VETERANEDWARDIANVINTAGE A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters
V.S.C.C. WELSH RALLY AND TRIAL (October 7/8th)
TRIAL: Premier Award : H. Moffatt (Itugatti) First Class Awards : Spence (Lea-Francis), Brown .(Alvis), Miss Stocker; CFro)an), L. Winder (Humber), May (Fraser Nash). Second Class Awards: Rowley (Vitushall): Fletcher O’ilv(S), Sullivan (Alvis). Third Class Awards : HawkinS, (Riley), Kain (Engem), Marchant (Austin). Quartermaine (Vamthall). Team Award : South-West Section. Light Car Award : Miss Stocken crrojari). 5o .starters. RALLY: Premier Award : Barker (Lancia). First Class Award : Milling
Ovvio. Second Class Awards : R. Marsh (Austin), C. P. Marsh (Austin). Third Class Awards Rogers (jowett), Lakin-Smith (Lagorida), Poynter (Les-Fruntia). Edwardian Trophy Farrington (19r3 Argyll). 19 starters.
The next V.S.C.C. fixtures are the Eastern Road Rally on November 5th, the Northern Trial on November 25th and a driving-test meeting at Silverstone on December 9th. Snippets. A Dublin reader (who hns. fitted an S.U. carburetter to his Ford 105E), who has kindly offered the Editor an old Splitdorf ” green jacket” sparking plug for his ‘museum,” refers to an early International Harvester Titan tractor he -sold recently, which is still in use, and mentions that quite a few vintage outboard motors can be seen around the shores of Lough Derg. The author of that excellent book on the history of the Hawker Aircraft Company, referring to our reference in our review to his picture of a Hawker light car, tells us that this particular example turned up in Australia recently; possibly it was taken out there originally by Kauper, who was a firm friend of Harry, Hawker. It is thought that some 30 to 40 of these cars were made, using Anzani engines and Leyland-made chassis components. A vintage Singer, a Beardmore van and an old Willys-Overland; suitable for spares, lie in a yard on the Queensway, Scunthorpe. A record number of people visited the Montagu Motor Museum in the year ending last September-325,000; an increase of 36,000 over 1900. Lord Montagu is Writing A book about the Gordon Bennett car, balloon and motor-boat races, primarily of the 1900-1905 series, and seeks help from anyone who has photographs, personal reminiscences, etc. When John Oldham moved, from •Kent to Cornwall his 1927 Austin Twenty Mayfair limousine did the 342-mile journey in 8.1 hours and his 1911 Renault did 18 m.p.g. of petrol; used a pint of oil (it has its original pistons and rings) and average 30
for the last 120 miles of the run, which included many hills. A 36/220 Mercedes-Benz is lying derelict in the Isle of Wight, partly bricked in by:a yacht club wall.
Bits going begging.—A reader in Bristol has a complete set of valves, springs and cotters for :a 1920 6-cylinder Sunbeam, from an engine used in a boat, and an Enfield reader offers a 31 in. x 4 in: Dunlop Cord tyre in new condition, in exchange for a small donation to charity.
Data sought. —Information is sought about an O.M. (GY 7062), now dismantled, but apparently a sic. 2.2-litre sidevalve with ‘very stark 2-seater body having a 40-gallon tank with twO spare wheels behind. It is thought to have been brought from Cornwall to the Midlands in 1946. Would previous owners write to the present owner, c/o MOTOR Seoul’ ?
We hear of a rather sorry model-T Ford. taxi languishing in Wales, of a .1925 Bean coupe being restored in Derby (data are sought), and that a 1928 :Graham-Paige used as a hire car by its original owner. who has driven it-some 100,000 miles, mainly to weddings and for trips to the Blackpool illuminations, may soon be for sale. A more exciting discovery concerns a 1911 Stanley steamer which has been discovered in a Midlands barn, where it has been a home for hens. Alas, there • is some doubt as to the whereabouts: of the engine. An open Siddeley Special Vanden Plas tourer is reported for sale in Kent for £80.
Historic racing ears.—lt is good news that the ex-Bira ER.A. ” Hanuman,” which has been stored for some time in Liverpool, is likely to be .seen in action again next year, while in South Africa an ex-Dohb i ;.-litre racing Riley is being rebuilt.
The Editor Mattes to thank Mr. and Mrs. Hawley for presenting him with a 125-c.e. A.B.C. Scootamotor engine of circa 1920, suitably mounted, for his private “museum.” Like the engine in the Montagu Motor Museum this one has both valves overhead.
A Ittin Register.—The Bean Register has been formed–,or should we say re-formed ? Bean owners are invited to contact Capt. R. H. Tapley, Hill Farm Lodge, Shurlock Row, near Reading, Berk% who knows of 14 such cars. *
We hear of a vintage Leyland lorry, minus magneto but otherwise probably a runner, derelict beside the new Slough by-pass.