V.S.C.C. POMEROY TROPHY COMPETITION
News from the Registers. The Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Register’s Inter-Register contest will be a day rally in Warwickshire on June 3rd. The Fiat Register’s driving tests and Concorsa d’Eleganza is scheduled to happen at Melton Mowbray on July 8th.
The Vintage Austin Register now caters for all pre-1931 Austins, an independently-run section catering for vintage Austin Sevens. Its associate section caters for post-1930 Austin 1214s, 16/6s and 20/6s. The Ford Model-T Register now has 96 full members; its next event is the Chiltern Rally on May 6th. The Early Standard Car Register will hold its 3rd National Rally at Nottingham on May 26th, starting with driving tests in Wollaton Park, followed by a run to Cotgrove for lunch, returning over Trent Bridge to the Park for a Concours d’Elegance. Miscellany. A 7922 rt.6 Standard SLO-model 2-seater, converted for carrying milk churns, which task it was doing up to about 1956, has been found, tatty but complete, in Central Wales. The apprentices and students at Standard-Triumph have (March 24/25th)
This contest, to find the ideal touring car, was contested as usual at Silverstone, with s.s. and Es. f-mile runs, and a one-hour high-speed trial, and over a short road course in the Banbury area which included a number of tests. An extremely good entry of 6o varied cars was received. Clutton drove his Bugatti, Harry Bowler his Bentley, Judy Neve her 1927 Lancia Lambda and Mrs. Hincheliffe an Austin-Healey Sprite. In this one event vintage cars compete with moderns, the latter including post-I959 Alfa Romeos, Lotus, Lockhart’s Peugeot, a T.V.R., three VWs, and the Volvos of Douglas Hull and Crozier, etc. There was even a trio of Edwardians—Cuthell’s Alphonso Hispano Suiza, making a welcome re-appearance, Jeddere-Fisher’s dignified Lancia Theta and Clarke’s sporting Talbot 25.
A pleasing entry was Pilkington’s 1951 Logo Talbot, making all the right sounds, its occupants wearing very French linen helmets. Kain’s road-equipped G.P. Bugatti was also very spartan. Ronald Barker in that incredible Downton Mini-Austin of 1,o88 c.c. that thinks nothing of the ton-plus, won the under21-litre Class and the Silver Cup from a t959 xi-litre Riley, and the Trophy was won by J. T. Williamson’s 1928 4k-litre Bentley, with a 1953 Lancia Aurelia G.T. as runner-up. Interesting times for the s.s. 4-mile, incidentally, were 17.34 sec, by Barker, 15.75 sec. by the Lago-Talbot.–W. B.
nearly completed renovation of a 1929 Standard Nine ” Teignmouth ” saloon and hope to restore to display condition a 1922 SLO model chassis and a 1913 9.5 engine and gearbox unit.
Cars for sale recently include a t929 Standard Nine in danger of being scrapped in Surrey, a one-owner 1927 Fiat 503 tourer in Devon and a rare 1927 Short Eighteen Armstrong Siddelty converted to a pick-up, at a garage in Essex.
At the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s A.G.M. the proposal that machines of 1931-39 be admitted was rejected 67/35. This active Club has more than 1,300 members and its Banbury Run is on June 24th. A 1924 Lanchcster Twenty-one limousine was sold by auction recently for L85. A reader who owns a 1928 Austin Seven Chummy and a 1929 Austin 26/6 Burnham saloon, the latter capable of climbing Hardknott Pass in and gear, tells us that picture postcards of the vintage era are still sold to tourists in Keswick. A sample he encloses shows flat-radiator Morrises and Austin Sevens in the town, with a Chummy Austin Seven parked in the foreground. The Tank Museum is at Bovingdon Camp, Wareham, and not as given last month. A Salmson has been languishing in a Wolverhampton garage for some years and a vintage motorcycle with commercial sidecar, make unidentified, is at work in Birmingham.
The Veteran Car Club’s Cheddar Caves and Gorge Rally, Road Tour and Cotzcours cl’Elegtmce rallies to Gough’s (Cheddar) Ltd. Car Park by I.3o p.m. on May 26th. The Concours will be judged at 2 p.m. and at 3 p.m. the cars will proceed via Shipham, Churchill, Sandford, Winscombc, Axbridge and back to Cheddar. On May 27th the Marchioness of Bath will start the Tour, at ii a.m. This proceeds through the Gorge to Priddy Green and to Dearlap for lunch. There will be tests at Old Quarry in the Gorge and at Priddy Green. At 2 p.m. the Tour will continue to Wells via Nine Barrows, Priddy Pool and Hunter’s Lodge. At Wells the veterans will halt around the Bishop of Bath and Wells’ Palace moat. At about 3.15 p.m. they will continue the return journey to Cheddar via Easton, Westbury, Rodney Stoke and Draycott, arriving about 4 p.m. So if you want to watch the veterans, there you are—but please give every consideration to their drivers.
On June 2nd the S.W. Section of the V.C.C. has a rally at Clapton Court, 2.6 miles south of Crewkerne on 13 3165, in aid of village hall funds. They meet in the grounds at 2.30 p.m. and only 25 entries can be accepted.