Posted 07 October 2008 - 15:58
According to the book "Targa Florio" by David Owen, the only informations we have are that Snipe was the nephew of a backer (John Bennett of Newton&Bennett ?) of one of Ceirano's many motor manufacturing ventures, SCAT (Società Cairano Automobili Torino) and that in the early years of the past Century he was employed as a test-driver at the Turin factory.
Cyril Snipe won the Targa Florio, also named Giro di Sicilia which happened on 25 and 26 May 1912. A 965 kms clockwise race circling the whole of the island (Palermo-Messina-Catania-Siracusa-Ragusa-Gela-Agrigento-Marsala-Trapani-Palermo). Snipe with co-driver Pedrini won in a SCAT, in 24h37'39". There was a field of 26 cars, including Lancia, Isotta-Fraschini, Fiat, Alfa and others.
Snipe competed again in the 1913 Targa Florio race in a SCAT and in 1919 in a British Eric-Campbell, retired in both the occasions.
It is not clear if Snipe later competed at Brooklands or in any other British circuit.
No references, no bio notes, nothing.
A very important name in motorsport history in my opinion, who seems to be almost forgotten.
Posted 07 October 2008 - 16:19
All that means is that Bill didn't give him a mention, not that he didn't race there.
The Newton Bennett connection with SCAT would be worth trying: I'll ask a man I know . . . .
Posted 07 October 2008 - 17:25
I also have him listed as a class-winner in the 1910 Modena sprint, on that occasion in a SPA
None of which helps with his background
Posted 07 October 2008 - 17:33
The family were living in Tamworth(Staffs) at the time of the 1901 census.
Cyril married Blanche L Blainey in 1911 in Salford. She died 1918 in Portsmouth aged 28.
He married again in 1922 to Emily Hendrey (or Moreton) in Paddington.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 22:34
It would also be good to find an accurate map showing the route taken by the first Giro, and in particluar to pinpoint the location of the famous stop. There are several possible locations mentioned in the many reports I have read, but the best bet seems to be Trapani, which I believe was the location of the last checkpoint on the Giro before the finish at the Palazzo Villarosa in Palermo.
I look forward to anything TNFrs can offer in the way of further information or leads.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 15:09