Our final question this year is from Cliff Morrell who sent this photo. Click Here for a Bigger Picture
My interest is that I owned and trialled the 4 wheel ‘Tiger’ XOR 500
which is the vehicle shown on the left of the picture prior to me owning
it from May 1963. This was one of only 16 or so cars in the country then.
(It still sort of exists, was ‘rebuilt’ from a box of parts a few years
ago by a man in Colchester and this year was sold to someone in Germany
for in excess of £50,000 !!!)
I entered it in MCC events in 1963 and 1964 and in fact got a 1st on
the 64 Exeter.
This copy from the original photo was given to me by the concessionaires
for the TG500 Testwood Motors who were at Totton, near Southampton.
They imported these cars and modified and entered 2 or three of them
from 1959 to about 1962 in all sorts of events, trials, rallies and
speed hill climbs.
They also raced cars at the MCC Silverstone meetings in the early 60s.
(I have race programmes from 1960 and 1961)
The driver in the picture is Ken Piper (black hair and moustache) who
was one of Testwoods drivers, the car is of course generally known as a
Messerschmitt and the main bodyshell was identical to the 3 wheeler,
with 10 inch wheels instead or the 3 wheeled versions 8 inch, hydraulic
brakes and a 500cc 2 stroke twin engine.
It was actually marketed as a FMR Tg500, they wanted to call it ‘Tiger’
but that name was of course used by other manufacturers, so they
abbreviated it to Tg, but enthusiasts did and still do call it a ‘Tiger’.
The event shown in the picture is some sort of inter regional car trial
with front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and rear engined team members,
other than that I do not know who the other drivers were or where the
event took place,
Year is between 1959 and 1962, cannot be more specific than that.
I realise that it is of limited interest but someone out there may
remember such events, I can recall watching televised inter region
Sporting trials which took place in Wendover woods, so perhaps the event
in the photo was something similar for Production cars?
Would love to know more,