Lea-Francis on YouTube
Short descriptions of film/video clips available on the internet, plus their links.
Title: LFOC Autumn Rally 2017. Duration: 35m. Quality: Good. Description: A record of the Lea-Francis Owners’ Clubs’ 2017 Autumn Tour. Thanks to Nigel Fowler for putting together this record of the event.
Title: Keith Poynter Tribute, posted Feb 6 2017. Duration: 27m. Quality: Good. Description: A brief glimpse into the world of the Lea Francis Owners Club as lead ably by our late great friend, past President and life member Keith Poynter 1932 - 2017 who recently died aged almost 85.
The video which was shot in 2003 shows Keith and his son Colin racing their Lea-Francis Hypers side by side at Malloy Park. Keith’s car is No.57 and he is wearing red overalls, while Colin’s is No.56 and he is wearing black overalls. The end part of the Video is coverage of the Lea Francis Owners Club 50th Celebrations at Stanford Hall in June 2003 and the special prize giving of Long Service Awards to it’s eminent members including Keith.
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Lea-Francis gains class win in VSCC 2017 Speed Championship
Congratulations to Richard Houlgate
Following a very succesful season of competing in sprints and hill climbs, Richard Houlgate has won Class 4 of the Vintage Sports Car Club’s 2017 Speed Championship. An accomplished trials driver an Austin 7 and a Marlin, Richard competes in speed events with his 1930 Lea-Francis Hyper Replica, which is built on a W-Type chassis, 18123. The photo above, taken by Mark Ballard, shows Richard at Harewood Speed Hill Climb on his way to a win in Class 4 with a time of 82.53 seconds.
Brooklands Double Twelve 2017
Lea-Francis at Brooklands
Georg Prugger and Graham White in their S type Hypers 14176 & 14083 respectively try out the Brooklands Finishing Straight after its re-opening by The Earl of March at the 2017 Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival on June 17 2017. The £7 million scheme, which includes £4.7 million Heritage Lottery funding, has seen the 1940 built Bellman Hangar moved to the other side of the track, exposing the original concrete and re-connecting the Clubhouse with the Banking. (Photo: Mick Walsh)
Organised bt the Brooklands Museum in association with the Vintage Sports-Car Club, Double Twelve event celebrates the rich motoring history of Brooklands and is held on the weekend closest to the Anniversary of the original opening of the Brooklands race track in 1907. The two-day event features Speed Trials, Driving Tests, Concours and Test Hill ascents.
The Double Twelve Speed Trials are held on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit. Pictured above are Bob Towell in his P Type two-seater and Colin Poynter in his S-Type Hyper (both photos: Mark Ballard)
Queing for the Double Twelve Driving Tests on the Members’ Banking at Brooklands is Sarah Poynter, LFOC Chairman, in the Lea-Francis S-Type Hyper. Behind her is the Frazer Nash Boulogne Vitesse of Annabel Jones, Captain of the Frazer-Nash Car Club. Both these cars were at the 1928 Ards TT and still compete against each other in sprints, hillclimbs, rallies and driving-tests.
Graham White’s S-Type Hyper is an outstanding example of the type and is seen here as the The Double Twelve Concours
2017 Annual Rally
Our Club Chairman, Sarah Poynter, recalls 2017’s successful Annual Rally:
I’d like to start by saying a massive thank you to Hugh Price for another excellent Annual Rally weekend. And I’m sure in turn, Hugh would like to say thank you to all those who helped and supported him, both before and during the weekend.
We started the weekend at Waterperry Gardens, just outside Oxford.
They had set aside an area behind the tea room, on the grass, where we could all park together and display our club banner.
After a chat over lunch, we set off to walk around the lovely gardens where you are “surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, modern planting, secret corners and long vistas”. A small group meanwhile had a private tour of the house and its frescoes.
Also on the site was the Museum of Rural Life, which houses a collection of old agricultural and horticultural tools and implements. The Editor commented the display looked just like his late father’s garage but tidier! We then had a gentle drive to the Holt Hotel near Banbury, time to get changed and a leisurely drink before dinner.
The following day we set off to Broughton Castle. It is always good to meet up with everyone again in the relaxed, garden party type atmosphere. The driving tests and concours were running all day and only paused briefly for a picnic lunch. The jazz band kept us entertained throughout the day.
The day concluded with the usual presentation of our Annual Trophies.
Annual Rally Awards
Concours d’Elegance Results
Directors’ :Trophy (best overall in concours) Paul Brooks, 1950 2½ Sports (see cover photo)
G T Andrews Trophy: (best new restoration): Peter Cork, 1928 P Type Lea-Fabric Saloon
Mike Lea Trophy (best Lea-Francis based special): Peter Chapman, 1951 14hp Special
1st Vintage: Geoff Elster, 1928 P Type Tourer
2nd Vintage: John Follows, 1927 1LFS Tourer
1st Post Vintage: Malcolm Hall, 1948 14hp Sports
2nd Post Vintage: Peter Baston, 1949 14hp Sports
Derrington Trophy (best overall): Colin Poynter, 1928 S Type
1st Vintage: Geoff Elster, 1928 P Type Tourer
1st Post-Vintage: Trevor Bradley, 1962 UniHorse
Salad Servers (most entertaining performance): Nigel Wadlow, 1928 P Type
Annual Rally Results
Vintage long-haul award: John Follows, 1927 1LFS Tourer
Post Vintage long-haul award: Jeffrey Bailey, 1948 14hp Sports
Best car & occupants costume combination:
Pre 1937: Team Harrison and J Type
Post 1937: Team Bailey and 14hp Sports
Hugh is looking to stand down from his role as Competition Secretary in 2018, so if you are interested please get in touch.
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