A BROOKLANDS TUNING DEPOT

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A BROOKLANDS TUNING DEPOT

BYFLEET MOTOR COMPANY OPENS NEW GARAGE AND WORKSHOPS

WE all know the adage about bad workmen blaming their tools, but as far as we know there is no recorded remark about good workmen doing better work with the most modern ones. All the same, working under modern conditions of lighting and arrangement cannot fail to help the worker and his employer, so there ought to be some ” super-work ” emerging from the well-known firm of the Byfleet Motor Company, presided, as ever, by Mr. A. Symes. The new premises are on the same site as the old ones, on the outskirts of RN-1142,g, about a mile from the main entrance to Brooklands track. The building is a typical modern structure, both decorative and efficient with its white reinforced concrete

walls and its neon lighting. Inside v found a number of racing and sports car, being serviced, amongst them the 2.3 Bugatti which won this year’s Gold Star race and owned by Mr. C. E. C. Martin, a director of the company. The 3.3 Bugatti with which he secured second place in the Mannin Moar race was over at Rheims for the Marne Grand Prix at the time of our visit. Extremely high speeds were put up in the Marne race this year, and Mr. Martin had the satisfaction of finishing fifth at no less than 94.54 M.p.h. Other successful drivers Whose cars are prepared by Byfleet Motors are, Mr. Roy Eccles, who has launched out this season with an interesting special supercharged t,too c.c. Lagonda, fitted with a singleseater body, Mr. R. S. Wilkins, who is an Alfa enthusiast, Captain Davis, whose Delage displayed splendid form at Whitsun, And the Hon. Jock Leith and Mr. Andrew Leach, who are driving Bugattis. Besides the premises at Byfleet, the Company has tuning sheds behind the aerodrome at Brooklands, a convenient arrangement

when it is desired to make final adjustments on the track itself. The skilful staff of mechanics employed in the old premises have been reinforced by recruits from the stables of Freddy Dixon and other successful racing car tuners. As most people know, hardwork and attention to detail are the things which add those essential m.p.h., but the task of the mechanics is lightened by equipment such as valve-facing tools, decarbonising

tools, and electric grinders, the heavier work of turning, machining and making new parts being carried on in another workshop at the rear. The ordinary car is not forgotten either, and an efficient hydraulic lift and greasing installation form part of the equipment.