Gal­lic greats head to Prescott

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One of the UK’S largest gath­er­ings of pre-war cars turned out for the Vin­tage Sports-car Club’s an­nual Prescott Hill­climb on 5 Au­gust to cel­e­brate the 80th an­niver­sary of the Cotswolds venue, the cli­max of a three-day event (see p33).

En­thu­si­asts went to great lengths to en­sure that they would park to­gether, with As­ton Mar­tin and vin­tage Bent­ley own­ers meet­ing nearby early in the morn­ing to ar­rive in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

The di­ver­sity of the pre-war ma­chines was fan­tas­tic, rang­ing from Richard Scald­well’s skimpy 1922 Amil­car coupé to Cal­i­for­nian Peter Mullin’s coach­built Bu­gatti Type 54 ex­otic – the lat­ter shipped from the US for the event. Other high­lights in­cluded a su­perbly orig­i­nal 1923 Austin 20hp with four-door Ranelagh body­work and just three own­ers from new.

Some vis­i­tors brought sev­eral cars, in­clud­ing Ju­lia de Bal­danza who ar­rived in her gor­geous black 1930 As­ton Mar­tin ‘Head­lam’ Coupé be­fore re­turn­ing home to bring a Voisin C11 with stun­ning Art Deco in­te­rior. Three of the sleeve-valve won­ders were in at­ten­dance, with two com­pet­ing.

Other Gal­lic nov­el­ties in­cluded a Ruby-pow­ered Sand­ford three­wheeler and a beau­ti­ful 1939 De­lage D6 Sport with Le­tourneur et Marc­hand coupé body­work, en­joy­ing its first run since be­ing im­ported from Guernsey.

Bu­gat­tis are al­ways strongly rep­re­sented at Prescott events and a dra­matic group in­spired young­sters par­tic­i­pat­ing in artist Ste­fan Mar­jo­ram’s sketch­ing class.

Charles Teal’s won­der­fully orig­i­nal 1922 Austin 20hp is reg­u­larly used for fam­ily hol­i­days

The sketch­ing class with Ste­fan Mar­jo­ram

Mullin’s stun­ning Bu­gatti Type 54 road­ster

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