The Fedden Trophy Trial

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The Fedden Trophy Trial was very well organised indeed and the Bristol M.C. and L.C.C. deserve every credit. Thirty-one cars started and only five came through with clean sheets. The final acceleration test decided the issue, after Widden had stopped 18 competitors, Hen’s Castle 8, Old Hollow 12, Hodgecombe 23, Bownham 12 and Nailsworth a few more. T. C. G. Butler’s M.G.Wolseley “Ophelia” took but 6 sec. in the test, to win the Fedden Trophy. This neat, abbreviated little car has the ex-Flower M.G. Magna engine in one of the early Wolseley Hornet chassis and the weight is down to a mere 10 cwt.

Burrough’s Ford V8 Special clocked 6.9 sec. to win the Alexander Duckham Cup, while F/Lt. Mallock’s Austin Seven did an excellent run in 7 sec., winning the 1,100 c.c. Daphey Trophy. Hutchison’s V8 Allard made best performance over 1,100 c.c., while Sydney Allard, in an Allard that looked like an Allard, made the best showing by a Bristol M.C. member. Lawson’s H.R.G., Johnson’s 328 B.M.W. and Terry’s Terryford V8 teamed up and duly won the Team Award. This trio also took the only 1st class awards, while Mansell (M.G.), C. C. Evans (M.G.) and Delingpole (H.R.G.) gained the 2nd class awards. The trial was notable for some good climbs by a “Chummy” Austin Seven driven by Siddall, the broken gearbox of Len Parker’s V12 Allard, and the poor showing of C. A. W. May’s 4/4 Morgan and the “specials,” including Challand’s cutdown Riley. Just like old times!