Dick Protheroe 1922 - 1966
The Early Years
Below are some of the cars that were raced in the 50's and 60's other than the regular Jaguars.
The transporters that were used between races are featured here.
More info will be added to the images shown.
"Being one of the privileged air crew
who where allowed a meagre petrol ration during the war, I was able to run a variety of MG's and
an International Aston Martin. These were followed in 1947 by the acquisition of a monoposto
Austin 7 which Peter Clark had raced at Ecurie Lapin Blanc. The car was fitted with a blower
and a few more or less successful sprints and hill climbs were completed, almost
all necessitated an engine rebuild as the agonizing lesson that there is a limit to peak
revs for a given engine had yet to be learnt."
"In the same year a Type 37 Bugatti was obtained with an (alleged) racing history and mechanically perfect. After fitting vestigial road equipment and registering the car, DJB 510, it very soon became apparent that all was not well. A complete rebuild was carried out with the help of Jack Lemmon Burton. The car was immaculately resprayed in French racing blue and it is this blue which has been adopted as my racing colour. The car was raced at the 1947 Gransden Lodge (Cambridge University M.C.) and came in second behind George Abecassis, also in a Bugatti. This car eventually joined Dr. Hilton Roths Museum in the USA."
1947 September - Prescott
1948 9th May - Prescott
WOT !! No seat belt - flat cap suites though !!
1955 30th May BARC International meeting - 3rd - Goodwood
1955 9th July 6 hour race - Silverstone
1955 13th Aug BARC Sports Car meeting - Snetterton
1955 24th Sept BARC Sports Car Meeting - Goodwood
HWM Jaguar HWM 1
1955 20th Aug BARC 9 hours race - Goodwood
1956 14th July BRDC - Silverstone
1956 6th Aug BARC Sports Car 7 lap race - 1st - Crystal Palace
1956 18th Aug Daily Herald - Oulton Park
1956 Aug BARC Handicap Race - 3rd - Crystal Palace
1957 22nd April BARC - Goodwood
1957 April British Empire Trophy - shunted in rear by Duncan Hamilton
2002 Coys Auction with history.
2003 on the Autosport forum.
Austin Healey 100 S
1958 7th April Nottingham Sports Car Club - Mallory Park
2009 July Freddie March Memorial Trophy - 1st - Goodwood - Driven by Graham Piro
Current car owned by Peter Waterhouse in 2002 July
|Recently, from a Coys entry
18/07/2009), another XK120 has surfaced formerly LXD 437 now OLH
3. Its history can be found on the Coys
site. So far I have found no information in my fathers documents
relating to this car. This might be the case if it was a "one off" race
and crashed in the first few laps !!. Interesting controversy after the
Woodcote that there may be two cars that exist from the original.
Another Ferrari 330P saga to come perhaps ??. A thread on the Autosport
forum gives more information on this car.
Acknowledgement to Coys for information and photograph.
Please email Geoff Protheroe if you have any information on the above cars. Thank you