PETER ASTON, OF MINTEX

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PETER ASTON, OF MINTEX

Mr. Peter Aston, the Mintex Racing Manager, comes as a relatively young manager into the sport of motor racing. Being one of those fortunate (or unfortunate) people whose hobby is also his job, he attends every meeting he can.

Born in 1924 at Croydon, most of his experience comes from. Coventry, where he has lived since 1937. lie left the Coventry Technical College in 1940 to join the family business of building and civil engineering contractors. Joining the R.A.F. in 1942 he served as an engine fitter until 1943, when he enlisted in the Army as a Churchill tank driving instructor.

Rejoining the family business again at. the end of the war in 1945 for another three years, he left in 1948 to join the Mintex sales staff of British Belting & Asbestos at Birmingham. In 1950 he started in the racing business seriously as Assistant Racing Manager, and was promoted to his present position In March, 1952. For driving both here and abroad he uses a Standard Vanguard.

HERTS COUNTY HILL-CLIMB

The I I..rts County Automobile and Am Club announces that once again it has a speed venue in its home county. A new hill-climb course has been found and the opening meeting will take place on October 3rd.

The course is situated in the Westbrook Hay estate near Hemel Hempstead on the main Ilesnel to Berkhamsted road (A41). The• timed length will be 500 yards and the road surface is tarmac. From the start on a gradient of 1 in 8 the road takes a fast left-hand sweep to come to a right-angled bend also to the left. From there the road sweeps to the right to the finishing line. The overall gradient is 1 in 11.

There will be classes for saloon, sports and racing cars. This venue is situated only 22 miles from the centre Of London.

The October meeting will he a closed invitation event, and at the time of writing the following clubs have accepted invitations : Bugatti 0.C., North London Enthusiasts C.C., Falcon M.C., HalfLitre Club, and the Vintage Sports Car Club.

Hon. Secretary : D. A. Wileoeks, The Cottage. Faircross Way, 8t. Albans, Herts.

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