Founder of TC Harrison and his Formula 1 Career
72 years ago, the founder of TC Harrison participated in an event that would shape the entire world of motorsport, the first ever F1 World Championship Grand Prix race at Silverstone. Racing in a C-type ERA against some of the most renowned car manufacturers in the racing industry: Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Talbot. Thomas ‘Cuth’ Harrison’s ERA C-Type had 180 bhp and was in the midst of the contemporary leading racing cars offering up to and over 300 bhp. Placing seventh was a formidable victory for this plucky underdog and founder of this company.
Cuth’s racing career began in 1934 with a modified Ford 8 hp touring car. This proved speedy but not sustainable for long races. The Second World War put a pause on racing but our ambitious Cuth longed for the big time: the Grand Prix.
Leading up to the first ever F1 World Championship Grand Prix, Cuth participated across Europe. Of course, Silverstone featured in his racing repertoire and Hope Valley in the Peak District made for a great testing opportunity.
The first ever Formula 1 Race at Silverstone
Jersey was another regular feature in Cuth’s racing career, but he also competed across Europe: in 1948 Cuth raced at both historic and beautiful venues; Monza, Lake Garda, and Barcelona to name a few.
The C-Type was purchased in 1946 and Cuth had entered plenty of tours before, facing adversity with seized superchargers, broken valves and hours of work attending to the vehicle after every race. The Harrison team never stopped, with the cars constantly being amended and repaired. Even Mrs Harrison would attend the races with Cuth, helping with competition timing. Hard work, determination and a passion for cars drove Cuth to this first F1 event, and beyond.
On the day of the Grand Prix, conditions were perfect on that morning in May, with the sun shining down on this historic moment. Silverstone was buzzing with the adrenaline of 150,000 excited spectators eagerly trying to catch a glimpse of cars that arrived from Italy, Belgium and France.
Monaco and Monza followed for Cuth
The Royal family were in attendance and King George VI greeted each driver before the before the race.
The motorsport world was watching this moment, and surely none of them could anticipate the success of the series and how transformative and popular it would become.
Cuth did two more World Championship Grand Prix races that year - Monaco in May and Italian (Monza) in September, crashing in the Monaco and retiring at Monza due to radiator problems. So, in total Cuth did 3 F1 World Championship Grand Prix.
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