Posted 18 April 2003 - 06:00
Would anyone have any more information on Kennington's racing career or his personal background?
Posted 20 April 2003 - 19:07
1) Owen Finch, who ran Weybridge Motors (near Brooklands) in partnership with the wealthy Frank Kennington. (Gransden 1946)
2) A sports one, K3 752, was driven by wealthy Frank Kennington, who was partner of Owen Finch in Weybridge Motors. (Manx Cup 1947)
3) ”sometimes Kennington appears to suffer from excess of zeal”. (Prescott 1947)
Owen Finch raced two vintage Amilcars until the 50s.
I have a note about Kennington reading "Canadian?" . Maybe you might help with that, Mike.
Posted 21 April 2003 - 05:20
Thank you for saving this thread! I do not know if Frank Kennington was a Canadian or not. He is identified as such in Jimmy Piget's race winners booklet, which is what led me to start this thread. I was hoping that someone could tell me. Do you recall the source of your note?
Following up on Doug Nye's reference to Kennington's father, I found a webpage on the history of Vauxhall. It lists a Walter O. Kennington as the General Manager of Vauxhall in 1927-28 and as a member of its board through 1940-41. He may have been there longer, but that is as far as the webpage goes. The father could well have been a Canadian. There were strong ties between GM's British and Canadian operations. If father and son were Canadian, they had been living in Britain for at least twenty years by the late 1940s.
Posted 21 April 2003 - 05:32
He won the sports car class at the Prescott Hillclimb on August 31 and was placed fourth equal in class at the Bouley Bay Hillclimb on October 17. At both events he was driving a 1-litre supercharged MG.
He finished third in the 1949 Manx Cup run on the Douglas circuit, Isle of Man on May 26. He was driving an 1100cc Cisitalia.
Posted 22 April 2003 - 18:17
Originally posted by m.tanney
I do not know if Frank Kennington was a Canadian or not. He is identified as such in Jimmy Piget's race winners booklet...
Jimmy tells me that he thinks that the reference to Kennington as a Canadian may have come from Doug Nye's Cooper Cars book. Can anyone confirm this? If it was from Doug's book, I'll ask the man himself.
Posted 25 April 2003 - 16:28
Some more information about his racing career in top of Milan's 1946 results:
In 1947 was refused an entry at Reims, Coupe des Petites Cylindrées, since his Magnette looked too much as a sports car, which it was as a matter of fact. In the Magnette he dnf the Manx cup, was 6th at Prescott in the sports car class on July 7th. In 1948 he used again the Magnette. He dns at Manx, 2nd at Goodwood, Sept 18th, sixth race. His Magnette was raced in the I. o.M. by some John Marshall instead, (10th).
In 1949 he used the ex-Schell Cisitalia. He was 2nd at Goodwood Lavant Cup Easter Meeting, and won the Easter handicap . He was also dnf at Blandford on Aug. 27th, 3rd in the Manx Cup, dnf at goodwood in the Madgwick Cup.
I do not have British hillclimb results for 48 and 49.
Posted 25 April 2003 - 17:05
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Posted 28 April 2003 - 21:39
With regard to Kennington's father, can anyone recommend a good history of Vauxhall, one that looks at the corporate side?
Posted 10 May 2003 - 15:03
A couple bits of further information :-
The 1950 VSCC Members List shows F.W. Kennington's address as 56, Baker Street, Weybridge.
Was this the address of Weybridge Motors?
Mike Hawke's 1992 book on the MG K3 "K3 Dossier" gives a good listing of Kennington' appearances in his two MG K3's K3752 and K3022.
Let me know if you'd like a copy.
Posted 11 May 2003 - 15:10
Originally posted by Adam F
Mike Hawke's 1992 book on the MG K3 "K3 Dossier" gives a good listing of Kennington' appearances in his two MG K3's K3752 and K3022. Let me know if you'd like a copy.
Thank you, Adam. Yes, I would be very interested in seeing that list.
Posted 15 July 2003 - 16:31
A bit more info on Frank Kennington........
In 1949 he was shown as a director of R.J. Shanks & Co. Ltd. - Automobile Engineers, of Baker Street, Weybridge, possibly a successor to Weybridge Motors?. The other directors were O.A.F. (Owen) Finch and J.M. Button.
I also have a small photo of him, which I'll e-mail to you.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 03:03
Anecdotal complications there are.
Another Cisitalia D46 "ex Australia" in the USA has claimed Duntov racing history. Aside from Shelsley, I have not found another record for Duntov racing in a Cisitalia D46. Photos show that the Harry Schell/Duntov Shelsley Walsh 1948 car is clearly not that "other" car and there is good evidence that another very significant French history belongs to that "other" car. However, a car in France also claims to have ownership history that alludes to the same racing history that is likely for this other car that is ex-Australia.
Three other Cisitalia D46 in France have claimed "Harry Schell" ownership in the past. I'm pretty sure that Schell (his mother?) had at least two Cisitalia D46 cars but I am doubtful that there were four. However, I am open to the opinions of others. They did go through quite a number of cars.
Interestingly, there is a photo of Schell racing at Remparts in 1948 in a car that looks suspiciously like the "Kennington" car. In short, to sort all of this out, I would very much like to generate as many photographic references to Schell and Kennington in Cisitalia D46 racing cars. For that matter, any Cisitalia D46 photo that can be identified even vaguely would be of some interest.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:12
Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:37
"I went to the Isle of Man to race my K3 Magnette and it was my first International event. On the first practice session I ended up fastest and was approached afterwards by Earl Howe who, I think, was driving his ERA. " Excellent performance Kennington, I am having cocktails this evening would you like to join us ?". I thought, I have arrived, Earl Howe is inviting me to his private cocktail party. So I went along and was given a gin and tonic and had a great time speaking to all the drivers. Earl Howe introduced me to a couple of journalists and I was telling them about myself when one of them asked me what gear I used for Onchan Hairpin. Onchan Hairpin ?.....Onchan Hairpin....I don't remember an Onchan hairpin. It then appeared that I had made a mistake on my lap and taken the wrong road and cut out part of the circuit. At this Earl Howe came over, grabbed my gin and tonic and he never spoke to me again ! "
Posted 01 March 2007 - 09:28
The reason that there is a supposedly third "Schell's Cisitalia", is, I believe, that Raymond de Saugé's car (010 by the same sources) was entered by Lucy Schell during 1947. Harry drove this car at the Bremgarten in 1947.
de Saugé's was the first D46 sold to a private entrant and was already raced in 1946 at Mantua and Barcelona. In 1948 its engine was grafted into an Italian sports car chassis (a 1939 Volpini-Colli) also purchased by de Saugé in 1946.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 10:35
I have some photos of Schell's Cisitalias which may be of interest to you.
I have sent you a PM.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 12:31
I can't find a reference, but I have an idea that Frank's was a sort of works car - this would fit with Frank in Weybridge and Paul in Twickenham.
Results I have are:
DNQ at the International Trophy, Silverstone, 26/08
R at Goodwood 30/09
(result not known) in Heat 2, Castle Combe, 7/10
3rd in the Final of the Junior Race Final, Brands Hatch, 14/10
In the last, Frank's car was driven by Biddie Shields in the Ladies Race