Articles tagged Michael Christie

Page 45 of October 1955 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, October 1955

What Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang is Really Like

Not Content with Legend, the Editor Takes to the Road in this Fabulous Aeroplane-engined Motor Car Count Zborowski was a picturesque figure of the "gay 'twenties," with his remarkable practical jokes, memorable house-parties, his garages at Higham and his aeroplane-engined Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bangs. Small wonder that legends were woven around these fabulous Brooklands cars — of how each huge...

Page 39 of November 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, November 1956

Earls Court impressions

The 1956 London Motor Show is notable for modified models rather than exciting new cars. British manufacturers have adopted automatic transmission more readily than Continental companies—besides the cars listed on page 683, Daimler, Ford and Morris can provide "automation" on their six-cylinder cars—picking American brains to do so (Rover provides the exception). However, automatic transmissions...

Page 35 of March 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, March 1956

RUMBLINGS

RUMBLINGS Before the war Leslie Bellamy was well known wherever specialbuilders gathered to discuss their art, because not only had he built several specials of his own conception, but I.F.S. FOR THE he supplied independent front suspension for FORD POPULAR Austin Seven and Ford cars. This L.M.B. suspension, which achieved independence very simply by cutting the axle-beam in two and pivoting the...

Page 29 of April 1964 archive issue thumbnail Page 29, April 1964

The E.R.A Club Dinner

The newly-formed E.R.A. Club had a very nostalgic assembly of pre- and post-war E.R.A. drivers at its first dinner, at the Public Schools Club in Piccadilly on March 2nd. Organised by the Hon. Sec., Barry Eastick, himself an ex-E.R.A. owner, A. F. Rivers-Fletcher took the chair and Raymond Mays and Humphrey Cook were guests of honour. Mays delivered a moving speech, recalling how he had initiated...

Page 17 of April 1958 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, April 1958

Springtime activities in the workshops

As Easter approaches, and Goodwood opens the international racing calendar as far as Britain is concerned, there is more and more work going on in the various racing departments, and new cars begin to near completion while old ones are being finished off after a winter overhaul. In the middle of March, in time to get these words into print on April 1st, we made a visit to some of the premises...

Page 15 of October 1957 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, October 1957

Bugatti O.C. Prescott Speed Hill-Climb (Sept. 8th) and European Hill-Climb Championship Events

Fastest time of the day was made by Dick Henderson at the wheel of his Cooper, the third occasion on which he had achieved this, having won at Craigantlet and SheIsley Walsh in previous weeks. Tony Marsh succeeded in retaining his title of Hill-Climb Champion of Great Britain, with 41 points against his nearest rivals, Henderson and Mike Christie. who were equal second. W. G. Sadler, the Canadian...

Page 42 of October 1955 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, October 1955

The Shelsley Walsh Jubilee Hill-Climb

It was a great occasion at Shelsley Wlash on August 28th, for the Golden Jubilee of this classic British speed hill-climb was celebrated in great style. Guests were received by S. H. Newsome, J.P., President of the Midland A.C. in a marquee at the triangle (he drove Warwick and Lea-Francis cars at Brooklands, the Becke Powerplus at Shelsley Walsh, in the nineteen-twenties), amongst them F. S....

Page 14 of November 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, November 2001

Abbott still not ailing

Sir, I should like to follow up on the brief history of the Abbott-Nash recounted by Bill Boddy in the September 2001 issue. From Michael Christie the car passed to Jack Williamson who raced it during 1949. He suffered a major crash at Prescott and the car next surfaced in 1953 when it was sold to David Allen and Monty Vaughan. They rebuilt it as a two-seater and competed with it quite...

Page 32 of June 1959 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, June 1959

First Round of the 1959 Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy Contest/National Prescott Hill-Climb

This took place at the 34th B.A.R.C. Members' Meeting at Goodwood on April 25th, on the usual points system. A splendid entry of 125 cars had been received but, alas, summer had taken place the day before and on race day rain flooded down, driven by a high wind into a lashing fury. Under the circumstances it is a splendid tribute to their enthusiasm that spectators almost filled the stands and...

Page 17 of February 1955 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, February 1955

My year's motoring

The Editor Looks Back on the Cars He Drove During 1954 (Continued from the January issue) About this time Michael Christie, in between making f.t.d. at numerous sprint venues, invited me to the charming village of Haddenham, in Buckinghamshire, to see for myself the magic he instils in formerly-staid Morris Minors by fitting them with his twin-carburettor cylinder heads and higher back-axle...

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