The Connaught A was built by Rodney Clarke according Formula 2 regulations  in 1952 and  raced in 1952 – 54. It was the first Formula car for Connaught Engineering team. The car was powered by engine developed by Connaught from the Lea-Francis engine used in their “L” type sports cars.  The driving force behind Connaught team was Kenneth McAlpine who backed and managed the team being one of it works driver at the same time. In 1953, which was the second season for Connaught, McAlpine hired Roy Salvadori as the second driver, and provided the third car for some races to Prince Bira, Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman. Three more cars were entered by Ecurie Belge, Ecurie Ecosse and Rob Walker Racing Team. Siamese Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, better known as Prince Bira of Siam or by his nom de course B. Bira,  drove for works Connaught team in three WDC races in 1953 – French, German and British Grand Prixs. At Reims during his first race for Connaught Bira qualified 11th but retired early in the race due to mechanical problems.

1953F2WCFrench GP
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Prince Bira42Connaught Engineering
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