The Racing Beardmore

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Sir,

The picture showing the Racing Beardmore and Jowett in the December issue, prompts me to write.

I am the grandson of George Hepworth, who is seated in the Beardmore, the gentleman standing between the two cars is Bob Ompleby who at that time was responsible for the tuning of my grandfathers cars, and who later became the director responsible for piston ring production at Hepworth and Grandage. The gentlemen sitting in the Jowett is my great uncle Joe Hepworth and on his right, Morris Mitchell who is still with Hepworth and Grandage.

The Beardmore was not used by the Hepworth brothers, but was owned by my grandfather who competed in both sand racing and hill climbing. One of the problems experienced with this car was the Morse timing chain that slipped when the revs went over 4,500 r.p.m. thus rendering the car unreliable for competition use.

I would be most interested to hear from any reader who might know the whereabouts or fate of either of the cars illustrated.

Ilkley.
Peter Hepworth.