Articles tagged Weybridge Cottage Hospital

Page 18 of April 1959 archive issue thumbnail Page 18, April 1959


V.W. Derrington looks back Passing through Kingston-on-Thames the other evening, we called on V. W. Derrington, well-known purveyor of "pieces for specials" and pioneer of the speed shop in this country.  "How," we asked V.W.D., "did you start your close association with the tuning business? " It appears that in 1914 Derrington joined the Sopwith Aviation Company in Kingston and when the war...

Page 13 of February 1967 archive issue thumbnail Page 13, February 1967

The Editor explains

There are a few matters arising out of recent events which will benefit from explanation. Plastics and paint: A reader, Mr. A. E. Heywood of Mill Hill, says he no longer has any faith in my opinions because in the same issue I said of the M.G. 1100 that I preferred leather to plastic upholstery and of the VW 1600TL that it is nice to find an honest car, the interior of which does not present...

Page 61 of September 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 61, September 1996

An Austin 7 Achievement

I shall always think that one of the finest achievements by an Austin 7 in the vintage years was the victory by an outwardly standard but no doubt carefully assembled s/c Ulster in the 1930 BRDC 500-Mile Race at Brooklands, when, driven by the Earl of March and S C H "Sammy" Davis, the little car averaged 83.42mph including pit-stops. And it then repeated the performance in the records-field soon...

Page 37 of October 1937 archive issue thumbnail Page 37, October 1937

THE B.R.D.C. "500"

THE B.R.D.C. " 500 " JOHN COBB (NAPIER RAILTON) WINS DEVASTATING RACE AT 127.05 m.p.h. RILEYS SECOND AND THIRD, FIFTH AND NINTH. MANY RETIREMENTS Tug curtailed " 500 " of the R.R.D.C. was a great success. Although people in this country rather scorn outer-circuit races, the crowd behind the pits was dense the whole afternoon, and there was a goodly cluster of spectators on the Hill. At least four...

Page 100 of December 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, December 2004

With automobilia now much sought after, does anyone remember the sheets of 144 postage-size stams, each one depicting a racing driver?

With automobilia now much sought after, does anyone remember the sheets of 144 postage-size stamps, each one depicting a racing driver? They were the idea of Casque(SCH Davis. The Autocar's sports editor) to finance a prize for the mechanic of the winning car in the 1930 TT. with any money over going to Weybridge Cottage Hospital. The set cost 2/6d. I have one somewhere. I suppose these stamps...

Page 42 of April 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, April 1973

Tuning topics

From Brooklands to Brazil THERE'S SOMETHING very vintage about the neighbouring Kingston-on-Thames firms of V. W. Derrington Ltd. and TDC Components (Kingston) Ltd.; the aura of glorious days at nearby Brooklands seems to pervade the premises and indeed one or two relics of activities at the Weybridge circuit may still be seen there, for the firm's very existence owes much to Mr. Locke-King's...

Page 108 of June 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 108, June 1994

Mistaken identity

What follows concerns a little known facet of Brooklands' history. I admit that it is gruesome. I had, indeed, some reservations about exposing it, having made a rule not to include pictures of fatal accidents in books and articles. However, in this case the information included has some remarkable twists. It serves, too, to set straight one aspect of the old track's history. It is generally...

Page 97 of December 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 97, December 2003

Over the edge in a Benz

After a long wait I have the true story about when John Duff, driving one of the pre-war 22.5-litre chain-drive Benz, went over the top of the Members' banking in the 100mph Short Handicap at the 1922 Autumn Brooklands Meeting. The Autocar reported at the time that Duff had as passenger a stranger who had begged a ride as the Benz was going out. I have recently had a letter from a reader which...


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



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