Articles tagged Parry Thomas

Page 59 of June 1963 archive issue thumbnail Page 59, June 1963

Rex Judd's Brooklands' re-union

On the evening of April 27th another of Rex Judd's re-unions of Brooklands' motorcycle riders took place, appropriately, at the "Hand and Spear," Weybridge, close to the Track that is now out-of-bounds to those who wrote its history. It was at this hotel that Robert Louis Stevenson stayed while writing "Treasure Island," inspiration coming to him as he walked on Weybridge Heath and over the Locke...

Page 75 of March 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, March 1984

Borgeson on Miller

The history of the Miller racing cars which contributed such an important part to the American racing scene has been fully covered in the book written by Mark Dee, which for some reason or other has not come the way of this reviewer. I have heard enough about Miller history, however, to believe that nothing else on the subject is called for. So it came as a surprise to find an article on various...

Page 27 of February 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, February 1980

Matters of the moment

Television and the motor car "The living need charity more than the dead" — George Arnold, 1834-1865. The motor car preceded television by some forty years, although it might be said that whereas the former was practical transport by about 1905 (earlier if you possessed a Sixty Mercedes or similar), it wasn't until the 1950s or thereabouts, that everyman's TV arrived. Of this we were able to...

Page 76 of March 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, March 1996

The Battle of Small Cars - 60 minutes Flat Out

A decent debate could be centred around which of the records, in the days when racing drivers and record breaking were largely synonymous, was the most difficult to achieve. To run for 24 hours involved the night spell. To keep going at a successful speed-pitch even for one round of the clock called for a high degree of mechanical reliability, although with time in hand repairs were permissible...

Page 75 of January 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, January 1986

Cars I Have Owned And Raced

This article, by R. King-Clark, was the opening chapter in his as yet unpublished book about his extensive flying in his aero-planes, a Miles Gypsy Ill Hawk G-ACT D and a Miles IIA Whitney Straight G-AERS, and his military career but it is so interesting I decided MOTOR SPORT should publish it. Lt Col King-Clark's young brother "Cuffy" was also an enthusiast, running an Ulster A7, a 1928 20/25 hp...

Page 58 of September 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, September 1982

Speed Guarantees

THESE DAYS, with very full performance figures published in road-test reports conducted by what is now termed "the Media", there is no lack of information as to how cars live up to their maker's claims, or fail to do so. But in older times it was difficult for the customers to check these claims and for that reason some manufacturers saw useful publicity in putting out guaranteed speeds for their...

Page 35 of June 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, June 1968

The "Babs" Controversy

On May 3rd the Carmarthen Times published a front-page story headed "Violation of a Dead Man's Wish—Killer Car Must Be Left in Sand Dunes". The car referred to is the 27-litre Liberty-engined Thomas Special "Babs" in which J. G. Parry Thomas was killed on Pendine Sands in March 1927 when trying to break Malcolm Campbell's 174.88-m.p.h. record with the Napier-Campbell. After the tragic accident,...

Page 44 of June 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, June 1975

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A SECTION DEVOTED TO OLD-CAR MATTERS Names on Racing Cars WE SAW recently the present trend for carrying advertising on racing cars swing back on those who use motor racing as their publicity media, when the BBC threatened to abandon their TV coverage of the International Trophy Meeting at Silverstone if the Durex-sponsored Lola T400 ran in the Shellsport European Formula 5000 race. They felt...

Page 30 of February 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, February 1970

Frederick Lionel Rapson - inventor extraordinary

WE LEFT Mr. Rapson in the unenviable position of having submitted his much criticised "unpunctureable" tyres to a 10,000-mile RAC-observed test from which he had to withdraw after 5,732 miles because three of the Rapsons on his Rolls-Royce were suffering from internal defects. Such an outcome, after the blaze of publicity in which his invention had been announced five months before, in July, 1919...

Page 137 of June 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 137, June 2010

No fanfare for Montlhéry's première

In contrast to the opening of Brooklands there was no opening ceremony at Montlhéry. On October 4-5 in 1924 the Montlhéry banked track was ready for racing. The opening race was for cyclecars up to 500cc and had only three entries; the last race was 108 miles long for 750cc cars, which had seven entries – four Austin Sevens from England, a Benjamin and two Sandford three-wheelers. Gordon England...

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