In its excellent, printed quarterly magazine, The Lagonda, we read: “I have found readers of that specialised periodical [ourselves!] know much about Lagondas, and even own them, but nothing of the club.”
So we hasten to remark that this club derives from two former separate organisations, the 2-litre Lagonda Register and the Lagonda C.C. It caters for owners of Lagondas of all types, from 11.4 to V12, produces the aforesaid healthy magazine and organises the usual pub meets, rallies and contests. The Hon. Sec. is M. H. Wilby, 4, Lancaster Garages, Hampstead, London, N.W.3, the Northern Hon. Sec. being D. H. Coates, Hill Farm, Swine, near Hull, and the Midlands Hon. Sec. is T. H. Wareham, Hay Wood Cottage, Five Ways, Hatton, near Warwick. I. Forshaw, W. C. Hartop, C. Elphinstone, Dr. C. S. Rexford-Welch, D. J. Roberts and Francis Winkworth play prominent parts in the club’s organisation, and David Brown is one of the Lagonda Club’s patrons.
On the evening of June 30th the club staged the third annual Motor Gymkhana in Oaklands Park, Chichester. Staged on grass, there was an excellent entry for the six events: “Wiggle-woggle” or steering test, obstacle race, relay race, blindfold teat, figure of eight (“Le Mans “Start), and balloon race. Opened by the Mayor of Chichester (Alderman Mrs. Eastland), the meeting was blessed by perfect weather and the spectators enjoyed three and a half hours of real fun and games. Prominent among the prizewinners were Mr. Wilfred Wadham and Mr. Desmond Silverthorne.
On August 14th the club is staging a series of driving tests in the Cattle Market, Chichester, at which the local mobile police have kindly agreed to lay on some road safety demonstrations.
S. Wales A.C. Rally Of The Seven Vales (July 4th)
The rally was started from City Hall, Cardiff, by the Lord Mayor, Alderman G. Ferrier. It was run over a route of 198 miles, included several “colonial” sections, and passed through some very beautiful parts of South Wales.
The plus or minus tolerance of one minute and the secret time checks soon sorted out the 39 cars that were competing. G. E. Turner (driving an M.G.), who made the best performance of the day had one minute in hand at all checks and put up a very good show.
The results of the special tests which were carried out before the lunch break on the club’s own hill-climb near Maesteg only had to be used to decide a “tie” between two cars.
Information clues were used on the route, and this saved a great deal of marshalling.
Class1: G. E. Turner (M.G.).
Class 2: E. Baker (Anglia).
Class 3: G. H. Reason-Jones (Triumph TR2).
Class 4: L. R. Gibbs (Consul).
Team Award: Hereford CC.
S.W.A.C. Challenge Cup: Dr. J. Spare.
London M.C. Third French Sporting Trial (June 24th)
1st (Mayor of Annecy Cup): H. R. Smart (1,172-c.c. B.S.T.).
2nd (Hotel des Tresums Cup): P. Clegg (1,172-c.c. Clegg Special).
3rd (Marcel Becquart Cup): R. Faulkner (1,172-c.c. Paul Special).
4th (A.C. du Mont Blanc Cup): N. P. Kennedy (1,172-c.c. Harfeach).
5th (Annecy Tourist Committee Cup); P. Atkinson (1,245.c.c. Atkinson Special)
6th: R. Kemp (1.172-c.c. Kemp Special).
7th: J. H. Appleton (1,172-c.c. Appleton Special).
8th: D. W. Price, Jnr. (1,172-c.c. Price Special).
9th: A. H. Baker (1,997-c.c. Land Rover).
10th: E. J. Chandler — retired.
Team No. 1: J. H. Appleton, D. W. Price, Jnr and R. W. Faulkner — each member received award of the Town of Annecy.
Team No. 2: E. J. Chandler (retired). N. P. Kennedy and H. R. Smart.
Lancia M.C. Inter-One-Make Driving Tests (June 27th)
1st:. Morgan 4/4 “A” Team (P. H. G. Morgan. 672 points; G. J. Stallard, 647; H. M. Denton. 660 — total 1,979 points).
2nd: Morgan 4/4 “B” Team (J. McDonagh, 652 points; W. G. G. Goodall, 656; R. K. N. Clarkson, 639 — total. 1,947 point.).
3rd: M.G. “A” Team (C. Shove, 652 points; J. Shove, 626; R. Randall, 660 — total, 1,938 points).