VSCC Madresfield

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

For a relaxing day when pre-war cars tackle, not too seriously, a series of driving tests, Madresfield would be hard to beat, and in this year’s September sunshine it was an ideal venue for social meetings and study of the older automotive form. It all commenced with a slow run into an accelerative sprint, in which no-one actually stopped in the pedestrian bit (slipping the clutch or braking not permitted), although a Lambda nearly did and Mitchell’s Rolls-Royce 20 woodie was probably the slowest of ’em all, although the Harcourt-Smiths’ 12/50 Alvis knew how to hang about to order — Mrs. H-S elected to stop at the wrong time after accelerating, but perhaps she felt it would be imprudent, as the Secretary’s wife, to do too well. This time two 30/98s had two 3-litre Bentleys to contend with, Pack’s four-seater and Harper’s nicely styled two-seater. David Marsh and his son shared the Brescia Bugatti, Shaw’s Marendaz Special was there, he electing to run round it twice in the test in which the pressure in a front tyre had to be checked, Boyd’s Light-15 FWD Citroën was in Concours d’Elegance pristine condition, and Franklin had the sunroof open on his 1929 10/25 Rover. Erskine’Erskine 50 saloon rather galloped in the slow run bit, but Mrs. Brester’s A7 Nippy was very good here, as were the 12/50 Alvises of Harcourt-Smith and Jane Arnold-Forster. Tebbett had the windscreen flat on his Riley Gamecock — perhaps he thought the drag of its mudflaps to be a bit unfair and was compensating for them. Sharpe’s very smart TT Replica Frazer Nash behaved well, Hennequin’s nice 1922 11hp Riley whined to itself, Ron Barker had time to rise in his seat in the monumental Renault 45 and Bullett, clad in shorts, got the 1920 GN to reign-in well.  Britnell’s 1931 Sunbeam 20 motor-carriage was notably brisk, Ferguson’s 1928 Amilcar went slowly when told to do so, and Mike Garfitt sensibly adjusted the engine tick-over to suit the test In hand, his Frazer Nash-BMW having returned from beating modern BMWs at a BMW Club event. Collings’ Mercedes and Harrison’s Renault represented the pre-1914 section and Walker in the GN Special had no trouble with chains, at all events in the first test, and Conway, Jnr was in charge of the Type 44 Bugatti, Bell in the blue Aston Martin Ulster, and of the many A7s, Miss Grey’s has clearly not given up smoking! — W.B.

You may also like

Related products