Louise Bryden-Brown

Louise Bryden-Brown

19/6/1916 - 4/1/1972

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Louise Bryden-Brown was the daughter of Mr and Mrs James H. Parke of Pacific Grove, California, she was an occasional competitor in American races first appearing at Santa Barbara in 1953 driving a Porsche. She also raced a number of other cars in the States including a Lancia, Denzel, Porsche RS and a 4.9 Litre Ferrari.

At the time she was known as Louise P. Cano. Anthony Bryden-Brown of London (his parents lived in Sydney, Australia) married Mrs Laura Louise Cano in Reno, Nevada on February 8th, 1958. They had one child together but by 1964 they had separated.

She was a freelance journalist and wrote food articles and book reviews for magazines and newspapers.

She formed her own racing team in 1961 and Tony Maggs drove her pretty Lotus 18 in a couple of World Championship races that year at the British and German Grand Prix finishing 13th and 11th respectably.

Dan Gurney also raced the same car in a handful of Non-Championship events including the the Inter-Continental Formula race, the Lavant Cup, at Goodwood in April that year. Gurney took the lead with an incredible start from the second row. Moss had the Colotti gearbox jump out of gear as the flag fell and was at the back of the pack, but was he soon ripping through the pack. McLaren had managed to pass Gurney, but Moss went past and that was that. The Scarab was another that got an excellent start, but various problems caused it to fade back through the pack to eventually finish next to last. Moss won from McLaren with Hill third. Gurney tried a move on McLaren at the very end, but discovered the limits of adhesion the Dunlops provided were closer than he thought and crashed without any real harm to car or driver.

In 1962 her team, now named Anglo-American Racing, even built a Cooper Special of their own, the Aiden-Cooper, which was campaigned in Non-Championship events by Ian Burgess. Based on a Cooper T59 Formula Junior chassis, Aiden-Jones installed a Coventry Climax FPF MkII 4 cylinder motor linked to a Cooper 5 speed gearbox. He mounted twin radiators in pods either side of the engine which enabled him to narrow the nose. Unfortunately the design did not work and the car constantly overheated. After a few races they were abandoned and replaced with a conventionally mounted radiator.

The Cooper was not the most competitive chassis, the car was underpowered and Burgess was not the quickest driver. The car appeared in a number of non-championship races and three Grand Prix but after failing to qualify for the Italian GP it was not seen again.

Eight years later Colin Chapman saw the wisdom of Aiden-Jones side mounted rads and incorporated them in the Lotus 72.

Louise died in Penzance, Cornwall.

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