Posted 09 July 2005 - 15:24
Goodwood on 12 April 1955
Ibsley on 30 April 1955
Aintree International on 3 September 1955
I also understand that my father retired from racing in 1955, apparently after a bad crash.
Does anyone have a picture of the Revis Borgward, preferably with my father in it, or a copy of a report of its first race or any later event, including hopefully the race in which he was injured?
In fact, any information or pictures would be gratefully appreciated.
Posted 09 July 2005 - 16:53
In the entry list, the driver was either R. Bicknell or J. Habin (your father) but Bicknell did the race. It was probably the first race of the car (it's to be confirmed).
My source = Autocar.
Posted 09 July 2005 - 18:56
A description of the Revis-Borgward and couple of pictures can be found in Anthony Pritchard's Specialist Sports/Racing Cars of the Fifties & Sixties (Osprey 1986, ISBN 0-84045-643-6)
Posted 09 July 2005 - 22:45
Posted 11 July 2005 - 08:34
Posted 11 July 2005 - 22:13
In the next scratch event, for unblown 1 1/2-litres came the well-known names of Bicknell and Revis - the same Bicknell but new car with a Borgward engine in place of the familiar Formula 3 unit.
It was obvious from the way Coombs' Connaught-engined Lotus went after the first lap who was going to win - although the remainder tried hard enough.
P. S. Baily was very lucky to escape injury when his Tojeiro went off the road at St. Mary's.
Results (lap distance = 2.4 miles)
Scratch races, Sports cars up to 1500 cc (5 laps)
1- Lotus 1484 cc (J. Coombs) 9m 29,8s, 75.86 mph
2- Revis 1498 (R. G. Bicknell) 9m 48s
3- J.A.G.M.G. 1467 (T. Hodges) 10m 17.4s
So the first race of the car was one week before the British Empire Trophy.
Posted 12 July 2005 - 05:03
Plus one year?
Originally posted by Marc Ceulemans
From the report of the BARC Member's Meeting, in AUTOCAR, April 1, 1954:
So the first race of the car was one week before the British Empire Trophy.
Posted 12 July 2005 - 13:39
Posted 13 July 2005 - 18:02
It seems that the car was developed by Reg Bicknell, who is better known for the Revis 500, but who also drove the Staride which my father developed with Mike Erskine. My father was also a motor trader in Southampton, like Reg Bicknell, and travelled to Germany to purchase the 1493cc Hansa-Borgward 'Renn' racing engine for the new Revis Borgward.
My father and Reg Bicknell were to race the new car in 1955 and it seems that its first outing was at National Goodwood on 26 March 1955, when Reg Bicknell came 2nd. The entry in Anthony Pritchard's book is therefore incorrect.
I have the following additional races:
2 April 1955 for the Britsih Empire Trophy at Oulton, when the car was entered by Reg Bicknell and my father but Reg drove and crashed at druid's corner.
12 April 1955 at the Goodwood Easter meeting when both were again mentioned but the result merely advises that they were on the entry list.
30 April 1955 at National Ibsley (National) when Reg Bicknell drove and came 4th.
30 April 1955 at National Ibsely (International) when my father drove but the report stated that he did not start.
30 May 1955 at Goodwood International when Reg Bicknell drove and came 5th but did not finish in the Sports Unlimited event.
3 September 1955 at Aintree International when my father drove (and he was the sole named entrant) when the results state that he was in the entry list but it was not known if he ran.
By the following year the car had been sold to John Fisher who raced in the Sussex Trophy at Goodwood on 8 September 1956 (qualified but retired) and in BRSCC Formula 2 at Brands Hatch on 9 September 1956 (came 7th).
By all accounts the car was not a success and had 'very real handling problems'.
This is why I suspect that my father had a bad crash in the Revis Borgward which led him to stop racing. The question is when did this happen? Does anyone have a report of the Aintree International race on 3 September 1955?
Posted 13 July 2005 - 19:35
Goodwood 26 March – also entered in 5 lap Handicap. Came 10th but not known if driver was Habin or Bicknell
Goodwood Easter – non-starter
Entered at Brands Hatch 12 June for Bicknell but non-starter
Entered Brands Hatch 10 July for Bicknell but not known if ran – no mention in Autosport report.
I have the Autosport report of Aintree 3 Sept but there is no mention of the Revis.
Posted 08 March 2006 - 01:31
Usual ex racing driver with an eye for the ladies and I recall him with fondness - good businessman and a nice guy. He loved cars and had a Borgward Isabella plus a beautiful Ferrari to run around as he posed through his later years. Reg lived at Chilworth - one of Southampton's affluent areas but was a very down to earth chap, who would muck in and get his hands dirty when it came to car engines etc.
I left Southampton in 1972 and have always been curious about Reg's later years. He and his (ex)wife also ran the Checkpoint Cafe nr the Bargate as well as the Adam and Eve Nightclub in Spa Road - just behind old Echo offices in Above Bar.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 09:14
John Habin in a JBS 500 rolled and broke his jaw.
Posted 20 January 2011 - 20:08
Posted 16 November 2011 - 18:11
John was involved in a road accident when he pulled out to overtake a slower car on the London-Brighton road.
"The car was very unstable", as suggested previously, "and I spun around and hit the car I had just overtaken".
Fortunately nobody bar the car was hurt,
"Cliff decided that it was too dangerous to race and so he set about fitting the rear suspension from a Cooper Bobtail with a transverse rear spring and wishbones. The mountings for the spring were rollers and could be moved in and out to alter the anti-roll effect. The spring was located in the centre to the chassis. The car was much better and Cliff had more success with it in this form."
Posted 11 March 2014 - 12:27
In my Batten research a mention of the Revis-Borgward has turned up - in the hands of J Fisher at Mallory Park on 16th September 1956.
Edited by Biggles, 11 March 2014 - 12:44.
Posted 20 May 2020 - 15:49
In 2006 'davidsouthampton' made his only forum post, on this thread. He used to work for Reg Bicknell.
I've been trying to identify some cars in a colour shot featured in the Goodwood pages (p.802) of On Four Wheels, the Orbis multi-part magazine produced in the mid-1970s. It's a sunny day at the chicane and the caption tells us it's 1954, and that the leading car is a Lister-Bristol. I'm no expert on 1950s sports cars, but I think it is an L-B, although the year may be wrong. I think it's 1955, the Whit Monday meeting, Allan Moore in the Lister. If I have the right race then the smaller blue and yellow sports car behind is the Revis-Borgward, with Reg Bicknell on board.
I've never seen this car before but, in trying to find any other photos, I came across the music scene website below. I'm sure David St. John, whose website it is, must be the poster from 2006, and, half way through, there are some pictures of Reg in the early 500cc car, and two in what seems to be the unpainted R-B sports car. The low-sided bodywork, and unusual bonnet air intake make me fairly certain that the car in On Four Wheels is the Revis-Borgward. Sorry I can't post the picture I'm looking at (some of you probably have a copy) but I thought the website might be of interest.
Posted 20 May 2020 - 16:15
Thank you Doug! A good selection of b/w shots on Revs, including some of Cliff Dade as late as 1959, and many earlier ones of the car pre-paintwork.
On Revs a search with hyphen (Revis-Borgward) found more shots than one without. Two, including the one linked by Doug, show the car in 1955 race trim, on both occasions driven by John Habin. They're both b/w photos but, on close inspection, you can make out the two-tone paintwork. For info, thanks to the On Four Wheels shot, the car was light blue with a yellow or cream central stripe.
Cliff Dade looks to have repainted the car in a single, darker colour.
Edited by john winfield, 20 May 2020 - 16:50.