Articles tagged Claude Johnson

Page 20 of January 1941 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, January 1941

On something in English tradition

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." — the prime minister, of the R.A.F. fighter pilots, 1940 THE firm of Rolls-Royce Ltd. is, perhaps, the most famous in the whole Motor Industry; indeed, it is so well known, and so highly respected, as to be virtually an institution. This was the case in the days before the last war with Germany, but it can fairly safely...

Page 33 of February 1957 archive issue thumbnail Page 33, February 1957


This time I am again indebted to a reader for sending me some interesting items out of history. These consist of a selection of pages from The Badminton Magazine of 1915-21. W. H. Berry was writing the motoring features for this eminent magazine in the war days, and one of his contributions comments on American firms which were taking advantage of dumping cars on the English market without any...

Page 66 of September 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, September 1987

Veteran to classic: The 1903 Gordon Bennett Napier

First to wear the green" Last month we heard the good news that, after persevering since 1979, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has been able to arrange for the return to this country of Britain's oldest surviving racing car, which had been in the United States for 37 years. The National Heritage Memorial Fund has contributed £150,000 to the total cost (approaching £300,000), and it is hoped that the...

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Vintage postbag

The Only Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Sir, I have seen the recent correspondence in Motor Sport about early R-R cars bearing an AX Index Number and also the query as to which was the first "Silver Ghost". Taking the AX number first, this is a Monmouthshire registration and it has always been assumed that it was used owing to the fact that the Hon. C. S. Rolls lived at "The Hendre", which is just...

Page 42 of June 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, June 1983

An important trial

75 years ago  I have been reminded that it was 75 years ago this month that an important trial took place, which is usually regarded as having set the seal to the fame of the Laurence Pomeroy-designed 20 h.p. Vauxhall, which led on to his renowned Prince Henry, 30/98 and other desirable Luton-built motor cars. This was the RAC International Touring Car Trial of 1908, which covered nearly 2,000...

Page 94 of January 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 94, January 1999

Rolls-Royce and its rivals

In the days before Rolls-Royce announced the 40/50hp Silver Ghost, the Napier was regarded by many as Britain's Top Car. Rolls-Royce soon corrected that, the Derby company doing everything it knew how to build a quality car, including taking a close look at its opposition. In fact in the 35 years or so from 1909 onwards, R-R engineers tried a total of some 36 other makes. Naturally, one of the...

Page 63 of February 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, February 1979

They Believed In Ghosts

Some years ago I enjoyed myself in these columns comparing the top-cars that were available to wealthy purchasers after the Kaiser war ended in 1918. It was apparent that on paper the short-lived Leyland of Parry Thomas, the first British production car to have a straight-eight engine, was the most desirable car, that the new "aeroplane-type" cars with their overhead-camshaft engines, offered by...

Page 32 of June 1966 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, June 1966

The Eagle or the Merc.?

Which came first— Sparked off in the April issue, this controversy has caused an unexpectedly large response. Mr. M.H. Evans, Historical and Information Officer of the Rolls-Royce Public Relations Department, weighs in with some more evidence. An article which he wrote for Rolls-Royce News last winter admits that before Royce embarked on the design of the Eagle aero-engine he had examined the...

Page 66 of July 1967 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, July 1967

A.D.A.C. 1,000 kilometres

Sweeping victory for Porsche Nurburgring, Germany, May 28th What the entry list for the annual 1,000-kilometre race on the Nurburgring lacked in quality it made up for in quantity. As it was held only two weeks before Le Mans the Ferrari team did not enter any 330P4 cars, nor did any of the agents enter their 330P3/4 cars. Ferrari sent a token entry in the form of a Dino with 2.4-litre V6 engine...

Page 55 of December 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 55, December 1981

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters The Life and Times of Montie Grahame-White (Continued from the November issue) After his adventurous journey in the 20 h.p. Wolseley wagonnette to Marseilles, as recounted last month, Grahame-White (hereinafter referred to as G-W) returned to Monaco in March 1904, as he was due to steer the racing motor-boat Parisienne II for the Societe Parisienne in the...



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