Rumblings, April 2007

Plans for the centenary of Brooklands Track in June are proceeding. On Saturday June 16 cars from before1920 will parade, and on the next day there is to be a similar display of those originating from 1921 to 1939. In these parades will be cars which competed at the famous (the origainal) motor course. Len Battyll tells me that already a great many of these have been found, plus a few Track personalities. He can be contacted on 01428 645724 by other would-be participants with suitable cars.

The VSCC opens its racing season on April 21 at Silverstone, followed by its not-to-be-missed events at Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Mallory Park and Donington Park, with an invitation race for pre-war cars at the Silverstone Classic meeting in July. Its Light Car and Edwardian Section has its Welsh weekend on March 31/April 1, the Summer Rally in Hampshire on June 16-17 and an Autumn Tour in the Cotswolds on September 1. 

Longevity? My Short and Mason clockwork barograph, which I was informed was supplied to the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club in 1906/07, still works perfectly.

This year’s Amilcar/Salmson International Rally will be held in Wales on July 29-August 1. Also, at Prescott on May 26-27 there is to be a French car enclosure, and the Amilcar-Salmson Register is having a road run on the Bank Holiday Monday (details from Janet Blake, 01869 343444). Other French light cars and cyclecars are welcome.