Bristol M.C. & L.C.C. Roy Fedden Trophy Trial
There were 64 starters. The first dozen or more set off in a fog, but it soon cleared and the day was bright and sunny.
One of the first casualties was G. Best (M.G.) who had rear axle trouble and had to fall out. Tin Pan Alley was negotiated by most competitors in a shower of mud and much bouncing.
Breakheart took its expected heavy toll. Merrick (Dellow) being the first to climb clean, to be followed later by K. E. O. Burgess, driving one-handed, Wharton, Newton and Bold.
Fort, a very slippery hill with a sharp hairpin at the bottom, soon had competitors in trouble. Wharton climbed this in his usual manner, and Vincent (M.G.) put up a very good clean run. F. Morrish (Frazer-Nash) went up with a lot of noise and plenty of urge, Imhof (Allard) in leaps and bounds.
Newton, Wharton and Bold all came through with clean cards.
The deciding factor was the acceleration test held at Old Hallow where Newton clocked 14.0 sec. and Wharton 15.1 sec.
Competitors then returned to the “Prince of Wales ” Hotel for refreshments of all kinds and the results were out in a very short time: —
The Roy Fedden Trophy and Souvenir: Newton (H.R.G.).
The Alexander Duckham Cup and Souvenir (for the Runner-up): K. Wharton (Wharton).
The Daphne Trophy and Souvenir: Bold (Bold).
The Club Cup and Souvenir: Uglow (H.R.G.).
The Basil Barber Memorial Trophy and Souvenir: C. A. N. May (Ford Special).
The J. H. King Cup and Souvenir: Burgess (Allard).
Team Prize — The James Russell Shield: Appleton, Burgess, Potter (Allards).
First-Class Awards. — Class A: Dyer (Riley), Oliver (Austin Seven), Cleave (Morris). Class B: F. Morrish (Frazer-Nash), A. Morrish (M.G.), Delingpole (H.R.G.), Penn (Dellow). Class C: Merrick (Dellow), Cox (M.G.-Ford), Imhoff (Allard).
Second-Class Awards. — Class A: Radford (Austin Ford), Cracknell (Forstin). Class B: Buncombe (H.R.G.), Rawlings (Rawlings), Jesty (Darracq-Nash), Lowe (Dellow). Class C: Waldron (Dellow), Appleton (Allard), Potter (Allard).
Sheffield & Hallamshire M.C. Christmas Sporting Trial
This trial was followed by a Christmas dinner at the George Hotel, Taddington, also a very excellent Film Show given by Mr. Habbershon on this season’s racing. T. C. Harrison gave a commentary with the films and a talk on his Continental racing experiences this year.
James Cup for Best Performance: G. R. Holt (G. R. Special).
First-Class Awards: J. Clegg (Clegg), M. Wilde (Ford Special), A. M. Beardshaw (A.M.B. special).
Second-Class Awards: T. C. Wise (C.W.8), H. Morgan (Blakar), E. Wadsworth (Ford Special).
Team Award: Messrs. J. Clegg, G. R. Holt and R. E. Holt.
V.S.C.C. of A. Motor Show
The V.S.C.C. of Australia held an ambitious Concours d’Elegance, called the “Olympia Show,” last year in the Sydney Sports Ground. Results: —
1st: J. A. Jeffery (Bentley 3-litre Le Mans).
2nd: J. L. Hood (Sunbeam 3-litre Twin-Cam).
3rd: H. T. Tompsitt (Vauxhall “30/98” O.E. 238).
1st: E. D. Ansell (Vauxhall Prince Henry 1912)
2nd: J. F. Crouch (Renault Touring 1908).
Individually Built Specials
1st: E. J. Read (Read Special).
2nd: J. F. Crouch (Allarday V8 Special).
3rd: G. R. Reed (G. Reed Special).
Racing and Speed Cars
1st: C. H. James (M.G. NE.-Type Magnette).
2nd: G. T. Stewart (M.G. Magna).
3rd: F. Elbourne (M.G. Magna).
Pre-War Sports and Convertibles
1st: J. A. Jeffery (Jaguar S.C.100).
2nd: R. S. Ward (M.G. “TB”).
3rd: S. Todhunter (M.G. “J2”)
Post-War Sports and Converitibles
1st: H. Morson (Jaguar 2 1/2-litre drophead).
2nd: Barclay Motors, Ltd. (Alvis Fourteen drophead).
3rd: Peter Lloyd Pty. Ltd. (Riley 2 1/2-litre Roadster).
Post-War Closed Car Under 10 H.P.
1st: T. Patterson (1 1/2-litre M.G. saloon).
2nd: E. Larkin (Morris “8/40” saloon).
3rd: T. Jackson (Bradford Station Waggon).
Post-War Closed Cars Under 20 H.P.
1st: Standard Cars, Ltd. (Triumph “1,800”saloon).
2nd: Peter Lloyd, Ltd. (Riley 1 1/2 saloon).
3rd: Messrs. Barclay Motors (Alvis saloon).
Post-War Closed Cars Over 20 H.P.
1st: F. Nichols (3 1/2-litre Jaguar saloon).
2nd: R. Quigley (3 1/2-litre Jaguar saloon).
3rd: York Motors, Ltd. (Chrysler New Yorker).
Best Kept Sports Car Any Age
1st: J. A. Jeffery (Jaguar S.S. 100).
2nd: W. Coglan (M.G. “TB”).
3rd: E. D. Ansell (Vauxhall Prince Henry 1912).
Best Kept Sports Car, Lady Owner-Driver
1st: Mrs. Coglan (M.G. “TB”).
2nd: Mrs. H. T. Tompsitt (Vauxhall “30/98” O.E. 238).
Best Kept Closed Car Any Age
1st: Peter Lloyd, Ltd. (1 1/2 Riley saloon).
2nd: R. B. Campbell (Nash Ambassador Six).
3rd: T. Patterson (M.G. saloon).
Best Kept Dealer-Entry
1st: G. L. Robinson (Jowett Javelin).
2nd: R. S. Ward (M.G. 1 1/2-litre saloon).
3rd: Master Motors (Morgan super-sports three-wheeler).
M.G.C.C. Cecil Kimber Trophy Trial
This event, was held on December 12th last and attracted 30 entries: —
1st: K. A. Scales M.G. 1,706-c.c.), Cecil Kimber Trophy, First, Class II.
2nd: P. S. Reade (M.G. 930-c.c.), First, Class I.
3rd: A. B. Rogers (M.G. 847-c.c. [Sup.)), Second, Class II.
4th: R. Beasley (M.G. 1,292-c.c.), Second, Class I. 5th: D. P. Baker (M.G. 1,292-c.c.); Third, Cass I.
Team Award: “Norwesters 1” K. A. Scales, R. E. Holt, A. R. Rogers.
North-West London M.C. Gloucester Trial
Amendments to the provisional results of the Gloucester Trial are as follows: —
E. J. Newton: The Committee have awarded Mr. Newton a special Runner-Up Award in place of the First Class Award notified in the provisional results in view of Mr. Newton’s outstanding performance in the Trial. This award was not provided for in the Regulations.
E. J. Tracey: Mr. Tracey has been awarded a Second Class Award in place of the Third Class Award shown in the provisional results.
J. M. Readings: Mr. Readings has been awarded a Second Class Award.
N.L.E.C.C. Closted Tourist Trial
This event was contested on December 19th last. The winner was G. T. Jones (M.G.) with 26 marks, the runners-up being S.R. Doland (Allard) and K.G. Jones (M.G.) with 28 and 32 marks respectively.
Leonard Potter who, with C. A. N. May as co driver in an Allard two-seater, won a Coupe des Alpes, the Coupe de Paris-Presse and the Coupe de Mont Ventoux in the Alpine Rally, has belatedly received a further award for his performance in that event. This is a Silver Medallion awarded by the Commissariat General de Tourisme for the best performance in all tests in which the fastest time counted.
Coupled with the Coupe de Paris-Presse, this award places Allard as best in all tests and the fastest aggregate performer in the timed tests.
B.T.D.A. “Championship Star”
The heartiest congratulations must be extended to Ken Wharton for not only winning the 1948 R.A.C. Trials Championship, but for taking the British Trials Drivers’ Association 1948 “Star.” Wharton gained this honour by 30 marks front Onslow-Bartlett, who, in turn, was eight marks ahead of J. Clegg for second place.