Articles tagged Tom Lightfoot

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 66 of December 1976 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, December 1976

Doing the Brighton Run on a 1902 Beaufort

It is the in-thing these days to do the Brighton Run for Veteran Cars, now called the RAC Commemoration Run, with no mention of the Veteran Car Club on plaque or medal, although it was the latter club that took the organisation out of the hands of a well-known motoring magazine and long ago set it on the path to its present International status. Back in 1930 Sammy Davis, before driving his 1897...

Page 29 of November 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 29, November 1982

matters of moment

MATTERS OF MOMENT 1111 SHOWTIME SOLILOQUY Although less so than in Olympian and Earls Court times, the British Motor Show, which concluded recently in Birmingham, marks the near-close of another momentous motoring year. It has been a year that will long be remembered in general terms as well as in a motoring context. Nineteen-eighty-two saw the successful conclusion of a bloody war to regain...

Page 35 of December 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, December 1986

Veteran to Classic: VSCC Welsh Trial

The popularity of this annual two-day event was assured before it started, with 90 competitors wanting to have a go, cut down to just over 80 for organisational practicality, although there were not enough to run the one-time Saturday driving-tests. So it started, after an obligatory 100-mile run, from the Rhydspence Inn, where free coffee had been laid on, a later promise being two barrels of...

Page 57 of December 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 57, December 1977

Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters The Brighton Run (November 6th) Once again Renault Ltd. sponsored another successful RAC Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton, which brought in an entry of 278 pre-1905 automobiles, was very keenly supported by the public, who lined the route from Hyde Park to the Pylons, and which enjoyed a pleasantly summery day of sunshine and blue skies after torrential...

Page 25 of March 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 25, March 1981

Matters of Moment

Car Taxation In last month's Editorial we expressed the hope that there will not be an increase in car-tax fees with the April Budget, to compensate for the loss of revenue to the Government from car-licence evasion, which the Transport Minister Mr. Norman Fowler is obviously so concerned about. Yet optimism under this heading is curbed by the recent increase in American fuel-prices and the ever-...

Page 43 of August 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, August 1977

Vintage Postbag

Not a Marendaz Shortcoming Sir, I have been asked to write to you in reply to the two letters in your April and June issues which you have captioned "A Marendaz Shortcoming" - that I am assured is not a term used by Dr. Brown Kelly, the author of the letter you published in April. Firstly I am, as others have described so in books and articles, "Of the Heroic Age", as Rolls, Austin, Morris,...

Page 42 of February 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, February 1978

My Year's Motoring

The Editor Looks Back on the Cars He Drove During 1977 Nineteen-seventy-seven was an enjoyable motoring year, even if some of the faster, better motor cars eluded me just as it is becoming increasingly apparent to me that ever-younger Policemen are being recruited these days, and that old standards are fast vanishing, so do I accept that road-testing and otherwise sampling a mere three-dozen or...

Page 24 of September 1961 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, September 1961

Factory Methods in the Vintage Era

No.6 : FORD Whereas makes formerly dealt with in this series have been built largely by hand in small numbers and therefore rank as cars to delight present-day vintage-car enthusiasts, for many years prior to 1929 the Ford had been mass-produced and consequently is not quite in the same category. However, some vintage car folk regard all old cars as of interest and as several model-A Fords can be...

Page 61 of December 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 61, December 1992

Obituary

How sad that Tom Lightfoot has died, aged 81. A jeweller, he will be known to so many veteran car folk, especially members of the VCC of GB. Tom loved his high-sided 1902 Mercedes with 1912 two-seater sports body which he drove fast on so many Brighton Runs. Indeed, he was a capable driver of such cars, causing me to nickname him "leadfoot". Appropriately, his house was called Toad Hail. His...

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