120 Miles an Hour with Seven Horsepower (Mar, 1933)

120 Miles an Hour with Seven Horsepower
More like a war tank than a racing car appears the. seven-horsepower machine just completed for George Eyston, noted British racer. Its design is expected to permit speeds in excess of two miles a minute. The driver sits enclosed within a streamlined, cabin-like frame of steel fitted with windows of mica. He wears a suit of asbestos as a fire precaution, and breathes through a contrivance resembling a gas mask to avoid-the carbon monoxide gas that might leak into the cockpit. There is also a dust chimney to carry away from the conning tower dirt kicked up by the wheels and prevent the windows from becoming obscured. Veteran racers say an attempt at 120-mile speed in so small a car is more dangerous than an assault, with a heavier machine, upon the world’s auto speed record.

  1. Stannous says: February 15, 20074:50 pm

    No mention of this car so it must have not succeeded (it doesn’t seem likely with that small an engine) but he did set numerous land speed records:

    Captain George Edward Thomas Eyston was born in1897 and during his racing career established more records than virtually any other driver including breaking the land Speed record three times.

    Between 1926 and 1954 Eyston too hundreds of records at Brooklands, Montlhery, Pendine Sands and Bonneville using cars ranging from a 750 c.c. M.G to the 73 litre 4,500 horse power Thunderbolt.

    Originally a motor cycle racer before the Great War, he started in cars in 1923 coming 4th in the Brooklands 200 mile race of that year and went on to drive many makes of car including Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Riley although he is possibly best remembered for his M.G.s. On the 1st April 1929 he was awarded his Brooklands 120 m.p.h. badge driving a Bugatti and in 1931 won the B.R.D.C. Gold Star.

    On the 30th April 1932, driving a Panhard in a duel with John Cobb’s V-12 Delage during the British Empire Trophy Race he was awarded his Brooklands 130 m.p.h. badge and in 1934 he went on to win the race outright in an M.G.

    His last record was in 1954 when he averaged 120.74 m.p.h. for twelve hours in a car which combined an M.G.A. chassis with an unsupercharged modified 1,500 c.c. TF engine.

  2. Morph says: August 21, 201211:43 am

    That car is the 750cc MG, so it did do well with that small engine 🙂

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