Articles tagged Louis Zborowski

Page 69 of March 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 69, March 2002

Banking on the future

Entrepreneurs had spent 50 years trying to persuade the owners to sell Sitges — to no avail. Their on-site chicken farm was too successful to give up. So why is Peter Schömer on the verge of succeeding where others have failed? He admits the timing was right: the owner had retired, and Catalonia's attitude to its heritage has recently changed. "They really want to protect it now," says Schömer, a...

Page 122 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 122, September 2014

Multiple choice

Continuing a trilogy that chronicles key moments in the sport’s technical evolution, we look back at a race featuring the very best from France, Britain, Italy and America Writer Paul Fearnley Post-war emotion was still raw in France and Mercedes was neither welcome nor invited. It wouldn’t have won in any case. Hyperinflation in Germany, when added to that denial of top-rank European competition...

Page 52 of December 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, December 1972

Cars in Books

I have mostly given fiction a miss in this apparently never-ending series, but I thought Rolls-Royce folk would like the following, from "The Long Good-Bye" by Raymond Chandler (Hamish Hamilton, 1953): Of a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith in America: ". . . over her shoulder she had a blue minx that almost made the Rolls-Royce look like just another automobile. It didn't quite. Nothing can." Then,...

Page 24 of September 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, September 1968

Book Reviews

"Jim Clark—Portrait of a Great Driver", by Graham Gauld. 204 pp. 8 in. x 5½ in. (The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., Hamlyn House, Feltham, Middlesex, England. 21s.) This is not so much a book about the late Jim Clark, as a tribute to him by various people who knew him well, among them being Ian Scott Watson (who set Clark on the motor racing road), and Colin Chapman (who provided him with the...

Page 117 of September 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 117, September 2000

Zborowski's house

Many VSCC members and those with aero-engined car affections should be glad to know that at last the mansion at Bridge near Canterbury which was once the home of Count Louis Zborowski is being restored. It was where his famous Chitty-Bang-Bang and Higham Special racing cars were built. In 1995 two middleaged ladies pooled their resources to purchase the house, long closed from its hospital days,...

Page 42 of April 1966 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, April 1966

Which came first, the Eagle or the Merc ?

Through the thoughtfulness of that great enthusiast and historian, Hugh Conway, we were able to read an article entitled "Reminiscences of 50 Years in the Field of Aircraft Propulsion," written by Sir Roy Fedden, Honorary Fellow, for the journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In the course of this long and interesting article Sir Roy writes about the 1914 G.P. Mercedes racing car, which,...

Page 60 of October 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 60, October 1981

The Brooklands Miller

The heading applies, not to the single-seater Miller that appeared at this year's Brooklands Re-union, which seems to be a post-war replica or rebuild judging by its dating, but to the Miller which Count Louis Zborowski imported in 1923, to which interesting reference is made by Griffith Borgeson in his new Bugatti book (see "Book Reviews"), he being one of the best "automotive-detectives" to sit...

Page 4 of July 1930 archive issue thumbnail Page 4, July 1930

THE GRAND PRIX d'ENDURANCE

THE GRAND PRIX d'ENDURANCE OVERWHELMING BRITISH VICTORY IN THE CLASSIC 24-HOUR RACE. Barnato's Bentley at full speed on the long straight down to Mulsanne. When on the afternoon of Sunday, 22nd June, Woolf Barnato drew up after his run of 24 hours at le Mans, Bentley had scored its fourth successive win in the Grand Prix d'Endurance. During the two rounds of the clock Barnato and Kidston had...

Page 132 of April 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 132, April 2011

Bill Boddy

Charge of the light brigadeIt wasn't all about Outer Circuit monsters: one endurance event proved that small cars could stay the course too Long-distance races at Brooklands were a popular feature as well-established events in the 1920s and '30s, although before the war in 1908 a 100-mile race had been a notable contest, even if it was unfortunately marred by a fatal accident. While avoiding a...

Page 39 of May 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, May 1990

Nothing New..

Writers like Eoin Young, Doug Nye and Michael Riedner have been recalling that splendid Mercedes-Benz transporter built to carry racing cars like the W196 Mercedes quickly to and from the 1950s race circuits. Powered by a 300SL engine, this impressive transporter had a top speed of about 100 mph and accommodation for one W196 or 300 SLR racing car on its flat platform, behind a cab that overhung...

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