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1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:19 pm
by ian cummings
while looking for supersport info i can across these photo from the 1951 team relay race thought they may be of inteest to some on here!

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:09 pm
by Mary Lindsay
Great photos!
Thanks Ian.
I am sure someone will recognise that car.

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:03 pm
by simon king
An interesting find Ian.

From what I can see from Jake Alderson and Chris Chapman's 'Morgan Sports Cars - The early years' KKC 888 Standard-engined 4/4 4 Seater belonged to Stanley Dyke.

However, KKC 888 was not a member of the '51 Silverstone Relay Team? These were Jeff Sparrowe in the ex factory '38 Le Mans car, Bill Parkes (FNP 567), Bill Allerton (EAX 377) and John Sutton Atkins (FPE 567). I wondered if KKC was the 'spare' car but the number on the door of KKC doesn't tally with the other team cars (team 11). Puzzling. All becomes clearer when one jumps ahead a year and there we find that in '52 KKC 888 was part of a 6 man team including Jeff Sparrowe again but this time in JUO 177, Freddy Dyke (EJJ 63), John Sutton Atkins (FPE 567), Bill Parkes (FNP 567) and Graham Stallard (CAB 652).

It seems that the photo is therefore most likely from the 1952 Silverstone 6hr relay - where the team finished 13th overall.

regards,

Simon

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:58 pm
by ian cummings
Simon, that would all seem to fit, I only had a guess at the year from the other photos they were with. i do have some notes that tell me KKC888 is chassis 1894.

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:12 pm
by Bob Bull
The year is certainly not 1951, it is 1952, when you look at the names on the pits you can see Aston-Butterworth, Cooper-Alta. these were not around in 51, but were in 52 when Formula 1 became Formula 2.the names would have been left over from the Grand Prix. I was there!

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:17 am
by Andy Downes
Good find Ian, and details Bob,

Well I'm certainly interested as the 6-hour Relay is pretty much 'in my blood'.

Perhaps you've seen my Birkett 6-hour Archive thread (which I see is long overdue and update). Your +4 SS gets a mention as does its former keeper !

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2377&hilit=birkett+archive

Have Fun
Andy 8-) 8-) 8-)

PS - Perhaps Bob can regale us with tales of his trip to the 1952 Grand Prix :lol:

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:44 pm
by ian cummings
thanks for the info Bob
Andy, it was your thread that brought me back to the forum. I believe Cyril (granddad) was involved with the 4/4 club team during the 50's but so far I've not found much in his notes.

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:12 pm
by Andy Downes
ian cummings wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:44 pm
I believe Cyril (granddad) was involved with the 4/4 club team during the 50's but so far I've not found much in his notes.
You're correct Ian, Cyril Charlesworth was very involved in the early days with competition and the 4/4 Club - I presume you know that one of the main MSCC Club Awards is named (possibly given by) him 'The Charlesworth Trophy'. As a past Awards Secretary I ought to remember exactly what it is for but I think it's for Trials, I'll have another dig around my files.

Andy

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:49 pm
by ian cummings
Andy,
yes Cyril & Joyce presented the trophy, a flat rad decanter, for best performance in a series 1.

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:25 pm
by Mary Lindsay
I won that once in the 1970s, mostly because I was the only person at the time competing in a Series One!
It was so lovely that I had a replica made.

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:07 pm
by Andy Downes
Thanks for the reminder - one of the nicest awards the MSCC has, Mary do you have a picture by any chance please ?

Andy

Re: 1951 Silverstone relay race

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:31 pm
by TonyLees
Mary Lindsay wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:25 pm
I won that once in the 1970s, mostly because I was the only person at the time competing in a Series One!
It was so lovely that I had a replica made.
Me too! (er, 80's) Same reason :)