Ducati and Moto Guzzi parked facing mod-style Lambrettas, whilst the first prize for cute car of the day had to go to a racing green and black Fiat Topolino, complete with sunshine roof. For sheer rarity, a stunning 1934 black Fiat Balilla made a nice match for the OSCA-Maserati that currently resides in the Jackson Shed in which, at the Easter Monday meeting at Goodwood on 26th March 1951, Prince Bira won the Richmond Trophy race for Formula One cars and set a new lap record.

The OSCA was one of the highlights of the track demonstrations at Mercedes-Benz World at noon. Later spectators lined both sides of the Test Hill all the way to the top to watch the ascents. This crowd-pleaser never disappoints, especially when you are just feet away from a Ferrari going bottom to top in a few seconds. Amongst the plumes of smoke and screeching tyres, a brave cyclist on a Ducati was successful in reaching the top without a pause.

Paul Stewart


enabled more people to travel internationally quickly and relatively cheaply, something we almost take for granted today. In the latter part of the 50s De Havilland started to design the DH121, which became known as the Trident, for British European Airways (BEA), as a replacement for the Brooklands-built Vickers Viscount. Neil Lomax is an expert on the aircraft and was responsible for moving a retired Trident from Heathrow to Manchester Airport where it is now displayed. He gave a talk to Brooklands Trust Members in March about the Trident’s history and his own project. Trident was a medium range aircraft, designed in 1957 to a similar format as the French Caravelle, the distinguishing feature being the triple engines mounted at the tail. At the time two engines were not powerful enough for an aircraft of Trident’s size and there was a safety element in the case of the failure of one engine. The Rolls- Royce Spey engine was used on Trident and the first prototype flew on 9th January 1962 (by this time De Havilland had been taken over by Hawker Siddeley). One advanced feature of the aircraft was the first automatic blind-landing system, designed by Smiths Instruments, which was to win the Queen’s Award for Industry. When on the ground one sees that Trident has an offset front wheel, a consequence of the space taken up by the auto-landing system. Another quirk is that the door into the plane was not very tall so the crew put a small pad at the top to protect those who inadvertently banged their heads. Trident had three pilots, and the first versions had a 1,150-mile range and could carry 96 passengers. Initially 23 planes were ordered. Hawker Siddeley had hoped to generate foreign

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he 1950s were the start of the ‘Jet Age’, a period in which new aircraft technology


Neil Lomax (Gareth Tarr).

sales but despite a 35,000 miles sales tour, no orders were received. At least the Queen had used Trident, her first use of the plane being a trip to Malta. Hawker Siddeley therefore developed an upgraded version, the Trident 1E (export), whose increased fuel capacity (6,000 gallons) and improved engines increased the range to 2,000 miles with a top speed of 604mph. First flown on 2nd November 1964, the 1E did generate export sales – to countries such as Kuwait, Ceylon, Iraq, Pakistan and China. The next version of Trident was the 2E which first flew on 27th July 1967. This had a range of 2,400 miles and could carry 149 passengers. One quirk of the BEA 2Es was that from mid-way down the aircraft, the passengers faced rearwards. Some were sold to China which resulted in an

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