Mr. C. J. Turner’s letter in the May issue prompted some reminiscing by my father; R. McV. Weston, who was riding mechanic to A. J. Mulder in the 1926 MCC High-Speed Trial at Brooklands. I also have a copy of the cartoon by Leslie Grimes and enclose a photograph of the Hispano.
A newspaper cutting in my possession headed “Ugly Crash”, referring to R. W. Ord coming off his AJS motorcycle, lists C. J. Turner and A. J. Mulder as Gold Medal winners in classes K and N respectively.
Incidentally; R. W. Ord also won a Gold Medal prior to his accident. It was an eventful and expensive day out for the Hispano. A tyre (high pressure) came off and caused a certain amount of damage and at the end, due to overheating, the camshaft bearings melted, the metal running down the drain tubes. Mr. Mulder’s father, from whom the car had been borrowed for the day, was not pleased with the bill.
This Hispano-Suiza, which had a mahogany and rosewood body, was subsequently owned by my father from 1928 to 1939 and is now restored and in the hands of Mr. David Brookbank.
L McV. Weston,