THE annual Dinner and Dance of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, held at the Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London, on February 17th, proved to be one of the most successful evenings of its kind we have ever had the good fortune to attend. Harry Edwards, the popular Secretary of the Club, excelled himself in the provision of some original ideas in the arrangements for the affair, notably in the -cocktail bar, which was constructed in the form of “pits.” Some of the names of the ” pit holders” were most amusing, “Mr. K. Cimber’s Austin Special” pit receiving a good many calls for replen

ishment from exhausted dancers, while the ” Vacrol Oil Co.’s” depot was just as busy. Edwards has always been renowned for his foresight in making arrangements for all eventualities, and in this case had provided an “Exit for Derelicts” !

After the usual loyal toasts had been drunk, Sir George Beharrel, who is president of the Federation of British Industries, in proposing “the sport” made a most rousing speech in expounding the great benefits derived from motorracing, in bringing out the finest qualities of the driver, in improving automobile design and upholding national prestige. His wishes of suc cess to those promoting road-race circuits in this country were endorsed with enthusiasm by all present. Lord Howe, the president of the Club, in reply, once again stressed the tragedy of Britain’s inability to compete on level terms with Continental

countries. Great interest was aroused when he read telegrams of greeting from Sir Malcolm Campbell in Daytona, Rudolf Caracciola and Louis Chiron..

Then Lady Campbell distributed prizes, and dancing till 2 a.m. concluded a thoroughly good evening.

The Northern Centre of the M.G. Car Club.

The MG. Car Club has expanded so much that a Northern Centre has been formed. The first Club event will be a Dinner-Dance on March 11th, followed by a Scrounging Trial on March 12th. The starting points for the latter will be from Harrogate, Penrith and Newcastle, finishing at the Morritt Arms, Greta Bridge, near Barnard Castle.

The Hon. Secretary is Frank Scott, Carliol Square, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

A Frazer Nash Club !

pROB ABLY no make of car has a more enthusiastic group of owners than the Frazer Nash, and in view of the widespread success of one-make clubs it has been suggested that a Frazer Nash Club should be formed.

In order to get owners together, so that the scheme can be thrashed out, it is proposed to hold an owners’ dinner and dance, and this is being arranged personally by Mr. W. H. Aldington. First of all, it is necessary to get some idea of the amount of support likely to be forthcoming, and all Frazer Nash owners who would like to turn up at the dinner should get in touch with Mr. W. H. Aldington, at Falcon Works, London Road, Isleworth.

A Hornet “Down-under.” an

THE Muston Trophy, awarded annually by the New South Wales Light Car Club to the competitor who finishes the year’s series of contests with the highest number of points for reliability, has been won for 1932 by Mr. J. 0. Sherwood on a Wolseley Hornet.

The club closed its programme for the year with a night trial over a mountainous course of 126 miles, only three competitors finishing without loss of pointsz The contests during the year covered well over 1,000 miles and included 25 speed events. Mr. Sherwood’s Hornet figured conspicuously in the strenuous series of events. Among his best performances are the following : Standing start mile 21 sec., mile 33 4/5 sec., 1 mile 58

4/5 sec. (61.2 m.p.h.); flying mile (four up) 73.7 m.p.h. ; record for acceleration 10 to 30 m.p.h., 4 1/5 sec. He also broke the record for the Bulli Pass by covering the 21 miles in 3 min 18 sec.