Rivers Fletcher Motor Racing
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15 Poolgate, Upper Tysoe. Warwick. Warwickshire CV35 0TS Tel: 01295 680487
“Rivers Fletcher” was a name known to all motor racing enthusiasts in the post war
period until the 1960’s. This was because he had kept motor sport alive during the
war with meetings of enthusiasts and drivers and was responsible for getting motorsport
Professionally, he worked for the BRM team, publicising its activities all over the English speaking world by means of film shows to motor clubs and groups of interested parties. In his private life, he was a keen hillclimb racer, campaigning Bugatti, Cooper, MG, HWM, Jaguar, HRG, Bentley and Alvis cars, plus a host of specials and driving other people’s cars when the opportunity arose. His enthusiasm for cars and all things motorsort was infectious and he could never retire from the game he loved.
A proud BRDC member and holder of the “Award of Merit” from the MSA, motorsport was his whole life and he was competing well into his eighties until eyesight problems caused him to stop driving.
At the age of 15, he passengered Malcolm Campbell as his riding mechanic at the J.C.C. Grand Prix in 1928. They won the race in the straight 8 Delage and this event started his motorsport life. He quickly found out that he hadn’t the skill nor the finance for successful circuit racing activity, but hillclimbs were within his financial and skill levels, so he campaigned heavily in the fifties with nimble Cooper 1100s, finally attaining FTD at a National Prescott meeting in May 1955. Being with the Grand Prix circus, his weekends were often spent abroad filming the success of the BRM efforts, so a serious hillclimb campaign was not a reality. The British Formula 1 drivers were among his closest friends and the success of BRM winning the championship with Graham Hill, a British car with a British driver, was the pinnacle of his career.
As motorsport became “commercial”, Rivers’ interest turned towards vintage racing
where the cars of his youth were being raced by gentlemen racers. MG, Bentley and
Alvis became his competing interest and having been in at the start of real motorsport
in England during the pre-
First car, the
Rover Fletcher Special
In his first proper racing
car an MG Magnette
In America, trying
the driving position
Rivers in his Alvis
Rivers tells a young Damon Hill about his father’s (Graham Hill) exploits
All Rivers’ cars were painted in his favourite blue, Jeremy continues with this tradition
Leaving the start line
in the Magnette
Talking motor racing at a Dinner Dance
A sprint in his final racing car.
His beloved Alvis
Receiving advice about
how to drive the car