A lengthy title but just some of the events held in The Malay Federated States (Malaya) and Singapore in the 1930's,1940's and 1950's.
I am putting together details of all motor racing in this area from late 1920's on to the mid 1960's and looking for any an all details of event, drivers and cars that competed.
I am also very interested to get copies of the actual race programmes and photos of the car badges of the various motoring organisations ie Singapore Motor Club.
Part of the interest is to finalize the Jaguar entrants for the second volume of our Jaguar XK book which will include all the race histories.
One person who I would love to find out more about is Brian R. Hawes a Malayan Airways Pilot who ran an XK120 at the Gap Hill Climb as early as October 1950. We have have not been able to identify this car and given the date and being RHD it can only be one of about 80 cars. By July 1951 Brian had fitted a monoposto body to the chassis but Brian was killed in a race crash in another racecar the Kudensay Special at the Gap Hill Climb in May 1952. The XK120 had the standard bodywork refitted and was sold, the special body went to Freddie Pope and was used both on Popes XK120 and later his XK140 including being run at the Macau GP
I do have a lot of good info in that the Straits times newspaper is accessible on line and I have copies of a lot of Neil Moncreiff's records and I have all the original negatives from noted late 50's local photographer Loris J.Goring. Unfortunately none of the Malayan newspapers appear to be on line and I am not even sure what papers are around and where yet to source them.
I would love to hear from anyone interested in motorsport in the far east and that includes Hong Kong and Japan
Edited by terry mcgrath, 28 January 2014 - 03:27.