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Old 11 Jan 2009, 15:33 (Ref:2369420)   #1
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These photos are from an album of my late Fathers. I've scanned them myself so quality may not be that good! They were all on the same page so I am assuming are the same date and event. I have no idea if they are pre or post WW2, and although cars 14 & 16 are recogniseable, anyone fill in all the rest- including which chassis 14 & 16 are? I have some more of another event which I will post on another thread if this attempt is successful!











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Old 11 Jan 2009, 17:24 (Ref:2369475)   #2
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The where is easy - Donington Park

The what - Photos 1,2 & 3 are ERAs.

I'll leave the really hard bit for later!
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Old 11 Jan 2009, 17:48 (Ref:2369496)   #3
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Donington makes it pre-war.

The 1936 GP had fourERAs in it:
#8 Whitehead
#14 Briault
#15 Tongue
#16 A Dobson
See this summary: http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/gp366.htm#37
Photo 1 is of #14
Photo 2 is of #16 and the garage confirms the name.

However the garage numbers in 1 don't tally with photo 1.
If it is '36 then #2 is Cholmondley-Tapper's Maserati and #18(?) is Bira's Maserati.

However I am sure someone who actually knows something can confirm/deny and fill in all the details.
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Old 11 Jan 2009, 18:33 (Ref:2369525)   #4
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Thanks Steve & Adam. Donington pre-war makes sense as Dad was studying at Loughborough and if it is 1936 he would have been 18, which sounds right. Oh, and sorry, no extra points for working out they are ERAs Steve!

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Old 12 Jan 2009, 08:01 (Ref:2369755)   #5
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These photos were together in another album, so again I assume taken at the same time & place. Any info welcome!













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Old 12 Jan 2009, 09:43 (Ref:2369804)   #6
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These are post war, the first photo is of Connaught A-type, suspect the next 2 may be V16 BRM, possibly at Boreham, 1954?
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 09:46 (Ref:2369805)   #7
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NEXT PHOTO IS bUGATTI T-35 OR 51, THEN lOTUS 6, DONT KNOW THE NEXT, AND LAST IS EARLY cOOPER bRISTOL, POSSIBLY aNTONY cROOK
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 12:53 (Ref:2369906)   #8
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The pictures are not from the 1936 Donington Grand Prix, though I can't say which event they are from. I would suggest that 1938 is the correct year however.

ERA number 14 looks like R3A to me which was Charlie Martin's car. I am by no means sure.

ERA number 16 is a works C Type which would make it either R4C (later D) or R12C (later sold to Prince Chula and named Hanuman). I would plump for the former which would make it Mays' car.

The tail shot of a car going away is of one of the works Twin Cam Austins. It looks like it is going up the hill having left the Melbourne hairpin which presumably dates it as 1938 as the loop wasn't used until the Tourist Trophy in September 1937.

Car number 2 is definitely not a Maserati 8CM. I can't identify it and I'm confused by the right hand side exhaust.

Car 18 is another ERA, whose I don't know.
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 13:04 (Ref:2369910)   #9
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Definitely not Boreham in 1954 as it a) closed after the 1952 season and b) the circuit layout was very different - there were no slow corners marked by oil drums. It was a very fast circuit, similar to the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

I think the venue might well be Silverstone but for a sprint meeting which leads me to think the photos of the BRM V16 are from a different meeting.

The Bugatti is Sarginson's T35T (2.3 litres unblown).

Lotus Mk VI

The next photo I would suggest is of a Buckler 90 and the last looks like one of the F2 Frazer Nashes converted to a sports car - it looks very like the ex Ken Wharton car.
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 15:31 (Ref:2369976)   #10
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I think they come from two venues - bottom 4 on an airfield and if as you said before your father was at Loughborough then picture 2 of that group could be Wymeswold airfield just outside Loughborough - also all the cars in airfield shots have number plates - some sort of club sprint
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 15:52 (Ref:2369993)   #11
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Thanks for the replies, guys. As it was after the war (V16 BRM obviously) Dad was then resident in Norfolk. Did the BRM ever race at Snetterton? The other shots certainly could be a sprint, and as the Lotus first appeared in 1952 could be Snett as well?

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Old 12 Jan 2009, 15:58 (Ref:2370000)   #12
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Mike - if your father was in norflok by then I am wrong - you might try eastern counties motor Club who were formed in 1950 and ran sprints etc and used many of the local airfields
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The numbers don't match in the 1938 race: http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/gp386.htm#33
ERAs are #19 (Dobson), #15 (Connell), #18 (Cotton). Again the Maserati don't match.
If it was the '38 GP, surely there would be a Auto Union or Mercedes-Benz?

1937 GP doesn't match completely either.

However there are the JCC 200 miles races?

As I said before, I know nothing.
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 19:50 (Ref:2370148)   #14
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Mike - thanks for posting such interesting photos.

The ERA photos (and I suspect the others) were taken at the British Empire Trophy at Donington on 1st April 1939.
Car No.16 is R4D of Arthur Dobson
Car No. 14 is R11B of Hon. Peter Aitken
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Car No.18 is ERA R2A of Conn Pollock.
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