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Does Your Club Need Marshals?

The Oxford University M.D.C. has a training scheme for marshals which fits their members to marshal at events up to Grand Prix standard, according to a letter addressed to us by the Club’s Secretary, Kenneth H. Ross. He feels strongly that it is a duty of a University Motor Club to train enthusiasts of above-average intelligence to the standard necessary for them to be able to serve the Sport in the capacity of voluntary but responsible officials at race meetings and other events. Having trained members to the necessary standard the O.U.M.D.C. merely asks that appreciation of its unselfish and idealistic action be shown by making full use of its marshaling service. Any Club or organisation requiring marshals is invited to, apply to Michael Woodcock, St. Catherine’s Society, St. Aldate’s Oxford, who will be pleased to indicate the sort of service the O.U.M.D.C. can provide. — W. B.

Volkswagens 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 in Australian Ampol Trial

In this year’s Ampol Trial, which included notorious Sarina stretch which figured in the tough 1955 Redex Trial route, Witter’s Volkswagen won with a loss of only 3 points. Reynolds’ Volkswagen was second, beating a Holden by 16 points, fifth place was occupied, remarkably, by Mrs. Brown’s 1927 Rolls-Royce “Phantom” saloon, which lost 61 points, and the remaining four places were taken by a Holden and three Volkswagens. First modern British car to finish was Tosh’s Standard Vanguard, which was 10th.

VW Sales in Winnipeg

Following Standard Motors’ ambitious idea of flying American purchasers of Triumph TR3s across the Atlantic to take delivery of their cars in London, a Winnipeg VW dealer hired a T.C.A. Vickers Viscount to fly his first 40 June customers, with 35 relatives and friends, to Toronto to take delivery of their new VWs. He also provided petrol for the drive home, which took in the Niagara Falls. After touring Toronto with a police escort these VW customers were lunched at Volkswagen’s Scarboro plant.

Bugatti O.C. Prescott Inter-Club Speed Hill-Climb (July 28th)

F.T.D.; A. E. Marsh (Cooper 1,100) 43.59 sec.

Team winners: Brighton & Hove M.C.

Up to 1,100 c.c.: D. Good (Cooper) 44.71 sec. 

1,101-1,500 c.c.: R. W. Phillips (Fairley-Cooper) 45.66 sec.

1,501-2,000 c.c.: J. T. Stuart (Cooper-Bristol) 45.94 sec.

2,001-3,000 c.c.: J. M. Perkins (Bugatti) 50.65 sec.

Over 3,000 c.c.:  P. Stubberfield (Bugatti) 46.91 sec.

Ecurie Ecosse Association

An Ecurie Ecosse Association was formed at a meeting in Edinburgh on July 25th.

The object of the Association is “to support the Ecurie Ecosse team in every way possible, and to associate itself with the activities of that team,” and it was unanimously agreed that David Murray, patron and manager of Ecurie Ecosse, be invited to become the Association’s first Honorary President.

To study and put forward rules which were discussed in draft at the meeting, an interim committee has been formed consisting of Lord Bruce, J. G. Stenhouse (Glasgow), H. C. Ballantyne (Boness), T. Christie (Kirkcaldy), and David Bertram, Douglas Bertram, W. A. Woolward, G. F. Keitch and J. Eadie, all of Edinburgh. The Interim Hon. Secretary is A. D. M. Dobbie, 17, Gordon Terrace, Edinburgh, 9.

The Association hopes for support from Scots everywhere and in all walks of life, who feel that Ecurie Ecosse deserve recognition and who want to do something to maintain Scottish participation in motor racing; support will also he sought from the motor industry and motor trade.

Proposed annual subscriptions are: Members, £2; Associate Members (non-voting), £1; and Junior Members (under 18), 10s. All who are interested in becoming Founder Members are invited to contact the Interim Honorary Secretary.

It is said that within the first few days more than 700 applications for membership were received and that further applications are rolling in. From the applications which have come from all Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales — besides from many foreign parts — it is announced as almost certain that district branches will have to be formed. The organisers say that meetings will be arranged in Glasgow and Aberdeen and thereafter in centres according to density of members. “There is no doubt that the successes gained by Ecurie Ecosse have captured the imaginations of the Scots,” they conclude.