Articles tagged Chris Draper

Page 94 of June 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 94, June 2001

Wheel deal at Le Mans

Keith Howard's Technofile series is most interesting and informative. It is correct that, by 1913, detachable wire wheels were universal in grands prix, and were in general use before that, although in 1913 Fiat and Sunbeam preferred artillery wheels. But remember that when SF Edge wanted to run Napiers with Rudge quickly-detachable wheels in the 1908 GP, the AC de France would not allow them,...

Page 61 of February 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 61, February 1992

Side notes

The Salmson once owned by M Meo of GN memory is now cared for by Salmson expert Chris Draper, it now has a San Sebastian engine and a body from an 18/100 MG. A recent letter about a Rhode car has reminded Lord Deramore that when he was "up" at Cambridge in 1929-32, a friend who was reading engineering was refurbishing one, the Reg No of which was OK 7185 and his Lordship wonders whether it has...

Page 63 of June 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, June 1978

John Blake's Salmson

Sir, I enclose two photographs of Andre Lombard, one in a car fitted with a splendid set of wings, the other without. It must be the same Salmson? In 1921 it was taken to Tarragona and was demolished in the Armange Trophy race - I am quoting from Chris Draper's book then fitted with a 1922 racing body came back to England to be raced by Owen Wilson-Jones. He sold it in 1924 to a man in Cardiff. I...

Page 49 of January 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, January 1985

The Speed-Model Hillman

The period immediately following the end of the First World War was remarkable for the number of cars, especially small cars, which appeared on the market endowed with sporting bodywork, whereas before the war there were comparatively few such offerings available to ordinary customers. In the first half of the 1920s there was a flood of them and W.O. Bentley was working on his 3-litre Bentley,...

Page 40 of October 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, October 1974

Fragments on Forgotten Makes

No.50: The Salmson With the excellent Salmson history by Chris Draper now published (it is reviewed elsewhere) it seems opportune to fill in with some fragments of the London side of this sporting make. This I have been able to do by interviewing Harold Garland, whose memory is prodigious, considering how far back we are going. Garland joined K.J. Motors of Bromley soon after the First World War...

Page 93 of October 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 93, October 1984

V-E-V Odds & Ends

V-E-V Odds & Ends. — We hear that the Reg No GO 10, originally on a 40 50 Rolls-Royce Phantom Continental Mullirwr saloon owned by Sir Malcolm Campbell, Much was afterwards used by Leonard Potter, but then with a cut-down open body. a car that went to America, is now on his BMW 635. The magazines of the A7 Clubs' Association, now edited by Maior Shepherd, are :is interesting as ever, that for...

Page 83 of August 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 83, August 1978

The FIA Historic Championship

Sir, D.S.J. has always said that if you enjoy doing something - somebody will try to stop you. How right he is. As a regular competitor in Vintage and Hostoric races - mainly in Europe I have seen changes since since the first "vintage" race meeting at Montlhery in 1968 - and not all for the better. At that time the chief obiective was to have fun! The FIA hasn't helped by organising a...

Page 43 of October 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, October 1974

Book Reviews

"The Salmson Story" by Chris Draper. 167 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (David & Charles Ltd., South Devon House, Newton Abbot, Devon. £4.50.) This long-awaited explanation of what Salmson cars and aero-engines and aeroplanes were all about is a model of how one-make histories should be compiled. Although the author may not have known Salmson products when they were new, he has written a very...

Page 100 of May 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, May 2002

Vintage versus PVT speeds

In the February issue I queried whether the small vintage Amilcar sportscars would be a match for post-vintage ones. The answer seems to be that they would. In The Salmson Story (David & Charles, 1974), Chris Draper refers to the Grand Sport Salmson as having a speed guarantee of 70mph and to Richard Twelvetrees testing a Salmson GSS for Motor Sport in 1925 and getting 65mph in third gear and...

Page 89 of December 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 89, December 2000

One-make histories

The Veteran, vintage and classic-car fields have come a long way since the VCC and VSCC were formed, and the wheels are kept turning by an astonishing number of one-make and even one-model books. Several decades ago my shelves were already filled with such books, starting with Harold Nockolds' Magic of a Name, the first Rolls-Royce history; now every model of R-R has a book about it. Years ago...

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