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Having been Team Manager at so many Birkett Relays I have decided that it would be worth documenting the various Teams and their Results, for interest and posterity. So over the coming weeks I will work through my records and build up a list of what I have, I know Mary has lots of stuff too but all other contributions are welcome. The MSCC already had a fine record at the Birkett long before Mary Lindsay thrust me into its clutches, it may turn out to be a long list but hopefully you will find it interesting and worthwhile.

Have Fun

Andy 8-)


1951 - SILVERSTONE
4/4 Morgans - Manager ?? - Handicap 2nd Scratch ??
J M Sparrowe - 4/4 1098cc (ex Factory '38 Le Mans car)
W 'Bill' Allerton - 4/4 1098cc EAX 377
T A 'Bill' Parkes - 4/4 1267cc FNP 567
J Sutton Atkins - 4/4 1122cc FPE 567


1952 - SILVERSTONE
Team 11 4/4 Morgans - Manager ?? - Handicap ?? Scratch 13th
Cyril Charlesworth - 4/4 KKC 888
Jeff Sparrowe - 4/4 1098cc JUO 177
Bill Parkes - 4/4 1267cc FNP 567
Freddy Dyke - 4/4 EJJ 63
John Sutton Atkins - 4/4 1122cc FPE 567
Graham Stallard - 4/4 CAB 652


1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958

1959 SILVERSTONE
Morgan Plus Four Team - Manager ?? - Handicap ?? Scratch
Peter Morgan - +4 TUY 875
Bill Belcher - +4
??
??
??


1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1970
1971

1972 - THRUXTON
Team Name ?? - Manager ?? - Handicap ?? Scratch ??
Mary Lindsay - 4/4 Series I HG 5632
Doug Taylerson - 4/4
Adam Bridgland - +8
Frank Gillam - +4
Ray Jones - +4


1973 - SILVERSTONE
Libra Morgan Grinders - Manager Mike Rudd - Handicap 1st Scratch ??
Malcolm Hayward - +8
Bill Hopkins - +8
Aubrey Brocklebank - +4
Nigel Sill - +4
Rob Wells - Coldwell GT (Mini engined special)
Rob Ingham-Hurst - Coldwell GT (Mini engined special)
Gyp Shaw - +4 DNS broken finger in Practice !


Anglemog - Manager John Lindsay - Handicap 11th Scratch ??
Mary Lindsay - 4/4 Series I HG 5632
Adam Bridgeland - +8 4 KYD
Ray Jones - +4
Frank Gillam - +4
Allan 'Sam' Samuels - +4 4-seater
Peter Binder - 4/4


1974 - SILVERSTONE
Anglemog Vikings - Manager John Lindsay - Handicap 1st Scratch ??
Mary Lindsay - 4/4 Series I HG 5632
Adam Bridgeland - +8 4 KYD
Allan 'Sam' Samuels - +4 4-seater
Peter Joiner - +8
Bob Chaplin - 4/4 Pinto


1975 - SILVERSTONE
Team Name - Manager ?? - Handicap ?? Scratch ??
Mary Lindsay - +4 VCR 352 Interim cowl
??
??
??
??


1976 - SILVERSTONE
Team Name ?? - Manager Bob Northover - Handicap ?? Scratch ??
Mary Lindsay - Series I HG 5632/+4
Andy Garlick - +4 Supercharged
??
??
??


1977 - DONINGTON PARK

1978 - DONINGTON PARK
Anglemog Saxons - Manager Andy Downes - Handicap 1st Scratch ??
Terry Garland - 4/4 4-seater
John Milbank - 4/4
Bob Chaplin - 4/4 2-litre Pinto engine, rack-and-pinion steering, extra wide rim steel wheels
Dave Saunter - +8 Moss box
Peter Evans - +4 SS
Mike Duncan - 4/4 Lotus Twin-cam


Anglemog Vikings - Manager Bob Northover - Handicap 2nd Scratch ??
Mary Lindsay - +8 Moss box JEK 303H
Patrick Keen - +8 Modsports
Alan Kennedy - 4/4 Lightweight Special
Andy Garlick - +4 TOK 258
Norman Stetchman - +8
John MacDonald - +4


1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984

1985 SILVERSTONE
Team ?? - Manager Andy Downes - Handicap ?? Scratch ??
Steve Spencer - +4 V8 Daimler XRX 1
?? - +4 Flat rad VXM 11 'Beryl'
??
??
??


1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

2001 - SILVERSTONE
Morgans For Fun - Manager Andy Downes - Handicap 1st Scratch ??
Mary Lindsay - +8 Moss box JEK 303H
Simon Orebi Gann - Roadster
Paul Burry - ??
Kelvin Laidlaw - ??
Jack Bellinger - +8 Moss box 123 WAR


2002
2003
2004 - SILVERSTONE
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

2011 - SILVERSTONE
Morgan Lady and Gentleman - Manager Andy Green - Handicap 17th Scratch 28th
John Bevan - 4/4 4-seater
Tim Ayres - +8
Keith Ahlers - +8
Ray Higgs - +8
Sharlie Goddard - +8


Morgans For Fun - Manager Andy Downes - Handicap 27th Scratch 31st
Paul Burry - +8
Kelvin Laidlaw - Roadster V6 Lightweight
Barry Sumner - +4 V8 'Black Sheep'
Simon Baines - Roadster V6 Lightweight
Tim Clarke - +8
Simon Orebi Gann - Roadster V6 Lightweight


2012 - SILVERSTONE
Morgans For Fun - Manager Andy Downes - Handicap 6th Scratch 26th
Simon Orebi Gann - Roadster V6 Lightweight
Bary Sumner - 4/4 4-seater
Tim Clark - +8
Jonathan Edwards - +8
Kelvin Laidlaw - Roadster V6 Lightweight
Jack Bellinger - +8 Moss box 123 WAR


Morgan Gentleman - Manager Andy Green - Handicap 36th Scratch 16th
Ray Higgs - +8
Matthew Wurr - +8
Keith Ahlers - +8
Jeremy Knight - +8
Phillip Goddard - +8


2013 - SILVERSTONE
Team 14 Morgans For Fun - Manager Andy Downes - Handicap 24th Scratch 29th
A Paul Burry - +8
B Simon Orebi Gann - Roadster V6 Lightweight
C Kelvin Laidlaw - Roadster V6 Lightweight
D Jonathan Edwards - +8
E Jerry Knight - +8
F Bary Sumner - 4/4 4-seater VMO


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2018
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1951 Silverstone.

1st VSCC Bentleys

2nd 4/4 Morgans.
1098cc J.M Sparrowe & W Allerton
1267cc T A Parks
1122cc J S Atkins
190 laps inc. 34 credit Av. speed 61.51mph.
Ace Photograp…… you know!
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Nobody likes a clever dick Robert !!!

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Mark I dragged out my old schoolboy scrapbook, and found the results of the 1951 Birkett, which I posted, I now see that Andy has them in his record.
Did I miss them or has he added them since?

Certainly NOT trying to be a 'cocky dick'.

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Nothing clever about me Bob ! I saw your posting of the 1951 Results and updated my list straightaway.

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Andy,
News from down under and perhaps something to add to your archive. I have on my very small trophy shelf a class win goblet from the six hour. I remember going to the Silverstone Club House on the outside of Woodcote with Richard Casswell on a very dark Saturday night prior to going to the Sarasin's Head in Toecster (?). I believe the team was Mary, Leigh, Jim Deacon, Peter Deans, Richard Casswell and me as reserve and Terry Howes as team Manager. I think this was the occasion when Peter Deans came into the Pitts with a width nose and wing from a Mallock attached to the two tail pipes of his Plus 8. I also remember being overtaken by Jonathan Palmer in a Lola Aston Martin on the club straight. The year ? 198? 1 2 or 3.
Incidentally Jim Deacons Plus 8 (GAB ) has turned up here in Perth and I will view it shortly.

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Happy memories :)

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Hi Andy
According to my records I have done the following 6hr races – might be a few more, for never kept the records fully up to date

1983 – VMO
1984 – VMO
1986 – VMO (No 20C)
1987 – VMO

1999 – Black Sheep (6hrs at Snett which I think we won)
2005 – Black Sheep
2006 – Black Sheep
2010 – Black Sheep
2011 – Black Sheep
2012 – Black Sheep (though entry shows 4/4 4str - VMO)

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Thanks Barry, I'll incorporate those details into the archive.

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Hi Andy
yep - can confirm Morgan team won on handicap in 1999 - apparently the throttle jammed fully open on Black Sheep, drove lap and a half on the ignition key #-o so that we did not make an time loosing unannounced pit stop
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Hi Andy

Here's my 3 penneth from my files - all at Snet in 'proper' +4s at the 6 hour Birkett:

1996 "The Wrong Trousers" Morgan +4 Team

Team Captain: Pete Mountain
Garage Man: Brian Gateson

Jan Bulinski Morgan +4 'Choc Ices'
Jim Deacon Morgan +4 SS
John Clarke Morgan +4 SS
Matt Taylerson Morgan +4 (VON 777)
Stephen Locket Morgan +4 (Fiat Twin Cam)

Finished 33rd overall out of 40; 34th on handicap. Weather dry, sunny, cold

Reversing off the trailer, Jim's head gasket blew and was out. Matt's axle cried enough after one session, Stephen's engine expired in his first session leaving Jan and I to do the bulk of the Birkett as a duo.

1997 "The Right Trousers" Morgan +4 Team

Team Captain: Pete Mountain
Garage Man: Brian Gateson

Jan Bulinski Morgan +4 'Choc Ices'
Peter Seargent Morgan +4
John Clarke Morgan +4 SS
Matt Taylerson Morgan +4 (VON 777)
Chris Dady Morgan +4 (Fiat twin cam

Finished 25th overall out of 41; 29th on handicap. Weather very cold (ice)

Jan broke his rocker shaft at end of 1st stint and retired, all other cars fine. Notably, beat +8 team for the 1st time.

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1999 "+4+'s" Morgan +4 Team

Team Manager: Doug Taylerson
Garage Man: Brian Gateson

John Clarke Morgan +4 SS
Matt Taylerson Morgan +4 (VON 777)
Barry Sumner Morgan +4 (Flat Rad V8)
Jack Bellinger Morgan 4/4
Tony Howard Morgan +4 SLR - DNS
Chris Dady Morgan +4 (Fiat Twin Cam) - DNS

Finished 9th overall out of 38; 1st on handicap (first win by a Morgan team since 1959 where VON 777 was team member). Weather appalling - very, very wet.

Barry managed 3 laps before retiring with water pump and throttle issues, remaining 3 cars complete the event.

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2000 "+4+" Morgan +4 Team Birkett 12 Hour Race held in June

Team Manager Doug Taylerson

Matt Taylerson Morgan +4 (VON 777)
John Clarke Morgan +4 SS
David James Morgan +4
Peter Seargent Morgan +4
Jan Bulinski Morgan +4 (Choc Ices)
Barry Sumner Morgan +4 (Flat Rad but not V8)

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Proper +4s

Finished 9th overall and 9th on handicap (how many teams entered? anyone???). Weather as one would expect in June - warm for Snet, windy.

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Proper broken +4s

Barry retired after a couple of laps with head gasket problems, David after 7 laps on 3 cylinders, Jan dumped oil all over the track late on and retired. 3 cars standing at the end. This brought to an end proper +4's contesting the Birkett..........or is it???

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Thanks John, great pictures and recollections - I was hoping someone would fill in the missing 'wrong trouser' years !

I must however pick up on your statement your statement "1st on handicap (first win by a Morgan team since 1959", Morgans won in 1978 :wink: and possibly in 1973, though Mary assures me they didn't win in 1974 despite what some of the books say.

If you're coming to the Birkett tomorrow, please bring me a copy of your book and I'll pay you in cash.

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Hi Andy

I'm sure you're correct - I was quoting from Doug's write up at the time (that's my excuse!!!)

Good luck with the Birkett tomorrow - hopefully the weather will be kind. Sorry I can't make it - booked to see the mighty Wycombe (Leigh will understand). I've put a book aside for you by the way. Only a handful left now....hooray!

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OK Thanks John,

I didn't realise Leigh supported Wycombe too ! - a bit of a trek for him, Ipswich would surely be closer for him.

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Now John says we won in 1998, and his description of Black Sheep having throttle problems is correct (don't have throttle problems twice its not recommended) vaguely recall it being wet!
But I have a trophy that's dated 24.10.99 - Snett - 1st team on handicap. cannot believe we won two years in a row!!! :?
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