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#51 VDP

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 20:29

Dudley Froy entered an Invicta and drove Riley but apart that ?

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#52 Vitesse2

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 20:39

Froy was a very versatile driver, who ran all sorts of cars at Brooklands, starting with an old Wolseley Moth in 1927. Previously he had been employed by JG Parry Thomas. By 1928 he was driving for both Captain Alastair Miller (21.5 litre Benz and Delage I) and Woolf Barnato. In 1930 he purchased the ex-Howey Leyland-Thomas 2, which he converted back from a fabric-bodied tourer to a racing car by fitting the body from Parry Thomas' Leyland-Thomas 1 (which was also now in the process of conversion to a road car) - this car later passed to Tommy and Elsie Wisdom.

In 1934 he shared the Barnato-Hassan Special with Earl Howe in the BRDC 500 and at the end of that season even took part in a 1000 mile trial of a Fiat Balilla on the Mountain Circuit: 855 laps! He seems to have retired from racing after the 1935 '500' apart from a one-off appearance in the 1938 Nuffield Trophy at Donington in something called the Phoenix Special.

In 1934 he was also declared bankrupt - at the time he was resident at 16 Hereford House, Fulham Rd, London.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 12:53

I m currently looking info about those drivers

N BLACK R GIBSON MG MIDGET J 4C 746
A DENLY M GALLEZ MG MIDGET J 4C 746
JL. FORD MH. BAUMER MG MIDGET J 4C 746

Those drivers were entered at Spa but were DNA in 1933

Robert


#54 Marc Ceulemans

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 13:17

I m currently looking info about those drivers

N BLACK R GIBSON MG MIDGET J 4C 746
A DENLY M GALLEZ MG MIDGET J 4C 746
JL. FORD MH. BAUMER MG MIDGET J 4C 746

Those drivers were entered at Spa but were DNA in 1933

Robert


Gallez is from Belgium. We are more interested by the 5 others, from GB

Norman Black, MG driver in the 30's, also seen after the war at Monthléry or Monte-Carlo Rally.
Ron Gibson, motorcyclist in the 20's (Sunbeam), then MG Specialist.
Albert "Bert" Denly, motorcyclist in the 20's, Brookland and Word Record's specialist, then G. Eyston's friend and personal mechanic.
John Ludovic Ford, Le Mans (32 - 35), TT, Brooklands, Klausen, Manning Beg,... with MG and Alta.
Maurice Baumer, seen at Le Mans from 1932 to 1935.

#55 Hugo Boecker

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 13:25

I m currently looking info about those drivers

N BLACK R GIBSON MG MIDGET J 4C 746
A DENLY M GALLEZ MG MIDGET J 4C 746
JL. FORD MH. BAUMER MG MIDGET J 4C 746

Those drivers were entered at Spa but were DNA in 1933

Robert

Norman Black was winner of the TT at Ards in 1931 and later owned and raced ERA R3A He and Gibson were often paired in a MG.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 20:48

http://www.normanblack.150m.com/

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Edited by Vitesse2, 22 August 2009 - 20:48.


#57 Marc Ceulemans

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 00:17

http://www.normanblack.150m.com/

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great link !

#58 VDP

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 18:18

Thanks Richard


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 20:04

Watson was killed in a fiery smash at Brooklands in the 1933 500 Miles. I'm not sure if Elwes raced again after that. At the inquest into Watson's death, Elwes' full name was given as James C Elwes and he was described as a "motor engineer", which partly ties in with what Mike Allison says, at least for Elwes. Watson's full name was Michael Bower Watson and he was buried at Tilford Church near Farnham, Surrey on September 20th 1933: not close to Bournemouth, but his widowed mother lived at Pirbright. However, in another twist, he was stated to have lived even further from Bournemouth at Bushey Avenue, Rustington-on-Sea in Sussex: he had been married for just 7 months, his wife Jean Ursula Watson (nee Furmedge) witnessing the fatal accident from the pits.

Sources: various articles and announcements in The Times between Sep 18th & 20th 1933.

Sorry there wasn't more about Elwes, Robert ;)


Michael Bower Watson was born in Heswall, Cheshire to Steven Leonard Watson (1879-1914), a cotton merchant and Annie Dorothy (nee Glynn) b. 27 Aug 1883. She had actually died two years before his fatal accident on 18 Oct. 1931 at her house Church Mead in Pirbright. Jean was expecting their child at the time of Michael's death and he, Anthony Michael Bower Watson, was born in 1934. Bower was his grandmother's maiden name.

He was a distant cousin of James Hunt, F1 World Champion and his brother David who drove in Formula 3000.



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Posted 21 October 2009 - 18:54

I m looking now about T.G. Clarke Aston Martin Drivers pre war

Thanks a lot

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:52

No body ?? :cry:

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:00

T.G. "Tom" or "Tommy" Clarke was a wealthy young man who in 1935 was associated with Aston Martins. He rode with Maurice Falkner in the Mille Miglia (in LM17) winning their class; drove at Le Mans in CMC 614, (sharing with Falkner) finishing 8th. The following year the pair again drove the Mille Miglia in CML 721 but retired with fuel feed problems.

Later that year he bought a Type 135 Delahaye from the banker Pierre-Louis Dreyfus (who had moved on to a Talbot) and drove the Delahaye in the Tourist Trophy where he retired in the wet race with ignition problems. The car was lent to Clement Talbot for Georges Roesch to examine, and then to Prince Bira for the Pau race in 1937 before being sold to the Siamese Princes for the rest of the season. At this point Clarke was said to be considering a career in politics.

Post war he was listed as Co-driver to Eddie Hall in his 4.25 Bentley at Le Mans in 1950 but did not drive in the race.

Edited by fuzzi, 27 October 2009 - 17:35.


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 13:55

I believe he also raced an Iota in 500cc F3

#64 HiRich

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:04

All my info has the 500 driver as Tom J Clarke, racing an Iota (perhaps a chassis rather than a P1) from late 1950, then the CBP/CBP2 1952-54. I also have a JJ Clarke in an iota at Shelsely - either a typo or relative, i would presume.
Results suggest he was based in the South West, but so far i have nothing else on him

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:18

Leif lists a Thomas Graves Clarke on his website...

http://www.kolumbus....snellman/dc.htm

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 18:48

A New One John Ellliott rallydriver before WWII

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 05:18

still nobody

#68 Ted Walker

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 07:10

Tom Clark was a garage owner from Bristol,he raced 500s and not related to the Aston driver.