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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Britain’s record breakers -

Oc­to­ber 1946

Mg EX 135 159.15mph (aBOVe leFT) Lt Col AT ‘Goldie’ Gard­ner breaks the In­ter­na­tional Class H two-way mile record for a 750cc car. Dis­charged from the army in 1921 as med­i­cally unfit, he set more than 100 Bri­tish and in­ter­na­tional speed records be­tween 1936 and 1950.

July 1947

Mg EX 135 118.01mph Dash­ing ‘Goldie’ Gard­ner is at it again, this time break­ing the In­ter­na­tional Class I 500cc record, us­ing the same stream­liner­bod­ied MG EX 135, but with its six-cylin­der en­gine re­duced to a four-cylin­der unit by blank­ing off two of the cylin­ders.

HEalEy 2.4-litrE El­liott saloon 110.8mph

A timed two-way run proves that this is the world’s fastest stan­dard pro­duc­tion saloon car of its day.

BEnt­lEy 8-litrE 133.92mph

Bri­tish rac­ing driver Forrest Lycett pilots a mod­i­fied Bent­ley along the Jabbeke straight to be­come the fastest car ever on Bel­gian soil.

Septem­ber 1948

Mg EX 135/Jaguar Hy­Brid witH EX­pEr­i­MEn­tal four-cylin­dEr Jaguar Xk En­ginE 176.6mph

(aBOVe MiD­Dle)

Lt Col Gard­ner breaks the fly­ing mile, fly­ing kilo­me­tre and 5km Class E records at Jabbeke. The fact that the car wasn’t su­per­charged was con­sid­ered ex­tra­or­di­nary.

May 1949 Jaguar Xk120 132.58mph (aBOVe riGHT)

Jaguar’s chief test driver Ron ‘Soapy’ Sut­ton pushes an early XK120 with aero­screen, mod­i­fied top gear ra­tio, pas­sen­ger ton­neau cover and stream­lined un­der­tray to be­come the world’s fastest pro­duc­tion car. He hit 135mph at one point on the two-way av­er­age.

Septem­ber 1949

Mg EX 135 154.86mph Gard­ner snatches three speed records for cars up to 500cc.

July 1950

Mg EX 135 121.09mph Gard­ner uses the record car again to break three Class J records in the up-to-350cc class.

July 1950 MG Ya 104.75mph

Goldie Gard­ner drives it to lay claim to be­ing ‘the world’s fastest saloon’ with a 1.25-litre en­gine, although it has a non-stan­dard su­per­charger.

June 1952 RoveR Gas TuR­bine caR 152.69mph

Rover engi­neer­ing le­gend Spen King drives the pro­to­type reg­is­tered JET 1, which in­stantly claimed the world record for a gas tur­bine-pow­ered car.

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