HER AND THERE
The Singer Luncheon.
i”rIMISIVI was the keynote of the luncheon organised by Singer & Co., Ltd., during the Motor Show Week at the Mayfair Hotel, London. Special interest from the sporting point of view in the Singer programme this year lies in the very neat sports model on the “Nine ” chassis, and this model was the subject of much discussion among the guests.
Mr. W. B. Bullock, the 3,Iartaging Director of the Company, in his speech appealed to the Government to cut down the horse power tax from one pound to ten shillings, a reduction which would still leave the British as the highest taxed motorist in the world, and concluded his speech by proposing the toast of the Press.
Altogether a most cheerful and encouraging function in these difficult times.
Fixtures for 1933.
NOW that the LA.A.C.R. have finally decided on ” dates” for next year, competitors will be able to plan out their programme next year. British fixtures comprise the usual 4 B.A.R.C.. Meetings, the 1,000 Miles Race on May 6, the British Empire Trophy Race on July 1, the R.A.C. Douglas races on July 13 and 14, Phoenix Park Grand Prix on August 4 and 5, Ivinghoe (Tring) Race Meeting on August 19, R.A.C. T.T. Race on September 2, the” 500″ on September 16, and a meeting at Gopsall Park on September 30. Here is the full list:
2j-25. ‘Monte Carlo Rally.
29. Mont des Mules Hill Climb.
26.–Swedish Winter Grand Prix.
19. Grand Prix of Tripoli.
26. Grand Prix of Tunis. 31-April 6.-Paris-Nice Trial.
6. La Ttuble Hill Climb. 8-9. Italian 1,000 Mile Race. 17. B.A.R.C. Open Meeting. 23. Grand Prix of Monaco.
30. Circuit of Alessandria.
6. J.C.C. 1,000 Mile Race.
7. Circuit de Montjuich (Spain).
14. Targa Florio.
28. Prix Royal de Rome.
28. Race meeting at the Nurburg Ring. 30. Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
4. Grand Prix des Prontiaes (Belgium).
S. B.A.R.C. Open Meeting.
11. French Grand Prix. 17-18. Le Mans 24 Hour Race,
23. Italian Grand Prix.
1. B.R.D.C. British Empire Trophy.
2. Belgian 24-Hour Race.
2. Grand Prix of the Marne. 9. Belgian Grand Prix.
13-14. R.A.C. Isle of Man Race at Douglas.
16. Circuit de Dieppe. 23. German Grand Prix, 30. Circuit de I,orraine. 30. Circuit de Moutenero.
1-6. Coupe Internationale desAlpes.
4-5. Irish International Grand Prix Races at Dublin.
7. B.A.R.C. Open Meeting.
12-13 Grand Prix de la Baule.
15. Coupe Ac•erbo.
19 Ivinglaie Race Meeting (Tting).
20. Grand Prix du Comminges.
27. Stelvio Hill Climb. 27. Swiss Grand Prix.
2. R.A.C. Tourist Trophy Race.
3. Mont Ventoux Hill Climb. 9-10. Monza Grand Prix.
17. 24. 24. 30.
B.R.D.C. 500 Mile Race. Swedish Grand Prix. Semmering Hill Climb. Spanish Grand Prix. Gopsall Park Race Meeting.
Grand Prix of the A.V.D.
500 Miles Race Echo.
E have received a very interesting booklet from the B.R.D.C. giving a detailed summary of the results of the 500 Miles Race. Probably the most instructive section of the booklet is that giving the net times for each car’s starting lap, and each consecutive four laps. The fastest four laps in the race was recorded by J. ‘ininfee on the Bentley, at a speed of 126.08 m.p.h. Earl Howe (Bugatti) came very near this with a speed of 125.29 m.p.h. Other times of note were made by Count Czaikowski (Bugatti), 119.65 m.p.h., John Cobb and Brian Lewis on the single seater Talbot at 118.94 m.p.h., J. S. Hindmarsh (Talbot), 114.49 m.p.h., S. H. Newsome (Riley Six), 112.55 m.p.h., C. S. Staniland (Riley Nine), 110.99 m.p.h., R. T. Horton (M.G.), 108.27 m.p.h., G. E. ‘1’. Eyston (M.G.), 107.40 m.p.h.,
D. G. Evans (M.G.), 100.36 m.p.h., while the fastest laps of the ” unblown ” Midgets were made by G. W. J. H. Wright at 88.15 m.p.h.
This booklet can be obtained from the British Racing Drivers’ Club, Bangalore House, Newton Street, London, W.C.2, for 1/post free.
The Inter Varsity Trial.
THE course used for this year’s InterVarsity Trial, which will be held on November 12th, will be much the same as that used last year. The start will be from the Old Crown Hotel, Marlow, at 10.30 a.m., and the following hills will be included : Alms Hill, Maiden’s Grove, Crowell, and Kimble Lane.
The event is open to any type of vehicle, and entry forms can be obtained from A. C. Fairtlough, Hon. Sec. of the C.U.A.C. Scotch Hoose, Cambridge.
Seen at Thames Ditton. elsewhere of the
DETAILS are given elsewhere of the new A.C. chassis, and all motorists of a few years’ experience will be interested to see how the new model shapes. Within a short distance of the A.C. works are the premises of two men well known to Brooklands habitues. One is the genial giant, Ripley, who performs on the Track and in trials on ” Gamecock ” Rileys. We saw two of his cars in his garage, which must be unique in that it started life as a Methodist chapel.
For foreman he has one Robinson, the man who put the tune into the record breaking A.C. ‘s several years ago. Mr. Ripley is shortly moving to a garage on the new Hampton-Esher By-Pass, the only one permitted on that road. He showed me a thumb-nail sketch of an attractive four-seater body which he intends to bring out on a ” Gamecock ” chassis. A close neighbour of his is Mr. A. P. Compton, the coachbuilder. He has just moved into his new factory, converted from a disused cart-shed for municipal wagons, but he has already produced a brainwave in the shape of a new body, which he calls the ” Convertible.” It is intended for Triumphs, Hornets and Rileys and other small chassis, but breaks away from the “occasional 4-seater” convention. Ordinarily it is used as a
two-seater, with a two-seater hood and smooth back. When required to be used as a four-seater, a panel lifts off the tail, disclosing a further two seats, and a fourseater concealed hood.
This idea should excite considerable interest.
Records at Brooklands and Montlhery.
ON Friday, October 14th, at Brooklands, Mr. G. E. T. F,yston took out the 1,500 c.c. Riley racing car fitted with a single seater body and broke the International Class F. record for 200 miles at an average speed of 111.65 m.p.h. and the British Class F. record for 200 kilometres at 178.838 m.p.h., both records having since been officially confirmed by the I.A.R.A.C.
Owing to local restrictions Brooklands track is, of course, unusable for long distance records of over 12 hours, so the car was accordingly shipped over to Montlhery track, near Paris, in order to tackle records up to 24 hours.
The attempt began on Tuesday, October 25th, the drivers being G. E. T. Ey”ston, E. McClure, A. Denley and T. H. Wisdom. The 12 hour record fell at 92.82 m.p.h. and the 2,000 kilornetres at 91.68 m.p.h. When night fell the course of the car on the track was illuminated by means of red watchman’s hurricane lamps, and a high wind did not make things any easier for the drivers.
3,000 kilometres were covered at in average speed of 82.54 m.p.h., and finally the 24 hour record fell at 82.41 m.p.h. The previous 24 hour record was held by the late Andre Boillot and Roux on a 1,500 c.c. Peugeot at 68.61 m.p.h., their record being set up at Miratnas track in June this year, shortly before Boillot met his death.
The other records broken were held previously by the following cars and drivers. The 200 International Class F. record was held by the late L. Arcangeli on one of the 8-cylinder Talbots at 110.16 m.p.h. at Cremona in 1929. The British Class F. record for 200 kilometres was held by W. B. Scott, on his 1k-litre Delage, at 169.760 k.p.h. in 1929. The 12 hour record stood at 86.23 m.p.h. to the credit of L. Cushman and C. M. Harvey on the Alvis in 1929, at Brooklands. The 2,000 kilometres was held by Moir, Davis and Gallop on an Aston Martin at 76.06 m.p.h. at Brooklands in 1922. The 3,000 kilometres used to be held by Scott, Richards and Payn on the Deluge at Montlhery at 68.35 M.p.h.
The Riley was equipped with Jaeger instruments and Dunlop tyres.
On the same day R. G. J. Nash turned up at Brooklands with the ” Terror ” Frazer Nash to make an attempt on the Test Hill Record. The car proved to be in great form and succeeded in lowering the record which has been held since 1925 by Capt. Frazer Nash himself on the famous Frazer Nash “Kim.” Nash’s time was 7.45 seconds.