Articles tagged Elsie Wisdom

Page 127 of November 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 127, November 2008

Big numbers

Times are hard, but racing memorabilia is still selling Even in these troubled times, auction records are still broken on a weekly basis. In fact, an auction hardly passes without a press release containing the words ‘record price achieved’ or ‘new world record set’. But when a car registration number sells for £397,500 at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale, setting a new record (the previous was...

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Ladies first in 1000-mile enduro

The always ambitious JCC held a 1000-mile race for stripped sports cars at Brooklands in 1932, replacing its former Double-12 race. Advertised as ‘England’s Biggest Race’, attracting nine British teams with 41 cars and racing from 10am to 5pm each day, it was to be run clockwise, missing out the section of banking behind the Hill. The MG Midgets started at 10am, and the race had not been in...

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

Kay Petre - a tribute

The advertisement for my History of Brooklands says it is about "the days when men were men, which reflected their will to win". Maybe: but it is also about many women drivers, most of whom also did pretty well. I loved 'em all, metaphorically speaking, none more so than Mrs Kay Petre, who died recently. This petite, very attractive, dark-haired girl had her first taste of racing at Brooklands in...

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The International Trophy

Silverstone, March 19th This year saw the running of the thirtieth International Trophy race at Silverstone, the first one in the present series being held in 1949, which Alberto Ascari won with the then new and exciting short-wheelbase Ferrari with supercharged V12 engine of 1 1/2-litres. However, the International Trophy as a major British race started long before that, in 1933 to be exact,...

Page 64 of November 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, November 1988

Veteran to classic

"Les Girls" at Le Mans Although motor racing back in 1935 was L-Ihardly linked with sponsorship in the way it is today, opportunities for publicity were scarcely ignored. So it was that for that year's Le Mans 24-Hour Race an ingenious idea was applied to the MG entry: the 847cc ohc PA MG Midget, introduced a year earlier, was the basis of the three-car team, and to attract attention the drivers...

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The Cars of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon

His Grace, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, has played a notable part in many aspects of the sporting motoring and aviation scene. His early enthusiasm for fast cars led him to Bentley Motors Ltd. in the time of the great W. O. Bentley. He won important motor-races at Brooklands, entered the Motor Trade in which capacity his company, Kevill-Davies and March Ltd., built some interesting special-...

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John Cobb - the other cars

This ‘gentle giant’ was famous for driving giant cars, and was killed in a 250mph jet boat. But he also squeezed into smaller racing cars... John Cobb is remembered for his many successes at Brooklands with a 10-litre Fiat, the 10.5-litre V12 Delage and the enormous 24-litre Napier RaiIton, his cluster of important records with the last-named car at Montlhéry and Utah, and for thrice holding the...

Page 134 of July 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 134, July 2009

VSCC Ladies' Race continues a long tradition

The Vintage Sports-Car Club’s 2009 fixture list includes race meetings at Oulton Park, Mallory Park and Donington circuits, with a ladies’ race at the last named venue. This reminds me of how cautious the Brooklands authorities were over such a race, in spite of the sensible driving of the girls in other clubs’ events. But by 1929 the BARC finally did provide such a race, albeit with more modest...

Page 90 of November 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 90, November 1999

Joan Richmond

Joan Richmond We are sad to hear that Joan Richmond, the brave girl who arrived here before the war to compete in a Monte Carlo Rally and who then stayed to drive Triumph and other cars, including Robert Waddy's fierce 'Fuzzi' in rallies and races, has died in her native Australia. One of her most memorable races was that 1932 JCC 1000 miles two-day Brooklands contest in which she shared a Riley...

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More Citroëns. The Victoria Hotel at Slap Roake, Cambodia is using an 11.4 tourer and (below) a pre-war saloon. The Brooklands Society's Reunion is on June 25. Among Brooklands' one-make days at the Museum are those for Mini, Bentley, Morris/Austin, MGs, Triumph, Aston Martin, AustinHealey and Morgan (apart from the Society's three-wheeler and Invicta assemblies at the Reunion) and an Italian Car...



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Ultimate Porsche: The Most Ruthless Racer Ever Built



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