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#1 arttidesco

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 16:22

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I am sure someone here has probably already worked it out, but it has so far escaped me who the owner of the Mercedes Benz 36/220 sold at Bonham's a few years ago was, blurb linked here, apparent giveaway clues are that the WW1 veteran competed with a Mathis, later a Schneider and that he also owned a 1913 Grand Prix Peugeot called "Laura", does this ring any bells with anyone ?



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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 19:51

His name was C G Brocklebank. In his Brooklands history WB wrote quite a few paragraphs relating to the Peugeot and the work Brocklebank carried out on it, but being of the old school always referred to Brocklebank by his initials, so I don't know what the initials stood for. The driver killed in the Peugeot in 1924 was Capt. James Algernon Toop. Apparently Brocklebank had originally intended to ride as passenger with Toop in the fatal race, but changed his mind.

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 21:07

Charles Gerald Brocklebank. Birth in Pampisford, Cambs registered 2nd quarter 1893. Connected to the Liverpool shipping family. Had served in the Royal Engineers 1914-20, awarded the 1914 Star, mentioned in dispatches. According to a 1930 travel record a 'discount broker'. Senior director of Brocklebank & Co, City brokers. Lived at Giffords Hall, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk. Died Hyde Park May 28th 1940. According to a report in The Times his death was 'tragic'. Death notice says 'very suddenly'. 'Had of late been engaged in Government work.' (The Times) His estate was valued at a smidgin under £825,000 gross, £632,000 net.



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Posted 07 November 2015 - 21:22

His name was C G Brocklebank. In his Brooklands history WB wrote quite a few paragraphs relating to the Peugeot and the work Brocklebank carried out on it, but being of the old school always referred to Brocklebank by his initials, so I don't know what the initials stood for. The driver killed in the Peugeot in 1924 was Capt. James Algernon Toop. Apparently Brocklebank had originally intended to ride as passenger with Toop in the fatal race, but changed his mind.

There's a brief obituary for Toop in The Brooklands Gazette July 1924 and the accident is described in some detail by Captain Alistair Miller in Motor Sport March 1937.



#5 arttidesco

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 19:17

Thanks for your help Tim and Richard :cool: :up: