Articles tagged Basil Davenport

Page 67 of May 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, May 1979

VSCC Welsh Week-end

(March 31st/April 1st) THE HARSH winter weather gave over just in time for this popular event run by the Club's Light Car and Edwardian Section, and the relentless Welsh rain didn't fall until competitors were wending their homeward ways. An entry of 47 was the norm, of which the Edwardian element comprised Roger Collings' 1912 Zust and Barry Clarke's little 1913 Singer Ten racer. Having...

Page 56 of June 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, June 1977

Looking back with Reg Phillips

It is not every day that you meet a cheerful man of 62 who has been competing, for the fun of it, in speed events, trials and rallies, having built himself 20 specimens for the purpose, and who is looking forward to another season of speed hill-climbs in a Ferrari. Such a person is R. W. Phillips, Chairman of James Fairley Steels. D.S.J. and I went to meet him again the other day in Birmingham,...

Page 81 of May 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 81, May 2002

GN Spider

It was hardly blue-blooded, but Basil Davenport's raw Hill-climb special broke records galore in the twenties, making many a pure-bred racing car look over-designed. And it's going faster than ever. By Gordon Cruickshank As the lanes get narrower and the tractor mud gets thicker, it's obvious that Spider, a very special Special, doesn't live in a flashy workshop with other racing cars. It lives...

Page 23 of September 1965 archive issue thumbnail Page 23, September 1965

V.S.C.C Prescott

THERE is no more pleasant venue than Prescott hill on a fine day, and the V.S.C.C. had ideal conditions for its meeting of August 15th. An entry of 100 cars, ranging from 1908 to 1956, had two runs up the hill, inclusive of a short interval, between 12 noon and 5 p.m. Peter Moores' 1930/32 Austin Ulster, aided by remote gear lever, hydraulic brakes, short exhaust system and an S.U. carburetter...

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Raymond Mays Shows Then How

at Rest and Be Thankful Poore Second. Peter Walker Third The R.S.A.C.'s speed hill-climb at Rest and Be Thankful on July 9th was quite unique in this country, for the very difficult course (May's admission!) was over a mile long, compared to our usual 1/2 or 1/2-mile climbs, and was reminiscent of an Alpine event. Unfortunately, although over £2,000 was said to have been spent on the road, it...

Page 25 of February 1948 archive issue thumbnail Page 25, February 1948

Club News

We Hear A Bangor garage apparently has in hand a 500-c.c. "Special" with d.t. Douglas engine and Austin Seven transmission. W. A. Wiseman has a 1920 D-type "23/60" Vauxhall (with an absolutely unchipped starter ring, incidentally!), and he hopes to restore it to very good order indeed. In 1946 he bought a 1927 Armstrong-Siddeley Fifteen tourer for £45 and in 10,000 miles the only trouble...

Page 68 of February 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, February 2001

Face to face

Bill Boddy remembers some of the racing drivers and motoring personalities he has met One of the first personalities I went to see was Felix Scriven, because during the war I was posted to Harrogate and he lived in Bradford. He had successfully raced his 95mph Austin 20 'Sergeant Murphy' and the Scriven Special 'No No Nanette' or 'Mother Goose', the latter because it was stuffed with sage (a Sage...

Page 67 of February 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, February 2002

Sand Blasts

Pre-WWII British Motorsport was forced to the fringes of the country to find venues. Bill Boddy takes us on a trip to the seaside More motor racing on sand courses has occurred than may be generally realised. The inaugural use of such a venue appears to have been in 1904 by the Irish AC on The Velvet Strand', near Dublin, where MacDonald's big Napier beat the Hon. Charles Rolls, on his 100hp Mors...

Page 19 of July 1943 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, July 1943

Letters from readers

Sir, Many interesting articles have appeared from time to time on home-built specials and conversions, but I have yet to see some authoritative dope on "blowers" and the manufacture of amateur productions. Perhaps trade secrets enter into the matter, but surely someone at some time or other has made, say, a Cozette-pattern supercharger which, from the meagre details available, looks simple enough...

Page 6 of August 1947 archive issue thumbnail Page 6, August 1947

Gerard's E.R.A makes f.t.d at Summer Prescott Meeting

Rodney Clarke's "3.3" G.P. Bugatti breaks Sports-Car Record. Mrs. Darbishire (Riley) raises her own Ladies' Record Many Class Records Broken Gerrard's white 2-litre twin-rear-tyred E.R.A. made fastest time at the Summer Open Prescott Speed Hill-Climb. Cornering carefully, he clocked 47.35 sec. His first run occupied 48.13 Sec.; his second run was a distinct improvement, and .68 sec. faster than...



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