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The Crumpled Cup Auto Solo – Rolls Royce Car Park Filton

On Sunday I headed down to Queen Square for the regular second Sunday of the month Avenue Drivers Club meeting only to find all access roads blocked by Bristol Half Marathon stewards one of whom apparently had no idea where Queen Square was, which made for an interesting point of departure for a conspiracy theory which I shall refrain from repeating here.

MCW Metrobus MkII, Rolls Royce Car Park, Filton

Later at mid day I made my way over to the Rolls Royce Car Park at Filton for the Bristol Pegasus Motor Clubs first Crumpled Cup Autosolo. Upon reflection I wish I had stopped off longer at The Ark Bus, 1982 MCW Metrobus, a faith in motion project, to ask for some much needed devine intervention to help me to remember the three different routes through the 31 cones that were to make up the three timed tests of the event.

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The Volkswagen Golf Mk IV Estate is not an obvious choice of vehicle for this type of event and certainly not when carrying more than half a tank of fuel, but I determined that I would have fun and that I did in spades despite the fact that of my nine runs, three times through each of the three routes I actually only managed to complete the course correctly on five occasions ! Fortunately this was still better than some so I did not come last in the front wheel drive class.

Honda Civic, Rolls Royce Car Park, Filton,

Martyn Mitchell warned me that his Honda Civic would only be in contention for the slowest time of the day and perhaps next time he will join me by the bus in some requests for devine intervention on the memory front.

Citroen Saxo, George/Ashley Pope, Rolls Royce Car Park, Filton

Father and son George and Ashley Pope shared their Citroën Saxo to take front wheel drive honours with Ashley only scoring two clean runs on the final test which ironically was the only test on which George scored only one clean run, George was the comfortable winner of the front wheel drive class and would have finished 3rd overall had the event been run as an open competition between all eight competitors.

Westfield SEiW, Andy Moss, Rolls Royce Car Park, Filton

Struggling with the turning circle of his self built Westfield SEiW was club chairman Andy Moss.

Vauxhall VX220, Martyn Lidbury, Rolls Royce Car Park, Filton

Despite having the smaller Lotus Elise size front tyres on his Vauxhall VX220 Martyn Lidbury also struggled with the turning circle of his car which otherwise made all the right noises as he drove it to third in class on his first event with the club.

Westfield SEiW, Ben Bishop, Rolls Royce Car Park, Filton

Second in the rear wheel drive class was Ben Bishop in his Westfield SEiW with the second best score overall too.

Mazda MX5, Chris Buckley, Rolls Royce Car Park, Filton

Lowest scores of the day were recorded by Chris Buckley in his supercharged Mazda MX5 who only scored maximum points on his very first run of the afternoon.

Everybody seemed to enjoy the event which I hope shall be the first of many to come, my thanks to Pete Goodman for getting permission from Rolls Royce to use the venue, to Alan Spencer for organising the event, to Tim Murray the events secretary and score keeper, marshals Ann Mitchell and Nick Woods and not least my fellow competitors who made the 4 hours of the competition fly by.

Thanks for joining me on this “The Crumpled Cup Auto Solo” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a Mercury Monterey. Don’t forget to come back now !


What Goes Around (Slight Reprise) – Ferrari 250 MM Vignale #0260MM

I first looked at today’s featured Vignale bodied Ferrari 250 MM #0260MM in June 2011, but since Geoffrey Horton was kind enough to send me some more recent photo’s of it I can indulge you with a few snippets of additional information that have come to light.

Ferrari 250 MM Vignale, Blackhawk Museum

Phil Hill sold the car after he had raced it 5 times from new to Charles Brown of Monroe Los Angeles. While the car was in Charlies care he entered it for William Jarnigan to drive in a couple of races run at Bergstrom Air Force Base (AFB) in March 1954, William repaid his owners faith with 2 class wins coming 4th overall on both occasions.

Ferrari 250 MM Vignale, Blackhawk Museum

In July 1954 Charles finished 3rd in class at Offutt AFB coming home 8th overall. In October 1954 the motor was recorded as having been rebuilt at the Ferrari factory.

Ferrari 250 MM Vignale, Blackhawk Museum

The next recorded owner is Ernie Miller of New Orleans, Los Angeles who is known to have raced the car on at least one occasion in the Hammond Grand Prix where Ernie is recorded as having finished 3rd overall in what is thought to be #0260MM’s last in period competitive appearance.

Ferrari 250 MM Vignale, Blackhawk Museum

Allen S Bishop is credited with restoring #0260MM between 1972 and 1975, after which original owner Phil Hill was reunited with the car for a classic race at Monterey in 1984 from which he car was retired.

Ferrari 250 MM Vignale, Blackhawk Museum

It is believed that #0260MM fetched US$ 1.2 million from an anonymous purchaser in 1995. Phil Hill was reunited again with the car at Monterey in August 2001, though no race results for that particular reunion appear to have been recorded.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing these photographs taken at the Blackhawk Museum late last year.

Thanks for joining me on this “What Goes Around (Slight Reprise)” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a look at a Crusader built in Washington…. Co Durham. Don’t forget to come back now !