Pre-1960 Saloon Racing
The Vintage Car Club of New Zealand has now allowed pre-1960 saloons into their races. That’s great and something Trevor thought of about four years ago. However, in his opinion, the club must keep a tight rein on the rules. Nothing later than 1959. Colin Hey was the first to take this invitation up with his 1958 1500cc Wolseley at the 2019 SKOPE Classic at Ruapuna. The following year Jarred Dacombe joined the ranks with his 1957 Nash Metropolitan. This class has great potential – and it got Trevor thinking about some of the cars that he’d like to see competing in the VCC’s pre-1960 class.
recently came across a photograph taken at Siverstone in the UK, probably in late 1959 or early 1960. It appears to have been shot just seconds before the start, but look where the ‘officials’ are standing! They are both to the side and the rear of the field. I can spot four Mk2 Jaguars, two Sunbeam Rapiers, three MkII Zephyrs, one lone Volvo, two DKWs, one Riley or Wolseley 1500, one Borgward Isabella, four Austin or Morris Minis (850cc?), one MG Magnette and one 105E Anglia. (I can’t identify the blue car with the white roof, opposite the four men in front of the red ‘THE MOTOR’ sign. Looks like a 1953-55 Vauxhall Velox but surely that can’t be right? Can any readers identify this car?
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