VSCC at Oulton Park (June 17th)

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Crabbe’s 1937 W125 Mercedes-Benz Special provided the drama. Very quick in practice, he was soon in the lead in the Seaman Historic Trophy Race, which he just won last year from Martin Morris. This time Crabbe ran right away from the ERA R11B, which was using a lower (16 lb.) boost, the Mercedes setting a new pre-1940 lap-record of 87.5 m.p.h. But three laps from the finish the German car began to misfire and just before the end of the last lap it emitted clouds of ominous smoke. Crabbe was only a length ahead of the ERA as they received the flag; he cut out quickly, parked on the grass, and walked away, probably not wanting to know how expensive the damage was. No. 1 plug had lost its electrode and although the pistons were intact the valve gear might well have been deranged. Venables-Llewelyn in ERA R4A, was way back, but a safe third ahead of Fielding’s 6C Maserati. Unfortunately no race times were published. Corner’s ERA R4B nonstarted due to lack of oil pressure and odd noises from the back axle.

In the Seaman Vintage Trophy Race Moffatt in Wall’s 35B monoposto Bugatti drew well away from Llewelyn’s 8.3. Bentley Special by half-distance and Footitt finished third in the AC/GN after Kain had stopped when a sparking plug was literally blown-in half in the Bugatti’s engine. No damage was done, as Kain later romped home to win a handicap race.

The other big race was the 12-lap Allcomers’ Scratch Race, in which Wilks’ Lotus 16, its rear-end rebuilt after it shed a back wheel at Silverstone, proved more than a match for Corner’s Maserati 250F. Corner could only take Wilks on braking and although he led from lap 3 to lap 8, the Maserati’s brakes didn’t like it and the Lotus regained the lead, going on to a popular win and making fastest lap of the day at 89.22 m.p.h. Morris, who might well have beaten Crabbe in the Historic Seaman had he not gone onto the grass and lost time letting the Mercedes pass on the first lap, again drove his pre-war ERA splendidly, forcing it ahead of Pilkington’s Cooper-Bristol and Cottam’s Connaught to finish third. Pakington was fourth, as Cottam retired. Venables-Llewelyn was next, ahead of Rose’s Maserati 250F Maserati. It was nice to see the Hon Patrick Lindsay driving his ERA very well, so soon after his Silverstone accident.

The rest of the races were 4-lap handicaps. The first was won by an Alvis Speed 25 which started life as a Charlesworth Saloon, the next was the FN/GN race, in which the AC/GN, although unplaced, set a new vintage lap record of 80.16. m.p.h., an original-looking 3/4 1/2 Bentley won the third, Angela Cherrett started first and finished first in her blown 1 1/2-litre Alfa Romeo in the next handicap, and the last was won by Kain from the Pacey-Hassan Bentley (scheduled for a new body next year).

Related articles

Related products