Gallic greats head to Prescott
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