Malcolm Alan Knights, 1931-2002, was a dentist from Eastbourne, Sussex, England.
1958 address: 166 Victoria Drive, Eastbourne.
A member of Eastbourne Motor Club, 1957. Competed in a local Treasure Hunt in a Triumph TR2 in March of that year.
Knights entered a Triumph TR2 for Michael Anthony, #106 at Goodwood, 22 April 1957. Photograph mid-grid here:
Knights described as a member of the "Eastbourne branch" of the British Automobile Racing Club.
1958: Acquired A.C. Ace, chassis AE 40.
Eastbourne Herald - Saturday 22 March 1958, Pages 7, 20:
‘Hotted-up’ at home car for trophy race
EVENING after evening, week-end after week-end 26-year-old Mr M. A. Knights has worked like a Trojan since September against a deadline—and he has succeeded. His A.C. Bristol racing car will be finished within a fortnight and in time for the British Empire Trophy on April 12 at Oulton Park. Mr Knights, a member of the Eastbourne branch of the British Automobile Racing Club, is completing the work in the garage at the rear of his home at 166 Victoria-drive. The chassis is of standard A.C. design but the frontal appearance has been altered; the original engine has been replaced by the one that was formerly in the Lotus belonging Mr Michael Anthony, the well-known racing driver from Hove, who is a friend of Mr Knights. Mr Anthony will be racing the car as Mr Knights has little track experience, but he will use the car for speed trials and other similar events. The four wheels are independently sprung and there are disc brakes in front with drum brakes at the rear: it is hoped that the top speed will exceed 140 mph. Mr Knights told a reporter. "We hope to cover our expenses by racing and perhaps earn a little more, but we put in all this work mainly to have some fun.” He estimated the value of the model to be well over £2.000.
The car raced in the Grand Prix de Spa, Roskilde Ring etc.
Eastbourne Herald - Saturday 07 June 1958, Page 18
Copenhagen glory for home-made car
JUST two weeks after their success In the Grand Prix de Spa in Belgium, the local racing team of Mr Malcolm Knights, Mr Michael Anthony and the home-made AC Bristol car went on to further glory in the Copenhagen Cup race for sports cars at Copenhagen’s Roskilde Ring circuit last week-end. Mr Knight's Bristol, again driven by the Hove driver, Mr Anthony, won two out of three heats to take second place in the over all classification. The team was robbed of first place by failing to get away with the rest of the competitors in the Le Mans-type start in the second heat. However, the Bristol had already won the first heat, and victory in the final race ensured the Eastbourne team of second prize. British drivers filled the first three places. Mr Knights was particularly pleased with the performance of the car which he built himself and which has been racing for less than two months. The Copenhagen track proved a real test with its heavily banked comers. "It was not a suitable track for seeing what the car can really do,” said Mr Knights after the race. “The Bristol has too long a wheelbase to cope with such tight turns.” Mr Knights and Mr Anthony flew back from Denmark on Monday. Their only worry now is whether the car, which is coming by sea later in the week, will be here in time to take part in the Brands Hatch meeting at the weekend.
Firle Hill Climb, 4 October 1959
Fastest sports racing car, M.A. Knights (5,555 c.c. Lister Corvette), 26.46 sec, record. This was a Costin-bodied Lister, shared with Mike Anthony.
Brighton Speed Trials 1960
#90 M. Knights, Fiat Abarth
#204 Michael Anthony, Lister
Firle Hill Climb, 28 May 1961
Class winner: M. Knights, Lister
Malcolm Knights was a member of the Aston Martin Owners' Club.
Aston Martin DB4GT, chassis 0110/R
Firle Hill Climb, 14 July 1963
"M. Knights's immaculate Aston
Martin DB4 stormed to the top in 27.65
secs to annex the class."
Bodiam Hill Climb, 19 Oct 1963
Closed cars over 2,000 c.c., 2nd in class: M. Knights (Aston Martin DB4GT), 31.62 secs
Firle Hill Climb, 12 July 1964
Class winner: M. Knights (Aston Martin DB4GT), 30.36 secs, wet.
Brighton Speed Trials, 12 September 1964
#116 M. Knights, Aston Martin DB4 G.T., 3670 c.c.
Firle Hill Climb, 4 October 1964
Best G.T.: M. Knights (Aston Martin DB4GT), 26.57 sec
Firle Hill Climb, 29 August 1965
Class winner: M. Knights (Aston Martin DB4GT), 27.65 sec
"Malcolm Knights and his sexy Aston
Martin managed the unlimited class."
Brighton Speed Trials, 11 September 1965
#145 M. Knights, Aston Martin DB4, 3670 c.c.
Firle Hill Climb, 29 May 1966
Class 9: Special Touring and Grand Touring Cars over 2,500 c.c.
1st #100 M.S.P. Litchfield, B.A.R.C., A.C. Cobra, 25.00 sec. 25.48 sec
2nd #99 M. Knights, B.A.R.C., Aston Martin, 28.05 sec, 27.65 sec
Brighton Speed Trials, 17 September 1966
#152 M. Knights, Aston Martin DB4, Class 9.
The Bonhams car history here is a work of fiction:
Edited by Rupertlt1, 28 March 2019 - 14:02.