You'll find images of member's whizzers in the Virtual
Garage but here is a chance to see other stuff we have seen and pointed
at at various events. .
Martlet hillclimb car can be found on the garage page but here's a photo
from his drag racing days. The bike is his 900cc Morgo powered "Intruder"
which regularly ran in the 9s. Note the Shorrock supercharger (which of
course marks him as a true gentleman)
sent these pictures from Richard
Burns' Memorial Service at St Luke's, near to the Royal Marsden Hospital
a very sad, but uplifting and moving service - the tone set right from
the start by the presence of Richard and Robert's Peugeot challenge car
and 2001 Impreza parked outside (blub) (see pics).
music was Elgar's "Nimrod" (blub), the first hymn
was "Lord of the Dance". The first address was spoken by Jon Desborough.
Steve Rider read an excerpt from Richard's autobiography. The second hymn
was "Jerusalem"(blub), Jeremy Clarkson read Rudyard Kipling's "If" (blub),
Colin McMaster (a friend of Richard's) reminisced about their Prodrive days,
we sang "Silent Night". Richard's sister Joanna read "Death
is Nothing at All" by Canon Henry Scott-Holland and the final hymn was "Lord of
the service I loitered outside with the great and the good for a while,
and was openly and warmly acknowledged by Tiff Needell, Jon Desborough,
Corrado Provera, Steve Rider and any number of serious-looking people NOT
wearing "speccy" rally jackets. Was this because I was
proudly wearing my full set of Network Q/Wales RallyGB marshalling badges
(less the one I can't find). Was the acknowledgement from and to those
on the 'inside' of the motorsport world, as opposed to those on the sofa
with a beer. Maybe? Who knows. Perhaps they thought I was someone else.
an opportunity to shake Jeremy Clarkson's hand and thank him for the little
snippet which Top Gear broadcast in honour of Richard. He was gracious,
said that it was actually his producer's idea but he had been totally in
favour, and made reference to the news of Richard's passing being overshadowed
by that of a certain footballer, whom Mrs Clarkson then referred to as
a 'drunken lout'. Respect to scary Mrs Clarkson!
the order of service, which I can't look at without blubbing some more,
says on the front:
A celebration of his life
GOD HAD A RALLY CAR IN HEAVEN
=HE NEEDED THE BEST RALLY DRIVER TO DRIVE IT,
SO HE CALLED RICHARD"
Richard rest in peace,
on the order of service it says "Donations in memory of Richard
may be made to Cancer Research UK and sent to: A.B. Walker and Son Limited,
158 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire, RG9 1EA"
car in the foreground during an epic Sevens tour of the US in 2005. For
lots more images see http://www.chevroletwestfield.co.uk/gallery/
Mans MGB of Barry Sidery-Smith, now beautifully restored by Jeremy and Co.
in action at the Goodwood Circuit Revival.
driving the Ex-Mike Hawthorn Riley Ulster Imp at Tilford. A wonderful and truly
historic car. Many thanks to owner Tim Ely for his generosity.
George has finished
the welding on his Mini and it now not only has an MOT but a competition history
as well. - Cambridge Car Club Roger Holmes Memorial Production Car Trial, January
Who was that masked man? We
had a lot of fun livening up a recent track day by borrowing some track time
in their lunch hour, the V16 BRM gets a brief airing.
What does it sound like? - Indescribable!
The Creature from the
Black Lagoon. A
2.0 litre JPS Capri is slowly reclaimed by nature.
Concorde G-BBDG Arrives at Brooklands. - The two main
fuselage sections are lifted off the lorries on May 5 2004.
She's now almost back in one piece as volunteers have been working non-stop to
restore her to her former glory.
to find out more and make a donation
Brooklands played host
to a big gathering of American cars in Spring 2005. This unusual Desoto Sportsman
was spotted among the Dodge Chargers and Corvettes.
Ever wondered what kind of car is on the Peter Gabriel album?
I thought I'd cracked it when I saw this Aston Martin V8, especially
as the colour is close but no, look:
Apparently The best theory
is that it's a1964-69 Lancia Fulvia Coupe. (thanks
Darryl) - I'll look out for one and see if I can re-stage the photo.
Our Aviation Correspondent, Mike Zoeller recently spent a week in California
helping to restore N75344 - A Lockheed Constellation.
A fabulous and rare beast, this is now in flying condition, sponsored by
If you like old Prop -driven Lockheeds, visit
Mike's site dedicated to them: Burbank's
Best- The Lockheed Twins site.
Cath with Thrust SSC at
Southampton University, while its creators were collecting their honorary
degrees . A while ago now but hey, it's a historic photo from the Roberts
Archive of Interesting Stuff.
The very last ever Concorde flight takes off from Heathrow to fly to
Filton. (Grabbed frame from video footage.- Ill put the movie up here when
I've worked out how)
Robin's MG Magnette racer is fired up in the farmyard during major
re-fettling by Rob, hence the lack of bodywork.
Following the Midget's triumphant
return to Le Mans the other year, I managed to find this snap from
March 1987. I lived in Orleans for a while and took the car across
for a pilgrimage.
If you look carefully you can see the nearside headlamp rim has been
Aah, France... some things never change...
new Rolls-Royce. Oh dear! Tony's
face says it all.....
now my friend, the First Rule of Italian Driving. - What's behind me is Not
Who's a Smart chap then? Dob and his new little friend contemplate the
Brooklands Test Hill.
Gordon Murray's Pink Thunderbird at the Barley Mow, summer 2001.
L-R: Eric Thompson, Dave Price, Peter Renn (who he?), Gordon
Murray, Tony Brooks, Ken Tyrrell.
The occasion was one of Eoin Young's famous
motorsport lunches and a wonderful afternoon. P.R.
the whole story in Eoin's new book: "IT STILL BEATS WORKING" - plug, plug..)