The Land-Rover Register has compiled a list of known pre-production prototype Land-Rovers, constructed prior to July 1948. It knows of ten of the 48 built, or a survival rate of 21% and has three others in its sights. Details of any more to A. H. Hutchings, Bridge Cottage, 11, Tilmore Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 2HJ.
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The Fiat Register reports that the 1955 Fiat 500 once owned by the Rt. Hon. The Earl Howe and used by His Lordship to commute to and from the House of Lords still exists in entirely original condition, still finished in Howe’s racing colours of black and dark blue. It seems to have run only 25,000 miles, in the hands of four owners before the person who now owns it, and is thought to be one of the very last of the r.h.d. Topolinos. It is described as a charming little 58 m.p.h./58 m.p.g. car.
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The Motor Cycling Club, which has long catered for cars as well as two-wheelers and three-wheelers, and deserves support as the oldest existing motor club in this country, founded in 1901, is holding its traditional Exeter Trial on January 5th/6th. Those who wish to spectate should note that the first competitors are due to leave from Cirencester, Reading and Lewdown at 8 p.m. on the Friday. There will be two observed hills during the night and the 320-mile route will take in Fingle Bridge, Simms and observed sections near Sidmouth, the finish being at the Riviera Hotel. The Devon police have lifted all former “black-spots” for this long-established event, so not only competitors but all who go to watch are asked to drive with especial care and courtesy. The equally-traditional Land’s End and Edinburgh Trials will follow later in the year. Those who wish to support the MCC should note that the General Secretary is V. Lovett, “Cherry Trees”, Dodds Lane, Chalfont-St. Giles, Bucks., HP8 4EL. – W. B.