Hersham & Walton Motors

Team logoBased in: Walton-on-Thames
Founded: 1948 (active 1951-1955)

Principal: John Heath, George Abecassis

In 1946 George Abecassis and John Heath bought a garage together and went racing with Alta-engined offset cars as HWM (Hersham & Walton Motors).

Although history sees HWM as little more than a footnote during the early 1950s they carried the banner for British motorsport and were driven by many of the household names of the day.

Single seaters were produced from 1951 and this small team travelled around Europe entering as many races as they could. For 1953, the car was lower, causing a different appearance in the once upright front grille.

From the start of the 2.5 litre formula, the team began to concentrate on sports car racing but John Heath was killed in the 1956 Mille Miglia and George Abecassis ended the operation soon after.


All Formula One cars of Hersham & Walton Motors
Car designationRace years
HWM1951 - 1955