Articles tagged John Cobb

Page 167 of December 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 167, December 2014

Historic scene with Gordon Cruickshank

Man behind the Legends A day with Duncan Wiltshire, organiser of the prestigious Le Mans support event On the morning of the most famous race in the world, there’s a highly prestigious historic event called Le Mans Legends. But it’s not run by the ACO; it’s run by two guys in an old fire station in Warwickshire. Motor Racing Legends is the outfit, now well known for historic racing series and...

Page 39 of August 1963 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, August 1963

GO 52

On the occasion of the S.T.D. Register Wolverhampton Rally I had the privilege of being invited to drive there and back, from Kingston Blount, in Talbot 105 Team Car No. 2, the celebrated "GO 52." This splendid 1931 sports/racing car has been painstakingly restored by A. Blight. Indeed, he also owns GO 53, having bought both cars from Charles Mortimer who, having acquired them, quickly passed...

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V-E-V Miscellany

For the sake of history, in my review of Rene Dreyfus' excellent book "My Two Lives", in the April issue, I wrongly referred to him racing for Harry Schell when what I intended was Laurie Schell, and Le Bergue should, of course, have been Le Begue; both were correct in the book. Incidentally, D.S.J. reminds me that Harry was Laurie Schell's elder son and his younger son, Philippe, still lives in...

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A world of its own

The first-ever permanent race track was built in Surrey – but did Brooklands rest too long on its laurels?Writer Gordon Cruickshank The Brooklands Gazette. That’s how our life started out, at a time when the world’s first purpose-built race track was still, 17 years on from its construction, the only motor racing track in mainland Britain. After the sun set on the Surrey speedway at the outbreak...

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More than a fairey tale

How ingenuity turned an elderly Alfa Romeo into an unlikely, high-speed star of the 1930s Chris Staniland raced both motorcycles and cars while working as chief test pilot for Fairey Aviation. He drove an elderly 2.9 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto cared for by Chertsey motor engineer J S Worters. Staniland knew High Duty Alloys and Col Devereux (see left) through both flying and racing, and in 1936...

Page 22 of February 1953 archive issue thumbnail Page 22, February 1953

Enthusiasts Directory: No. 5 -- Branded petrol

Introduction From February 1st  onwards the lot of sports-car and high-performance car users will be a happier one, for branded petrol will be available again for the first time since before World War II, and with it higher octane grades of good quality fuel in place of the universal, paraffin-like "Pool" with which we have put up for over 13 years. Moreover, competition will again be keen...

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Jim Russell wins wet British Empire Trophy Race

The British Empire Trophy, one of Britain's oldest races has been held yearly except for the war years since 1932, but has seldom proved a racing or commercial success. The latest in the series, held as a F2 race on Saturday, April 11th, did little to disprove this reputation. The first Empire Trophy race was won by John Cobb in the 10-1/2-litre Delage on the Brooklands Outer Circuit at 126.36 m....

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Matters of moment

Another technological breakthrough In technical advancement the Motor Industry is certainly not stagnant and it might well be said that seldom has the ordinary buying public had a wider or more exciting choice of new cars of all kinds. What is more, we are now witnessing another technological breakthrough of considerable significance. There have been similar advances in the past, when items of...

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The Reminiscences of Reggie Tongue

A most absorbing account, by the well-known racing driver, of the cars which have served him both in races and on the road. My first real, interest in motor cars began at a time when my father used to recount stories to me of the Bentley Boys at Le Mans. A time when British motor racing was supreme. How I admired, as a boy, the stories of Birkin, Sammy Davis, Woolf Barnato, Benjafield, Duller,...

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John Cobb

It is tragic that John Cobb's speed career should be terminated by an accident to his jet speedboat, as he attained the distinction of being the first man to achieve 200 m.p.h. on the water. John Rhodes Cobb was born in Surrey in 1899 and educated at Eton and Cambridge. He began his racing career in Warde's 10-litre chain-drive Fiat at Brooklands, and raced in a far greater number of makes than...



December 2019
Ford vs Ferrari: The Le Mans '66 Film Special



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