Hornet Specials no.4

By May 31, 2016Hornet Specials

MCC London – Lands End Trial Saturday 26 March 1932 – Launceston, Devon lunchtime stop.

After traveling overnight from Virginia Water in Surrey and stopping at Taunton, Somerset for breakfast, competitors in the 1932 running of ‘The Lands End’ halted in Launceston for lunch before a scheduled finish from 3:05PM onwards at the tip of the UK mainland. The four open Hornets seen here at Launceston were all built at the Jensen brothers West Bromwich premises and very much constituted a combined Jensen/McEvoy team. The three Derby City Borough Council registered vehicles, RC 266 (Jensen Hornet), RC 450 (Jensen Hornet) and RC 500 (McEvoy Hornet) were driven by messrs H.C. Wardle, H. Laird & R.C. Vickers respectively. Strangely Jensen Hornet EA 5034 (a West Bromwich registration) was driven by Michael McEvoy. The team must have performed well as all four crews collected Premier awards. The fifth Hornet in shot is a 1930 Surrey registered Saloon driven by I. C. Tyler who collected a Silver award. (Extract from LAT Plate B7789)