Articles tagged War Office

Page 36 of March 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, March 1972

Fragments on forgotten makes

No. 48: The Sheffield-Simplex The Sheffield-Simplex evolved from the Brotherhood car, which I dealt with five years ago in No. 37 of this series. Earl Fitzwilliam, the Yorkshire landowner whose country seat, Wentworth Wood House, was reputed to possess 365 windows, one for each day of the year, was on the Board of Directors of The Brotherhood-Crocker Company and when this concern abandoned its...

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Reports of Recent Events

Grand Prix De Bruxelles This Formula II (not "B" as some would have it) race was a battle between the G.P.-type Ferraris with the sports V12 2-litre engines installed, the 1,430-c.c. Simcas, the 2-litre Veritas cars and O. Moore's O.B.M. Moore made the fastest practice lap in the first session, in heavy rain, but retired in the race itself. The G.P. Ferrari chassis is apparently better suited to...

Page 56 of June 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, June 1974

Vintage Variety

The Editor drives some of the older Vauxhall, Austin and Bentley cars Although there is no denying the publicity value of the older cars, some manufacturers have been either a bit late in collecting representative examples of their earlier products or, having collected and restored them, have allowed their collections to become scattered, even neglected. At the opposite extreme, there are now...

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The Wartime Diaries of an RFC Officer

Continued from the Dec. 1979 issue Before I commence another instalment of these old diaries I must refer to a letter received from a Mr. J. Ross of Brigg, in which he makes it dear that I have done our RFC pilot out of one type which he had flown by 1915. In his Log Book entries there is no distinction made between AW (Armstrong Whitworth)-built BE2c aeroplanes and FK3s built by that Company,...

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AN AMBITIOUS CHRISTMAS TRIAL

AN AMBITIOUS CHRISTMAS TRIAL An ambitious trial will be held by the Ford Enthusiasts' Club on Bank Holiday, December 27th, on private ground at Camberley if War Office permission to use this area comes to hand in time. The trial is to be divided into five enginesize classes, a saloon class, and classes for 8 h.p., 10 h.p.. and V8 Ford cars of late type. Place awards will be given in each category...

Page 127 of October 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 127, October 2013

Working with John Wyer

The legendary team chief had a fearsome reputation, but Doreen Green was better placed than most to judge his methods   One of my regular correspondents is Michael Green, whose late father Dick was an Aston Martin race mechanic through the 1950s. Michael has a ton of his dad’s tales to tell, but when he told me his mother Doreen was due over from the States, for the Aston celebrations, I had to...

Page 2 of July 1941 archive issue thumbnail Page 2, July 1941

MILITARISING THE SPORT

MILITARISING THE SPORT NE of the most striking aspects of the war from our point of view has been the number of Army training motor-cycle trials, supervised by civilian instructors (well known as expert tri tis competitors), organised officially, and the sanction of the War Office for their testing grounds to be used for trials, open to both civilian and military riders. The participation of Army...

Page 56 of November 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, November 1979

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters Fragments on Forgotten Makes No. 58: The Newton Bennett A reader, Mr. F. E. Greaves, kindly sent us some Press cuttings about the late Mr. R. O. Harper, whose story appeared in a local Eccles newspaper, The Journal, and with information from which it has been possible to prepare these notes. Incidentally, Mr. Greaves remembers his father, who was a tester for...

Page 108 of June 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 108, June 1995

V-to-C Miscellany

Steaming, the very high-class magazine of the national Traction Engine Club, had an interesting article recently by John Hirons, about the engines owned by the late Jack Wharton, who was the club's President, in the course of which it is mentioned that he used a Rolls-Royce Ghost as a breakdown crane until it was commandeered by the War Office during WWII, intended for the Far East; it is thought...

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Lost Royce

John Hirons who told us about a 40/50hp Rolls-Royce that had been used as a breakdown truck by his business partner Jack Wharton until it was commandeered by the War Office during WW2 and never seen again, has kindly suppled some details of this lost Ghost. It was first registered on April 27, 1921, as R 4878, chassis no 411W, with a 1920-type engine, No 1-166. It started life with a cabriolet...

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