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Racing, Record Breaking and Rolls-Royce at the 2017 Autumn Seminar

The SAHB Autumn Seminar, with the AGM and Motoring Literature Fair, was held at The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation in Paulerspury on 22nd October 2017, after an excellent informal dinner the evening before at the Villiers Hotel in Buckingham.

A full report on the seminar will appear in the next issue of the SAHB Times, but here is a list of the talks and speakers:

  • Philip Newsome: Macau Grand Prix – probably the greatest street race in the world
  • Tom Purves Chairman, Royal Automobile Club: The legacy of Charles Rolls and Claude Johnson and what Henry Royce might have made of it
  • Mike Varndell: ‘The British are Coming’ – a look at British record breaking and the people that made it happen
  • Tony Bagnall: The history of motor racing at Aintree
  • John Brooks: GT Racing in the 90’s

All the talks were of outstanding quality, with pictures and film that made us gasp at times with their quality, rarity and insight into the excitement, danger and camaraderie of racing and record-breaking, and the unparalleled attention to excellence started by Rolls, Royce and Johnson, and maintained to this day.

As always, we were warmly welcomed and looked after by Philip Hall and the Hunt House team.

The Aston was just about to be taken home by two well-wrapped-up attendees.  The weather was good, but not that good!


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