Ab. Jenkins is claiming the International Class D 5 and 10-mile records, with the 3-litre V8 Novi-Winfield-Mobil, which, known as the Novi-Governor-Special, holds the Indianapolis lap record. It is now coupé-bodied and the speed claimed is 177 m.p.h., beating Staniland's Multi-Union records by some 37 and 38 m.p.h.
Joe Dembrowski of Cheltenham has claimed the British fuel economy record for cars on public roads. Under observation, his Pirelli-shod Fiat 500D travelled 96.59 miles on a gallon of petrol.
Record June sales made the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation the first motor manufacturer in history to sell more than 1 1/2 million new vehicles in a half-year period. The total sales for the first half of 1965 were 1,794,197.
Once upon a time the RAC published an annual book of all the World and International Class records standing at the end of each year and it was possible to subscribe for periodical supplements giving details of fresh records as these were ratified by the FIA. As record-breaking became less frequent this useful service faded away, since when it has been difficult to assess the latest position.
The season has wound-up to a most praiseworthy spell of recordbreaking, as distinct from demonstration runs and stunts.
Last October I commented on the errors that had crept into hand-outs from the Rolls-Royce Motor Car Co about Bentley history, when it was announcing the new Bentley Brooklands. I admitted that I drop the odd clanger myself (of which readers quickly inform me) but these R-R ones seemed to constitute a bit of a record. Now BBC Video has joined in!
Just when Europe, and Great Britain in particular, was appreciating the meaning of acceleration by witnessing American Dragsters reaching 200 m.p.h. in a standing-start quarter-mile, and recording times of under 8 sec., the F.I.A. ratified the recognition of short-distance records. Until now the shortest recognised distance for a record attempt has been the kilometre, with the mile as the next shortest, and all recognised acceleration records which are the mean of runs in both directions, to counteract gradient and wind, have been over these distances.
1936 RECORDS World's and International Class Records to date WORLD'S RECORDS INTERNATIONAL CLASS A-Over 8,000 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS B5,001-8,000 INTERNATIONAL CLASS D-3,001-5,000 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS D-2,001-3,0000 c.c Route Firenze ' INTERNATIONAL CLASS E -1,501-2,000 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS F--1,101-1.500 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS G-751-1,100 e.e. 'INTERNATIONAL CLASS R-501-750 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS I 351-500 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS J--Up to 350 c.c.
1937 RECORDS World's and International Class Records to date WORLD'S RECORDS INTERNATIONAL CLASS A.--Over 8,000 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS B.-5,001-8,000 c.c. ... INTERNATIONAL CLASS C.-3,001-5,000 INTERNATIONAL CLASS D.-2,001-3NC Fire= INTERNATIONAL CLASS E.-1,501-2,000 0.0. INTERNATIONAL CLASS P.-1,101-1,500 INTERNATIONAL CLASS G.-751-1.100 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS H. -501-750 c.c. INTERNATIONAL CLASS I 351-500 INTERNATIONAL CLASS J.-Up to 350 c.c.