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#151 Rupertlt1

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 13:59

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:

 

https://library.revs...ion=p17257coll1

 

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 The chassis is of standard A.C. design but the frontal appearance has been altered; the original engine has been replaced by the one that was formerly in the Lotus belonging Mr Michael Anthony, the well-known racing driver from Hove, who is a friend of Mr Knights.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:

 

https://www.bonhams..../24876/lot/357/

 
RGDS RLT

Edited by Rupertlt1, 28 March 2019 - 14:02.


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#152 cooper997

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 05:52

Unless there was more than one Aston Martin DB4GT in Australia around 1990 that car will be the one an Aston specialist had just sold to the UK. But before the car left there was a mad scramble to measure and photograph the car by the panelbeater  that I used to annoy during those years. Let's call him 'Fred' (not real name) was one of those talented people who could do anything with a piece of metal. From flat sheet to mangled or rusty, he could create or repair anything.

 

The aim was to have him recreate the car (but keep it on the quiet). Well then Australia had "the recession we had to have" Those being then treasurer Keating's words, not mine. So things got tight. The donor DB4 was shortened, reprofiled and even painted. Then significant bills weren't being paid and 'Fred' having only a small workshop, had to keep working on paying jobs. So outside it went and my lasting memory of it is with floors full of water, just needing a few goldfish!

 

Last I was aware that recreation was with a chap who once had interests in what is now a huge audio/entertainment group spread across Oz. But if I'm correct part of its folklore is that it got stolen.

 

Stephen

 

names changed or not included for obvious reasons.


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#153 cooper997

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 04:28

From the pages of an Autosport book by Martyn Watkins 'Driving for Sport' published in May 60 it appears. Found this C Type at Firle, during a quick thumb through it.

 

1960-Watkins-book-Firle-Jag-C.jpg

 

Google brings up various auction related info. Appearing to suggest it was up until about 3 years ago in the longtime care of the Griffiths'Woodley family. But back before May 1960 who is likely to be driving this - Salmon, Lee or Sturgess? Meeting date unknown (to me)

 

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#154 Tim Murray

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 05:17

The potted history of the car on the Andrew Tart site notes that Mike Salmon used it to set BTD at Firle at the September meetings in both 1957 and 1958:

http://www.andrewtar...jaguar-xkc-011/

Also on Rupert’s Firle wiki page

#155 cooper997

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 06:58

Thanks Tim. I only have 2 Firle programmes and 1 set of regs.

 

For the record, in the 2 programmes Salmon is listed...

2/6/57 BARC Firle Hillclimb 

57 M Salmon Jaguar C Type 3442 - 28.58 & 28.41 (times written in)

1/6/58 BARC Firle Hillclimb 

76 M Salmon Jaguar 3442

 

So more digging or Rupert's wisdom for an answer on car 61's event date.

 

Stephen



#156 Rupertlt1

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 12:49

C-Type FTD at Firle

Max Trimble Jaguar C-Type #59 28.67 sec Bentley D.C. 2 September 1956.

M. Salmon Jaguar C-Type 28.38 sec Bentley D.C. 8 September 1957.

P.M. Salmon Jaguar C-Type 27.48 sec Bentley D.C. 7 September 1958.

 

I have a complete 'wiki' entry available on request - I fell out with Wikipedia part way through as they employed a gatekeeper who kept censoring my stuff e.g. not allowed to mention the Le Mans disaster on ACO page. 

Working on coffee here on Van Isle - will see if I can find anything further.

 

Edit: Car turns up here:

 

https://library.revs...ARCHALL=POV 114

 

More: Was the picture taken by Guy Griffiths? Is it in his collection? Or Patrick Benjafield? (whereabouts unknown)

Does the book say?

 

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 31 March 2019 - 13:24.


#157 Allen Brown

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 15:40

I fell out with Wikipedia ...

 

That's something else we have in common.  I fell out with Wikipedia when somebody started cutting and pasting whole pages off ORC onto Wikipedia.  



#158 Allan Lupton

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 18:20

I too had trouble with Wikipedia, A couple of years ago someone removed a photo that was taken in 1910 and another taken in 1920 because we hadn't got the (unknown) photographers' consents to its use. Same meddler didn't like the references we quoted because he didn't have access to them, and someone else simplified the language almost to primary school (or whatever they're called in the US) level.



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Posted 01 April 2019 - 00:39

C-Type FTD at Firle

Max Trimble Jaguar C-Type #59 28.67 sec Bentley D.C. 2 September 1956.

M. Salmon Jaguar C-Type 28.38 sec Bentley D.C. 8 September 1957.

P.M. Salmon Jaguar C-Type 27.48 sec Bentley D.C. 7 September 1958.

 

I have a complete 'wiki' entry available on request - I fell out with Wikipedia part way through as they employed a gatekeeper who kept censoring my stuff e.g. not allowed to mention the Le Mans disaster on ACO page. 

Working on coffee here on Van Isle - will see if I can find anything further.

 

Edit: Car turns up here:

 

https://library.revs...ARCHALL=POV 114

 

More: Was the picture taken by Guy Griffiths? Is it in his collection? Or Patrick Benjafield? (whereabouts unknown)

Does the book say?

 

RGDS RLT

 

The Watkins book that the C Type photo comes from, doesn't identify the subjects. 

 

It turns out I have the appropriate Autosports with reports for the BDC Firle meetings. With Martyn Watkins credited for 1957 and Patrick Benjafield for 1958. So there is a likely clue that Watkins took his own photos and used one in his 'Driving for Sport' book. His 1957 Autosport report showing a 'sideways' Austin Healey photo taken a little further around what appears to be the same corner as the C Type book photo.

 

So unless a BDC Firle programme is forthcoming, the odds are stacking towards the Salmon C Type photo being September 1957 meeting.

 

Stephen



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#160 Rupertlt1

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 03:52

In 1967 Martyn Watkins was editor of Cars and Car Conversions magazine.

Does his photograph collection survive?

 

The Jaguar photograph was taken at the final corner on the Firle course near the finish line.

 

Salmon was a class winner at the Firle Hill Climb, 2 June 1957.

 

5 May 1957: Michael Salmon, Jaguar C-Type was entered in the B.O.C. Prescott Hill Climb.

 

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 01 April 2019 - 04:31.