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#1 Lifew12

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:03

Hi all, odd one this but some of you may know more about it than me. Recently found among some old stuff once belonging to father an interesting plaque, tray, call it what you will. It's aluminium, shaped as a representation of Brooklands and contains a relief of a car. Titled 'The Amazing AC Car', it says it was 'the first light car - 1498cc - in the world to cover over 100 miles on one hour' and on the back reads 'this car actually travelled 101.39 miles in one hour on the 24th Nov 1922'.

It's certainly an intereting item, in very good nick, but I know nothing about it. When was it issued? Who would the driver have been - SCH Davis perhaps? Any thoughts or advice would be welcomed.

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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 13:20

The driver was J. A. Joyce. This is what Bill Boddy wrote in his Brooklands history:

The irrepressible Joyce came out again on November 24th [1922] and took the wonderful A.C. over the flying half mile at no less than 108.04 mph, taking also the Light Car Class mile at 104.81 mph, 2-mile at the same speed, 5-mile at 104.16 mph, and 10-mile record at 103.79 mph. Continuing, the 100-mile record fell at 101.35 mph and the "hour" at 101.39 mph, this being the first time a light car had exceeded 100 miles in sixty minutes. The kilometre, 100 and 150-kilometre records were taken on the way - a most outstanding series of achievements.



#3 Lifew12

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 13:22

The driver was J. A. Joyce. This is what Bill Boddy wrote in his Brooklands history:

Thank you - a little research has uncovered that very fact. I sold my copy of the Boddy book a few months back but remember something about this. It's an interesting item.