V.S.C.C.C. Eastern Rally (Nov.1st)

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Results:

Eastern Trophy:  G. G. McDonald (1928 Bentley).

First-Class Awards: J. K. Milner (1926 A.C.), S. Berrisford (1925 Alvis), and  S. Beckingham (1935 Bentley).

Second-Class Awards: R. Bradshaw (1930 Lee-Francis), A. C. Millar (1927 Sunbeam), T. W. Carson (1935 Bentley) and D. A. Gahagan (1937 Crossley).

Third-Class Awards: S. D. Rodgers (1923 Jowett), F. W. Lowell (1927 Rolls-Royce) and W. G. Court (1926 Sunbeam).

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Can anyone supply data about a 1907 Vulcan which is in process of reconstruction in New Zealand?

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Lord Montagu’s South African tour is progressing well. In the first 4½ days at Cape Town 10,000 people went to his exhibition of old cars.

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With more than a tinge of sadness we record that the old Hotchkiss engine works in Coventry, where the Morris engines came from for so many years, is now occupied by the Inland Revenue.

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Further discoveries by Motor Sport’s readers include a derelict Sunbeam chassis in a Surrey chalk quarry, a 1919 Austin touring car, minus radiator, about to be broken up near Blackburn, and an F.W.D. lorry which has been in a shed in Wales since 1923.

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Vintage gift. Laurence Mathews has a number of early A.C. oil filters, type XA5V, which can be fitted to many vintage cars. He kindly offers these filters free to callers who mention Motor Sport. Mr. Mathews’ address is Victoria Arcade, Southend-on-Sea.

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Forthcoming V.S.C.C. Fixtures are the Heston Driving Tests on December 13th, commencing at 12 noon, at a venue described by the Continental Correspondent as “that dreary, filthy hole,” and the 10th Measham Rally on January 2nd/3rd next year.

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Is the rot setting in? New workshops of Boshier of Norwich Ltd. were opened recently by W. Drummond, of Guy Motors, driving a “veteran” car built from a kit of parts by Boshier. It is to be hoped that such “shammobiles” will be shunned by the V.C.C., V.S.C.C. and other Clubs — see the very pertinent article on the subject by Anthony Bird in the current V.S.C.C. Bulletin.

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Some remarkable old vehicles which had been stored for years in a Middlesex factory came up for auction last month. They included a scarcely-used 1925 Rolls-Royce P. I chassis, a sports Gwynne Eight, a brand-new Rosengart chassis, a 1927 Austin Seven saloon, and a supercharged 1½-litre S.C.A.P. engine which had never been run. There was also a 1923 Gwynne Eight four-seater in new condition with automatic transmission, but this is not for sale.

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News of derelict cars received recently includes a reputedly 1907 Leader half buried under a pile of scrap in Derby, a Trojan van lying in a field in Somerset, a 1930 Morris Major saloon and a 1927 Singer saloon (both said to be complete and, under the dust, in very good condition) in a garage in Norfolk, and a de Dion Bouton type FB chain-drive solid-tyred lorry chassis which is keeping the remains of a 16/50 Humber, a vintage Singer Ten saloon and a Morris Isis with truck body company in a yard near Chelmsford.

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In Buckinghamshire a 1929 Standard Nine Saloon is looking for a home and there are reputed to exist some 1921 Hotchkiss spares, a fairly complete 1927 model-T Ford lorry about to be broken up, a 1927 Clyno two-seater minus magneto, a 1925 Austin Seven Chummy used as a hen-roost, and the remains of a model-T Ford saloon and various vintage car and motorcycle spares. The same correspondent refers to an early Jowett van lying in a field near the Conway Falls. A Vauxhall and a small vintage saloon have been seen in a barn near Chalfont St. Giles.

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Information is sought about a Galloway tourer discovered by a reader and his girl-friend, which they intend to restore, and about a recently-acquired 1923 Wolseley Fourteen tourer, BY 9929, which is also being restored. The Galloway had been standing on chocks in a wood yard in Sheffield since 1930, some vital parts having been stolen, while the Wolseley, which has the 15.9-h.p. side-valve engine, is at present dismantled. The first seven years of its life are wrapped in mystery but it is said to have been used in the film “The Life and Death of Col. Blimp.” If anyone can assist these readers we shall be pleased to forward letters.