Extreme 40s (dude) - High speed rock'n'roll sailing action at Cowes Week.
Making a bit of an attempt to dress to suit the car -Peter and Cath at the start of the Aviva Classic 2009
Turret totty! -No, not the nice lady in the Ferret.Peter and John in John's Fox at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels show.
Spycam picture! - well, not exactly. It's one of two prototype/test McLaren P11 cars spotted on the A3 Guildford Bypass in the morning rush hour on July 3rd 2009. - Can't be all that secret then!
Tony's 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)
Cath sent these pictures from Richard Burns' Memorial Service at St Luke's, near to the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
It was 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).
The opening 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 all Hopefulness".
After 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.
I found 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!
Finally, the order of service, which I can't look at without blubbing some more, says on the front:
GOD HAD A RALLY CAR IN HEAVEN
May 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,
The Le Mans MGB of Barry Sidery-Smith, now beautifully restored by Jeremy and Co. in action at the Goodwood Circuit Revival.
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 2006.
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.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon. A 2.0 litre JPS Capri is slowly reclaimed by nature.
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.
Our Aviation Correspondent, Mike Zoeller recently spent a week in California
helping to restore N75344 - A Lockheed Constellation.
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.
"Ah.......... Hello Ted......"
The new Rolls-Royce. Oh dear! Tony's face says it all.....
"and now my friend, the First Rule of Italian Driving. - What's behind me is Not Important..."
"Well Tony, we're pleased
with the way the car went and the rapport in the cockpit is good...
" Peter and Emily indulge in some competitive motorsport.
Gordon Murray's Pink Thunderbird at the Barley Mow, summer 2001.