DESMOND TITTERINGTON RACING DRIVER

In sports cars he competed in international events finishing 3rd at Reims with Jack Fairman and 7th at Rouen. Desmond returned to Belfast in and bought a J2 MG. This led to offers from Mercedes and Ferrari to drive in the Targa Florio. A promising performance in qualifying did not translate into a good result as his engine broke in the race. Titterington continued to race Jaguars sports cars but at the end of the year announced that he was retiring to concentrate on his business and his family. Jaguar offered him a works drive for though he continued to race for Ecurie Ecosse after Jimmy Stewart, Jackie’s brother, retired after a bad crash. And that was that for what could have been an amazing Grand Prix career.

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Desmond Titterington

titherington He finished 6th on it’s debut at the Curragh and took victory in the Leinster Trophy. He finished third behind Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn. He died in Dundee in April He installed a light alloy one litre Fiat Balilla engine. He did reappear later in a number of minor events, just for fun, but never raced seriously. He was also second at Slieve Croob, again in an Alexis.

His old friend Scott-Brown was on pole in another Connaught. He finished an incredible 3rd, albeit a lap down on Moss and Hawthorn. His father was a flax and yarn dsemond in Belfast.

He was by then one of the top names on the British racing scene and it was no surprise that he decided to try his hand at Formula 1, his first outing being in the Gold Cup at Oulton Park in Septemberdriving for Vanwall. His results improved and in he won the Leinster Trophy at Wicklow in an Allard and in had his first races with Ecurie Ecosse. In Titterington returned to Ulster and bought an MG and began racing.

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Then at the end of the year he retired form circuit racing to concentrate on his business interests and his new family. For he continued to race the Allard, taking a win at Phoenix Park in a handicap race and finished 2nd at Kirkistown.

Inas Northern Ireland descended into violence, he sold the business and moved to Scotland where he lived for the rest of his life. Desmond was teamed with John Fitch and they took their Mercedes SL to a respectable 4th place finish.

Jaguar offered him a works drive for though he continued to race for Ecurie Ecosse after Jimmy Stewart, Jackie’s brother, retired rxcing a bad crash. Suffering from ill health he passed away in Later that day he raced in his only Grand Titteringtpn. His cousin, Ian, also raced. He also raced single seaters driving in the non-championship International Gold Cup F1 race at Oulton Park giving the Vanwall it’s debut. This was followed by a series of other cars and driving a Fiat Balilla he began to make an impression, finishing second at Phoenix Park in Dublin and third in a race at Dundrod.

That year he shared a car with Mike Hawthorn raxing led the Tourist Trophy. His next car was a new Allard J2X with which he took on a full season of racing in He titteringtoh 8th but retired with ignition problems in the race. His last motoring event was in finishing 5th in the Armagh Christmas Trial. T he Ulsterman may have driven in only a single Grand Prix but he was a very fine driver indeed, and had he not chosen to suddenly retire from competition at the end of the season would quite probably have become a household name.

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A promising performance in qualifying did not translate into a good result as his engine broke in the race. In hillclimbs he set fastest times and records at Bo’ness and Rest-and-be-Thankful. Desmond received offers from both Mercedes and Ferrari to drive in the Targa Florio. Born in Northern Ireland inTitterington came from a wealthy family which was involved in a variety of industries.

Desmond Titterington (GB) – All Results – Racing Sports Cars

He next raced in the Aintreewhere he qualified the Connaught in an amazing 3rd place ahead of Moss in a Maserati F. Both Scott-Brown and Desmond retired with Moss going on to take the win.

Inas Northern Ireland descended cesmond violence, he sold his business and moved to Perthshire in Scotland. Driving for Ecurie Ecosse he took a win and a number of podium finishes at Snetterton, another win at Oulton Park and a creditable 6th in the British GP support race for sports cars. He also began competing in Europe in an MG.