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#1 Gokart Mozart

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 20:41

Dear TNF,

 

It's been a decade since I started a thread, but we recently purchased a car that we thought had terrific history here in the US, a 1962 Lotus Seven S2.

However, a few weeks back, after some late night hours reading up on previous owners- it came to my attention that its first owner, whom I found from the Lotus Seven Register as 'J. Bedford' was the late John Victor Bedford, who raced his Seven in England in 1962 and 1963.

 

Mr Bedford was a renowned artifact historian and upon his death in 2019, donated much of his historical research to the University of Leeds. This, however, did not include his slice of racing. Thus, I've been looking to find any photos of him racing, in what was in 1962, a green Seven and in 1963, repainted red.

 

The car in question most likely wore the UK registration of 661 CXT- that is what it wore in its first races with Willis Weldin in the US when he purchased it from Ian Raby.

 

The following are the events we know he was entered:

April 21, 1962 - BRSCC Rufforth - 2nd place S1.2

June 9, 1962 - BRSCC Castle Combe

July 7, 1962 - BARC Goodwood - Handicap A - Fastest Lap

August 11, 1962 - Silverstone 6 hr Relay - Club Lotus All Sorts - #1F

 

May 18, 1963 - BARC Goodwood - #125

 

As always, thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Respectfully Yours,

 

Jacques N. Dresang

Kettle Moraine Preservation & Restoration


Edited by Gokart Mozart, 14 September 2021 - 20:44.


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#2 bradbury west

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 21:03

Perhaps someone might put up a link to the wonderful REVS Institute photo archives.I cannot, it seems. I suspect the George Phillips archives will have some photographs.
Roger Lund



#3 Gokart Mozart

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 01:08

Thank you Roger,

I have combed the REVs archive the last few weeks and haven't come up with anything sadly. I found photos last year via REVs of the car on US soil, but its initial years racing in England still evade me. Granted, it would help if I knew all the numbers Mr. Bedford sported, as not all photos show the registration plates. I suppose filling those gaps would get me closer as well...

Jacques

#4 RobMk2a

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 20:58

Goodwood

7th July 1962 

 

Event 5 Handicap Race A

 

79 D? Bedford Lotus Ford Retired lap 5 spin.

 

Event 6 Scratch Race Sports cars to 1200cc 

 

79 J Bedford Lotus Ford dns 

 

18th May 1963 

Event 7 Handicap Race A 

 

125 JV Bedford Lotus ford 1498cc 5th 

 

Source Robert Barker A Record of Motor Racing at Goodwood 



#5 Rupertlt1

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 11:01

August 11, 1962 - Silverstone 6 hr Relay - Club Lotus All Sorts - #1F

 

Bingo!

 

There is a photograph of J. V. Bedford's Lotus in the centre-spread of Motor Sport, September 1962.

Caption:

"COME ONCOME ON."—Colin Chapman impatiently reaches

for the all-important sash from J. V. Bedford's returning car. He

subsequently lapped in around 1 min 13 sec in this rather special

disc-braked, i.r.s, Lotus 7.

 

Ready to depart #1D, the car of A. C. B. Chapman/H. Haskell. He was Hugh Haskell. 

 

Original photograph may be available via LAT Photographic? PM me with email address.

 

See also: https://forums.autos...s/#entry9607848

 

RGDS RLT   


Edited by Rupertlt1, 16 September 2021 - 12:12.


#6 Gokart Mozart

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 14:35

Goodwood

7th July 1962 

 

Event 5 Handicap Race A

 

79 D? Bedford Lotus Ford Retired lap 5 spin.

 

Event 6 Scratch Race Sports cars to 1200cc 

 

79 J Bedford Lotus Ford dns 

 

18th May 1963 

Event 7 Handicap Race A 

 

125 JV Bedford Lotus ford 1498cc 5th 

 

Source Robert Barker A Record of Motor Racing at Goodwood 

Beautiful Rob- thank you!



#7 Gokart Mozart

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 14:36

August 11, 1962 - Silverstone 6 hr Relay - Club Lotus All Sorts - #1F

 

Bingo!

 

There is a photograph of J. V. Bedford's Lotus in the centre-spread of Motor Sport, September 1962.

Caption:

"COME ONCOME ON."—Colin Chapman impatiently reaches

for the all-important sash from J. V. Bedford's returning car. He

subsequently lapped in around 1 min 13 sec in this rather special

disc-braked, i.r.s, Lotus 7.

 

Ready to depart #1D, the car of A. C. B. Chapman/H. Haskell. He was Hugh Haskell. 

 

Original photograph may be available via LAT Photographic? PM me with email address.

 

See also: https://forums.autos...s/#entry9607848

 

RGDS RLT   

Terrific RLT!

 

I found the photo in the Motorsport- what a find! The car came to the US with a black band around the nose- so it is great to see it there! I'll gladly message you.

 

JD



#8 RobMk2a

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 17:29

Brands Hatch 6th May 1962 

BRSCC

 

Event Eleven 

Up to 1000cc Sports Car Race 

 

164 JV Bedford Lotus Ford 997cc 

 

Brands Hatch 22nd July 1962 

BRSCC 

 

Event Twelve 

Up to 1000cc Sports Car Race

 

201 JV Bedford Lotus Ford 997cc 



#9 cooper997

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 08:04

Bedford gets a brief mention in the 17/8/62 Autosport Silverstone 6 Hour report. The Chapman Lotus 7 gets a photo.

 

John Hendy's related photos are here (although it looks like Chapman's 7 is again the one photographed).

https://mydadsphotos..._silv_6hr_1962/

 

 

Stephen



#10 Gokart Mozart

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 15:37

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Here is the attached photo from the September, 1962 MOTORSPORT.

 

I appreciate everyone's help thus far- and to think a month ago, I didn't even know the car raced in England before it was exported!

 

There are two larger tubes behind the seat that that roll hoop would have slid into and been fastened to- it all makes sense now.

 

Hopefully I can find a few more photos to help confirm a few things.

 

All the best!

 

Jacques