Articles tagged David Leigh

Page 104 of July 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 104, July 2002

Vintage times

The VSCC season is now in full cry. Recent results: the Curborough Speed Trials held on May 5 saw James Baxter (1934 'Nash) make FTD in 37.86 sec. The vintage-car course record was broken by David Leigh's GN 'Spider'. At Wiscombe on May 12, FTD at the popular hill-climb was set by Bruce Spollon's ERA R8C in 48.08sec. Best vintage-car; the 1929 Frazer Nash of Geoff Smith, 52.39sec. Quickest...

Page 115 of November 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 115, November 2008

Bo’ness hillclimb

Bo’ness hillclimb in central Scotland held its first event in 42 years during August. Once a staple of the British championship the narrow course, which squeezes between stone buildings, opened in 1934, but a housing development finished it off in 1966. The revival event brought a fine spread of historic machines including David Leigh’s GN ‘Spider’ (above), which ran there pre-war. Malcolm...

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Trial and sprint successes

Trial and sprint successes The popular VSCC Welsh Trial in October had a very healthy entry. The Presteigne Trophy was won by Keith Dobson's Austin 7, the Smatcher Trophy by David Leigh's Frazer Nash, and the Harry Bowler Memorial Trophy by Ben Colling's 3/41/2 Bentley. The Judges' Gavel went to Christopher Dallas's A7 Ulster while Anabel Jones navigated Martin Trenchard's 41/2-litre Bentley,...

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Around the tracks

VSCC: Prescott Dean's Bugatti scorches to the top Charles Dean maintained his strong run of form to take FTD with his Bugatti Type 51 in the VSCC's traditional August hillclimb at Prescott The hugely popular event was blessed with glorious weather for all but the latter runs and, in spite of the increasingly damp and slippery conditions, Dean stopped the clock at 43sec on his second run to clip...

Page 81 of May 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 81, May 2002

GN Spider

It was hardly blue-blooded, but Basil Davenport's raw Hill-climb special broke records galore in the twenties, making many a pure-bred racing car look over-designed. And it's going faster than ever. By Gordon Cruickshank As the lanes get narrower and the tractor mud gets thicker, it's obvious that Spider, a very special Special, doesn't live in a flashy workshop with other racing cars. It lives...

Page 50 of December 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, December 1998

Hill Start

Phil Llewellin returns to the place where his motor-journalism career began and rediscovers hillclimbing's unique and timeless atmosphere. Accelerating like a clothyard arrow at Agincourt, McLaren's prodigiously potent F1 reaches 100mplh in less time than it takes to recite the opening lines of The Lord's Prayer. We are talking about 6.3 seconds. All things being relative, even that rate of...

Page 72 of October 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 72, October 1993

Closing date

The VSCC returned to the traditional August Bank Holiday date for its final race meeting of the year, at Cadwell Park, and while the entry for the Vintage and Pre-War Racing car events were lacking many of the regular front-runners, the Spero & Voiturette Trophies race attracted sufficient interest to warrant two heats and a final. The first heat resulted in an easy win for David Fletcher-...

Page 120 of October 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 120, October 1980

VSCC Cadwell Park

RODNEY FELTON had two hard-fought and well-deserved victories with his Monza type Alfa Romeo, taking the "Williams" Monaco Trophy in the process. Richard Black and David Taylor added to their successes at Silverstone the previous day by both winning and being placed in a race each. Martin Stretton took his recently acquired Meadows engined Frazer Nash to win two handicap races, having had the...

Page 12 of October 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, October 2005

Event of the month -- 100 years of Shelsley Walsh

Paul Lawrence joined a huge crowd to witness a glorious day of centenary celebrations Few motorsport venues elicit such powerful emotions as Shelsley Walsh, sited in the beautiful depths of the Worcestershire countryside. The 1000-yard hillclimb remains unchanged from 1906, while the first event in August 1905 ran over a course just eight yards shorter. Since then, aside from lying dormant during...

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miscellany

Top Mark There is no need to emphasise, to those who have seen Mark Walker in action, his exceptional skill, neatness and judgement. He was at the top of his form at VSCC Prescott, making outright FTD with the 6.1-litre Parker-GN (41.40sec). Freddie Giles in the GN Special clocked 43.86sec, which even Bruce Spollon could not equal in ERA R8C (41.61sec), and Ben Collings wiped up his class in the...

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