HOW BRI­TAIN WOWED THE WORLD AT JABBEKE CON­TIN­UED

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

Oc­to­ber 1952 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100/4 110.9mph

Don­ald Healey drives his Austin-Healey sport cars at Jabbeke to rub­ber-stamp its 110mph+ cre­den­tials.

March 1953 SUN­BEAM ALPINE 120.13mph

Rootes’ rak­ish twoseater grabs head­lines with Sheila Van Damm and Stir­ling Moss in Bel­gium.

May 1953 TRI­UMPH TR2 124.88mph

Keen to show it could out­pace its ri­vals, en­gi­neer Ken Richard­son man­aged only 104mph at first – be­cause a spark plug lead was loose. Once fixed, it blew the Alpine’s achieve­ment into the hard shoul­der and be­came the fastest 2.0-litre pro­duc­tion car on the planet.

Oc­to­ber 1953 JAGUAR XK120M 172.41mph

Af­ter Spain’s Pe­gaso swiped the record from Jaguar at Jabbeke with a 151mph Z-102, Jaguar re­turned with an XK120, fea­tur­ing a wind­cheat­ing bub­ble top, slick tyres and not even a driver’s seat for Jaguar test hero Nor­man Dewis. The fastest-car crown was con­vinc­ingly snatched back.

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