Articles tagged Gwenda Stewart

Page 69 of January 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 69, January 1995

Vintage Postbag

Brighton Run 1994 Sir, I know that you like to mention the early arrivals at Brighton, and as I will no doubt be listed as a nonfinisher (You were – WB) I thought you might like the following information: I was driving my 1901 single-cylinder, 7½ hp Type-E Renault again this year. After coming in first and second and being disqualified on my last two runs, I had decided that if I was early, then...

Page 30 of April 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, April 1991

Veteran to classic -- match races

Motoring historian Doug Nye reminded us in his 'Skulduggery' feature in Classic & Sportscar recently of a Match Race which took place at the Crystal Palace circuit in October 1938 between Prince 'Bira' and Arthur Dobson, both in ERAs. Doug remarked that most Match Race themes disappointed, this race between 'Bira's three-year old ERA Romulus and Dobson's two-year-old B-type ERA being no...

Page 95 of March 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 95, March 2004

Fast woman and fast cars

Another life story of a racing personality, that of the lady driver Hellé Nice (aka Hélène Delangle), dancer, stripper, sex symbol and rally and racing driver, is well described by the esteemed Miranda Seymour, the biographer of Robert Graves, Mary Shelley, etc. Her new book The Bugatti Queen, In Search of a Motor Racing Legend (Simon & Schuster, ISBN 1 3579 0684 2, £15.99) is doubly welcome...

Page 19 of September 1933 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, September 1933

Rumblings BOANERGES

pumblings 31441 The Napier-Railton. THE event of the month has undoubtedly been the performance of the Napier-Railton in the hands of John Cobb at Brooklands. Everyone has commented upon the unusual steadiness of the car on the track, but this is not so remarkable when one considers that the car was designed and built specially for track work. Very few cars are. The 4i litre Bentley was not even...

Page 5 of April 1936 archive issue thumbnail Page 5, April 1936

"I TOLD YOU SO!"

It has been the policy of this journal to draw attention to various aspects and phases of motorracing which, to us, have appeared to be detrimental to the interests of the sport. Very often the publication of these admonitions and warnings has brought down a storm of criticism on our innocent heads, but happily we have emerged from the ensuing conflicts bloody, but unbowed. Nay, more, the...

Page 50 of May 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, May 1971

Pat Driscoll looks back

The well-known pre-war Austin works driver interviewed by the Editor L. P. Driscoll, "Pat" Driscoll of the Brooklands days, was 70 last year. A bit of a party was arranged for him by his Hayling Island Sailing Club friends; the menu for the occasion was bedecked with a picture of a racing car and the journalists were reminded that Driscoll is very active and a man well worth seeking out. I had...

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...

Page 27 of April 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, April 1978

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 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 58 of June 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, June 1992

Rivals of the famous baby

The famous baby is, of course, the Austin 7, and to suggest that it had rivals in racing in the 750 cc class is something of an exaggeration. Because such rivals were not very conspicuous, although it has to be agreed that the MG Midget had the legs of the Austin 7 in the 1930s. There was some excuse for this, because when it first appeared in competition, such as in the 1930 JCC 'DoubleTwelve'...

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