Two Special Cars.
SIR,-With reference to Mr. Bowles’ racing car (April issue, page 256), it seems probable that this car is the Bora which was driven at the Track some years ago by A. Boora, who at that time was a B.A.R.C. member.
This car finished third in the 75 m.p.h. Short Handicap at the 1924 Autumn Meeting, and also ran at the Summer and Autumn Meetings of the 1925 season.
I cannot throw any light on the specification of the Bora, except that the engine had a capacity of about 2 litres, and pump cooling.
Recently I came across another car with an unknown history, and any information would be appreciated.
The car in question is known as the Lambert Special. It has a 4-cyl. engine of about 1 f litres capacity, with 4 0.H. valves per cylinder. The valves are operated by very short rockers which thread over the valve-sterns, from an O.H. camshaft carried in three plain bearings. The camshaft is driven from the front, apparently by a train of gears, the half-time pinion being on the camshaft. The water-pump, magneto, and exhaust manifold are on the near side, also the oil filler. The carburettor is on the off-side, feeding through an old-type two-branch manifold, and the plugs enter the head horizontally on this side.
I was told that the engine is a Sunbeam racing unit, and certainly the top water pipe and camshaft-cover give this impression, but the Sunbeam Co. have no record of it. The engine seems strangely out of keeping with the chassis, which is probably an early post-war production and quite ordinary. It has a separate R.H. bearbox ; i elliptic springs ; underslung rear axle ; ordinary rear tank ; rear brakes with outside hand-lever ; spring-spoke steering wheel ; disc wheels ; tie-rod ahead of front axle ; and a strange
arrangement of bracing strips for the sidemembers.
The body is an aluminium 4-seater, and the flat-fronted radiator is similar to that of a Mathis. The exhaust-system includes a Brooklands silencer and fan-tail ; there is provision for a revcounter, and a small dynamo driven from the nose of the camshaft provides electric lighting.
I must apologise for taking up so much space over this description, but I understand that the car is for sale for a low figure, and it may be of interest. I have, of course, no connection with its owners.
Finally, does anyone know the present whereabouts of the Martin-Arab ; Berliet ” Whistling Rufus ” ; ” Handy-Andy the Sunbeam Napier ; the black-andwhite Straker-Squire ; and similar fascinating old Track cars ? W. BODDY. 13, Hillier Road,