Articles tagged Derek Buckler

Page 98 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, September 2014

Where the grassroots are greener

The 750 Motor Club, founded by our own Bill Boddy, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It continues to thrive thanks to low-cost rules, diversity and – as we found out – good, clean fun Writer Ed Foster, photographer Mitch Pashavair Variety is, according to the dictionary, “the quality or state of being different or diverse; the absence of uniformity or monotony”. There should really be a...

Page 75 of November 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, November 1985

Buckler Footnote

M.L.'s article in September on Buckler history prompts the following memories, because I knew Derek Buckler fairly well. I went as his passenger on the MCC Exeter Trials of 1949 and 1950, for instance. On the first of these we were in an unblown Ford Ten-engined Buckler Special, equipped with a windscreen but not much else with which to ward-off the gale-lashed hailstorms. Buckler got a 1st Class...

Page 86 of July 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 86, July 1974

A Buckler Special

Sir, A photograph for your collection. I have owned this car since 1966 and suddenly I feel an urge to boast about it, since I think it is quite unique. You possibly can't place it but I'll bet you knew something about it at the time it was built. It is, in fact, a Buckler "BB" and I believe it to be the survivor of only two built, the original being a road-going version built for the 1960 Racing...

Page 52 of November 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, November 1956

Buckler gears

My old friend Derek Buckler has poioted out to me a piece of careless writing in my article Lotus Salad which might be construed as an unkind crack about his gears if the reader was unfamiliar with what went on inside a Ford gearbox. I said that "The Buckler high second gear kept jumping out." What I should have said was that the synchromesh teeth actuating the Buckler high second gear kept...

Page 32 of May 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, May 1973

Around and about

A glassfibre F3 car When you spot an entry in a Formula Three race within the next few weeks for a car called a Genie to be driven by a man named Woody Harris, take a second look. Harris is a Californian who has just brought his home-developed car over to Europe for a season's racing. It is particularly interesting because the Genie features a fibreglass and polyurethane foam chassis, and is said...

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

January 4-5

On January 4-5, 2002, the MCC will hold its Exeter Trial. Entries have closed at over 350 'bike and car competitors, of whom 30 are in the new class for those new to this event. They include Donald Barnes' grandson Kevin in his grandfather's LM Singer, Derek Buckler's son-in-law Keith Ambrose with his son navigating, and John Quenby, ex-MSA chief executive, with his.MG TC. Several Dellows are...

Page 91 of March 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 91, March 2004

Keeping track of Buckler's cars

My recent recall of contesting trials alongside Derek Buckler in his Buckler Specials has brought a letter from his youngest son, telling me that the Buckler Register has records of more than 250 cars and specials made by Derek, who died in 1964, his company being wound up four years later. Not all are still traceable, but the Register thrives. Derek's Mk5 was based on his first special and the...

Page 22 of October 1950 archive issue thumbnail Page 22, October 1950

The M.C.C. at Silverstone

The M.C.C. at Silverstone BEFOR1.?, the war t lie Motor Cycling Club's Members' Meeting at Brooklands was one of the high-lights of the clubman's season. The day was devoted to One-Hour High Speed Trials round the outer-circuit for cars and motor-cycles, in contrast to the similar events of the J.C.C., which were for cars only and cnbraced artificial corners. This year the M.C.C., a club that is...

Page 25 of July 1952 archive issue thumbnail Page 25, July 1952

The clubs at Silverstone

Maidstone & Mid-Kent MC chose delightful weather for its Silverstone race meeting on May 24th, which started late, but was run off efficiently, over the "long" Club circuit. The seven-lap 1,100-cc sports-car race should have been a gift for Len Gibbs' Riley, but it was not on form, so C le S Metcalfe won after a steady drive in his Persil-uniform and Balilla Fiat, Gibbs second, Wilson's "...

Page 98 of December 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, December 1997

Ecological pollution solution

Have you ever driven in an economy contest? The kind of thing in which the winner was the person or crew using the fewest petrol globules over a given course, usually of considerable distance on public roads. The Hants & Berks MC, very active today, used to rather specialise in them, backed by the top petrol companies, over routes often planned by Holland Birkett. At first almost anything...

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