Articles tagged Leslie Porter

Page 88 of July 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 88, July 1996

The Calthorpe

For some unaccountable reason I am apt to think of Calcott, Calthorpe, Clufey and Clyno as the four "Cs" of the vintage light-car era I have had some association with three of them. Of the foursome, the Calthorpe was the most sporting and racing-oriented make; the Clyno was covered in May's MOTOR SPORT. There were others of course, the Crouch for instance, but sufficient for the present. . . The...

Page 100 of October 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, October 2003

Out of the past — a mystery

A reader has asked me to identify two photographs: one is a Coupe de l'Auto Calthorpe with its imposing radiator. The bonnet straps and bolster fuel tank imply a racing car, rebodied later on with mudguards, headlamps and passenger's step. It appears that this is the car driven in the 1908 'Four-Inch' TT race in the IoM by Leslie Porter, who finished fourth. With help from the Midland AC's...

Page 44 of February 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, February 1977

Cars in Books

Sir, As an Ulsterman I had forgotten that the Marquess of Dufferip and Ava who lived at Clandebove, Co. Down, had been killed in living accident. While Harry Ferguson and Miss Lillian Bland are acknowledged to have been the pioneers of flight in Ireland, the Marquess' neighbour, Leslie Porter, was the first person to give a flying display above the streets of Belfast. This was in August 1916 when...

Page 67 of June 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, June 1999

Road rage

Even recent anti-race protests in Australia pale beside the hysteria after the 1903 Paris-Madrid, which ended road-racing for many years. Bill Boddy redresses the balance I do not wish to harp on about the remarkable race which nearly brought motor racing to an end all those long years back. But the Paris to Madrid contest of 1903, over unclosed highways across Europe is sufficiently remarkable,...

Page 84 of June 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 84, June 2003

City to city, dust to dust

The 1903 Paris-Madrid became infamous as 'the race of death' and it was the final nail in the coffin of city-to-city races . The contrasting fortunes of two British entrants are uncovered by Graham Skillen The 1903 Paris-Madrid provided a bloody conclusion to an era of road races that had begun in 1894. These long-distance, city-to-city encounters excited huge interest – and triggered a rapid...

Page 11 of July 1946 archive issue thumbnail Page 11, July 1946

Paris — Bordeaux

by "Baladeur"(Continued from the June issue.) "The start of Paris — Madrid — it is a wonderful picture. Up at the line the busy officials sending off the cars one after the other, the general hubbub cut by the level voice of the timekeeper counting off the remaining seconds to the driver, who leans over to catch the words. Behind him engines running, cutting in and out with a penetrating...


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