V-to-C Miscellany, January 1995, January 1995

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Last October’s “Getting It Right” article has caused a reader to point out errors of our own; Margaret Allen should read Allan and Earl Howe drove an Alfa Romeo in the 1933 not the 1935 TT. An error by the Brooklands Society has also been noted; their greetings car with Roy Nockolds painting of Mays’s ERA and Bira’s Maserati is titled “The Last Race at Brooklands”. But neither drivers nor cars took part in that race, which was won by G L Baker’s Graham Paige. And on p1325 of last month’s issue an OM became a Frazer Nash.

We regret that in the obituary to John Thornley OBE last month, condolences should have gone to his wife Ann.

Those who enjoy aviation displays should note that the Shuttleworth Trust has issued its preliminary fixtures for 1995. A VE-Day display is scheduled for May 7. the Military Pageant for June 4, the Summer Display for August 6 and the Shuttleworth Pageant (with vintage cars) for September 3; evening flying on May 20, June 17, and July 22. The Red Cross Flying Display is down for July 16, celebrating their 125th anniversary. The new general manager is Jonathan Peel. The Veteran Aeroplane Society continues to publish its excellent magazine, Prop-Swing.

A reader who bought his first Motor Sport as a student in London in the 1930s and went to every Brooklands meeting he could, tells us that his first car was a 1921 GN that cost £12 and was turned into a Special by installing the Anzani engine from John Eason-Gibson’s burnt-out Frazer Nash, before John emigrated from Scotland. Our reader’s ultimate Frazer Nash was a 1935 Blackburne-engined TT Replica; today he drives a VW Polo and relies on these columns to revive memories…