Continental Notes, May 1959
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Newcastle & Dist. M.C. Non-Winners’ and Novices’ Trial
Best Performance; S.E. Bird (Riley)
Best in Opposite Class; P.S. Armstrong (Chrysler)
Best Novice; R.A. Smith (Ford)
First-Class Awards; J.B. Stafford (Ford), L. G. Wardle (Porsche)
N. Midland A.C. Standard Car Trial (Jan. 9th)
Best Performance; E.S. Sneath (Morgan Plus Four)
Best in Opposite Class; K.A. Scales (Ford Anglia)
Runner-up—Open Cars; J.H. Thompson (TD M.G. Midget)
3rd—Open Cars; S.Parish (Austin Seven)
Runner-up—Closed Cars; R. Frolich (Porsche)
3rd—Closed Cars; F.Harrison (Ford Anglia)
Novice Award; J.Holden (Austin Seven (Nippy)
Team Award; E.S. Sneath (Morgan) and K.A. Scales (Ford)
South Pacific Championship Meeting (Jan. 31st)
1st: Whitehead (Ferrari) : 100 miles at 93 m.p.h.
2nd: Brabham (Cooper-Bristol)
3rd : Gaze (Ferrari)
1st: Whiteford (Triumph TR2)
Leeds University U.M.C. Night Navigation Rally (Feb. 5th/6th)
Roberts Trophy for Best Performance; J.W. Waddington (Ford Anglia)
Navigator Award; J.N. Wood.
Runner-up; M.M. Roberts, (Jaguar XKI20)
Third Place; A.G.M. Kellett (Austin-Healey 100)
Class Awards a Up to 1,200 c.c.; J.W. Waddington (Ford Anglia)
1,200-2,000 c.c.; S.C. Jowett (Triumph TR2)
Over 2.000 c.c.; B.M. Roberta (Jaguar XK120)
Team Award; Messrs. Goddard (Morgan), Clements (Jaguar) and Wayne (Healey)
Hagley & Dist. L.C.C. Clee Hill Trial (Feb. 6th)
Clee Hill Trophy; J.C. Broadhead (J.C.B.)
Bell Cup; M.H. Lawson (Mand)
Third Place; A.E. Marsh (Bellow)
Mid-Thames C.C. Winter Rally (Feb. 6th)
Winter Rally Trophy; J.Marshall (Ford Consul)
Best Club Navigator; F.Edwards.
Visitors’ Cup; R.A.J. Shaw (Daimler)
Sports-Car Awards; R.W. Avey (H.R.G.)
Yorkshire S.C.C. 6th Yorkshire Rally (Feb. 12th)
1st; J. Waddington (Ford Consul)
2nd; D.J.B. Brown (Ford Zephyr)
3rd; E.S. Sneath (M.G. YB)
Team Award; Messrs. Butterwiek (Morgan), Bolton (Lancia) and Lee (MG)
Vintage Award; H. Spence (Lea-Francis)
Novices’ Award; B.F. Wade (Vauxhall)
Ladles’ Award; Miss A. Hall (Peugeot)
Hants & Berks M.C. Riverside Rally (Feb. 12th/l3th)
Best Performance; J.B. Sunley/T.A.M. Pigott (Sunbeam Alpine)
1, 500-c.c. Class; J.F. Bassett/M. Donovan (Standard Ten)
3,000-c.c. Class; R.T. Mason/D.J. Hall (Citroen)
Over 3.000-c.c. and Medalled Cars; E.J. Chandler/M. Ness (Ford Zephyr)
Best Mixed Crew; H.G.W. Kendrick/Miss J. Deacon (Austin-Healey)
Best in Tests; A. Wilkinson (Triumph TR2)
Rallye Des Routes Du Nord (Feb. 13th/l4th)
1st; M. Parsy/J. Parsy (Jaguar)
2nd; Castelain/Ros (Alfa-Romeo)
3rd; Cornet/Gery (D.B.)
U.H. & U.M.C. Rosette Rally (Feb. 19th/20th)
Best Performance; F.W. Scott (Hillman Minx)
Up to 1,300 c.c.; J.N. Eldeen (H.R.G.)
Over 1,300 c.c.; R.A.B. MacFie (Triumph TR2)
First-Class Awards; T.A.M. Pigott (Sunbeam Alpine). J.M. Burn (Frazer-Nash), J.A. Lanz (Sunbeam), J. R. Waller (M.G. Magnette). J.B. Morley (B.M.W.), G.J. Butcher (Singer)
National Kitchen Trophy Trial (Feb 20th)
1st; G.J. Newman (Cannon VII) …185 marks
2nd; J.C. Broadhead (JCB special) … 157 marks
3rd; F.T. Lewis (Squamigerious) … 153 marks
B.U.M.C. Welsh Rally (Feb 20th)
1st; R.H.Gillow (Ford Anglia) …lost 280 marks
2nd; T.J. Anton (Ford Anglia) … 839 marks
No other finishers.
S.C.C. of Norfolk Pancake Rally (Feb. 20th)
The weather conditions prevailing in Norfolk made the Sporting C.C. of Norfolk’s 4th Pancake Rally one of the toughest events organised by the club. Of the 50 entries there were 36 starters, several of whom had to dig their way through snowdrifts to reach the start at Norwich. The rally was a restricted event with seven other clubs in East Anglia invited.
An average speed of 30 m.p.h. was scheduled with driving tests at route checks—the results of these only to count in the event of a tie on the road section.
The route of 140 miles went north-west from Norwich along the River Wensum, where competitors had to cross consecutive bridges and fords from opposite directions. Very heavy snow during the previous day made several of the lanes impassable, and where single tracks had been cleared by snow plough stoppages frequently occurred when meeting vehicles approaching from the opposite direction. Scheduled times had to be altered at the lunch check owing to the many delays, but there were only eight retirements out of the 36 starters at the final control near Diss. The rally was won on the road section.
1st; J. Godbold (Sunbeam-Talbot). Lost 1,340 marks.
Open cars, 1,100-1,600c.c.; R.J. Bidewell (MG), lost 2,715 marks
Open cars, over 1,600 c.c.; D.R. Burrell (Triumph TR2), lost 1,395 marks
Closed cars, up to 1,100 c.c.; A.J. Hind (Renault 750), lost 2,075 marks
Closed cars, 1,100-1,600 c.c.; E. Isherwood (Ford), lost 1,875 marks
Closed cars over 1,600 c.c.; J. Godbold (Sunbeam-Talbot)), lost 1,340 marks
Riley M.C. Winter Rally (Feb. 20th)
James Challenge Cup; D.E. Todd (1933 Nine)
Porter Cup; J. Williamson (1948 1 1/2-litre)
Ripley Memorial Trophy; Mrs. O.I. Johnson (1949 1 1/2-litre)
” Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic” Cup; D.F.H. Wood (1923 10.8.h.p.)
President’s Trophy; C. Allen-Reid (1950 2 1/2-litre)
First-Class Awards; W.B. Thresher, S.H. Smyth, L. W. Range, P.H. Channon, R. Lumsden, T.F.G. Hawley, K.M. Banks, G.H. Grace, R. Bottomley, R.S. Pook, R. Neate.
“NASCAR” Speed Trials, Daytona Beach (Feb 20th)
1st; P. Walters (D-Type Jaguar) … 164.136 m.p.h.
2nd; J. Rutherford (4.5 Ferrari) … 152.275 m.p.h.
3rd; J. Kimberley (4.9 Ferrari) … 151.700 m.p.h.
6th Sestrieres Rally (Feb 5th-Mar 2nd)
1st; Gatta/Masonis (2.5 Lancia Aurelia) … lost 23 marks
2nd; Ciolfi/Monaco (1,100 c.c. Fiat) … 32 marks
3rd; Valenzano/Sposetti (2.5 Lancia Aurelia) … lost 35 marks
Oxford U.M.D.C. Targa Rusticana Rally (Feb. 26th)
1st; B. Gosling (Morris Minor)
2nd; B. Burn (D.K.W. Zonderklasse)
3rd : A. Nesbitt (Volkswagen)
Up to 1,200 c.c.; M. Burn (D.K.W.)
1,201-2,000 c.c.; R. Charlesworth (M.G.)
Over 2,000 c.c.; P.P. Ford (Ford Zephyr)
Plymouth M.C. 200 Trophy Trial (Feb. 27th)
1st: Dr.J.T. Spare (Morgan)
Best Opposite Class; G.S. Scali.
Best Special; G.S. Edwards (Dellow)
Edinbugh M.C. Tests (Feb 27th)
1st; J. Murray (MG TD) … 1,450 points.
2nd; N. Lithgow (H.R.G.) …1,461 points.
3rd; J.C. Downes.
Team Prize; Berwick & District M.C.
National Sports-Car Races, Florida (Feb 27th)
50-mile Race for Modified Cars, class F and under;
1st; B. Davis (Porsche) … 62.0 m.p.h.
2nd; B. Cunningham (Porsche) … 60.1 m.p.h.
3rd; F. Landon (Porsche) … 60.0 m.p.h.
50-mile Race for Modified Cars, class E and over;
1st; S. Johnson (4.5 Ferrari) … 85.5 m.p.h.
2nd; J. Kimberley (4.9 Ferrari) … 81.5 m.p.h.
3rd; B. Said (1.9 Mondial Ferrari) … 79.0 m.p.h.
75-mile Race for Modified Cars, class F and under;
1st; B. Davis (Porsche 550) … 77.5 m.p.h.
2nd; B. Cunningham (Osca) … 76.9 m.p.h.
3rd; B. Lloyd (Porsche 550) … 74.5 m.p.h.
150-mile Race for Modified Cars, class E and over;
1st; S. Johnson (4.5 Ferrari) … 78.2 m.p.h.
2nd; C. Shelby (4.5. Ferrari) … 78.0 m.p.h.
3rd; J. Kimberley (4.9 Ferrari) … 72.1 m.p.h.
The races also had classes for Production Sports-cars won by Porsche, Jaguar XK120M, Austin Healey, Triumph TR2, M.G. TF 1,500, and Jaguar XK140M cars.
Maidstone & Mid-Kent M.C., Brian Lewis Trophy Trial (Feb. 27th)
This trial was held in the Bexley Hills, near Maidstone. It attracted a large entry of 28 competitors, of whom eight were competing in a trial for the first time, and who are always welcome by the organisers. It was gratifying to note that R. Davis, winner of the Novices’ Award, finished ninth in the general classification.
The conditions in the morning were quite difficult, due to snow on some of the hills, and in the afternoon the sun shone, causing a thaw and making the hills very muddy. Seventeen hills were used, and only nine were climbed without loss of marks by a few competitors. The Horror, a well-known hill with trials competitors–this being used in the R.A.C. Trials Championships—defeated the whole entry, the highest up being M.R.B. Cannon, G. Newman and J.H. Appleton, in that order. The awards were presented in the evening by Mrs. Jane Waugh, the club’s Social Secretary.
Brian Lewis Trophy; P.A. Barden (F.A.S. Special) … Lost 35 marks
Fred Grant Trophy; M.H. Lawson (M. & L. Special) … lost 51 marks
Cannon Trophy; M.R.B. Cannon (Cannon Mk. V) … lost 52 marks
First-Class Awards; G. Newman (Cannon VII), R.W. Faulkner (Paul II), J. Appleton (Cannon VIII)
Team Award; Messrs, Barden, Lawson, Appleton.
Novices’ Award; R. Davis (Ford Special)
Circuit of Agadir (Feb. 27th)
Unlimited Sports Cars; Sparken (3.0 Ferrari), Whitehead (Aston Martin DB3S) and Hamilton (Jaguar D-type) retired.
Sports Cars, 2 litres; Favera (Ferrari)
Sports Cars, 1 1/4 litres; Storez (Porsche)
Sports Cars; 1,100 c.c. I Locaze (Renault)
Durham A.C. Medley Hope Rally (Feb. 27th)
Snow and the Hedley Hope Rally of the Durham A.C. appear to be near-relations, so often are they seen together. Last year the snow appeared during the event and only the early starters were able to clear the higher passes in North Yorkshire, but this year the snow, in much greater quantity, came before the event and had the organisers running around at the last minute re-arranging the route. On the route as originally planned the cars were scheduled to have crossed into Westmorland, but on the day in question even the main roads across the Pennines were still blocked, at one point more than 100 vehicles being abandoned in the deep drifts.
After twice altering the route in the week preceding the event, a further replanning was necessary on the Saturday, the distance being reduced to 130 miles on the by-lanes nearer the home town of the club. Nevertheless, none of the 42 entrants was able to keep within the scheduled times on the narrow lanes because of the rutted ice and snow.
Best Performance; P.G. Walton (Ford Anglia)
2nd; J. Bliss (Ford Zodiac)
3rd; W. Elliott (Ford Prefect)
Novices’ Awards; S.R. Taylor (Morris-Oxford), Dr. Shuttleworth (Alvis), P. Young (Lancia)
Caernarvonshire & Anglesey M.C. Farmyard Frolic (Mar. 5th)
Accent on the drivers’ navigational ability as much as that of the navigators themselves was the theme behind the Farmyard Frolic Night Navigation run on March 5th. At the start navigators were herded into a small boat and taken across the Menai Strait to a remote jetty, to which drivers had to navigate themselves—about eight miles. There followed the traditional route through Anglesey lanes, along cart-tracks and through farmyards, with speed, wiggle-woggle and muddy restart tests on the way. The 67-mile course ended with a further ”driver-only” section.
The thirty entries included several from students and staff of the University College of North Wales, which is taking an increasing interest in motor sport.
Regent Trophy; J. Blackstone/J.S. Williams (Renault 750) … lost 107 marks
First Class Awards; E.A. Vernon/F.W.Gray (Ford Popular) … lost 108 marks. W.N. Owen/J.A. Hughes (Volkswagen) … lost 110 marks
Second Class Awards; D.C. Mills/W. Matthews (Volkswagen) … lost 124 marks. W.H.Blunt/G. Blunt (Austin Seven) … lost 126 marks
Best Lady; Miss H. Boswell/Miss F. Wynne-Griffith (Morris Minor) … lost 134 marks
Paris-St. Raphael Women’s Rally (Mar. 2nd-6th)
Series and Special Series Cars;
1st; Chauvin/Richeime (Renault 1063)
2nd: Bagarry (Renault 1063)
3rd : Hertslet/Schleheck (Porsche)
1st : Stuffel (Simca Aronde)
2nd : Bal (Dyna-Panhard)
3rd : Roux (Peugeot 203)
Dakar Sports-Car Grand Prix (Mar. 13th)
1st; Carini (Ferrari), 227 miles at 118.54 m.p.h.
2nd : Rosier (Ferrari), 117.98 m.p.h.
3rd : Hamilton (Jaguar)
Fastest lap : Rosier (Ferrari), 122.41 m.p.h.
G. Whitehead (Aston Martin) retired.
Yorkshire S.C.C. 4/44 Trophy Trial (Mar. 13th)
1st; J.S. Jenkins (Austin Special), gained 91 marks.
2nd : F. Harrison (F.H. Special). gained. 86 marks; 17.46 sec. in test.
3rd : J.C. Broadhead (J.C.B. Special), gained 86 marks; 18.0 sec. in test.
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