100 MILES in ONE HOUR by a Standard type 328 Frazer-Nash-B.M.W. “
Some time ago in ” Rumblings” we asked whether any production sportscar could lap Brooklands Track five times at over 99 m.p.h. without needing any special attention before or after, and being in condition for driving back to
town after the attempt. No one has actually answered that question for us, but a Type 328 Frazer-Nash-B.M.W. has done something which rather puts our” Rumbling” in. the shade, and which constitutes • a performance especially exciting, additionally so as the car is of only 2-litres capacity and under £700 list-price. On April 15th, S. C. H. Davis (the driver who also writes) drove a two-seater Grand Prix sports Frazer-Nash-N.M.W., of the type wrongly referred to by us as a Type 326-50 last month, round
Itand around ooklan.ds under R.A.C. observation, at an average speed of 102.22 m.p.h., the temperature staying at or below 600, the revs. at 4,6004,900, and the car continually having to be waved to run slower. The remarkable thing is that the car ran with all lamps, spare wheel, erect screen, mudguards, toolkit and furled hood in place. Although there is no conclusive way of proving it was in 100 per Cent. Standard condition, the Aldingtous’ strict and well known policy, coupled with the remarkable tractability of the car and its consumption of pump Discol, is altogether significant. The Bosch pings stood all these demonstrations without protest. The performance is really outstanding and it will be interesting to see if any other production. 100 m.p.h. sports jobs conic along and ask the R.A.C. to watch them try to do the same thing. Certainly prospective purchasers of the Type 328 Frazer-NashB.M.W. now have ample evidence of the car’s speed capabilities and reliability and we suspect that one of them will quite easily take the prize offered by Mr. Percy Bradley for the first car to average 100 m.p.h. or over in the M.C.C. High
Speed Trials next September. The R.A.C. checked the gear-ratios and weight of the car, which figures will be published in due course, the weight being given provisionally as 13 cwt. 3 qrs.–which in itself is worthy of note.
Anyone who has driven a lap or two of Brooklands in a sports-car at anything over 90 ni.p.h. will appreciate Davis’s task and will marvel at the car’s achievement, as a standard, quite conventionalengined, push-rod job, unsupercharged. Having a warm respect for the marque we are glad to record this achievement, but we should have much appreciated an invitation to go down to Weybridge to watch the fun—or, as it turned out, just a trouble-free run.