m ia v Three in a row
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by James Millen • It was all happening at Warley on Sunday. Rain, hail, an "icy airstream from the Arctic" (Daily Telegraph), a tie in the biggest class (32 entries) of the day (Class D)—the winner being decided on a superior score on the road section, and the completion of a hat-trick of wins by G. Sutherland of Ford, in Class Fl, A fine performance by Mr. Sutherland who had only one rival to beat this year, but he did the job ably enough with total penalties of only 90. There were two other outstanding performances—by H. Hopkins (National Carriers) who handled his heavy artic superbly to record the fewest penalties (60) of the day in Class G, and by D. Lucas whose comfortable win in Class El won him the Southend Standard Trophy for the overall best performance of the day.
On the basis that a score of less than 100 penalties is one of high merit, other outstanding displays were given by F. Sturley (GPO, London), L. Lane (Plessey Ltd.) and E. Fry (Ford Motor Co.).
A pity about poor Mr. Lazell. He was also set for a hat-trick this year, but transferring from the comparative tranquillity of Class F2 to the fierce competition of Class D did him no good at all. He could finish only 20th of 32.
S.P.D., for reasons not known, relinquished the team prize by not competing. Ford, who supplied the venue, competed with sufficient relish to become the new team winners, Speaking of venue, the Ford Central Office offers exceptionally good facilities. This, combined with the endearing personality of irrepressible organizing secretary and commentator Eddy Barber made this round, as always, a pleasure to attend.
Class A: up to 1 Bft and over 1 ton unladen weight: 1, A. Lue-Tiam (GPO London) BMC, 124 points: 2. E. Cooper (Ford Motor Co.) Ford, 142; 3, J. Linney (Shell-Met and BP Ltd.) Commer, 176.
Class B; over 18ft to 19ft: 1, C. Collins (Harris Ops) Ltd.) BMC, 128; 2, W. Holder (Byford Bros.) BMC. 279; 3. J. Backhouse (Plessey Ltd.) Bedford 298.
Class C: over 19ft to 22ft: 1, F. Sturley (GPO. London) Karrier, 92; 2, K. Got ton (Schweppes Ltd.) Bedford, 111; 3, B. Hatiey IP and EE. Min of Def.) Bedford, 175 Class D; over 22ft to 25ft: 1, F. Nicklin (Plessey Ltd) Ford, 110; 2, P. Glynn (Express Dairy Ltd.) Ford, 110; 3, J. Maclaren (Schweppes Ltd.) Bedford. 115. Class El: over 25ft with two axles: 1, D. Lucas (Harris lips) Ltd.) Commer. 69; 2. L. Lane (Plessey Ltd.) Ford, 91;3, P. Clarke (Ford Motor Co.) Ford, 135. Class E2: over 25ft with more than two axles: 1, L. Pyne (Shell-Mex and BP Ltd) AEC, 123; 2, J. Cox (Shell-Max and BP Ltd.) AEC, 181; 3, T. Parker IShell-Mex and BP Ltd.( Foden 191.
Class El; flat or sided semi-trailers up to 33ft: 1, G. Sutherland (Ford Motor Co.) Ford, 90:2, R. Baker (National Carriers) Karrier, 189; only two entries.
Class F2: box or tank semi-trailers up to 33ft;
1, P. Cordell (Shell-Mex and BP Ltd.) Scammell, 113; 2, L. Ward (National Carriers) Karrier, 117: 3, J. Hallam (Harvey Bradfield and Toyer) Bedford, 138.
Class G: flat or sided semi-trailers over 33ft:
1, H. Hopkins (National Carriers) Bedrord, 60;
2, E. Fry (Ford Motor Co.) Ford, 88: 3, H. Howard (Ind Coope Ltd.) Leyland. 125.
Class H: box or tank semi-trailer over 33ft:
1, K. Driver (Shell-Mex and BP Ltd.) Scammell, 92; 2, P. Moss (Texaco Ltd.) AEC. 137; 3, J. Ward (Shell-Max and BP Ltd.) Scammell, 154.
Overall winner; D. Lucas (Harris lips) Ltd.).
Best team: Ford Motor Co. (E. Cooper, G. Sutherland and W. Waddup).