Articles tagged Gordon Bennett

Page 53 of April 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, April 2003

The Seven wonders

Lord Austin spent a lot of money building racing versions of his cars, especially the exotic twin-cam. Did he get a good return on his investment, asks Bill Boddy? Great Britain did not rank very highly in the construction of racing cars for international events before the First World War, the exceptions being Sunbeam and Napier, with Weigel having a short-term try. However, we must not overlook...

Page 53 of February 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, February 1987

Mercedes Postscript

Last month we suggested that the Mercedes Sixty which won the 1903 Gordon Bennett race in Ireland, driven by Camile Jenatzy, was afterwards owned in the vintage years by Sir Stanley Cochrane, the Dublin mineral-water magnate. We have since discovered that one S H Cochrane, presumably the same person, won his class at both the Glenmacnass and Callow hillclimbs in Ireland in 1905 with a 60 hp...

Page 12 of May 1941 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, May 1941

Some Bugatti history

[Ettore Bugatti is one of the best loved and most picturesque characters in the game. Now that his fate is unknown, we can only reverence his past accomplishments. Last month a British private owner, who wished to remain anonymous, wrote in praise of his Bugattis. Here Cecil Clutton gives facts and figures relating to some pre-1914 creations of "Le Patron." —Ed.] THE photographic series of "...

Page 93 of March 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 93, March 2000

Two more of those

Two more of those inexpensive motoring histories which we have previously reviewed favourably, are now available in the Dreolin Irish Transport series. Album 5 is about the 1903 Irish Gordon Bennett race, by Bob Montgomery, and Album 6, by John Moore, covers the Dundrod TTs of 1950-55. These booklets cost £4.50 each, from Tankerdstown, Garristown, Co Meath, Ireland.

Page 107 of June 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 107, June 1997


A reader is anxious to know whether an Austin 7 Ulster owned by his brother was ever raced at Brooklands by Frank Hallam, the Bimingham motor dealer, before he took to driving Alvis cars, from 1927 onwards. Sadly, Reg Nos of competing cars were not always declared on entry forms , and those of the BARC appear to have been scrapped after each season. (I have those only for 1938/39; if all had...

Page 19 of September 1950 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, September 1950

Veteran Types - XXXVI

A 1909 Six-Cylinder Napier To the philosophically minded, the history of the six-cylinder engine over half a century must appear as a most curious illustration of the ebb and llow of human fortune, and incidentally, may add ammunition to the armoury of those who argue that no good thing ever reached the touring car which did not come out of the crucible of racing. For the six-cylinder engine,...

Page 70 of August 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, August 1993

The Piccard-Pictet

Long before I was old enough to drive, let alone own a car, I used to derive enormous pleasure from keeping my eyes open for the more unusual or exciting machines that roamed the roads. I am sure young enthusiasts do exactly that today, but with less reward, perhaps, because cars have lost much of their one-time individuality and fewer enthralling ones are likely to be seen. When I was a boy the...

Page 65 of September 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, September 1993

Mercedes memories

An Editorial in a contemporary about Denis Jenkinson's one-time Giro di Hampshire, in the carefree 1950s, using my road-test cars in the dead of night, recalls some memories. The gullwing 300SL Mercedes-Benz he upended we had taken on test down to Land's End, averaging better than 56 mph over roads covered in places with snow and with many lorries to pass, and including a stop for petrol. From...

Page 37 of December 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 37, December 1956

Brighton browsing

Looking around the veterans at the finish, we noticed the de Dion engine in Fotheringlaam-Parker's 1903 Renault, the snug landaulette body on Watters-Westbrook's 1903 Renault, the side radiators on Collinson's 1902 Renault, authentic Daimler lamps on Smith's 1903 Daimler and solid tyres on several cars, including Bartlett's 1901 Napier. Some veterans carry pet names, Timmis' Gladiator being...

Page 52 of May 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, May 1982

A matter of identity

An attempt to solve a classic motor racing problem "A maze of legend has grown up about the destiny of those five Mercedes cars, at least three of which are known to survive . . a whole chapter could easily be filled with them, which does nothing but bear out Mark Twain's old aphorism about the fragments of the True Cross" — William Court, in "Power and Glory". THE 1914 French Grand Prix at Lyons...



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