VSCC Action at Colerne Sprint

The VSCC is getting on with a very full fixture-list, and it has occurred to me that whereas driver ability counts for more than the car in driving tests and to some extent in trials, at the Coleme sprint the reverse tends to apply, although I accept that a good start is all important. So I was delighted that at Colerne FTD was made by F T Morley with his 24-litre Napier-Bentley (24.74sec), with a terminal velocity at the end of the standing start kilo of 119mph if on his second, faster, run he reduced the latter to a mere 24mph, as the results say, he must have brakes the equal of those on modem F1 cars!

I was glad because the Napier-Bentley was built before the later spate of aero-engined monsters, of which only four ran, Mark Walker’s Parker-GN wiping up its class (26.93sec, 113mph). The Colerne Trophy went to E Getley’s 8-litre Bentley as quickest vintage car (26.85sec, 129mph), Mrs Wigg (MG) was fastest lady driver and it was nice to see Miss Delaney carrying on family tradition in the Lea-Francis. The nicely vintage small racing cars battled it out, with 70mph by the 1923 1100cc Newton and 81mph by the 200 Mile Race Alvis.

I make no excuse for this belated comment, because there is only one Colerne a year. We also have the delayed results of the VSCC Light Car Welsh Trial, which was a GN victory, with Trevor John cleaning every section, and the Kate Hutchings Trophy was won by Alex Peacop (1930 Morris Minor).