Articles tagged Roger Collings

Page 144 of November 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 144, November 2008

An island gathering

Most of us have a ‘fantasy garage’ in our minds, but some people are able to fill that garage for real Motor museums are of great importance for a number of reasons and this country is fortunate in the high quality of the many we have, from Lord Montagu’s National Motor Museum onwards. But in a very different category are the private collections maintained by discerning enthusiasts. One of these...

Page 32 of December 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, December 1970

Veteran-Edwardian-Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters To Brighton by Benz I have been on more Veteran Car Runs to Brighton than it is perhaps expedient to count. But this year, entries being restricted, the Montagu Motor Museum which, in recent years, has generously provided me with a pre-1905 car to drive, was permitted but one vehicle, Lord Montagu's 1899 Daimler Phaeton. So I had no plans and intended to give...

Page 132 of February 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 132, February 2008

Trial and sprint successes

Trial and sprint successes The popular VSCC Welsh Trial in October had a very healthy entry. The Presteigne Trophy was won by Keith Dobson's Austin 7, the Smatcher Trophy by David Leigh's Frazer Nash, and the Harry Bowler Memorial Trophy by Ben Colling's 3/41/2 Bentley. The Judges' Gavel went to Christopher Dallas's A7 Ulster while Anabel Jones navigated Martin Trenchard's 41/2-litre Bentley,...

Page 56 of January 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, January 1992

VSCC at Enstone

Reminder that 1991 was nearly over came when we drove the reliable Ford Sierra XR 4x4 over slippery roads (which made 4WD and ABS especially appreciated) on the 250-mile journey to the Enstone plateau off the A34, where the VSCC holds its December driving tests. It was another day of perfect VSCC weather, the chilled sunshine bracing, the 10 tests faced by an entry of 98 pre-1940 cars, less a few...

Page 65 of December 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, December 1983

Down to the sea in a Mercedes

On the evening prior to the Run I went down to the garage at the Gloucester Hotel in Kensington to look at this fine Mercedes-Simplex which had been brought from Germany, together with the 1899 two-cylinder 10 hp Benz (with its remarkable pointed prow adorned with gilled cooling tubes) that the Museum's Curator, von Pein, was to drive. The engine, of 110 x 140 mm (5,320 cc), has its four side-...

Page 40 of May 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, May 1983

Motoring as it was

A look back to the roads of the 1920s (Continued from last month)  We left "Owen John", whose past motoring fortunes we are pondering, at the 1921 Motor Show. After this he visited the Motorcycle Show, but seems to have been impressed only by the Ner-a-Car and the Peters, apart from being able to tell the vendors that the Hellesen dry-battery lamp he bought the previous year was still working. He...

Page 52 of March 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, March 1987

VSCC Driving Tests

Having held driving-tests at Enstone in December, the Vintage Sports Car Club decided it would like some more in January. It held them at Barton Stacey Camp near Andover. Notwithstanding the weather, 74 entries came in, number one rightly being given to Tanner's impressive 1902 9 1/4-litre racing Mors, although it was a long way from Paris or Vienna. Alas, it retired. Setting off to watch, we...

Page 46 of June 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, June 1980

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

Veteran Edwardian Vintage A SECTION DEVOTED TO OLD-CAR MATTERS VSCC Silverstone — Moffatt (Bugatti) Wins ltala Trophy THE VINTAGE Sports Car Club opened its 1980 racing season at Silverstone (Club circuit) on April 26th, with 153 entries (one fewer than last year), well-filled grandstands, and the rain holding off, a good omen for this Club's future race meetings — at Oulton Park on June 14th (...

Page 72 of May 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 72, May 1995

Building a Land-Zeppelin

Some notes on Roger Collings' 19-litre Mercedes-Maybach During the first years of the 1914/18 war the "Hun" zeppelins which bombed Britain were much feared. They could climb higher than our fighter aeroplanes could reach and so escape destruction. A typical German zeppelin would have six enormous Maybach motors in gondolas, driving the propellers with some 1400hp, with walkways around these...

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)....

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