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Classic Sports Car - - Lost & Found -

The best-known cars of Air Vice Mar­shall Don ‘Pathfinder’ Ben­nett are the Fairthorpe Elec­tron and Elec­tron Mi­nor. There were ear­lier mod­els, among which was the Atom Ma­jor, with a Stan­dard Ten en­gine, and un­til re­cently it was thought that only one sur­vived. Mar­tin Collins has since bought a 1959 ex­am­ple, 126 VMV, which was the first pro­duced and last had an MOT in 1972. “It came from Ian Make­peace, who had driven the car in his early teens on his fa­ther’s land,” said Collins. “It was raced sev­eral times in 1959, in­clud­ing the Au­tosport three-hour race at Snet­ter­ton, when it was driven by Chris Meek and fit­ted with a su­per­charger for the event.”

Collins would like to trace the miss­ing parts of the early his­tory, from 1959-’72. E-mail: kart­man. nascar24@bt­in­ter­

Ma­jor’s story starts in 1959, but not much is known un­til ’72. Can you help owner Collins?

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