Club News, April 1945

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WE HEAR

E. D. Saddington has recently acquired two very potent cars and would be delighted to hear from anyone who knows anything of their histories. One of these cars is a blown 2.3-litre Alfa-Romeo with open 2/4-seater body, having a Viln gearbox, the whole car, now red, obvim [sly having at one time been French blue. even to the upholstery. The reg s t rat ion number is GN6076, engine iv m 1 er 2,111,005. The other car is a 2.9-litre Maserati, road equipped, with 2, :3-seater body. It has a Centric super(.1):Irgcr drawing from a large S.U. carburetter, and an outside Brooklands xIiaiist system—registration number I’l,M510. If any reader can help Mr. Saddingion, please write to him at ” Old Straddles,” Cross Oak Lane, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey (Hooky 628). Geoffrey Frank’s fleet now consists of an Alvis ” Speed Twenty ” coupe, an Alvis “Speed Twenty” tourer, a 2-litre A.C. coupe, an L-type M.G. Magna, type M.G. and a late 1932 Alvin “Speed Twenty” chassis. He would dispose of the last-named to a ” special ” builder for /45, as, having recently knight David Morgan’s 1010 Leon Bollee and Hutchison’s 1912 Daimler, his Stable is rather cramped for space. The 1905 Rover, early Argyll, 1903 Rex fore-car and Humber fore-car, mentioned previously as being at a garage in East Yorkshire, have come into the market again and could be bought for 2100 for the four—a bargain

” Brighton ” anticipators shouldn’t overlook. P/O. M. Hutchinson has acquired a 1922 “Blue Label” 3-litre Bentley. V. L. Parry, present owner of the “Spook,” would like to hear from any Frazer-Nash enthusiasts in the Midlands. His telephone number is Midland 3385.

Batten is using a Type 40 B.M.W., and Lomas was recently rung up by an Indian Army captain, who saw his name in MoTmt SPORT, and who was home on leave from Burma, and asked if be could find a sports car. He was able to put the enquirer on to a 1937 21-litre S.S. “100,” which is reputed to have been raced and to be capable of 110 m.p.h. F/Lt. R. de Yarburgh-Bateson is home after three years overseas’ service, and says that one of the joys of his return has been to get MOTOR SPORT again. Lord Ridley, who normally uses a Lancia ” Aprilia ” and has the ex-Hampton 1922 11-litre Mercedes-Benz, has, of late, been running a Halford-Special. Hampton is willing to dispose of the other 14-litre ‘Mercedes, which he bought for spares. John Raining has his rebuilt ” 12/50″ Alvis running, and is designing a special body for a” Speed Six “Bentley. Ian Craig has sold all his Bugattis, but has the ex-lhitchison Allard, now with Type 40 VS engine. Craig is a film cameraman these days and runs a Fiat. Interest in Allards is considerable, a lieut.colonel wants to import one to India, and an enquiry has been received by the makers from Montevideo. I). S. Jenkin

son is amongst the latest of three-wheeler recruits, having bought a 1929 o.h.v. J.A.P. 2-speed Morgan Super Sports, although he is at present riding a 1929 “T.T. Replica” G00-c.c. Scott. The Minerva and Graham Paige which Baker drove in B.A.R.C. races are for disposal, together with the trials V8 Ford. Further voluntary contributions will be greatly appreciated by the Editor.

N.L.E.C.C.

The second journal of the N. London Enthusiasts’ Car Club is in print and contains a report of Peter Monkhouse’s talk to the club on ” Preparing Cars for Sporting Events,” together with a summary of his answers to some intelligent questions which were put to him afterwards. The club emphasises that it exists as much to foster enthusiasm as to cater for existing enthusiasts, and hopes to receive support from the sort of person whose “imagination can be fired by the sight of an Aston on a bend, by the steady popple-popple ‘ of an old Lagonda, by the absence of floating power’ at the wheel of a Riley, or by the exquisite fragrance of a wheezing ’12/50′ . . .” We would softly whisper that mobile policemen have had their imaginations fired by fast cars on corners, that it would probably have been fatal to have mentioned the Riley matter to Freddie Dixon after the 1982 T.T., and that our” 12/50″ may rattle but it does not wheeze or smell ! However, best wishes to this newest of clubs.

The next meeting of the N. London Enthusiasts’ Car Club will be held on April 20th, at 7.30 p.m., at John Keble Small Hall, Deans Lane, Edgware. Rivers-Fletcher is Chairman. lion. Secretary : G. 13ance, 13, Hazlemere Road, Crouch ‘Hill. N.8.

E.C.C.

The Enthusiasts’ Car Club has asked us to state that it has no connection with the recently-formed N.L.E.C.C. Raymond Mays was due to give a lecture on March 1:011.

COVER PICTURE

This mold h s cover picture is of an Austin Seven — Speedy ” competing in the Lewes speed trials, and is topical, in view of Capt. John Moon’s article on his experiences with a “Nippy “—which the ” Speedy ” generally resembled—elsewhere in this issue. We believe the Lewes venue is no more, but certainly speed trials will constitute a very popular form of competition after the war. Alas, there is, as yet, no sports model in the post-war Austin range. Continued on previous page

N EWS —continued from next page ” M.S.” LIBRARY

Since the announcement recently, requests for the loan of Instruction Booss have come in fast, suggesting that many people are working on their cars. Apart from the books listed at that time those covering the following cars have since been added : Riley Nine, ” 16/95 ” A lvis, 3-litre Lagonda, straight-eight Alinerva, 1121 and 1121a (gearbox-in-axle) A.C. Six, Lanchester 21, ” 9.5 ” Rhode, Singer Nine, Talbot ” 18/55,” Lagonda Rapier and Rapier, Ford Ten, 115 B.M.W. motor-cycle, and Cozette superchargers

and carburetters. In the previous index, for Alvis ” Firebird ” read ” Firefly Twelve.” This comprehensive library is a credit to readers’ generosity and helps in no small way towards the more efficient operation of spirts-type cars. Further contributions w ill be appreciated, and duplicates are of value, as single books arc often On loan for the full three weeks. Address to W.B., 123, Bilton Lane, liarrogate, Yorks.

THE ” GEN “

Those whose wives or girl-friends wish to learn how a motor car propels itself is

could hardly do better than commend a study of one of Pitrnan’s latest books, “The Internal Combustion Engine,” by A. H. Franks. This Look, winch the buyer will doubtless first read hiuicf I. covers the transmission, brakes, steering, etc., as well as the engine, and has a chapter on diesel engines. It costs 7s. 6d.

Foulis, Ltd., have published yet another motoring book, “Spinning Wheels„’ by C. A. N. May, in which the author describes his trials exploit at the wheel of M.G. ears.