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#1 VDP

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 19:55

I m looking more infos about those two drivers.

It seems that the Father of Collier was a reverend and that he started his career with an MG, Frazer Nash, Singer

John Snow heir of Snow stores of Sydney without any trace of racing before 1936 ??

Robert

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#2 john medley

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 20:19

John Snow(born 26 October 1915) competed in trials, hillclimbs and sprints in Australia in late 1934 and 1935 before his first real race, at Spa 24 Hour race in 1936. My book on John Snow is about to go to the printers.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 20:26

Thanks John

Succes for your book, put me on the list  ;)

What isn't clear the meting between him and Collier.


Robert


#4 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 22:27

John, your phone isn't working, is it?

#5 Vitesse2

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 23:17

If I've found the right Michael Collier, he was the son of the Rev. George Victor Collier who lived at Crowell Rectory, Kingston Blount, Oxford in 1931 and had been appointed vicar of Theydon Bois, Essex in 1901. Michael and his wife were guests at the marriage of Elizabeth "Betty" Collier (sister?) to Michael Henry Scott. (The Times 3/1/01, 29/10/31)

A Michael Collier (no relations given) married a Miss Betty Robertson at St Columba's, Pont St, London SW1 on April 30th 1930 (The Times 28/3/30, 29/4/30). As St Columba's is a Scots Presbyterian church, presumably at least one of the couple was Scottish - probably the bride.

A long time afterwards, Jacqueline, daughter of Michael Collier of The White Lodge, Dysons Wood, Oxfordshire, got engaged to Captain JS MacKenzie Young RA (The Times 5/1/63)

Connections only circumstantial of course ...

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 08:02

My apologies, VDP. I didnt realize you sought a connection between the two.
My Snow books goes into much detail, but briefly... Michael Collier had been racing for several years and when entered for Spa 24 Hours1936, things changed and he needed to advertise for a co-driver. The young John Snow answered the ad, spun a story about his(limited) motor sport experience,paid some of the entry fee, and they raced a Singer Replica which blew a head gasket after about 3 hours while doing quite well against for example the Gordini Fiats in their class. The Singer was either retired or disqualified. The two did not race together again but stayed in contact -- Snow arranging sponsored Australian tyres for Collier in various UK/European events for example

Yes, Ray that phone is on the blink. How do I get the temporary number to you?

#7 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 08:33

e.mail as in my signature below, John...

Look forward to hearing.

#8 Shane Bowden

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 21:08

I m looking more infos about those two drivers.

It seems that the Father of Collier was a reverend and that he started his career with an MG, Frazer Nash, Singer

John Snow heir of Snow stores of Sydney without any trace of racing before 1936 ??

Robert


Just received my copy of the John Snow book by John Medley last Fri. As usual can't put it down! Well done John.

#9 terry mcgrath

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 10:40

Just received my copy of the John Snow book by John Medley last Fri. As usual can't put it down! Well done John.

can anyone advise where one can get the book from?
terry

#10 Shane Bowden

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 20:39

Just received my copy of the John Snow book by John Medley last Fri. As usual can't put it down! Well done John.


Hi Terry, I got mine direct from John Medley. If you send me an email I will provide contact details - shane.bowden@selectownerscorp.com.au

#11 Dick Willis

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 01:25

Although I haven't finished reading the book yet, I did sneak a peek at the final chapter hoping to find the answer to "what happened to the Snow family fortune ? "
Perhaps the answer is buried in the mid text somewhere but does anyone have the answer ?
BTW, reading the book is to appreciate the tremendous amount of research the author has carried out and it is a pity that he has only recently been able to get the book printed despite having had it virtually completed for some time, well done John Medley.