V-E-V Miscellany, December 1981, December 1981
A reader in Suffolk who owns a Model-T Ford is anxious to acquire pre-1928 issues of the Ford Times, for which he would exchange handbooks forr the 1925 Morris one-ton truck. 1928 Series-AB Chevrolet and 1930 Case Model-L tractor. Letters can be forwarded. The Vauxhall OC reports in ns newletter that some of the coachbuilt-bodied Vauxhalls are coming to light, such as a 1934 Grosvenor close-coupled fixed-head coupe and a possible 1933 Duple-bodied 12 h.p. Type ASY four-door tourer, and it says that for the New Zealand TV series “The Flying Kiwi”, to be shown also in the UK, a 1929 Vauxhall Hurlingham sports model is being used, and that another Vauxhall will appear in the future “Nanny” films on TV. The earliest Vauxhall DX, a 1935 model, known to the Vauxhall Register has turned up, and a second-owner Vauxhall DX. with Martin Walker Wingham cabriolet body, has been found in need of restoration in Suffolk, not having been on the road since 1936. We have been sent, by an Aircraft Controller who mesa Citroen GS, a clipping from the Briti. Aerospace newpaper Link which reproduces a worker’s 1939 pass to enter the Brooklands Motor Course, Weybridge, issued by Hawker Aircraft Limited. The pass was restricted to “business purposes on weekdays” and the holder’s photograph is overstamped by the BARC — the sad thing is that the Editor of Link asks what those initials stood for! Incidentally, the holder of this pass, Ted Trodd, started work at Vickers at the age of 14, on Vickers Vitnys, and he had joined Hawker’s in 1938, working on Harts, Hinds and Hurricanes. My note about the neglected Zborowski fanuly grave at Burton Lazars has been heeded — a Coventry reader has taken steps to clean it up. The Inter-Register contest between some of the older one make clubs still takes place. This year the Humber Register won by 20 points, a point ahead of the Fiat Register, with the Austin Ten DC third, and the STD Register and the Alvis Register the runners-up. The contest comprised two rallies, driving tests and a trial.
Arising from the picture of Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird with tyre trouble, tin page 1456 of the October issue. D.S. J. insists that a tread had been flung hut that the tyre hail not burst, as we and others have said: a counter theory is that the tyre had deflated, hut that the wheel is seen up on the jack in the picture, waiting for the tyre to cool down sufficiently for it to he changed, in the one-hour resmte permitted between the Iwo-wliV timed runs. Be that as it may, the point to be made is that the car was not at Daytona but at the Salt Flats at Bonneville. which is where Bluebird exceeded 300 m.p.h.: at Daytona Campbell’s best with the .:ar was 276.82 m.p.h., earlier in 1935. — W.B.