coachwork specialist Rod Jolley took a very special win as the Amschel Rothschild and Patrick Lindsay Trophies race proved the highlight of the Vintage Sports Car Club's season opener at a sunny Silverstone last Saturday.
The race marked the 25th anniversary of Patrick's untimely passing and, fittingly, a fine field of eclectic machinery contested the race. Qualifying threw up a rare sight with Michael Steele's 'toothpaste tube' Connaught on pole.
Eddie McGuire's Cooper Bristol shared the front row, ahead of Hubert Fabri's Aston Martin DBR4
andjolley's Lister Jaguar Monzanapolis.
Steele didn't make the best of starts in the methanol-fuelled car and it was Jolley who set the opening-lap pace from Fabri, Steele and McGuire, who soon fell away.
Fabri wrested the lead second time round and he stayed ahead until both Jolley and Steele went past at around two-thirds distance. Fabri pitted soon after, leaving Jolley to win.
"I had to work hard for that," said a jubilant victor.
Fabri's disappearance promoted a scrapping McGuire and Robin Longdon. Two place swaps in the last two corners left Longdon treading the final step of the podium. Paul
Mullins (ERA R7B) was best of the Pre-War runners in ninth place.
Polesitter Martin Overington was absent from the Fox & Nicholl Trophy grid and fellow front-row man Richard Pilkington took full advantage, although it was three laps before he took the lead. Andrew Mitchell (HRG) never relented the chase while early pacesetter John Guyatt slipped to a detached third place.
Comfortably quickest in qualifying, Geraint Owen was a runaway winner of the GP Itala & Lanchester Trophies race. Jo Singer was second, with Anthony Howat's 27-litre Hispano/ Delage in third.
Enrico Spaggiari made the trip from Italy worthwhile with an impressively easy win in the HGPCA Pre-1966 Grand Prix Cars race. Alan Baillie led a fruitless pursuit of Spaggiari's ex-Bruce McLaren Cooper T53, which was throttled back after bursting clear very quickly early on.
Winner of the Pomeroy Trophy here in February, HRG driver Dudley Sterry added more silverware to his cabinet as he stroked to victory in the Silverstone Trophy race. Despite being comfortably quickest on lap times, Justin Hart took a long time to overhaul Adam Singer for second, by which time Sterry was clear.
Qualifying pace suggested that Julian Majzub would romp the 1950s Sports Racing event. He duly did, to the tune of 23 seconds, his rumbling Sadler well clear of Lister-
Anyone who left before the final race missed the closest finish of the afternoon as handicapper Colin Ayre framed it to perfection. Austin 7 Special driver Mark Elder cheekily drove around the outside of race leader Rachel Singer (Bentley) at Brooklands on the last lap, but both were being reeled in by Robert Lewis.
Unleashing 4.5 litres of V12 Lagonda power out of Luffield, Lewis blasted by Singer but the line came just in time for Elder who held on by 0.45s.
The Lagonda had earlier been a race winner in Alan Chandler's hands, taking an all-the-way victory in the first Scratch race. Paul Mullins (ERA R7B) enjoyed an even easier run in the other Scratch race, while John Earle Marsh bagged the first Handicap event. ■ By Dud Candler
LINDSAY MEMORIAL TROPHIES 02 LAPS)
1 Rod Jolley CLister Jaguar MonzanapoUs);
2 Michael Steele (Connaught C Type) +L79s 3Robln Longdon (Lola Mk2MEddle McGuire (Cooper F2ERA);5Paul Grant (Cooper Bristol); 6 John Ure (Cooper BristoD. Fastest lap Jolley lm07.53s(87.37mph).
FOl t NICHOLL TROPHY (8 LAPS)
1 Richard Pilkington (Talbot T26SS12Andrew Mitchell (HRG IS) +158s 3 John Guyatt (Talbot Lago nsOO; 4 Ian Landy (White Riley Sports Racer);5 Jeremy Brewster (Lea Francis Hyper! 6 Hubert Fabri (Bugatti Type 59). FL Pilkington lm2L36s (7252mph).
dO LAPS)lGeraint Owen (Bugatti Type 35B)
2 Jo Singer (Bentley 3/8 Special) +1525S;
3 Anthony Howat (Hispano/Delage 500CV);
4 Robert Carr (AC/GN Special); 5 Alexander Boswell (Bequet Delage); 6 Chris Williams (Napier Bentley). FL Owen lml5.64s (78.01mph).
Spaggiari (Cooper 153); 2 Alan Baillie (Cooper T71/73)+1029s; 3 Mark Piercy (Lola Mk 4); 4 Jon Eairley (Brabham BT11); 5 Ian Ashley (LDS/Alla Romeo); 6 Nick Eden (Cooper T45). Class winners Baillie; Piercy; Eden; Eddie McGuire (Cooper BristoD. FL Spaggiari lm0467s(9124mph).
SILVERSTONE TBOPHT (8 LAPS)1 Dudley Steny (HRG 2-litre); 2 Justin Hart (Riley Big Four Special) +2.92S; 3 Adam Singer (Bentley 3/8 Special); 4 Jane Varley (Aston Martin 15/98 Speed); 5 Jeffrey Edwards (Alvis Sports Special); 6 Adam Stacey-Marks (Bentley 45). FL Hart lm20.61s (73.20mph). 19SO« SPORTS RAQNC CARS (8 LAPS) 1 Julian Majzub (Sadler Mk3> 2 Crispin Harris (Lister Jaguar Knobbly) +23.01S; 3 Christopher Keen (Kurds 500S); 4 John Clark (Cooper T39J 5BarryCannell(Wlllment Sports Racer); 6Trevor Groom (Lister Knobbly). CW Keen. FL Majzub lm08.06s (86.69mph).
HANDICAP RACE (5 LAPSHMartt Elder (Austin 7 Sports Special); 2 Robert Lewis (Lagonda V12Le Mans Replica)-«3.45s; 3 Rachel Singer (Bentley 2-Seater); 4 Durward Lawson (Riley Speclali 5 Cyril Hancock (Flat New Balffla); 6 David Hince (MG KN Special). FL Lewis lm25.13s (6931mph). SCRATCH RACE (5 LAPS)1 Alan Chandler (Lagonda V12Le Mans Replica>,2Rlcliard Brightman (Riley Nine 12/4 Special) +448S;
3 Paul Lawrence (Austin 7 Super Sport);
4 Richard Reay-Smith (Lagonda LG45); 5 Holly Mason (Aston Martin Ulster IM7); 6 Geoffrey Brandon (Austin 7 Special). CW Brightman; Lawrence; Christopher Lunn (Talbot 105).
FL Chandler lm26.07s(68.55mph). SCRATCH RACE (5 LAPS)lPaulMullins (ERA
R7B); 2 Stephen Shoosmith (Bugatti Type 51) +10B1S; 3 Terry Crabb (ERA H12Q 4 Pete Candy (Riley Special Super Ratt5RoblnTuluie (Menasco Pirate); 6 Iain Stewart (Morgan Super Aero). CW Shoosmith; Stewart FL Mullins lml303s (80.79mph). HANDICAP RACE (5 LAPS) 1 John Earle Marsh (Alvis Silver Eagle); 2 Michael Hudson (Bugatti Type 35B)+3.30s; 3 Richard Lake (Aston Martin 15/98 Special); 4 Andrew Kellock (Fiat AO; 5 John Poison (Talbot m0S>. 6 David Asplin (Austin 7 Ulster Replica). FL Candy lml9.99s (73.76mph).
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