I was fascinated to see the recent photograph of Wally Watton in his Austin 7 Special. This is the car driven by Gordon Brettell before WWII, and having survived its much-celebrated accident at Brooklands in 1937, it was passed on to Wally — and thence to John Sutton.
John has re-engineered the car and competed with it for two seasons Four years ago he sold me most of the bodywork and a few odd bits, which I built up into another single-seater. John refers to the car as the Brettell Special. Indeed, it was a condition of purchase that I did not call the car by any other name. In my ownership it has completed three seasons of sprints and hill-climbs.
We would like to put together a history of the car. I am in touch with Gordon’s brother Terence, who has since given me the car’s early history. But what happened to it after the war?
Can any of your readers enlighten me?
I am, yours etc, Henry Cleaver, London