VINTAGENTS AT PRESCOTT
VAUGHAN IN THE BECKE POWERPLUS MAKES FASTEST TIME. ALLARD (ALLARD) PUTS UP BEST SPORTS-CAR TIME
A1:f .11( )17( II it rained heavily at Prescott on the occasion of the Vintage S.C.C. meeting on August 26th, rendering rapid climbs out of the question, the Gloucestershire hill was a pleasant spot, entirely isolated from crisis pessimism. Fastest time of the day went to Vaughan in the veteran Wolseley Moth engined Becke-Powerplus, who used twin trialstype competition rear tyres to defeat spin. He clocked 56.07 secs. Second fastest was Sydney Allard, carrying a passenger and a bag of tools in an attempt to defeat wheelspin. He finally brought his time to 56.37 sees. Having had the priviledge of riding with him on this ascent, made under very unfavourable weather Conditions, We Can say that,
while Al lard was obviously leaving his braking very late, relying on his brakes to get him round the corners, and still getting considerable slides, the Allard felt quite safe and everywhere the acceleration is absolutely clean. It was driven right to its limit considering the conditions of the course, and would undoubtedly be dangerous if its driver was not so thoroughly acquainted with its characteristics.
The Darbishires shared their G. P. Bugatti, and Darbishire did a very fine run in 57.96 sees. and, later, el mbed in 58.11 secs. The veterans, also competing in the road rally, were consistently good, and Heal managed 62.13 sets. with his Fiat,
getting less spin than many of the inoderns.
Cutler did an excellent 59.26 secs. with his Frazer-Nash, and Dowson got the Lightweight up in 58.08 sees., the gas attack from its exhaust ports, flush with the bonnet sides, being immense.
Tipper’s Balilla Fiat saloon, which is blown, beat an Amilcar and laish’s T.T. Austin Seven in the first class, and Miss Wilby did a very fine run in 61.98 sees., in her Frazer-Nash, faster than her later -ascent in the V12 Atalanta, Reed’s smart Type 43 Bugatti climbed in 64.29 sees. in spite of terrific initial wheelspin. The only incident was when Whitney’s Riley-engined G.N., with M.G. radiator, ran -amok and bent a rear hub in practice, preventing it from running again.