Articles tagged Tim Birkin

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Go with the Blow

In 1930 Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin defied Bentley by supercharging its beloved 4½. Eighty-four years on, we take an unforgettable ride as the Blower blasts back to the track where its legend was written Writer Rob Widdows We thunder through the night; I cannot feel the top of my head, so fierce is the wind buffeting from the bonnet. I try to snuggle down into the warm footwell but to no avail. On we...

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A world of its own

The first-ever permanent race track was built in Surrey – but did Brooklands rest too long on its laurels?Writer Gordon Cruickshank The Brooklands Gazette. That’s how our life started out, at a time when the world’s first purpose-built race track was still, 17 years on from its construction, the only motor racing track in mainland Britain. After the sun set on the Surrey speedway at the outbreak...

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The Vauxhall 30/98

The Vauxhall 30/98 is not one of the most desirable of cars. You cannot stand beside it (your investment)) and claim "It's an ex-works team car, old boy" or "one of the Le Mans cars" nor even "Tim Birkin, (Tazio Nuvolari), (Louis Chiron) (etc., etc.) drove this one." All you can do is to go motoring in it. When you do this you realise you have not got "an investment", but you have got one of the...

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A Bit Of A Record!

When I received the handout relating to the preview at Brooklands of the new £91,000 Bentley, the Brooklands (see New Cars, page 966), four days before the press embargo was lifted, I read it with interest... until I came to the bits about what Bentleys had done at the old racetrack from which this new model takes its name. Then I was surprised to find that errors had crept in. Writers will...

Page 12 of June 1939 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, June 1939


FROM HOLLAND Sir, My enthusiasm for vintage cars started with motor-cycles, about ten years ago. Being practically penniless then, I had to be satisfied by reading anything I could get about motor-cycles. My first bike was a small Motobecane with beltdrive. Every year I visited the T.T. in Assen and after a while my father helped me to get a 150 c.c. Coventry-Eagle. (the Silent-Superb). But...

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AUGUST, 1944

Sir, I yield pride of place to no one in my admiration of Raymond Mays, but I do think that Wing-Cdr. Lester does the late Murray Jamieson an injustice when he states that Raymond Mays started him on his specialised career. I first met Jamieson in 1920 and we were inseparable companions until I left London in 1936. During this time I saw him grow from a slight, retiring schoolboy into far and...

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GOOD OLD DAYS AT BROOKLANDS CONTINUING SOME RAMBLING REMINISCENCES OF A REGULAR BROOKLANDS HABITUE BEFORE reverting to the old photograph album which has inspired these memories, I must record that I have been taken to task by a reader for two inaccuracies in my first article. The first was that I included the Wolseley Viper among the number of "chaindriven aero-engined monsters," whereas in...

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Crewe Cut

Plucking with painful PR consciousness at every strand that connects the Bentley marque and Brooklands, the Crewe car maker recently launched its replacement for the normally-aspirated Mulsanne and Eight saloons. Entitled the Bentley Brooklands, and utilising the device of a 'Green Label' badge, it represents the company's current approach to manufacturing in hard times. The Brooklands has few...

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Working with John Wyer

The legendary team chief had a fearsome reputation, but Doreen Green was better placed than most to judge his methods   One of my regular correspondents is Michael Green, whose late father Dick was an Aston Martin race mechanic through the 1950s. Michael has a ton of his dad’s tales to tell, but when he told me his mother Doreen was due over from the States, for the Aston celebrations, I had to...

Page 41 of May 1957 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, May 1957


A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters. THE Veteran Car Club has now lifted its ban on events for veteran cars using "basic" petrol and will open the season on May 13/18th with the Norwegian Rally, in which a nominated team will compete. This is to be followed by the German Rally on June 1st/2nd. The first V.C.C. main event in this country will take place on June 8th, with a non-competitive rally...



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