Articles tagged Stanley Mann

Page 96 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 96, September 2014

The prince and the palace coup

He once spent the night in a goods yard in his Austin Maxi, but then the Queen’s cousin is a celebrated car buff. Now he’s heading an invasion of Hampton Court Palace. Ahead of September’s prestige concours, we spoke to Prince Michael of Kent Writer Gordon Cruickshank If you plotted the venues for the grander concours d’élégance events you’d have a map of some beautiful places: Venice, Pebble...

Page 111 of June 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 111, June 1995

90th Birthday Party

Guests from racing and the motor industry assembled at Easenhall, Warks, in late April for a lunch to celebrate the 90th birthday of Wally Hassan OBE. The setting was the splendid Town Thorns retirement home run by BEN, the motor industry benevolent organisation, and on the lush lawn were gathered Bentleys, Jaguars, an SS, and Jack Brabham's Championship-winning Cooper, with all of which the...

Page 65 of March 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, March 1995

Film Review

BBC 2, in The Last Machine, featuring early cinema films, made the point that then accuracy was not important, but that today it is. A view apparently not shared by BBC 1, judging by its Sir Henry Birkin motor-racing drama for its Heroes and Villains series. Rowan Atkinson, who is considered funny as "Mr Bean", just managed not to appear ridiculous as the aristocratic racing baronet, but W...

Page 59 of November 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 59, November 1987

VSCC Welsh Trial

Mud and Hills The VSCC held another highly successful Welsh Two-Day Trial, with the usual 100-mile run in, on October 10-11, although heavy rain beforehand made the seventeen hills difficult. In the starting-area at Presteigne, focal point of the first of these events back in 1939, 24 of the 83 cars entered were A7s (of the usual variety, from Chummy to Ulster, and including Gunn's Taylor two-...

Page 56 of February 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, February 1988

Road test: 8-litre Bentley special

A gentle giant No, a car like this never ran at Brooklands. It is not the final realisation of some pre-war visionary's plan; it is not inspired by a long-lost original, nor has it any racing history of its own — yet. This 8-litre Bentley is that most contentious of beasts, the newly-built vintage special — an amalgam of components carefully chosen by specialists in the marque from the whole...

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 &...

Page 67 of August 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, August 1987

Veteran to classic

Brooklands reunion Following the VSCC meeting at Silverstone, we drove to Weybridge for the Brooklands Society Annual Reunion. Staying at the famous Hand & Spear, we found Mr and Mrs Owen Wyn Owen, who had brought "Babs" on its trailer behind a Range Rover. The 27-litre Liberty-engined Parry Thomas LSR car ran on the banking once or twice, but it was not in a very good mood, a broken gearbox...

Page 62 of June 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, June 1997

Works Experience

Far from being just another vintage Bentley, this works 3-litre is the only intact survivor of the infamous 1927 Le Mans White House crash. Andrew Frankel jumps in and steps back The evidence is all over the car: The oil filler outside the bonnet, the monstrous rear fuel tank, the twin rear shock absorbers, the short bench where you'd expect a rear seat, the brake adjustment control in the...

Page 92 of July 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 92, July 1995

V-to-C Miscellany

It is well-known that Rolls Royce operated a Chauffeurs' School for those employed to drive their cars, and that similar schools on a lesser scale were run by a few other companies. In researching the Berliet we came upon a 1907 catalogue in which it was mentioned that in 1906 the Company had opened a school near the Lyon factory, where drivers and future employees were trained, and which "was...

Page 46 of September 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, September 1990

Rolls-Royce and the 8-litre Bentley

It is well known that in 1930 Rolls-Royce was alarmed at the performance and appeal of WO Bentley's fine 8-litre model, which was in direct competition with its Phantom II Rolls-Royce. This was overcome by buying the financially ailing Bentley Motors in a carefully disguised deal, and later on by refusing to let WO use his name on a Lagonda he had designed. The closure of the old Bentley Motors...

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