Articles tagged Bristol Aeroplane Co.

Page 28 of June 1952 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, June 1952

The "Motor Sport" Clubs' Challenge Trophy

The first round of the 1952 Motor Sport Clubs' Challenge Trophy took place at the VSCC Silverstone Meeting on May 3rd. The sports-cars which qualified to compete in this five-lap handicap, which is virtually a "winner's race," were RHB Mason's 41/2-litre Bentley and HJ Wilmshurst's slightly-older 41/2-litre Bentley (on the 1 min 13 sec mark), Len Gibbs' Riley Nine (1 min 5 sec), GHG Burton's 41/2...

Page 80 of August 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, August 1999

Tunnel Vision

Shaped in the wind tunnel, Bristol's striking Le Mans cars were technologically ahead of their time. Simon Taylor drove the sole surviving 450. Motor racing history is full of fascinating little culs-de-sac, and the Bristol 450 is one. A quality road car manufacturer decides to go racing for the first time, and builds three cats. They are raced just five times, but achieve three prestigious class...

Page 51 of March 1961 archive issue thumbnail Page 51, March 1961


Sprung on Rubber The B.M.C. minicars are the most advanced British cars in large-scale production and one of their outstanding features is all-round-independent suspension using rubber in compression and shear as the springing medium, which loads the shock absorbers very lightly and gives roll-free cornering in conjunction with a very high standard of comfort in such small vehicles. How this...

Page 14 of July 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, July 2003

Lea at Francis

Sir, Chris Mason's letter regarding the 1929 Irish Grand Prix races asks about the person standing second from right in the picture (June, p14). It is in fact John (Jack) Lea, whom I had the pleasure of meeting several years ago and spent a very enjoyable day recalling some of his motoring experiences. John Lea had a long and varied career in motorsport as mechanic, development engineer and...

Page 94 of March 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 94, March 2001


Kenneth Sully The death has occurred of Kenneth Owen Sully, designer of HE cars, and son of Roland J Sully. Born in Penarth, South Wales, in 1911, K Sully went into the aeroplane industry, at Phillips & Powis at Woodley but, just before war broke out, he moved to the Bristol Aeroplane Co. at Filton and worked on many Bristol aircraft, from Beaufighter to Concorde, including the enormous...

Page 36 of April 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, April 1979

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters Some Thoughts About Bentleys I reviewed Donald Bastow's book about the engineering aspects of all the Walter Bentley products, from BR rotary aero-engines to the post-war Lagondas, last month ("W. O. Bentley Engineer" by Donald Bastow, Haynes, 1978). But it is rather heavy going, which I have been absorbing slowly, coming upon some more interesting items on...

Page 16 of April 1937 archive issue thumbnail Page 16, April 1937


DIRT-TRACK RACING Sir, The article on Dirt Track Racing in America is accurate and comprehensive, but appears to our perhaps provincial viewpoint to be written in English. The author's name and further writings Would be welcome. It might be of interest to add that in addition to the Millers and Ford conversions, there are two successful dirt track cars built by the Ambler brothers, around war-...

Page 11 of November 1952 archive issue thumbnail Page 11, November 1952

Guide To Earls Court

Hereunder follows an alphabetical guide to the car exhibits at the S.M.M.T. Exhibition which is open at Earls Court from October 22nd to November 1st, together with a pocket history of the leading makes. A.C.                    Stand No. 136 Known before the Kaiser War as a single-cylinder passenger and commercial tricar and as a very lightweight small car, the A.C. made by Auto-Carriers, of...

Page 15 of May 1940 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, May 1940


charge of aero-engine repair during the 1914-18 War, recalls those rather fantastic days at Brooklands when aero-engined cars were the chief attraction at B.A.R.C. meetings. For instance, you will probably remember the eight-cylinder 11¾-litre Wolseley-Viper, which Kaye Don used to race. It was a Capt. Miller creation, when he was head of the Wolseley Competition Department that later evolved the...


August 2019
100 years, three cars, one epic track test



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