The 1954 National Fixture List contains the enormous total of 857 separate events, or 21 more than last year. This is an admirable indication that motor sport continues to flourish, but at the same time the load imposed on organisers, competitors, officials, spectators and — if we may — reporters, is clearly very heavy, while the R.A.C. has the invidious task of trying to avoid too severe clashing of dates.
This immense proclamation of the desire to motor sportingly embraces 660 trials and/or rallies and 197 speed events, including race meetings. Of the former, 452 are closed, 199 are closed invitation, seven are national and two are international fixtures. Of the speed events, 76 are closed, 73 closed invitation, 28 national and 20 international fixtures.
As the list is still provisional at the time of going to press we will content ourselves with giving the international speed events at this stage (some further fixtures are detailed in “Club News” elsewhere in this issue):—
April 19th: B.A.R.C. Race Meeting, Goodwood.
May 1st: Half-Litre C.C. Race Meeting, Brands Hatch.
May 15th: “Daily Express” Race Meeting; Silverstone.
May 22nd: Ulster Trophy Race, Dundrod.
May 29th: B.A.R.C. Race Meeting, Aintree.
June 26th: Scottish S.C.C. Speed Hill-Climb, Bo’Ness.
July 3rd: R.S.A.C. Speed Hill-Climb, Rest-And-Be-Thankful
July 8th: Jersey M.C. & L.C.C. Race Meeting, St. Helier.
July 10th: Half-Litre C.C. Race Meeting, Crystal Palace.
July 17th: R.A.C. British Grand Prix, Silverstone.
July 22nd: Jersey M.C. & L.C.C. Speed Hill-Climb, Bouley Bay.
Aug. 2nd: Half-Litre C.C. Race Meeting, Brands Hatch.
Aug. 7th: Mid-Cheshire M.C. Race Meeting, Oulton Park
Aug. 14th: West Essex C.C. Race Meeting, Snetterton.
Aug. 29th: Midland A.C. Speed Hill-Climb, Shelsley Walsh.
Sept. 4th: Brighton & Hove M.C. Speed Trial Brighton.
Sept. 11th: R.A.C. T.T. Sports-Car Race,
Sept. 19th: Bugatti Owners’ Club, Prescott.
Sept. 25th: B.A.R.C. Race Meeting, Goodwood.
Oct. 2nd: Winfield J.C. Race Meeting, Charterhall.
Let its hope these fixtures will have true international entries to justify their inclusion in the Calendar as international fixtures.
Silverstone Club Meetings, 1954
The following Silverstone club fixtures (provisional) have been announced for 1954: —
Mar. 27th/28th: V.S.C.C. (Speed Trial). C.
May 1st: V.S.C.C. C.
May 22nd: Maidstone & Mid-Kent. C.1.
May 29th: Eight Clubs. C.
June 12th: Midland M.E.C. C.I.
June 19th: V.S.C.C. C.I.
June 26th: Midland M.E.C. C.I.
July 3rd: 750 M.C. (Members’ Four-Hour Relay Races). C.
July 24th: Aston Martin O.C. R.
July 31st: Bentley Drivers’ Club. C.I.
Aug. 7th: Nottingham S.C.C. .C.I.
Aug. 21st: Half-Litre C.C. N.
Aug. 28th: 750 M.C. (Six-Hour Relay Race). N.
Sept. 4th: S.U.N.B.A.C. C.I.
Sept. 11th: Peterborough M.C. C.I.
Oct. 9th: N. Staffs M.C. CI.
Goodwood — 1954
The B.A.R.C. announces the following Goodwood fixtures for 1954 :—
Mar. 27th: Club Meeting. C.
April 19th: International Easter Meeting. I.
May 1st: Club Meeting, C.
June 7th: National Meeting. N.
Aug. 21st: Club Meeting. C.
Sept. 25th: Autumn International Meeting. I.
Oct. 2nd: S.W. Centre Speed Trials. C.I.
In addition, the following dates are reserved for meetings at the virgin Aintree circuit: April 10th, Club Meeting, C.; May 29th, International Meeting, I.; July 10th, Club Meeting, C.; and September 4th, National Meeting, N. In addition, there are National fixtures at the Crystal Palace circuit on June 19th, August 2nd and Sept. 18th. It looks like a case of Mr. Morgan, you’ll have some busy days.
Autocross Has Arrived!
The remaining Autocross fixtures for 1954, even if provisional, prove that this new sport for trials-type cars has definitely arrived: —
Mar. 14th: E. Anglian M.C. Earls Colne.
Chiltern C.C. Fingest.
Mar. 28th: Cambridge 50 C.C. Cambridge.
Lothians C.C. Lothians.
April 11th: S.O.D.C. Dunstable.
April 18th: Northampton & Dist. C.C. Northants.
May 16th: Bedford A.E.C. Bucks.
May 30th: Nottingham S.C.C. Grove Park.
June 20th: Morecambe C.C.
July 4th: Chiltern C.C. Henley-on-Thames.
July 24th: Newry & Dist. M.C. Newry.
Aug. 15th: London M.C. Dunstable.
Aug. 21st: Riley M.C.
Sept. 5th: Bedford A.E.C. Bucks.
Sept 26th: S.O.D.C. Dunstable.
Oct. 9th: MG. C.C. Edinburgh.
Oct. 17th: Lothian C.C. Edinburgh.
Caerns. & Anglesey M.C. N. Wales.
Oct. 31st: E. Anglian M.C. Earls Colne.
Dec. 5th: Thames Estuary A.C. Essex.
Dec. 11th: Falkirk & Dist M.C.
Dec. 12th: Thames Estuary A.C. Essex.