For the white Lola see:
Steve Clark in Victoria, B.C., Canada, races BR31, the ex-Bluebelle Gibbs Lola Mk 1.
Silverstone, Maidstone and Mid-Kent Motor Club, 16th May 1953.
Race 1, for U/s sports cars up to 1,100 c.c., 10 laps
"Mrs. Gibbs came to the
line with the newly-bodied and as yet
unpainted H.R.G., with its neat enveloping bodywork."
Autosport, 22 May 1953, Page 646
Husband Len finished second in this race in a Riley.
Silverstone, A.M.O.C. 'Martini' 100, 14 May 1961
Bluebell Gibbs, Lotus XI
Silverstone, B.R.S.C.C. Commander York Trophy Meeting, Saturday 31 March 1962
Event 4, Unlimited Sports Car Race
#141 Mrs. R. B. Gibbs, Lola, White, 1098
Silverstone, Nottingham Sports Car Club, Saturday 16 June 1962
#106 R. B. Gibbs, Lola Climax 1098
Silverstone, M.C.C. (The Motor Cycling Club), 30 June 1962
#39 Gibbs, Mrs. R. B., M.C.C., Lola 1097
Silverstone, Clubmen's Championship, A.M.O.C., 8 Clubs, 750 M.C., 6 October 1962
Final Race: Formula Libre 10 laps
Mrs. Gibbs, Lola, 9 laps
Silverstone, Peterborough Motor Club, 13th Annual Race Meeting, 14 September 1963
Race 4: "A 7-lap Scratch Race for Sports Cars of Higher Speed Potential"
#87 Mrs. R. Bluebelle Gibbs, 1098 Lola 1100 sports
Bluebelle Gibbs. Mrs. Gibbs is not ashamed to admit that she has been an active competitor in motoring competitions since 1923 when she went as sidecar passenger on her father’s Norton. She learned to ride a motorcycle at the age of 12 and by the age of 18 she was in the Norton works team, winning the Ladies’ Motorcycle Championship the following year. In the ensuing years she rode Enfield, Francis-Barnett, Cotton Blackburne, Raleigh and Norton machines, having a good deal of success in Trials.
Motor competitions did not feature in her programme until 1951 when she began racing the ex-Eric Thompson Le Mans 1,500-c.c. H.R.G. converted to twin overhead camshafts and became a regular supporter of Club meetings by such clubs as the M.C.C., S.U.N.B.A.C., A.M.O.C., M.M.E.C., V.S.C.C., B.A.R.C., Maidstone & Mid-Kent, Eight Clubs gaining awards in many of these meetings. Later, a rear-engined Cooper-Climax replaced the H.R.G. and this was used for some time, although Mrs. Gibbs was not happy with the rear engine layout and eventually reverted to a front-engined car, the ex-Michael Taylor Lotus XI which she races today. She is happy to stay in Club racing and as long as there is an 1,100-c.c. class she will take part along with her husband Len Gibbs who races a Lotus junior. She has a high opinion of the standard of driving in motor racing especially in National events and in her experience the newer drivers soon learn their way round. For a road car Mrs. Gibbs uses an M.G. Magnette.
Motor Sport, August 1961, Page 689
Mrs. Gibbs was a well known competitor at Goodwood:
Goodwood, B.A.R.C. 21st Members' Meeting, Ladies Handicap, 17 March 1956
For more H.R.G., registration HXR 530 see:
Goodwood, B.A.R.C. 54th Sports Car Meeting, 22 September 1962
Event 8, 5-lap Handicap Race
1.—C. A. C. Hodgson, Lotus-Climax, 8mins 39.2sec, 89.22 m.p.h.
2.—Mrs. R. Bluebelle Gibbs, Lola-Climax, 9mins 01.4sec
3.—J. D. A. Bromilow, Lotus-Ford, 9min 13.6sec
4.—R. Redgrave, Lotus-Climax, 9min 14.6sec
Fastest lap: C. A. C. Hodgson, Lotus-Climax, 1min 34.2sec, 91.72m.p.h.
B.A.R.C. Gazette, October 1962, Page 183
See also: http://www.lolaherit...rs/mk1/mk1.html
See #51, Mallory Park, Nottingham Sports Car Club, 6th August 1956:
Mallory Park, Nottingham Sports Car Club, Easter Monday 22 April 1957
Event 4: 10-lap race for sports cars up to 1200 c.c.
#11 Mrs. R. Bluebelle Gibbs, Cooper Climax, 1098
See: http://www.monza.org..._04 Mallory.jpg
Silverstone, Peterborough Motor Club with Northampton Car Club, Saturday 15 September 1956
Five-lap handicap for sports
cars up to 1,500 c.c.:
1. C. Bristow (MGA)
2. Mrs. R. Bluebelle Gibbs (H.R.G.)
3. P. T. Ross (Lotus)
4. D. Bekaert (Lotus)
5. E. Millard (Austin)
Peterborough Advertiser, Tuesday 18 September 1956
Edited by Rupertlt1, 07 June 2021 - 07:08.