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Current owner: Morgan Family, Victoria
MMM No: 591.
History: C0261 is the tenth of the batch of 14 cars built in the twelve days prior to the 1931 12/12 hour race at Brooklands.
The design concept had been decided long before then but parts had to be sourced and the workforce was busy building M-types and supporting the speed record attempt by EX120.
Thirteen C-types were on the grid for the 12/12 race, comprising four teams of three cars with Hugh Hamilton the “odd man” to quote John Thornley. At the end, the first five places were filled by C-types with the winner covering 1547.9 miles; C0261 was third outright and third in class driven for the whole 24 hours of racing by Hamilton.
In summary the car’s recorded history is:-
2/5/31: build commenced.
6/5/31: sold to University Motors.
8-9/5/31: JCC Double Twelve Hour Race, Brooklands, entrant University Motors (G. Bastock) car no. 66, driver H.C. Hamilton and riding mechanic S.V.Holbrook.
6/31: Front cowl removed, supercharger fitted.
25/7/31: LCC Relay Race, Brooklands, entrant H.C. Hamilton, car no. 17A, driver H. Hamilton. D.N.F.
– Body lightened by removing pointed tail.
22/8/31: RAC Ulster TT, Newtownards, entrant G. Bastock (University Motors) car no. 51, driver H. Hamilton mechanic G.K. Cox. Set lap 750cc class record, D.N.F.
6-32: Sold to Norman Black.
28/4/32: Brooklands Mountain Circuit, entrant Norman Black, 750cc class record, D.N.F.
– In preparation for the 1000 mile race the factory fitted the new AB type head and ENV gearbox and refitted the front cowl, also, to out-fox the handicappers the blower was removed, see invoice.
3-4/6/32: JCC 1000 Mile Race, Brooklands, car no. 32, drivers Norman Black/Ron Gibson, 1st in class and 3rd outright.
– Returned to factory for reconditioning and preparation for Ulster TT, Cowl removed, blower refitted, see invoice.
20/8/32: RAC Ulster TT, car no. 27, drivers N. Black and R. Gibson, D.N.F. (Diff).
– Front cowl refitted for Brooklands.
24/9/32: BRDC 500 Mile Race, Brooklands, drivers N. Black/ R. Gibson, car no. 5, results; 2nd in class and 6th outright.
Late ’32: sold to Luis Fontes.
5/33: sold to J.H.T. Smith.
20/5/32: BOC Hillclimb, Joel Park, Northwood, car no. 16, driver Neville Lloyd.
17-18/6/33: ACO LeMans 24 hour race, drivers N. Black/ R. Gibson. D.N.S.
11/5/35: K&S LCC Lewes Speed Trials, car no. 17, driver Neville Lloyd.
25/5/35: BOC Hillclimb, Chalfont St. Peter, no. 16, driver N. Lloyd.
1960’s owner Brian Lythe.
1978: owner Brian Sayers
1984: owner Ken Rees, full restoration undertaken.
27-28/8/89: Member of MMM Register team assault on British class H records, 750cc at Millbrook, D.N.F.
1994: Part of another MMM Register record attempt, this time Class I 500cc, fitted with a 2-cylinder, blown, 500cc J2 engine and lightweight single seat body. Retired after nine hours of running claiming the following records:- Class I: 5Km, 5Ml, 10Km, 10Ml, 50Km.
– Two-seat body refitted.
1996: owner Kenneth Wilbraham.
1998: Vintage Monthery, driver Kenneth Wilbraham.
2000: owner Jon Feiber, USA.
2001: Raced at Laguna Seca, driver Jon Feiber.
3/06: owner Mark Piercy, UK.
9/07: sold via Barry Walker to Clifford Ross Kelly, Qld., Au.
2012: invitation to display at Motorclassica, Melbourne.
2018: owner Marguerite Morgan, Vic.