Allard O.C. speed trials, Goodwood (May 30th)

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The Allard Owners Club obtained the use of Goodwood for its annual speed trials and Concours d’Elegance. Thirty-two cars competed, divided into standard saloons and coupés, ditto but nonstandard, standard open two and four-seaters, ditto non-standard, J types, and other makes. Alas, no J types arrived. The morning was occupied with a gentle sprint and the, intention in the afternoon was to have a dice front the Paddock, through the chicane, round some pylons before Woodcote and back through the chicane to the finish. However, during practice runs the American driver D. W. Wilson took the chicane on the wrong side and straddled the wall in his white saloon with imitation exhaust piping. This damaged the Allard and the masonry, and so alarmed the officials that the test was hastily modified to include only one run through the chicane, but two goes round Woodcote. Torrential rain made matters hazardous on the second runs, and the American Air Force personnel preferred the bar to the track-side—in any case, their General Griswold had earlier taken off in a Dakota front the adjacent airfield.