After a difficult two-year rebuild. it was most satisfying to see that Motor Sport reported the debut of my 12-12 ‘M’ Type at Thruxton. May I however please correct your statement that the body is metal panelled. It is in fact fabric on plywood, filled and rubbed down smooth as was the practice with these cars. When the job is well done the finally painted body could easily be mistaken for metal. As to its origin, if not one of the actual 1930 12-12 race cars, it was almost certainly prepared by Abingdon for competition. The registration WL9739 of March, 1930 is Abingdon and about the right time for the 12-12 race in May. Perhaps your readers could help me trace the history.
Incidentally, 2 min. 28 sec. per lap is equivalent to over 57 m.p.h. at Thruxton, which is not bad for a 41-year-old two-bearing crank 850-c.c. car running on 19 x 3.50 tyres. The Brooklands speeds in 1930 varied from 60.23 m.p.h. down to 57.72 m.p.h.
R. W. Twydell.