Vanwall was a Formula 1 motor racing team and constructor active during the 1950s. Founded by Tony Vandervell he began entering modified Ferrari’s in non-championship races, but then constructed their first cars to race in the 1954 Formula One season. The team achieved their first race win in the 1957 British Grand Prix, with Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks sharing a VW 5, earning the team the distinction of constructing the first British-built car to win a World Championship race. Vanwall won the inaugural Constructors Championship in 1958, in the process allowing Moss and Brooks to finish second and third in the drivers’ standings, winning three races each. Vandervell’s failing health meant 1958 would be the last full season. Vandervell had been a backer of BRM and the negative experiences learned there were to prove valuable as he built his Vanwall team. By the end of 1955 it was plain the Ferrari-derived chassis needed improvement. It was suggested to Vandervell that he should hire a young designer to improve their cars. That designer was Colin Chapman.