The Junior Racing Driver’s Club.
It has been a permanent regret with the majority of motor-racing enthusiasts of moderate means that their enthusiasm can never take the form of active participation in a race. There have been several projects in the past for a system of communal sharing of a racing car, but now this idea has actually materialised in the Junior Racing Drivers’ Club.
The lines on which the J.R.D.C. will run will be similar to those of flying clubs. Full members will be able to learn to handle, practise with and finally race a well-tuned car, on payment of the usual membership and a charge per hour. The annual subscription for full racing membership is five guineas, for country racing membership three guineas, and associate membership one guinea. Associate members will, of course, only be entitled to participate in the social activities of the Club.
An advisory racing committee has been formed, composed of the Hon. Brian Lewis, Cyril Paul, S. C. H. Davis, G. Field, C. R. Whitcroft and L. Geach. The clubhouse and complete workshop will be run at 171, Harrow Road, London, W.2, and a shed has been rented for headquarters at Brooklands.
As for actual driving by members, the Club already has sufficient cars at its disposal to enable members to practise, and arrangements are being concluded with the *.Donington Park authorities whereby week end parties can be accommodated. C. R. Whitcroft, 1932 T.T. winner, has offered his services as “coach.” Members will have the benefit of his extensive road racing experience.
M.G. Midget’s Record Run.
A standard M.G. Midget J.2 model with complete touring equipment, driven by S. McKenzie, the associate dealer for M.G. cars at Johannesburg, recently put up the meritorious performance of completing the double journey, JohannesburgDurban-Johannesburg, in a total elapsed time of 19 hrs. 50 mins. which included a stop of 35 minutes at Durban.
The distance covered was approximately 840 miles in a driving time (excluding the 35 minutes at Durban) of 19 hrs. 15 mins. which gives an actual average speed of 43.64 m.p.h. This is all the more impressive, as some 101 hours darkness had to be contended with. Laystall Opens a New Depart
In order to deal with increasing business in the repair of chassis springs for private vehicles, The Laystall Motor Engineering Works Ltd., of Ewer Street, Southwark, London, S.E.1, have opened a new department to handle this highly specialised class of work.
In addition to the replacement of broken leaves, setting up or otherwise modifying existing springs, a special feature will be the re-tempering of springs which is essential for ideal springing ; special furnaces, plant, and testing equipment, have been installed for this purpose.
The staff selected for carrying out this work are all skilled spring makers and are in charge of a highly experienced Engineer having a very long association with spring manufacture and repair.
Over 15 tons of the highest grade spring steel, supplied by Messrs. Thos. Firth & John Brown, Ltd., of Sheffield, are stocked to ensure rapid completion of work.
A Singer Record in Australia.
News has just been received from Australia that Mr. Beasley, driving a Singer 1933 9 h.p. sports car, set up a new record for the distance from Sydney to Melbourne. The distance between these two cities is 600 miles, and Mr. Beasley’s time was eleven hours fifty-nine minutes, averaging over 50 m.p.h. for the journey and beating the previous record by 37 minutes.
The M.G. Magazine.
An event of importance to air M.G. owners took place recently when the first number of the M.G. Magazine made its appearance. Conducted by Alan C. Hess, the popular Secretary of the M.G. Car Club, and one-time editor of MOTOR SPORT, the Magazine, as it is called, contains a host of useful and entertaining articles. For example there is an eyewitness account of the Mille Miglia by H. E. Symons, a history of the M.G. car by G. C. Tuck, a short biography of the famous M.G. driver, George Eyston, and a descriptive article about the first M.G. car ever produced. The second number is now on sale, and is well up to the high standard of the first.
The M.G. Magazine is a beautifully produced, well illustrated journal, and its bi-monthly future appearance at the price of 6d. should be an eagerly awaited event by all keen owners of M.G. cars.
Around and about, September 1978
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