Articles tagged Chris Gordon

Page 76 of August 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, August 1994

Malvern cyclecars

These strange machines came in response to an appeal by VSCC member Bob Jones, who had hastily put together a typical example, with singlecylinder JAP engine, Sturmey-Archer gearbox, belt final drive, wire-and-bobbin steering and, would you believe, wooden front axle, track-rod and back springs. You wouldn't expect me to describe every one of the 600 plus cars in the main events, would you? Or...

Page 65 of March 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, March 1995

Film Review

BBC 2, in The Last Machine, featuring early cinema films, made the point that then accuracy was not important, but that today it is. A view apparently not shared by BBC 1, judging by its Sir Henry Birkin motor-racing drama for its Heroes and Villains series. Rowan Atkinson, who is considered funny as "Mr Bean", just managed not to appear ridiculous as the aristocratic racing baronet, but W...

Page 66 of June 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, June 1991

Veteran to classic -- VSCC Speed Trials

VSCC Curborough On the cold but dry afternoon on May 5 the VSCC held its annual speedtrials at the Shenstone & DCC's Curborough course near Lichfield. More a continuous driving test than a traditional speed-trial, it nevertheless brings out the vintage racing-cars, with 900 yards over which to extend them, when they are not reined-in for the corners of the loop. Moreover, there was a chance...

Page 62 of July 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, July 1992

VSCC Curborough

The weekend after the Colerne speed trials, the VSCC held its annual speed trial meeting at Curborough near Lichfield. The course is quite different, involving as it does several corners to reverse the cars back onto the straight along which they started. However, if there is an element of 'driving-test' about it, this is no worse than at those speed-trials which once took place at a Croydon...

Page 63 of June 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, June 1993

VSCC Colerne speed trials

The VSCC sprint at this RAF airfield occupied the afternoon of April 24, in reasonably good weather. David Baldock in the 2-litre Alta made excellent starts and deserved his FTD, in 23.15 sec, although the engine was boiling before its second run, not good for this particular car I would have thought! But its times for the 1/4-mile were identical, the overall time only 0.67 sec slower, and the...

Page 73 of September 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 73, September 1993

"Tim" on film

Brooklands' heyday was briefly recreated in July for a TV drama about Sir Henry Birkin, with a convincing pits scene, albeit built right in front of the Clubhouse because the Straight is now blocked. Cars simulating the race finish had only yards to stop out of shot, but despite some lurid moments, all stopped harmlessly. Majzub's Sunbeam, one of the short-chassis 3-litre team Bentleys and Chris...

Page 60 of September 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 60, September 1991

Veteran to classic -- VSCC Prescott

One of the Best With sunshine, large crowds spectating at both practice and the climbs, and a record entry of 230, the VSCC's annual speed hillclimb on August 4th at the delightful Bugatti OC's Prescott course was one of the best-ever. Anthony Mayman made best time in his ERA R4D, just below his record, with a truly smooth ascent (41.34 s). Best vintage time was made by a determined Julian Majzub...

Page 68 of January 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, January 1993

VSCC Enstone DTs

It is a signal that Christmas is fast approaching when the VSCC's Enstone driving tests come around, staged on that bleak airfield come on plateau off the A34. On December 5 it was chilly, but fine, as 96 entrants were due to show their skills and the prowess of their motor cars in 10 difficult tests. There was a panic half-a-day beforehand, when the insurers of the venue refused to cover the...

Page 56 of May 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, May 1991

Veteran to classic -- Silver Hawk

Out in a Silver Hawk Through the generosity of Austin/Rover I was able to investigate, at their Solihull test-track, Chris Gordon's 1920/21 Silver Hawk, the only one of its kind extant, surely, although there is an engine and gearbox of a different type at a Sussex museum. How Chris was able to add this interesting racing light-car to his stable which includes amongst others the 1915 Hudson,...

Page 69 of April 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 69, April 1992

Good show, VSCC

The show in question is the Herefordshire Trial, which this year replaced the VSCC's customary Wessex trial. It had a remarkable entry of 105, took in 14 hill-sections. yet there were no delays, competitors voting it a great success. If there was an ointment-fly, it was that dry weather in the area made the hills mostly too easy, so that ties resulted. But a new standard has been set, for future...

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