LEICESTERSHIRE C.C. TRIAL (Sept. 5th)
The Bowmaker Trophy Trial was run on September 5th, 25 cars leaving Leicester at 11 p.m. with Llandudno as their goal. The route consisted mainly of second-class roads and some of a much lower category, over which a speed of 30-m.p.h. average was required as far as Lilleshall, where a halt was made for supper. The 24-m.p.h. average proved sufficient to cause all competitors to lose marks over the remainder of the route, where the roads got even worse through the Welsh mountains and mist was also encountered for good measure, before the 170 miles were completed and breakfast at Llandudno became a reality. Provisional results were announced by the Hon. Competition Secretary, Owen Williams. as follows : Results s
Bowraaker Trophy and Replica-A. II. Jelly (Vauxhall), 11 marks lost. First Navigator’s Award.-11. Nichols.
First-Class Awards.-F. J. Chambers (Ford). 14 marks lost; B. liercock (TD M.G.), 17 marks lost; D. W. Wing cm M.G.), 18 mark* lost.
Second-Class Awards.-H. IL Mayes (Vanguard), 19 marks lost ; L. IL Pole (Triumph). 22 marks lost.
Novice Award.-G. Fillingbam (Austin A40), 30 marks lost.
A.M.O.C. AT SNETTER.TON (Sept. 12th)
Close racing was a feature of most of the events in this varied programme, particularly in the Formula III race. Les Leston (Leston Special) hung on grimly to Don Parker’s Kieft, which led for all except two laps, when the positions were reversed. These two pushed their motors so hard that they failed to complete their lap of honour, and had to be rescued out on the circuit. The timekeepers gave Parker first place by 0.2 sec. from Leston.
Ron Flockhart drove his immaculate E.R.A. in usual style to lead all the way in the Formule Libre event to beat E. Thompson (Connaught), followed by the Whitehead brothers Peter and Graham.
R. R. C. Walker’s Connaught seems to like the Norfolk circuit and, as usual, won the Formula H race driven by E. Thompson, Peter Whitehead (Cooper-Alta) was second, 3.8 sec. behind. Les Leston, after a dashing display in his Cooper 1,100, ran a very close third.
The special handicap event, the Elwell-Smith Trophy for Aston Martins up to 1,500 c.c., was notable for the determination of I. J. Robertson, the scratch man, who came through the field to win in his Ulster.
The ” big sports car” event provided a battle between George Abeeassis (H.W.M.), who won the over-3,000-c.c. class, and Ron Flockhart (Aston Martin D113S), who took the under-3,000-c.c. section. The difference in time being 0.8 sec.