Articles tagged Douglas Hawkes

Page 83 of September 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 83, September 1984

Lightning Handicaps

At the VSCC Silverstone Race Meeting in July the last event was called the Four Lap Lightning Handicap. The term "Lightning" has nostalgic connotations with Brooklands, although in this instance it was used to denote a shorter subsidiary race than the usual ones of five or six laps normal at such meetings. Whereas this VSCC race included such fast cars as Alan Cottam's Maserati 250F and Charles'...

Page 41 of October 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, October 1956


RUMBLINGS Those of you who remember Brooklands will remember Douglas and Gwenda Hawkes, who were closely associated with the Derby car, had a shed in the Paddock, and ran the A BOOK TO READ Derby-Maserati and Derby-Special cars. In the slim single-seater supercharged straighteight Derby-Special Gwenda lapped at 135.95 m.p.h., no mean feat, especially as the engine capacity was only 1,660 c.c.,...

Page 50 of July 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, July 1977

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters Happenings at Higham The other day I met Sydney Maslin, mechanic very closely associated with motor racing. He lived in lodgings in Bridge, as a boy, so naturally in the early 1920s he went to work for Count Zborowski, who lived at the house called Higham. After the Count's fatal racing accident he got a job with Bentley Motors, was posted for a time to the...

Page 114 of April 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 114, April 2001

Humber mystery solved

Which are the most enigmatic racing cars ever? My vote goes to the 1914 TT Humbers. They were built in complete secrecy by this famous firm, which had done little racing since the 1908 TT, but were prominent at Brooklands. Yet these 1914 Humbers were of very advanced twin-cam design. But how many were built — three or four? Why did they have no identifying features, no badges, only their offside...

Page 76 of August 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, August 1995

The Invader

One day in 1931 there appeared at Brooklands a racing-car that stood out from the usual run of those raced there. A slim, eager single-seater, exciting yet something of an invader, at a place accustomed to a mix of entries. This car was so different, so technically advanced, compared to the stripped sports cars, the aged Grand Prix cars that had once known road circuits at places far away, the...

Page 22 of November 1932 archive issue thumbnail Page 22, November 1932


I WENT THE SHOW IN WHICH OUR CONTRIBUTOR SUMS UP THE OLYMPIA MOTOR EXHIBITION. AsI arrived at the turnstiles of Olympia for my annual " snoop " round the Motor Show I tried to imagine what it must feel like to visit the show with the definite purpose of buying a car for say, 21,000. I suppose there are people who are in this enviable position. Personally my hopes of ever attaining this state are...

Page 140 of July 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 140, July 2010

Gwneda Stewart - a dedicated record-breaker

Among the more prominent lady drivers was the very successful Gwenda Stewart, who at Brooklands in 1921 created a new 1000-mile record on a Ner-a-Car motorcycle, beginning a career of record-breaking which she preferred to the relatively few races she entered. Born Gwenda Glubb, she was the sister of Glubb Pasha of Arab Legion fame. During WWI she drove ambulances on the Russian front. In 1922...

Page 36 of March 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, March 1970

Fragments on forgotten makes

No. 48: Horstman THE HORSTMAN light car was born just prior to the outbreak of the War to end all wars but it survived this disruption and reappeared after the Armistice, finally disappearing in 1929. Whereas most of the small cars which struggled to survive during these competitive years were conventional, even unimaginative, in design and construction, this was not the case with the Horstmann,...

Page 98 of September 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, September 1998

DFP digressions

Here is a backwater of motor-racing history which has connotations to both the great WO Bentley and Sir Henry Birkin. The aircraft industry was particularly badly hit by the recession that soon followed the war to end all wars and by the autumn of 1920 the famous Sopwith Company had been reduced to making items such as saucepans, wooden toys and ABC motorcycles. It was reformed by their legendary...

Page 17 of March 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, March 1968

Racing Wolseleys

It so happened that when reporting last year's Clubman's Championship at Silverstone the Sports Editor of Motor, having commented that Alec Poole led from start to finish in the Saloon Car Race with his rapid Wolseley Hornet, went on to say that this is "probably the most successful Wolseley racer since the days of the Gordon Bennett cars." This reminded me that the exploits of the Wolseley...



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