Articles tagged John Britten

Page 85 of August 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 85, August 1977

Quick Land-Rovers

Sir, I pen the following with the dual purpose of adding humour as requested and affording further information on the subject of quick Land-Rovers. There have been, it would seem, Land-Rovers even quicker than the 101 observed by John Britten on the M3 and, having suggested that, I must of course elaborate. Some few months ago there was serialised in one of our Cumbrian newspapers an account of...

Page 93 of July 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 93, July 1977

That Quick Land Rover

Sir, On reading the letter from John Britten I assume the quick Land Rover he saw on the M3 was a 101. The 101 is a forward-control Land Rover built specially for the Army and RAF; it has no ties with the old forward control Land Rover. Its type number comes from its t101t in. wheelbase. It uses the Range Rover engine and gearbox, Salisbury axles and leaf springs. Production ceased at the end of...

Page 122 of December 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 122, December 2012


THE LAIR OF T HFLAS \AS A cheery evening in the bar led to a challenge what would be the daffest racer? GORDON CRUICKSHANK I. ntrigued by anyone who can make a Nash Metropolitan go quite so fast in the St Mary's Trophy, I'm threading through the deep-hedged lanes of Sussex, convinced I'm in the wrong place, looking for CCK Historic. Then, through a narrow gate, I spy a race-prepped Volvo PV544...

Page 23 of February 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 23, February 2010

In brief

* John Britten (1931-2009), a key player in the rescue of four British tracks under the MotorSport Vision banner, has died aged 78. Britten was a business partner to Jonathan Palmer when MSV acquired Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park in 2004. “John played an active role in turning the circuits business round,” said Palmer. Having raced MG Midgets in the ’60s, Britten went on...

Page 16 of February 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 16, February 2004

British tracks to keep on racing

The motorsport futures of four major British motor racing tracks have been secured in a deal worth an estimated £30 million. The new owner of Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton is MotorSport Vision Ltd (MSV), a company created by ex Formula One star Dr Jonathan Palmer and two businessmen/enthusiasts, Peter Ogden and John Britten. Britten is a former MG and Morgan racer who...

Page 79 of May 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 79, May 1973

No gloom

Sir, How pleasant to find Motor Sport bashing the prophets of doom! My motoring days began in the mid-fifties with a completely reliable BSA Bantam which carried my own 13 stone plus my wife's 7 stone, agonisingly slowly, for over 30,000 miles before I progressed to a 250-c.c. C 11G from the same works. Despite my comparative poverty in those days I always enjoyed reading your publication month...

Page 41 of December 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, December 2005

Jonathan Palmer's Brands top five

My first drive on a circuit: "At 17 I took myself along to Brands for an 'Initial Trial' event. I had an instructor called Syd Fox -- a big Formula Ford star to me! I still have the chit upon which he wrote. 'Too quick for first time but lots of potential'. He gave me 91 per cent." Failing scrutineering with my Sprite: "My Frogeye Sprite was run on a student grant - even the brake pads came from...

Page 40 of April 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, April 2013


The Scheckter effect Sir, I enjoyed the recent issue with Jody Scheckter as guest editor. In 1988, at a David Bowie concert in Atlanta, I happened to notice Jody standing outside the venue. I had always been a fan of his and he appeared surprised when I approached him to introduce myself. Apparently he was able to live relatively unrecognised here in the South. At the time I was writing for a...

Page 84 of June 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 84, June 1977

That V8 Land-Rover

Sir, The Land-Rover which passed John Britten's Peugeot on M3 (Letters: May 1977) was neither secret nor even very new. The Army put out a requirement for a vehicle to tow their (then - not now) secret 105 m.m. Light Gun, and Rover's contender for the job was shown at the Commercial Show in 1972. They won the contract against a strong challenge from Volvo, and first deliveries were made at the...

Page 34 of March 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, March 2010

Bond Bug vs bus

Sir, I was saddened to read of John Britten’s passing in your last issue. John was my first real mentor – I was 20 years old and he hired me to sell sports cars under the management of Chris Alford (now a well-known racer and long-time BRDC member, as was John). Of the many cars John drove, and one not mentioned, was the futuristic Bond Bug. An unlikely contender I know, but from time to time...



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100 years, three cars, one epic track test



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