THE "500" OUTLOOK

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THE ” 500 ” OUTLOOK

Because of, or, as we believe, in spite of the reduction in race length and change in handicapping, the B.R.D.C. has confounded the pessimists by obtaining a really good entry for the ” 500 ” on September 18th, to be run over 500 kilos. of the Brooklands outer-circuit. Twentynine entries were in by the single fee closing date, which is four more than that at which the list closed last year. They include two of the French sports Talbots, three of the new, very fast, sports twelvecylinder Delahayes, ” Bira’s ” privatelyowned six-cylinder sports Delahaye which won. the Donington 12-liour sports-car race, Billy Cotton’s Bellevue-prepared M.G. Magnetic’, winner of the recent Southport 100 Mile Race, R. Parnell’s well known, twin camshaft M.G. monOpost°, Machire’s Riley, two works Rileys„ the team of three works Austin, PowysLybbe with the interesting 4-litre V12 Sunbeam which belongs to Cobb and was modified for Sir Malcolm Campbell but little used—Cobb started the J.C.C. International Trophy Race with it last month—and John Cobb himself with the 24-litre Napier aero-engined Napier Railton. ‘While no One would decry the drivers’ task in this very fast and gruelling race, the fact remains that the cars count for mud’ more than in a shorter road contest, so that students of design swarm

about the pits. Another aspect is that in a season. when fields have varied little event after event, there is some interesting new material in this B.R.D.C. race. It is very probable that those who forgather at Brooklands on Saturday, September 18th will see the fastest classic race ever run. This is the ninth race of this important International series.

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