MGCC FISCAR FLIERS/ICONIC50s

Silverstone GP - 22nd August 2014

All FISCAR group. Alex Quattlebaum in his LECo2. Behind from left to right, Nigel Grice (Healey 100), Howrad Maguire (MG Playford ), Stuart Dean (Dick Jacobs Special) and George Edney (MG Lester). All four of the MG powered cars are FLIERS, the Healey, a regular Inter-Marque racer!                                            Photo - Pat Arculus   

PREAMBLE

The FLIERS had only their second race as part of MGCCs Iconic 50s race on the Silverstone GP circuit and FISCAR helped contribute cars to three of the four classes which made up the field. Although the grid size in the mid 20s was adequate, it could certainly have been larger, but it was well balanced with some interesting cars. Put together in the end at fairly short notice by Jonathan Harmer (MGCC) and the writer, it was a pretty good first effort as far as we were both concerned.  The four classes were FISCAR FLIERS, Iconic 50s, original MGA types and MG T types although a couple of cars were, with hindsight, allocated to the wrong classes.  

Sadly, both  Jaguar XK 120s of Colin Youle and Nick Wilkins failed to materialise, Andy Moore withdrew his MGA following the engine failure at our recent Historic Inter-Marque race at Donington and John Tewson also withdrew his Frogeye Sprite following a small electrical burnout in the wiring behind his instrument panel which couldn’t be rectified in time. This loss of 4 cars was however partly offset by the addition of two late entries namely the Healey 100/4 of Jonathan Abecassis which instantly installed him as race favourite and a very exciting FLIER newcomer, Paul Griffin in the Connaught ALSR, who because of his late entry finished up in the race programme and results in the Iconic 50 class rather than the FLIER class. 

Paul Griffin in his first race with his lovely new acquisition, the Connaught ALSR - A Class 1 FLIER - Photo - Bob Bull

RACE

Jonathan Abecassis failed to convert pole into either a lead or a win. In his enthusiasm to overcome a poor start and recover all the lost ground in the first lap, he spun in the pack. A lot of near misses ensued but he was unable to avoid Alan Kyson’s MGA Twin Cam which retired on the spot whilst the Healey limped into retirement with both front wings and ‘rare as hen’s teeth’ grill damaged. Jonathan held his hand up afterwards and  it was such a shame for both cars, and with 30 minutes to run, he clearly had the pace in the car to work his way back to the front.

Charles Fripp (Gomm Jaguar) runs ahead of Paul Griffin (Connaught ALSR) and Roger Daniell (MGA Twin Cam)

Photo - Pat Arculus  

This all left the MGA of Mark Ellis in the lead chased by Brian Arculus (Lotus MkIX), the fast starting Bruce Riches (Elva Mk5), Graham Coles (MGA) and Alex Quattlebaum in the LECo2 with the rest of this interesting mix of cars in pursuit. A number of the FLIERS were already making their presence felt in the top half of the field and our leading Inter-Marque car was the remaining Healey 100 of Nigel Grice who had quietly slotted into 6th, a position that he held for the first half of the race, whilst Charles Fripp, in the Gomm Jaguar, our only Chairman’s car entered, in 19th place at the end of lap 1, started to work his way forward.

Stuart Dean retired the Dick Jacobs Special with head gasket failure                                       Photo - Bob Bull

George Edney also failed to finish in the pretty MG Lester Sports              - Photo - John Turner

Howard Maguire drove the MG Playford to a fine 6th place.                                        Photo - Bob Bull

By the end of lap 3, Coles had moved the MGA passed Arculus and then closed the gap to the leader, the two MGB engined cars running nose to tail for a while before Coles took the lead.  By this time Quattlebaum had taken the LECo into 4th intent on getting on terms with Arculus, these two proving once again to be the quickest of the FLIERS, despite the excellent 5th place qualifying pace of Howard Maguire in the MG Playford  who was consistently circulating in 7th. Charles Harmer in his MG TF retired with gearbox problems after only two laps, but his brother Jonathan, who organised this race was going great guns in his TF, although not yet leading his class. A couple of laps later we lost Stuart Dean in the lovely Dick Jacobs Special, the first FLIER to retire, with head gasket failure. Disappointingly, just 2 laps later, George Edney, also dropped out with his MG Lester, the second of the two FLIER not to make the flag. On the same lap (lap 7) Nick Ashman in the leading MG T Type also retired his TC.

Shaun Bromley holds off Roger Daniell in their splendid MGA duel to the finishing line.               Photo - John Turner

Meanwhile, former leader Ellis had dropped to 5th, apparently in trouble, whilst Arculus had started to edge closer to leader Coles who then retired on lap 9. Brian had posted fastest race lap on lap 8 and was already on the tail of Coles at the time of the latter’s retirement, and assumed a comfortable lead over (by his own admission!) a tiring Quattlebaum, who was nevertheless in 2nd at this point but being caught by Riches and a resurgent Ellis. Ellis on the last lap made a demon  overtake on both Riches and Quattlebaum going into Brooklands only to overcook it. He got onto the grass, lost the back end and, returning to the track at Luffield going backwards, oh so nearly collected the LECo with Riches also taking avoiding action. The result was that all three cars assumed their positions prior to this sequence of events and took the flag in 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions in the order, Quattlebaum, Riches, and Ellis.

Photo - Pat Arculus

Photo - Pat Arculus

This and above - Mark Ellis has his 'Ooops' moment.                                                      Photo - John Turner

This and above - Mark Ellis has his 'Ooops' moment.                                                      Photo - John Turner

This was about as close as Alex got to Brian but he vowed to make Brian's race much more difficult at Donington in August when we hope to see Rod Begbie give both of them a run for their money in his Elva Mk4.         Photo - Pat Arculus

This was about as close as Alex got to Brian but he vowed to make Brian's race much more difficult at Donington in August when we hope to see Rod Begbie give both of them a run for their money in his Elva Mk4.         Photo - Pat Arculus

FLIER BITS

  • Tony Page, the original owner of the winning Lotus MkIX, was present at the meeting and although he had to leave the circuit before the race ended, stayed long enough to see Brian Arculus take the lead in it. Tony had driven the car successfully in the 1955 Goodwood 9 Hours, a lifetime ago!
  • The Elva Mk 5 of Bruce Riches was in the Iconic 50s class rather than the FLIERS only because the car is fitted with a Coventry Climax 1220cc FWE rather than the FWA 1100cc required to comply with our regulations.
  • As noted above, the Connaught ALSR was allocated to the Iconic 50s class but is in a fact a truly compliant FLIER .

John Turner

Brian Arculus, outright wiiner and therefore also FLIERS winner!                                          Photo - Pat Arculus 

Brian Arculus, outright wiiner and therefore also FLIERS winner!                                          Photo - Pat Arculus 

FISCAR FLIERS Class                        
 O/A   Class    No    Name                                Car                            Laps           Time
                        
    1        FF2       71     Brian Arculus              Lotus MkIX                 11          30.45.676
    2       FF1        17     Alex Quattlebaum     LECo2                            11          30.55.472
    6       FF1         6     Howard Maguire        MG Playford           11          31.23.196
    15      FF1        36   Paul Griffin                    Connaught ALSR    10        31.19.064
 DNF    FF1         9     George Edney               MG Lester                   6    
 DNF    FF1         1      Stuart Dean                   MG DJS                          4    
 DNS    INV               John Tewson                 A/H Sprite        

Iconic 50s Class

    3      IC50       5    Bruce Riches                  Elva Mk5                         11      30.57.542
    4      IC50      87   Mark Ellis                        MGA                                   11      31.05.155
    5     IC50     126   Nigel Grice                       A/H 100M                          11      31.11.541
   12     IC50       8    Charles Fripp                Gomm Jaguar Sp.      11      33.20.775
 DNF   IC50     46    Graham Coles                 MGA                                8    
 DNF   IC50    120   Jonathan Abecassis    A/H 100/4                     1    
 DNF    IC50    32    Alan Kyson                     MGA Twin Cam             0    
 DNS    IC50    14     Colin Youle                    Jaguar XK120        
 DNS    IC50    36    Nick Wilkins                   Jaguar XK120        

MGA Class

7    Simon Gurney    MGA           57              11    32.44.917

13  Shaun Bromley  MGA          28              11     33.24.572    

14  Roger Daniell    Twin Cam   27               11    33.24.929

16  Terry Bryant      MGA           10               9      33.16.499

DNS  Mark Daniell  Twin Cam  

DNS  Mark Ellis        MGA