A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters
This Month’s V.S.C.C. Silverstone Meeting
The first of those enjoyable and invariably well-supported Vintage S.C.C. race meetings on the Silverstone Club circuit takes place on April 18th, commencing with a One Hour High Speed Trial at 12.15 p.m. The remaining events will comprise the 1908 G.P. Italia Trophy Race, over 10 laps, open to vintage racing cars, the Spero and Voiturette Trophies Race over the same distance (16.8 miles) for vintage cars up to 750 c.c. s/c and 1,100 c.c. atmospherically inducted, a 10-lap All-Corners’ Scratch Race open to vintage and Historic racing cars, Merrydown Trophy race for vintage sports cars, and a series of 5-lap handicaps for vintage and p.v.t. cars and Historic racing cars, one of which will be used to score points for the 1964 Inter-Register Shield. Competitors have to report by 9 a.m. This year no saloon cars will be accepted. Entries have closed.
The public is welcome at this meeting, which is usually extremely well supported, because nowhere else than at a V.S.C.C. race meeting can you see such a diverse collection of individual motor cars or enjoy such nostalgic sights, sounds and smells. Only the girl friends will disclose that it is 1964, not 1934, because skin-tight jeans and the full figure are one feature of the present day we do not regret—otherwise, at Silverstone on April 18th you will be able to project yourselves into the past quite effectively. The car park fee is 10s. but, for indemnity reasons, everyone must have an admission ticket, obtainable beforehand from T. W. Carson, 3, Kingsclere House Stables, Kingsclere, Newbury, Berkshire on receipt of a s.a.e.
Remember this, also, that it is invariably very cold, often wet, at Silverstone. The Paddock is out of bounds to non-members. The Motoring Dog reminds you that she intends to comply with the regulations and stay at home.
Future V.S.C.C. Fixtures open to non-members are:—
May 24th .. Curborough Sprint Meeting, near Lichfield.
June 20th .. Oulton Park Race Meeting.
July 25th .. Silverstone Race Meeting.*
August 16th .. Prescott Speed Hill Climb.*
*Admission tickets must be obtained from the V.S.C.C. Secretary. They are free but a car park charge is made.
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The 9th National Alvis Day, organised by the Alvis O.C., will take place at the Crystal Palace on May 10th. Details from: K. Brettell, 151A, Preston Hill, Kenton, Middlesex.
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Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars of all ages and types are scheduled to attend a vast assembly organised by the Rolls-Royce Section of the V.S.C.C. at Goodwood on May 23rd. This replaces last year’s successful Blenheim Palace Rally, when over 1,000 of these cars attended. This time an even larger entry is anticipated and a special, illustrated programme will be prepared. Selected cars will take part in a grand parade. Open to members and their friends, details are obtainable from: E. E. Turner, The Malt House, Wribbenhall, Bewdley, Worcs. Some members will arrive at Goodwood in light aeroplanes.
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Wiscombe Park hill-climbs (fixture list elsewhere) will again feature a vintage and p.v.t. class, with £17 10s. in cash prizes at each meeting, if sufficient support is received.
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The Andover Traction Engine Rally takes place this year on June 20th, the gates at Finkley Manor Farm, near Andover, being opened to spectators at noon. Details from: G. Howell, 5, The Crescent, Andover, Hampshire.
Other traction engine rallies announced to date in Steaming, the official journal of the National Traction Engine Club (See.: E. A. Fillmore, 34, Northwick Park Road, Harrow, Middlesex), are:—
May 16/17th .. Haverhill, Suffolk.
May 17/18th .. Beaulieu, Hampshire.
May 17/18th .. Wilisc Hall, Wadsworth, Doncaster.
May 18th .. Woodton, Bungay, Suffolk.
May 18th .. Elham, Canterbury, Kent.
May 23/24th .. Revesby, Boston, Lines.
May 24th .. Science Museum, Birmingham.
June 6th .. Umberleigh, near Exeter.
June 6/7th .. N. Hykeham, Lincon.
June 20th .. Brettenham Park, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
June 27th .. Chartridge, Bucks.
June 28th .. Stamford, Bedford (Display only, June 27th).
July 4/5th .. Rempstone, Loughborough.
July 11th .. Horsham, Sussex (in conjunction with Horsham Carnival).
July 18th .. Cranbourne, Dorset.
July 18/19th .. Colchester, Essex.
July 18/19th .. Bellamour Park, Rugeley, Staffs.
July 18/19th .. Old Leake, Boston, Lincs.
July 25th .. Ashcross, Taunton, Somerset.
July 25/26th .. Keyworth, Derby (in conjunction with Keyworth Carnival).
August 1st/3rd .. Bedford Club. (Venue not yet announced).
August 3rd .. Hurst, Berkshire (in conjunction with Hurst Show).
August 3rd .. Church Stretton, Salop.
August 8/9th .. Pickering, Yorkshire.
August 22nd .. Woodcote, near Reading, Berkshire. (Veteran Transport Rally).
August 22nd .. West of England. (No venue announced).
August 28/30th .. White Waltham, Berkshire. (Old Time Fair & Steam Week-end).
Never let it be said that vintage and veteran cars alone constitute the old-time scene!
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Some very exciting cars are believed to be venturing the journey from England over (or under?) the Alps to Milan for the F.I.A.E. International Veteran and Vintage Rally on May 28th/31st.
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