Articles tagged Harald Penrose

Page 87 of December 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 87, December 1983

Out of the past

An unusual and intriguing correspondence took root in the Daily Telegraph recently. It was started by a Miss E. A. Locke who wrote to say she had held a driving licence for 55 years. This evoked quite a response from other venerable motoring ladies. A Mrs Roche put in a claim on behalf of her grandmother, who has been motoring since June 1911 and still, the letter explained, drives most days at...

Page 67 of November 1969 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, November 1969

Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEWS "British Aviation—The Great War and Armistice", by Harald Penrose. 621 pp., 8 1/5 in. x 5 3/5 in. (Putnam & Co. Ltd, 9, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C.2. 105s.) This is another in Putnam's aviation series—and books about flying and aeroplanes seem to be out-numbering motoring books for the present—and it is the successor to the same author's earlier work "British Aviation...

Page 34 of September 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, September 1974

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters VSCC at Prescott, August 11th: The Vintage SCC was lucky with the weather for its once-a-year hill-climb at the Bugatti OC course at Prescott, the meeting being run off without incident before a slightly smaller "gate" than last year. Once again Alan Cottam's A-type fue-injection, de Dion-axled Connaught made FTD, although it did not better its own VSCC...

Page 88 of February 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 88, February 2002

Riddle of the Mystery Fiat

In the stupendously readable autobiography (Adventure with Fate, Airlife, 1984, ISBN 906393 36 I) of the late Harald Penrose, OBE, C.Eng, RAFO, MRINA, who was the Westland test pilot among other aeronautical accomplishments, there is reference to 'a dashing green Grand Prix Fiat racing car'. It was owned by Major Laurence P Openshaw, who also had a 'glittering twin-cylinder Brough Superior...

Page 77 of May 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 77, May 1975

Aviation Nostalgia

Aviation Nostalgia Sir, How odd that you should review "No Echo in the Sky" by Harald Penrose in February 1975 MOTOR SPORT. Some books make a profound impression on one and they are never forgotten, and for me this was just such a book. I must have read it, borrowed I think from the local library, a year or two after first publication, and I remember its writing as being perhaps the most poetical...

Page 64 of May 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, May 1981

Air Mail

Sir, I was most interested in the March Air article by "P.T.C." — presumably P. T. Capon and wonder if he's related to R.S. Capon the early 1930s Chief of the RAF. The Austin Whippet has a place in my early days. for in 1922-26 we had one in skeleton in the aeronautical lab of the Northampton Engineering College (now City University) and I would sometimes sit in the cockpit dreaming I was a pilot...

Page 116 of June 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 116, June 1981

Book Reviews

"Whatever Happened To The British Motorcycle Industry?" by Bert Hopwood. 315 pp. 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" (Haynes Publishing group Ltd., Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ. £8.95) In view of what looks mighty like an impending take-over of the British Motor Car Industry by the Japanese, if what has happened to our Motorcyle Industry is anything to go by, it could be hoped that such books as these might...

Page 46 of September 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, September 1980

Book reviews

"Brooklands Bikes in the Twenties". by Peter Hartley. 244 pp. 81/2" x 5" (Argue Books Ltd, Argus House, 14 St. James Road, Watford, Herts. £6.95) After Peter Hartley had written and published his pre-1916 Brooklands motorcycle racing history and had promised us the post-war story as its sequel, there was an unhappy delay due to difficulties for Goose, his publisher, and we feared that the full...

Page 62 of February 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, February 1993

Air - The other Courtenay

Following the lifestyle of this other Courtenay evokes more memories of flying as it used to be. The pilot I am recalling is not to be confused with Capt Frank Courtney, who test-flew so many different aeroplanes in the 1920s, including the Cierva and Avro Autogiros, and won the 1920 Aerial Derby in the Martinsyde Semiquaver at 153.45mph (crashing it after finishing but emerging unscathed). He...

Page 95 of December 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 95, December 1982

Avro Information

Sir I thoroughly enjoyed your tribute to the Avro 504 in October's issue but despite your characteristically erudite and thoroughly readable account, I would like to offer a mild challenge on a couple of points. Firstly, you dismiss the 504's martial achievements a little lightly when you claim that "it never did much fighting, although some were converted into single-seaters, given a Lewis...

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