As we close for press we learn that the new sports Triumph, with 2-litre Vanguard engine, has distinguished itself by covering the two-way f.s, mile on the Jabbeke Motor Road at 124.095 m.p.h., and the two-way f.s. kilo at 124.889 m.p.h. driven by Ken Richardson. It ran on Esso fuel and was timed by the Belgian A.C. officials. This is a staggering speed for a car the basic price of which is only £555, although presumably the production version will not be quite so quick, as the engine used in Belgium gave 93 b.h.p. We have waited a long time for the sports Triumph to be anything more than an exhibit on show stands, but this sensational news from Belgium makes it look as if the Coventry sports car is well worth waiting for. – W.B.
“MOTOR SPORT” BROOKLANDS MEMORIAL TROPHY
After the B.A.R.C. Members’ Meeting of May 2nd the leading placings in this contest are: F. C. Davis, 12 points; P. D. Gammon and H. A. Mitchell, 11 points each; C. A. S. Brooks, 9 points; Oscar Moore, 8 points; C. J. Hamilton, 7 points; and T. W. Dargue, R. G. Shattock and T. Sopwith, 6 points each. A win carries 4 points and some extremely fine racing is to be expected at the final round, to be contested on July 25th.
The new Sunbeam Alpine, the two-seater sports car which on its first road test on the Continent two months ago broke a Belgian record in its class at a speed of 120.135 m.p.h., made its bow to the British public when it covered a number of “Laps of Honour” at Brand’s Hatch.
As in Belgium, both the car and the driver at Brand’s Hatch were the same. The Sunbeam Alpine (No. MWK 969) was again driven by Miss Sheila Van Damm. Miss Van Damm drove the car over the one-mile-long track to demonstrate its riding qualities, but did not attempt any speed laps – but wouldn’t certain London streets offer a better demonstration ?
The Sports Car Club of America will hold the Bridgehampton Sports Car Road Races, Saturday, May 23rd, at Bridgehampton, New York. The fifth running of this annual road race classic is expected to bring entries from all over the United States as well as record crowds. Bridgehampton, situated on the eastern end of Long Island -100 miles east of New York City, is one of the pioneer towns participating in the re-birth of road racing in America. The first race was held there in June of 1949 and the popularity of this event has increased each year. The races will be run in the village of Bridgehampton on town roads, and the circuit is four miles comprising approximately three-quarters of a mile of two-lane concrete and three and a half miles of two-lane black top. This is the same course that has been used since the start of the races in 1949.