Articles tagged Sam Clutton

Page 52 of April 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, April 1981

One Man's Pom

It is not often that cars ranging in age from the Edwardian period through to the present day, in character from the highly specialised sports racing machine to the family car or in construction from the home built special to the mass produced, have the chance to compete against each other on theoretically equal terms. But that is just what happens at the VSCCs “Pomeroy Memorial Trophy...

Page 138 of December 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 138, December 2010

The racing historian, his fighter pilot son, and the Nazi…

One of the most cherished of all the volumes on my library shelves is a first-edition A Record of Motor Racing, published for the Royal Automobile Club by Reveirs Bros of Fetter Lane, London, in 1909. This was the first great British history of motor sport, and its young author, Gerald Rose, put his painstaking training as an engineer into researching and writing it. He addressed the earliest...

Page 98 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, September 2014

Where the grassroots are greener

The 750 Motor Club, founded by our own Bill Boddy, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It continues to thrive thanks to low-cost rules, diversity and – as we found out – good, clean fun Writer Ed Foster, photographer Mitch Pashavair Variety is, according to the dictionary, “the quality or state of being different or diverse; the absence of uniformity or monotony”. There should really be a...

Page 34 of September 1937 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, September 1937

VINTAGE S.C.C. SPEED TRIALS AT CROYDON

VINTAGE &C.C. SPEED TRIALS AT CROYDON The Vintage S.C.C. had a very excellent entry for their speed trials at the Autodrome Driving School at Croydon, so that the rather " eircus-like " nature of the course was all the more regrettable. The finish was marked by an apparently genuine Belisha beacon and the short straight, tackled twice as the cars had to negotiate a roundabout at one end, was...

Page 11 of August 1939 archive issue thumbnail Page 11, August 1939

rumblings

The Fastest Road Car IBELIEVE that a writer of motor notes for one of the daily newspapers wrote of the Invitation Road-Car Race which took place at Brooklands on Whit-Monday that about all it proved was that the fastest road-equipped car was Arthur Dobson's. The majority of students of form with whom I have discussed the matter seem to share the view that this race, or to be more accurate, these...

Page 19 of February 1941 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, February 1941

On developing a sense of proportion

MY good friend "Bunny" Tubbs has a not inconsiderable bee in his bonnet. In saying that, I am referring to a line of thought he has been letting off at me lately on the subject of American automobiles, and not to what goes on in the engine compartment of his D.K.W. . . . It seems that he spent some time motoring a V8 Ford cab about the States and returned to find all of us over here suffering...

Page 9 of April 1943 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, April 1943

Cars I have owned

C. W. P. Hampton, well-known member of the Bugatti Owners' Club and Vintage S.C.C., and now a lieutenant in the Guards, continues the story of his 22 cars in 12 years' ownership, and expresses a decided preference for Continental productions. The Editor and proprietor of this paper do not necessarily endorse his views.—Ed. In 1937 I decided to have a crack at winning the Bugatti Owners Club's...

Page 64 of April 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, April 1989

No opposition!

Sir, With respect to Sam Clutton (Letters, Motor Sport, February 1989), the Type 35B Bugatti won races for reasons other than its "enormous torque". Its torque curve was impressive, but the amount derived from the fact that its 2.3-litre engine was substantially the largest Grand Prix unit on the circuits at the time. The victories came because the car: a) had a brilliant chassis, b) ran in the...

Page 17 of August 1939 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, August 1939

HERTS COUNTY A & A.C.

HERTS COUNTY A & A.C. Speed Trials were held at Beechwood, were at Beechwood, near Markyate on June 25th. Fastest time of the day went to R. M. Cowell, whose racing 14-litre Alta clocked 18.6 secs., a time just outside the course record. The best club member was J. P. Clowes, who recorded 19.8 secs. with a McEvoy-Special. Bowles's Austin Seven won the 850 c.c. sports class, Willis (blown 747...

Page 58 of June 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, June 1991

Veteran to classic -- VSCC Silverstone

Vintage Sports-Car Club racing opened at a cold "new Silverstone" on April 20, using the 1.7-mile National circuit, the 10-race programme oversubscribed, with 286 entrants. After the customary 30 minute High Speed Trial, in which only Walker's 1935 Alvis retired and Bowles' TT Ford V8, Mrs Monro's big Alvis and Beattie's Frazer Nash failed to attain their qualifying requirements, the Fox &...

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