V-to-C miscellany, March 1994, March 1994

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Following last month’s feature on the Hooker-Thomas-engined Young Special, it is interesting that the Marlborough Thomas which was imported into New Zealand just after the war by the Leyland agent and raced in various forms is now being rebuilt with the correct 1-1/2-litre Hooker engine and Parry Thomas suspension. Information is sought on technical data.

It was of course in 1926 that the Davis/Benjafield 3-litre Bentley ran into a sand bank and retired at Le Mans. In 1927 the same car,”Old Number 7″, crashed at White House corner but went on to win, again driven by Davis and Benjafield.

Shelsley Walsh hillclimb on June 4/5 will include a special class for post 1948 Frazer Nash cars, by invitation of the organisers, the Midland AC. Details from Brian Heath, 20 High Street, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington, Hants SO41 0DO. At the hillclimb at this famous venue on July 2/3 there is to be a class for aero-engined cars, as part of the VSCC’s Jubilee Week happenings, as well as the usual classes for other pre-war cars.

The VSCC of Australia, which celebrates its half-century next year, has a fixture list very much like that of our VSCC, with night trial, Alpine Rally, sprints, trials and a Two-Wheel Brake Run, together with a Newsletter which has the flavour of lightheartedness found in early editions of our own VSCC Bulletin.

Regulations are now available for the Yeovil CC’s Bristol-Bournemouth Run for pre-1940 vehicles. Entry restricted to 350 (nearly 300 last year). Fee £25, £20 for members of the organising club. Period costume encouraged. Distance 97-miles with three stopping places. Noncompetitive event: signing-on 8.30 am, finish by 4.30 pm. Date June 12: entries close April 1, to Alan Davidson, 63 Abbots Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 3HX.

The Crossley Register’s National Weekend (July 9/10) will be held at Combermere Abbey, the Crossley family home, with HQ at the Tern Hill Hall Hotel, near Market Drayton. Contact the Register at Willow Cottage, Lexham Road, Gt. Dunham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2LS. W B