Articles tagged Bruce Dowell

Page 48 of September 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, September 1977

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters VSCC Hawthorn Trophy Meeting (July 30) By the time this issue is published the Cadwell Park VSCC meeting will be over, so this is a review, not a report. The second VSCC Silverstone races had 180 entries, sunshine, and an excellent attendance. The main 15-lap Hawthorn Trophy scratch contest between the historic racing cars was a tour de force for Simon...

Page 105 of May 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 105, May 1997

Cars in books

Bruce Dowell, who is concerned with Sunbeam affairs, has sent us details of a volume called First Athenian Memories by Compton Mackenzie (published by Cassells, 1931) in which the famous author paid a tribute such as is seldom paid to a mechanical steed in literature. The fulsome praise was concerned with the 3-litre Sunbeam which Mackenzie had had put at his disposal for his 1915 Balkans mission...

Page 56 of March 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, March 1990

VSCC at Brooklands

VSCC at Brooklands THE VSCC's weather luck deserted it on February 3rd for the driving tests meeting at what remains of the historic motor course. Rain fell heavily before lunch, but stopped for the afternoon session. Yet nearly all the entrants turned up, although some reserves were called and an incredible number of onlookers arrived in modern cars, a good augury, I suppose, for the Brooklands...

Page 95 of October 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 95, October 2002

Miscellany

Bruce Dowell, formerly the STD's Sunbeam Registrar (from whom Pat Durnford has taken over), has saved a 20/60 Sunbeam first registered in 1926 from being scrapped. Its coupé body was removed, and in 1967 Eddie Berrisford, from whom Dowell acquired it recently, took pity on it. The chassis is apparently complete and in good order and a new owner is being sought. ***** Julian Majzub, BSc Eng, who ...

Page 52 of March 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, March 1987

VSCC Driving Tests

Having held driving-tests at Enstone in December, the Vintage Sports Car Club decided it would like some more in January. It held them at Barton Stacey Camp near Andover. Notwithstanding the weather, 74 entries came in, number one rightly being given to Tanner's impressive 1902 9 1/4-litre racing Mors, although it was a long way from Paris or Vienna. Alas, it retired. Setting off to watch, we...

Page 82 of August 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 82, August 1993

Sunbeams at Silverstone

In memory of the victory in the 1923 French Grand Prix at Tours, when Segrave's two-litre Sunbeam which Louis Coatalen had got the former Fiat engineer Bertarione to, as the Silverstone programme rather nicely expressed it, pen for him (so that they resembled the victorious 1922 GP Fiats) led home Divo's Sunbeam and a Bugatti, the STD Register arranged a Parade of Sunbeams of all kinds during the...

Page 49 of June 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, June 1980

Inter-Register

Inter-Register THE STD Register held a social week-end in Wal. on April 19th/20th and with it trombined a round of the annual Inter-Register competition, Inn points towards the I-R Challenge Shield. On the Saturday a fine assembly of Wolverhampton Sunbeams, and the odd London and Roesch Darracq, arrived at the Editor's house, and went during the afternoon for a scenic tour of the Elan Valley via...

Page 95 of September 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 95, September 2003

Grey area over 1912 Sunbeam racers

The question of sources has a topical ring to it. My announcement that all three of the racing Sunbeams which in 1912 finished 1-2-3 in the Coupe de l'Auto race are still in existence came from La Vie de l'Auto, repeated in the STD Newsletter. The post-race history of these side-valve 3-litre cars has been difficult to ascertain, especially as three outwardly similar cars ran in the 1913 race....

Page 61 of November 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 61, November 1990

Seaside Speed Trials

Weather-wise, as in other ways, the VSCC is truly wonderful! On October 6th, the day before its speed-trials along the front at Weston-Super-Mare, rain lashed down and a gale blew trucks over on the Severn Bridge, and the modern cars couldn't run (existing course record: Lane-Pilbeam MP58 — 10.9 sec). The next day the sun shone and it couldn't have been nicer, for the older cars, at this free and...

Page 52 of January 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, January 2013

Letters

Racing's balance of power Sir, Rob Widdows' story on the Bentley GT3 (December issue) succinctly makes the case for the Balance of Performance in this class of racing. Without it, there is no way a physically large, 1.6-tonne, front-engined Bentley could ever be competitive with the tiny, 1.2-tonne, mid-engined GTs such as the Ferrari 458. It was therefore a surprise to read the editorial comment...

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