Last year a team of vintage Bentleys attempted to cover 100 miles in an hour but due to mechanical troubles they did not accomplish this feat. However, at Montlhéry recently, G. G. McDonald in a 4½-litre model covered 110.85 miles in an hour from a standing start and 111.18 miles from a flying start, with a fastest lap at 114.92 m.p.h. In addition, G. M. Crozier’s Speed Six model covered 100 miles from a flying start in 49 min. 44.4 sec., a speed of 120.62 m.p.h. He also achieved an average speed of 121.15 m.p.h. for the flying start 50 miles. G. H. G. Burton’s 4½-litre model and D. McKenzie’s 3-litre both suffered from mechanical troubles, Burton’s car burning a piston and McKenzie’s had lubrication bothers.
CIRCUIT OF CESENATICO‒ITALY‒FORMULA JUNIOR
On April 18th a small road race was held for Formula Junior cars in two heats and a final, and the Stanguellini stronghold was rudely shattered by the American driver Carroll Smith with a new Cooper-Austin in his first race with the car.
1st: C. Smith (Cooper-Austin) … 53 min. 0.0 sec.‒108.962 k.p.h
2nd: R. Pirocchi (Stanguellini) … 53 min. 1.5 sec.
3rd: Geki (Stanguellini) … 53 min. 46.0 sec.
Fastest lap: R. Slotemaker (Cooper-D.K.W.), in 1 min. 27.1 sec.‒113.662 k.p.h.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO BEAULIEU?
The following are the fixtures at the Montagu Motor Museum to mid-June.
May 1 … The Austin Twelve/4 Register.
May 1 … The Torbay M.C.
May 8 … The Kodak C.C.
May 15 … The Yeovil & Dist. Ford Owners’ Club.
May 22 … The V.S.C.C.
May 28 … The Forces’ M.C. (Beds, Herts & Bucks Group).
May 29 … The Fiat C.C.
May 29 … The Orient Line M.C.
June 4/5 … The Historic Commercial Vehicle Club.
June 12 … The Forces’ M.C.‒H.M.S. Heron.
June 12 … The Fiat 500/600 Club.
June 19 … The Vincent H.R.D. Rally.
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A reader who owns a 1949 Austin Sheerline is hoping to convert the car to a diesel engine. Perkins have recommended the P6 engine but cannot offer any assistance on installing the unit in a Sheerline. Letters will be forwarded from any readers offering advice.
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A Club has been formed in the Chester area for the mutual appreciation of vintage, P.V.T. and classic motor vehicles. It is known as the Vintage Enthusiasts’ Club and already has 40 members. Secretary is Mr. R. Lee, 40, Cliveden Road, Hough Green, Chester, who will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in the Club.
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A reader is planning to purchase a Morgan Three-wheeler but having little experience of the make does not know which type to buy. He will be pleased to hear from anyone who has some know.edge of the different Morgan types. Letters will be forwarded.