Lea-Francis drivers have enjoyed considerable success in recent years in all types of competition, especially trials, navigational rallies and speed events.
Graham White and his 1929 P type trials car, now supercharged, have been the most successful Lea-Francis combination recently. They are seen here (above) on the 2015 VSCC Herefordshire Trial.
Members and their cars often compete in VSCC rallies. Below: Here Allan Lupton (1938 12.9hp Corsica) navigated by David Kirkham is seen on the VSCC Spring Rally in 2016. Allan came 2nd in the Expert Class.
Above: The famous supercharged Hypers feature prominently in vintage speed events. Here is Jeremy Brewster’s very fast example at Chateau Impney on July 11 2015. Photo: Peter McFadyen.
VSCC Prescott Vintage Speed Hill Climb, run at the beginning of August each year, is a favourite venue for Lea-Francis owners. The pictures below are all from the 2015 meeting.
Pic1: Colin Poynter, the Club’s Registrar for Pre-1937 cars, storming the hill in perfect conditions for a best time of 53.59 seconds in his un-supercharged Hyper Ch:14056. Pic2: Peter Tierney made the ascent in a best time of 52.72 seconds in supercharged Hyper Ch:14175 which he has recently acquired from Charles Cook. Pic3: Hypers in the paddock preparing for their runs, Richard Houlgate’s on the left and the Delaney car shared by father Geoffrey and daughter Lucy on the right. Pic 4: Simon Bowyer at Orchard in his 1928 P type. Pic5: Many interesting cars also park in the Orchard. This 1927 M type, one of only four in the Lea-Francis Owners Club, belongs to Dr Mark Jackson. Pic 6: The VSCC Prescott event also includes a ‘Long Course’ Hill Climb, which includes Ettores Bend, held on the Friday. Here Colin Bullock sweeps through the Esses near the top in his Aero-engined Lea-Francis Cirrus Special.