Articles tagged Kenneth Thomson

Page 62 of February 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, February 1994

A whiff of old Brooklands

The Young Special When a respected monthly motoring contemporary published a picture of Tom Walker's Young Special at the VSCC Donington Park race meeting last year it bore a caption suggesting that this car has "the double disadvantage of having a Frazer Nash chassis and a one-off engine which was built for Brooklands but never even got off the line there." This caused me to raise an eyebrow (in...

Page 57 of July 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 57, July 2000

The Remarkable

Reid Railton was one of the most brilliant of all pre-War engineers, using the talents of men like John Cobb and Parry THomas to unlock the potential of his designs. Bill Boddy recalls a true genius BSC, educated at Rugby and Manchester University, Reid A Railton was unquestionably one of the greatest and most forward thinking automobile engineers and racing car designers of the pre-World War II...

Page 52 of September 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, September 1992

The Reluctant Hero

1952: the year in which King George VI died, John Derry crashed at the Farnborough Air Show, and Britain first exploded its atomic bomb. The year of Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig, the Lynmouth floods, the Harrow train crash, the introduction of disc brakes. The year in which John Rhodes Cobb, one of Britain's most unsung motorsporting heroes, was killed during an attempt on the water speed...

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