Aston Martin 1500cc competes at Brands Hatch, 1954.
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Unlike some of the glossy race programmes in this section, this simple programme, printed on card, is no more than a fold-out list of all the competitors, their cars, and the various awards that were to be given out at this speed meeting. The event, held at Brands Hatch Stadium on April 11th, 1954, was organised by the Tunbridge Wells Motor Club. Other clubs participating in this event were as follows: The 750 Motor Club (MC), VSCC, BARC, Maidstone and Mid Kent MC, Kentish Border CC, Aston Martin OC (AMOC), and the Surrey Sporting MC. The programme cost 1 shilling.
Certificate of Performance for Mr C.H. Sutcliffe in his Aston Martin.
Along with the programme came this interesting certificate, awarded to C.H. Sutcliffe in his Aston Martin 1500cc. He completed two laps, from a standing start, at an average speed of 47.04mph. The programme however spells his surname as Sutcliff, his entry number at this post-war sprint was 51, and he was entered into Class V for cars of over 1100cc and upto 1500cc engines (his Aston displaced 1495cc). Although there is no mention of the Aston's registration, I'm sure someone will recognise this driver and his car, and, chances are, the Aston is still around.
A wide variety of cars were entered into this sprint meeting, these included:
- Austin 7s (courtesy of the 750 MC)
- Wicken Sportsmobile (a Ford 1172-based creation entered by G. Wicken)
- Lotus MkIIIB
- Jowett Jupiter
- MG 1250cc
- Frazer-Nash 1971cc
- Rileys including an Ulster sp.
- RWG (a 1098cc car driven by R. Watling-Greenwood)
- Aston Martin 1500cc
- Morris 918cc
- Renault 750cc
- Cannon A30
- Austin 1200cc (supercharged and un-supercharged)
- Aston Martin 1997cc
- Jowett Javelin
- Alfa Romeo 1750 s/c
- Aston Martin 2580cc
- Bugatti special
- JRM (3900cc)
- Jaguette (2664cc s/c)
- Grenfell Special
If anyone can provide photos, or information on the current whereabouts of the Aston Martin, then please get in touch and I'll update this page.
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