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#51 Vitesse2

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:10

No. 11

And on trade plates as well? I wonder whose? And why are only three of four wheels guarded?

Well, as Doug has dropped a broad hint that it's 1943-ish, I'd guess it could be another Rembrandt meeting-related picture. Or perhaps just a bit of testing on what were by then very quiet public roads. After the basic petrol ration was abolished in mid-1942 you needed a specific authorisation to run any non-military or non-commercial vehicle on the road. The only exception was a trade plate, which could be attached to anything - road registered or not - although some sources suggest that even those had to be authorised journey-by-journey. The plate shown is a red-on-white "limited use" one (rather than a white-on-red "tax exempt") and as the letter codes correspond to the standard licensing authorities it was issued in West Sussex.

At some point I hope to do a study of all the Rembrandt and other similar gatherings which took place in the war years. I haven't read all the reports of them, but I do know that on one occasion in 1944 Peter Monkhouse turned up with his Bugatti T51, having driven it all the way from Watford on trade plates. Apparently a large crowd gathered outside the hotel to watch his departure!


#52 Sharman

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:13

The police mantra was
"White on red straight ahead
Red on White stop on sight"

#53 RA Historian

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 14:46

...and on the right, Dick Thompson?
Vince H.

Fitch is readily recognizable, but I have been puzzled by the other chap. But now that Vince has advanced the name of Dick Thompson, I think that could well be right.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 18:26

Of course, Silverstone! That is Hugh Haskell, who contibuted to Lotus 7/20, especially to its rear suspension, and was invited to drive it during Six Hour relay race at Silverstone in 1962.

I may be getting old and am full of seasonal flu, but I reckon the chap with ACBC is David Buxton. I thought ACBC was the car's driver in that race, but have not checked progs or entries.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 22:48

Definitely looks more like Buxton than any of the other names mentioned

#56 David Birchall

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 19:11

DCN, re. photo 12b, do you have a more complete or different photo of that Invicta? The reason I ask is that the one Invicta in Vancouver has that unusual oil filler in the scuttle and little is known of its early history I believe. :)

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 19:46

Still some typically insightful answers thus far...grandchildren due in 15 minutes...INCOMING! :eek:


Hi Doug!

I hope all is well with the grandchildren.

As there not seems to come any more suggestions to your
questions are you prepared to give us the right answers?


Edited by ChrisJson, 01 January 2013 - 19:47.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 17:16

Photo #3 -- John Fitch and Joe Kennedy?

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:32

Apologies to Doug for muscling in on his excellent conundrums (conundra???) but I have a small WOEI of my own.

Look at this Motor Sport cover from May 1960.

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We all know where but following Mike McKee is Surtees, then Ireland, Bristow, Schell, Halford?, Salvadori... (my guesses) but what on earth is the object just behind Roy?

The driver appears way too big for the car and the car, what I can see of it, looks very odd. If it had been the 1st April I'd have thought someone was having a laugh and had photo-shopped the thing in, but then, this was 1960.

So what on earth is it?

Edited by Barry Boor, 24 April 2013 - 06:33.


#60 Jean L

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:11

Seem it is a Lotus-Climax 12, Hector Graham ?

#61 Barry Boor

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:14

I can't imagine he would have been that far up the field. I wondered if it was the Laystall.

#62 Tim Murray

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:15

I too think it's Henry Taylor in the Laystall.

(Edited to add)

Here's a photo of Taylor in the Laystall at Goodwood. He doesn't seem to fit the cockpit any better:


Edited by Tim Murray, 24 April 2013 - 07:39.

#63 Ted Walker

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:35

Tim Yes its the Laystall Climax. I understand its well on the way to being restored.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:10

If there was room for one more car you would see the Hume-Climax.