VSCC @ OULTON PARK
Seamen Memorial Trophies Race Meeting.
Photos by P Trollope. Report
by C Trollope.
“Goodwood of the North” on a hot sunny Saturday 9 June 2007,
we had the privilege of witnessing the true heat of real racing
vehicles, driven with skill and daring. One could not have asked for
a better day for the spectators and drivers alike, even the
refreshment sellers had a good day! Oulton Park is such a beautiful
and demanding race track, that families and racing drivers alike
enjoy all it has to offer. Along with that go the friendly people
involved with the running of the circuit and those involved with the
There was plenty to see, eat and drink as well as, in some cases, to
Ranks and rows of classic cars covered part of the area near the
pit, scrutineers compound and refreshments. Among the cars on show
were such makes as Delarge, Lagonda, Austin, Morris, Riley, Wolseley,
MG, Bentley, Rolls etc., many of which took part in the Concours
Cars Parade. Of special note, just arrived from a visit to the Isle
of Mann, was a Rolls Royce “Silver Ghost”, from South
Africa, which was taking part in the 1907-2007 Centenary Scottish
Tour. The standard of upkeep and turnout was an outstanding credit
to the owners.
In the Racing, as in the Concours, there were an enormous variety of
makes, some replicas and some specials, taking part.
The First Race was the 6 lap Brooklands and Goddard Trophies Race.
21 cars took part. There was unfortunately an accident towards the
end of the first lap, when the cars were under the waved yellow flag
for three circuits. The driver was taken to hospital, the car
removed to the pits and the race continued. Paul Mullins, who did
the fastest lap at 75.46mph, was first in his ERA R77B; second, 18
second later, was Tony Seber in his Wolseley Hornet Special and
third, Tye Pountney in a Riley Special Sports a second in front of
Mark Piercy in a MG R Type. The other various cars taking part were:
Bentleys, Rileys, Franziss, Napier, Bugatti, Wolseley, Lagonda,
Alvis, Delage, MG, Ballamy-Ford, Frazer Nash, and GN Parker.
The next race was the 5 Lap Pre-War Handicap Race. 30 cars took
part. This type of race dates right back to the start of motor
racing, when large cars and drivers like Lancia and Nazzaro were not
only racing, but putting their lives ‘on the line’! There were 30
cars in this race and 4 had 25 second jump start penalties. Peter
Cobb, who came 5th in his Frazer Nash Super Spo did the Fastest Lap.
It was won by John Duggleby in a Riley Special; 2nd was Nicholas
Hine driving a Lagonda LG45 and 3rd came Timothy Dutton in a Ford A.
The competing car makes were:- Morgan, Frazer Nash, Brasier Voiture
de Course, Vauxhall, Fiat, Talbot, Alvis, MG, Wolseley, Bentley,
Austin, and Bugatti.
Sadly, I do not have the results of the 10 Lap Hawthorne Spanish and
Memorial Trophies Race. The Hawthorne Trophy was first awarded in
1965. The car makes which took part were: Riley, Frazer Nash, Alta,
Cooper, ERA, Riley Dobbs SS, White Riley, Maserati, HVM, Aston
Martin, and Kurtis Indy-Roadster.
The 45 minutes Bill Phillips Trophy Race was Race 4, which had 20
starters, of whom 6 were Not-Classified.
Bronson/Cannell in their Riley Blue Streak won it in 18 Laps. He
also managed the Fastest Lap of 69.77 mph. Then, 2nd, in 17 Laps was
Mahany/Baxter in the HRG Le Mans Special, and 3rd was David Pryke in
his Riley 12/4 TT Sprite Rep. The other makes in the race were
Lagonda, SS, MG, Frazer Nash, Singer, Invicta, Bentley, and Austin 7
Race 5 was the HGPCA Pre 1966 Race of 12 Laps. It is a race that
conjures up in motoring history such names as BRM, Brabham and
Cooper. It was raced with noisy speed and excitement. This race has
4 classes in it, viz., class 9 being Formula 1 and 2 pre-1959 cars
up to 2 lt., class 10 Formulary 1 pre-1966 1.5 lt. 4 cl rear engine
cars, class 11 Formula 1 pre-1966 1.5 lt. Multi-cl engined cars, and
class 12 Tasman and Intercontinental pre-1966. There were 16 cars in
this race, 4 were not-classified. 3 Fastest Laps were recognised
Robs Lamplough in a Lotus 33 at 80.70 mph, Nigel Bancroft in a
Cooper T51 at 84.08 mph while Chris Bullimore was timed in a Cooper
T45 at 78.48 mph. Nigel Bancroft won the Race. 2nd was Rod Jolley in
a Cooper T45/51 and Robs Lamplough came 3rd in the Lotus 33. The
other car makes taking part were BRM and Brabham. Incidentally,
Brian Joliffe was photographed in his Cooper T45 waiting in the
The result of Race 6, the 5 Lap Pre-War Scratch Race was decided
after some strong exciting driving. In class C, Robert Cobden won,
and a fastest lap, at 71.77 mph in a Riley Falcon Special and was
the overall winner. Class B, was won, and a fastest lap, by Mark
Piercy in an MG R Type doing 68.83 mph. Class E, was won, and a
fastest lap, by Roger Sweet in the Franziss Special timed at 69.20
mph. In class D, Grant Crawley in a Wolseley Hornet Special achieved
a Fastest Lap of 63.23 mph to win his class. Now class A, was won,
and a fastest lap, by Nick Haywood-Cook in an Austin 7 Monoposto
with a Fastest Lap of 62.73 mph. Wow, what a race that was, only 2
The Hawthorn International Trophy Race for 1950’s Sports Racing
Cars, of 10 laps, has 2 classes, one each for Drum Braked and for
Disc Braked Sports Cars. 14 cars took to the track and 4 were
Not-Classified. The winner of the Disc Braked section was Alan
Minshaw in a Maserati TIPO 61 with a speed of 80.87 mph. 2nd and
Fastest Lap in a Lister Corvette, was Jamie McIntyre, while 3rd was
Anthony Wood in a Lister Knobbly with a speed of 78.98 mph. Then in
the Drum Braked section we had 1st, and a fastest lap, by Adrian Van
de Kroft at 76.80 mph. 2nd was Kerry Horan in a Kurtis SX500 at
67.77, and 3rd Peter Mann in a Cooper Bristol T24 at 65.82 mph.
The 5 Lap Pre-War Handicap Race had 27 cars racing and 7 of them
were Not-Classified. The Fastest Lap was put in by Tye Pountney in a
Riley Special Sports with a speed of 69.32 mph. However with a speed
of 65.88 mph it was won by Nicholas Hine in a Lagonda LG45. 2nd was
Brian Maile in an Alvis Speed 25 Sports which clocked up 66.41 mph.
Mike Painter came 3rd in an MG PA travelling at 64. 83 mph.
Sadly, the day’s Racing closed with the
next race being cut from 10 laps to 6 because of the lack of time.
It was the Boulogne Trophy Race. 14 cars competed in this race and
one was Not-Classified. The Fastest Lap was made by Stuart Fearnside
in a Bentley 3/8 2 Str Spl at 69.75 mph. The winner was Julian
Majzub in a Bentley Pacey-Hassan with an average speed of 68.58 mph.
2nd place went to Robert Carr in an AC/GN Special doing a creditable
68.37 mph and 3rd was Gaggy Caroline in a Morgan Super Aero
averaging 68.30 mph. Stuart Fearnside in a Bentley 3/8 2 Straight
Special did the Fastest Lap at 69.75 mph. The other racing makes in
the race were: GN Parker, Bugatti, GN/Ford, GN Thunderbug, and a
It was a great day’s racing for
Do not miss the big event at Oulton Park
later this year… “The Oulton Park Gold Cup” on Monday
27 August 2007. This will be a day of action and fun for all the
family! Contact Oulton Park on (+44) 0 1829 760 301 for more
information or visit
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Our thanks to all who took part,
especially the drivers, mechanics and voluntary marshals. Our thanks
also go to the VSCC Staff and Officials along with the Oulton Park
Staff and Officials. Congratulations to you all for a great day