Although it is not exactly a motoring event, having waxed enthusiastic in the past about the adventurous London-Paris and Across-the-Atlantic air races, Motor Sport feels something of the same admiration for the Blackpool-Isle of Man Race, where the object is to get from the top of Blackpool’s Tower to the Manx Radio Buildings (or vice versa) as quickly as possible. The sponsors are Whitbread and obviously motor vehicles are involved, although the classes are for helicopter, parachute, piston-engined aircraft, scheduled air-line, power-boat and sailing craft, with special prizes for the outright fastest, most enterprising, round table (how do you steer it?), first lady competitor and fastest coast-to-coast crossing. Fastest to date seems to have been 25 min. 39 sec., in the helicopter class—M. Bell using a VTO jet. It was run close by a parachutist, who took 31 min. 07 sec. Entries closed on May 21st and the event takes place on June 16th-18th. Details from: D. C. Bagot, 87, Dorchester Road, Garstang, Preston, Lancs. Prizes exceed £2,000.
The date of the Pre-War Triumph OCS National Triumph Day at Woburn Park to mark the 50th anniversary of Triumph cars is June 17th, and its Climax Rally at Coventry is scheduled for July 22nd. Its Alpine Rally starts on July 29th.
The Olyslager Auto Library has issued “American Cars of the 1950s”, an 80-page, 7-1/4 in. x 9-3/4 in. publication which lines up with their books on 1930s and 1940s American cars and is published by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., for £1.80.
“75 Years of Czechoslovak Automobile Manufacture”, about Avia, Praga„ Pal, Skoda, Desta, Guz, Jawa, Tatra vehicles, etc., in English as well as the national language, has been published in that country.