Articles tagged Brian Gray

Page 44 of December 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, December 1981

VSCC Lakeland Trial

On a bright autumn day, sun shining on the beautiful Lake District scenery, the Vintage Sports Car Club held its fourteenth annual Lakeland Trial. Sixty-six cars attempted some 13 trials sections in the Buttermere, Loweswater and Lorton area. As usual, many of the sections proved to be extremely difficult, particularly those in the forest where the soft ground under the trees provided very little...

Page 26 of October 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, October 2003

Eureka! Franklin hits a high note

David Franklin set a new Classic record during the three-day festival of hillclimbing at Shelsley Walsh in August. Aboard the glorious Ferrari 212E of Carlos Monteverde, Franklin thrilled a huge crowd by blasting the 1969 European hillclimb car up the side of the Teme Valley in 29.70sec. "I'm very lucky that Carlos allows me to bring the car to events like this," admitted the former British...

Page 52 of September 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, September 1980

Vintage Prescott

Sunday, August 3rd In contrast to the last three years, the VSCC's annual pilgrimage to the Cotswolds for their Prescott Hillclimb was blessed with good weather, resulting in some fine climbs and a number of new records for the short course. The very full entry list encompassed cars from 1903 to 1939 (or 1957 if one includes the solitary post-war competitor) from 747 cc to nearly 13-litres and...

Page 49 of January 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, January 1988

Veteran to classic: Lakeland trial

Happy 21st The Vintage Sports Car Club's twenty first annual invasion of William Wordsworth's demesne took place on the day before Remembrance Sunday, November 7. Of the 80 entries, one quarter comprised Austin Sevens, many of which (including Robin Harcourt-Smith's and Barry Clarke's) had been driven some 350 miles from the gale-torn south in order to avoid the VSCC's 10-point penalty for...

Page 23 of September 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 23, September 1986

Letter from Germany

From D.S.J. to the Deputy Editor Dear M.L., I never thought I would actually enjoy a visit to the Hockenheimring, but after going to the New Nürburgring last year for the German Grand Prix, the flat Motodrom near Mannheim seemed quite friendly and pleasant. If nothing else, the long curving legs out into the country from the artificial stadium allow some high speed, and high speed is what Grand...

Page 45 of October 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, October 1980

The VSCC at Madresfield

THE VINTAGE SCC again held driving-tests and a beauty-show at the erstwhile speed-trials venue at rustic Madresfield Court, near Malvern, on September 7th. It was a day out in the sunshine, watching leisurely tests among a concourse of interesting cars. Even the Clerk-of-the-Course obliged, by arriving in the touring GN once used by Harbutt, the plasticine maker. It is the i.o.e. model with the...

Page 73 of September 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 73, September 1989

VSCC Prescott

There is no nicer speed-venue than Prescott hill on a blazing summer day, as the big spectator attendance for the VSCC climbs on August 6 endorsed. They saw more than 400 ascents expeditiously handled by the hard-working officials, and had the additional bonus of watching Anthony Mayman, in his usual fine form in ERA R4D, break the VSCC record for the 880-yard short course with a meteoric 41.11...

Page 63 of September 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, September 1982

V-E-V Odds & Ends

Thanks to the generosity of readers some amusing old books have been lent to us. For instance, Mr. Richardson of Sleaford brought his copy of "Engineering Wonders of the World", published around 1910, all the way to the last VSCC Silverstone meeting, to show me an astonishing picture of a French mechanic holding upright a crankcase and crankshaft of a 220 h.p. engine built for the Clement-Bayard...

Page 53 of March 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, March 2001

Hardy Special II

Home-built specials were the lifeblood of British Motorsport before WWII and the genesis of a Formula One revolution after it. This latecomer to their ranks has been winning for almost half a century. By Paul Fearnley Hats off to the British special-builders. For theirs was the spark of innovation that fired this country's domination of the sport. The lack of closed roads generally held Britain...

Page 54 of January 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, January 1992

VSCC Lakeland trial

Soon after bashing their cars about on the Welsh hills, regular masochists in the VSCC rush up to Lakeland to do it all over again, on an even tougher range of "sections", for they prefer that old cars are used rather than be incarcerated in museums. It happened this year on November 9th, the hills with such typically Lakelandish names as Sale Fell, Lowthwaite Side, Blase Beck, Swinside and...

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