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SPRING CLASSIC BREAKFAST


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1963 WB120 Special (Tim Morris). O


ne of the most intriguing and eye-catch- ing cars I’ve seen at a Classic Breakfast meeting was parked outside the Clubhouse at the Spring Classic Breakfast in May, where it attracted a great deal of attention. It was called the WB120 Special and further inspection revealed a fascinating story.


In 1936 EMI gathered a gifted team of engineers and scientists to create the world’s first high-definition television broadcasts from Alexandra Palace. Dr John Best, a mathematician specialising in upper atmosphere physics, and Bob White, a skilled engineer working as number one cameraman, were both involved in this pioneering achievement. They became friends and shared an interest in cars, which resulted in them building a Lotus X1 kit car in 1956. But there’s more... John then decided to build an aerodynamic car himself. Luckily he had


Lotus Esprit Turbo Essex Edition (Tim Morris).


access to the EMI early valve computers to help with the mathematics of the design. He persuaded Bob to actually build the car, which he did in his garage, learning skills such as panel beating along the way. It took six years to complete and was christened the WB120 Special in 1963. The car used mainly hand-built parts but


featured a Coventry Climax 1,220cc engine, Formula One Girling disc brakes, a Lotus X1 differential and an A-series BMC gearbox. How do I know this? It was all on a handy information card in the windscreen of this sleek, low, unusual looking car parked outside the Clubhouse. This has to be the most unusual and rare car that I have seen so far at these meetings. Unfortunately I didn’t find the current owner. If you are a member, then perhaps you could get in touch as it was a fascinating story. The Classic Breakfasts are becoming a draw for


1954 Lotus VI (Tim Morris). 46


Rudge motorcycles (Tim Morris).


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