundred people made the sea crossing from Hong Kong.
The premier prize is GBP300 and the Grand Prix Trophy. The course is 3.8 miles long and the race covers 60 laps, 228 miles.
Leading practically all the way was 40-year old Singapore car dealer, Chan Lye-choon. It was his second attempt at the Grand Prix, he raced in 1955 in his green Aston Martin but gave up with engine trouble. This year he avenged his defeat.
Lye-choon covered the 228 miles in 3 hrs. 40 mins 59.9 secs with an average speed of 61.99 mph. Chan's fastest lap was the ninth which he covered in 3 mins. 31.5 secs at an average of 64,96 mph. thus beating Arthur Pateman's last year's record of 3 min 33.8 secs.
Ron Hardwick, one of the many Hong Kong competitors, followed close behind Lye-choon and Baker, taking over second position when Baker crashed. He finished second to Lye-choon.
There were several spills during the race. Pateman was again involved in an accident with a dog. Last year he ran over one during the trials and this year he was working his way through the pack from 24th to 10th position and going strong when yet another dog ran across his path. The dog died and Pateman retired.
Mrs. K. Snyder, of Okinawa, was asked to withdraw from the race because her small Berkeley was too slow.
Despite the low number of spectators there was loud and persistent cheering for Chan Lye-choon, the only Chinese to win the Grand Prix, when he crossed the line.
Macao Governor, Commander Pedro Correia de Barros, presented the prizes. A staunch supporter of the Macao Grand Prix this will be his last race for some time, as he leaves shortly for a diplomatic post in Mozambique.