Articles tagged Lea-Francis

Page 15 of May 1926 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, May 1926

172 m.p.h. AT PENDINE.

172 m.p.h. AT PENDINE. Just as we are going to press we hear that J. G. P. Thomas, driving " Babs," the 27 litre Liberty-engined monster, has substantially improved on the figures for the flying mile and flying kilometre world's records, previously held by the two Sunbeams. Mr. Thomas's speeds were 170 m.p.h. for the kilometre and 169 m.p.h. for the mile. This performance is all the more...

Page 34 of November 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, November 1977

Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters VSCC— "The Welsh" (October 8 /9th) This is the title by which the Vintage SCC's Presteigne Week-End is now generally known. The formula was as before, however, with the choice of a minimum 200-mile road run on the Saturday and a trial on the Sunday (entry=70) or a Concours d'Elegance and driving-tests at Presteigne/Knighton on the Saturday only (entry=27)....

Page 71 of February 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, February 2003

The British Le Mans

In order to sell more cars, manufacturers seek victory on the racetrack, preferably in a 'prestige event. One of these is the Le Mans 24 hours; another such was the Essex Motor Club's six hours of Brooklands. Bill Boddy explains The French did it first. There's absolutely no doubt about Le Mans being the first race in which strictly scrutinised sporting-type cars were submitted to a stern 24-hour...

Page 21 of September 1947 archive issue thumbnail Page 21, September 1947

Club News

We Hear Group-Captain Tom Evans would appear to possess a most interesting motor-car, in the form of his Centric-supercharged, ex-Donaldson O.E. "30/98" Vauxhall, and, moreover, 'tis said that he has actually made the hydraulic front brakes work superbly! Those pessimists who consider that all the "discoverable" veterans have been found should note that a year ago a 1914 Bebe Peugeot in brand new...

Page 71 of May 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, May 1994

Cars in books

Cars in books Cecil Lewis, still writing at 95, but perhaps best-remembered for his wonderful account of flying with the RFC during the First World War (Sagittarius Rising, published in 1936 by Peter Davies and commended by no less a person than Bernard Shaw, so that it went into at least six impressions), caused me and the LeaFrancis OC some problems when, in a later book Farewell To Wings (...

Page 3 of November 1948 archive issue thumbnail Page 3, November 1948

MATTERS OF THE MOMENT

MATTERS OF THE MOMENT SILVERSTONE There is no doubt about it—our first post-war R.A.C. International Grand Prix at the new Silverstone circuit on October 2nd was an immense success, and must be repeated in 1949. The 31-mi1e course is a very good one, although rather better definement of the corners is called for. The record lap, set by Villoresi's Maserati at 76.82 m.p.h., we may assume by a car...

Page 67 of February 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, February 2002

Sand Blasts

Pre-WWII British Motorsport was forced to the fringes of the country to find venues. Bill Boddy takes us on a trip to the seaside More motor racing on sand courses has occurred than may be generally realised. The inaugural use of such a venue appears to have been in 1904 by the Irish AC on The Velvet Strand', near Dublin, where MacDonald's big Napier beat the Hon. Charles Rolls, on his 100hp Mors...

Page 36 of June 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, June 1980

Gordon Brettell's Pre-war Austin Seven Racing

Gordon Brettell's Pre-war Austin Seven Racing ALTHOUGH the Austin 7 is not raced as much as it was before the war, when it represented almost everyone's first-car and an excellent beginner's competition proposition (apart from which, the factory ran very professional side-valve andtwin-cam racing Austins), there is still much interest in them, and this account of the pre-war competition...

Page 36 of February 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, February 1980

Grovewood Awards

The talented eighteen-year-old New Zealand Formula Three driver Mike Thackwell has become the youngest person ever to win the top Grovewood Motor Racing Award in its sixteen-year history. Thackwell received a cheque for £1,000 from former World Champion John Surtees in a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in December. Second place, and a cheque for £500, went to twenty-six-year-old Birmingham...

Page 24 of January 1939 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, January 1939

RUMBLINGS

This Supercharging SUPERC.HAR( ; I NG of ordinary road-cars is ever a fascinating topic, for all save the very fortunate can do with more urge beneath the throttle foot, and yet not so many wish to go to the trouble of super-tuning or hotting up and the more frequent attention that this entails. Unfortunately, you cannot buy a blower in a big cardboard box, tack it onto your engine, and sail past...

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