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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.56

By August 18, 2021August 20th, 2021Triple M corner

Date: 3rd June 1932 Venue Brooklands. Event: JCC 1000 Mile Race

Here we see a 1931 E.W. Hornet Special being frantically worked upon in the pits during the first half of the JCC 1000 Mile Race on Saturday 3rd June. One of the two white overalled drivers of car no. 31 was  25 year old James Robertson-Justice who later went on to star in many British films of the fifties and early sixties, remembered particularly for his role as Sir Lancelot Spratt in the ‘Doctor’ series. His co-driver that day was the mysterious ‘H.H. Wanborough’; the mystery being that none of the motoring writers of the day knew who was hiding behind this pseudonym, or if they did, were not telling! The race was held in two 500 mile segments over the course of the weekend. Car no.31 however didn’t make it through to Sunday, retiring late on Saturday afternoon after completing 397 miles. (LATplate B8284 coutesy of Motorsport Images)