It seems to have become a pleasant habit to have a retinue of vintage and older cars following in the wake of the engines at traction-engine rallies that are now so popular. So it was at the N.T.E.C. Rally at Bridge Farm, Appleford, on June 8th. The cars which assembled to parade and gain reward-plaques on this occasion were a 1912 Renault d.h. coupe (very smooth-running but why do people always paint old cars yellow?), a 1913 Swift, the flat-twin A.B.F. two-seater, a 1923 s.v. Aston Martin, Duce’s beautiful 12/50 Alvis two-seater, a 1923 10.8 Riley tourer from Brighton owned since new by the driver, who carries a ladder and bicycle on the side for bird-watching expeditions, a Salmson chancing its twin-cam engine to the elements, being minus bonnet, a 1927 P. I Rolls-Royce brake, a nice 1927 3-litre Bentley two-seater owned by G. J. Shipman, Hon. Membership Sec. of the National Traction Engine Club, H. F. Grey’s smart 1932 Talbot 75 saloon, while a 1930 14/45 Talbot. turned up later.
These cars made a gay and appropriate retinue to the 19 steam vehicles present, which included most of the old favourites from A. C. Napper’s 1902 Marshall to G. Howell’s 1932 Foden “Mighty Atom,” with P. G. C. Barber’s exceedingly fine 1922 Burrell Showman’s Road Locomotive “The Prince of Wales” and a very fine 1929 Foden steam lorry owned by T. T’. Broughton and Sons, Ltd. — W. B.
A T.T. Tray
Decoramics Ltd., 11b, Liverpool Terrace, Worthing, can supply a coffee tray framed in Sussex oak, the tiles of which list the 108 winners, with machines and speeds, of the motor-cycle T.T. races, together with a motif of Trophy and chequered flag to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the T.T. motor-cycle races. The price is £3 3s.