V.E.V. Odds and Ends.—The few fine days of the summer brought out some of the older cars. For instance, we followed for some distance out of Frimley a girl, not in a black bikini but in a white Rapier two-seater. Then there was an open Morris Eight of the later sort and an Austin 7 Ruby two-seater in the same area, and the Austin 16/6 saloon we have encountered previously, near Gloucester, and another girl driving past the Brooklands Road in Weybridge in an Austin 7 Nippy, which, remember, is a V.S.C.C. p.v.t. And a Singer Senior saloon was seen running sturdily into Newbury on the A49 a re-painted, clean Packard was noticed near Swindon, a very smart blue Riley Monaco just off A4 by the Dome Garage, and is fine 3-litre Bentley near Farnham, all motoring strongly. The many one-make Club magazines provide some excellent reading matter these days. We liked the piece in the August Newsletter in the Bullnose Morris Club about a man delirious in hospital following a motorcycle accident who got quite worked up thinking he was putting a chain back on a Bullnose dyna-starter and the comment that you don’t have to be delirious to get worked up doing this. The Club seems very active; there were 28 vintage Oxfords and Cowleys at their Haigh Hall Rally at the end of July and two Bullnoses supported this year’s Beaulieu Morris Eight Tourer Club and 10/25 Rally, attended by about 130 pre-war Morrises. The Oxford Rally was on September 8th. A Bleriot-Whippet which has not been run at least since 1948 has turned up in Norfolk.
We apologise to Hamish Moffatt for docking him of the credit of making fastest vintage time at the V.S.C.C. Prescott Hill-climb. He clocked 47.15 sec. in Wall’s single-seater 2.3 Bugatti to do this; Joseland in Foottitt’s A.C./G.N. made best vintage sports-car time, in 48.14 sec. Roy Taylor has brought back from France a mysterious “Voiture Type Special” with Ruby engine, which may well be a Jean Gonfry or a Senechal and is rumoured to have won a Bol d’Or. We inadvertently gave an incorrect address for the Club International des Amateurs de Voitures Anticlines. The correct one is: 161, Rue Tahere, 92 Saint Cloud, France. But the address published was the one to apply to for details of the Montlhéry vintage and p.v.t. meeting on October 20th. A circa 1920 Benz with rare d.h. coupé body is awaiting restoration in Oxfordshire.