A clash over colours

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

I’m afraid that last week’s MCN let­ter from Mr Owen in ref­er­ence to Bri­tish Rac­ing Green was not cor­rect. At the turn of the last cen­tury, the Gor­don Ben­nett tro­phy was the best known in­ter-coun­try car race where each com­po­nent of the car and driver had to rep­re­sent a coun­try. Britain won it in 1902 with Napier (Sel­wyn Edge be­ing the driver). Britain was en­ti­tled to hold the next event (1903) but as mo­tor rac­ing was not al­lowed in Britain, it was run in Ire­land. It was also a new re­quire­ment to run cars un­der a sin­gle colour and as white, red and blue were al­ready claimed by other coun­tries, the car for 1903 ran in ‘sham­rock’ green as an ac­knowl­edge­ment of run­ning the race in Ire­land and the colour was kept there­after in dif­fer­ing shades. Brook­lands didn’t even open un­til 1907. Paint left over af­ter WW1 is a good story, but this was not the source of BRG. Tom O’ Neill, Dublin

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