Wednesday, 6 January 2010
A Question from across the pond about MG PA/PB JB 6157 "Leonidis"
I have received this Email from Tim Considine. Can we help?
"I have happily 'stumbled onto' your site whilst searching the Internet for Lewis Welch. I'm a writer, a contributing editor for the U.S. magazine Road & Track, but now doing a non-R&T-related story for the Collier Museum in Florida. I'm writing a history of one of their cars, MG PA/PB JB 6157 (chassis number 1667), one of the three MGs (#57) run under Captain Eyston at Le Mans in 1935 by an all-women's team of drivers and later bought, crashed on the road, rebodied and driven in the States by Miles Collier, who also drove it at Le Mans with Lewis Welch in '1939 (Collier is sometimes confused with the Brit Michael Collier in records).
Specifically, what I'm looking for is any information about whether the car was driven competitively by anyone prior to Le Mans and if so, by whom, where and to what effect. Was it tested at Brooklands before Le Mans or run in any trials, etc? Also, after Le Mans, the car was repainted in the colors of Cream Cracker and The Three Musketeers and allegedly driven in trials. But I can find no records over here in 'the colonies' of these competitions. Again, it would be great to know if that particular car were run and where, under what number and by whom.
Welch was one of the prominent Three Musketeers, I gather. I wonder if he ever drove it before it was sold to Miles Collier in October, 1935 The Musketeers also experimented with Marshall superchargers in '35, apparently to great benefit. Again, I wonder if 6157 ever had a blower in competition, as it was delivered to Collier with one - at his request, it's written here, but who knows.
Any light that could be thrown on these questions or contact information for someone who might know would be very much appreciated, as this kind of detail from so far back is very hard to come by here, particularly for such an esoteric form of the sport as trials.
Regardless, congratulations on your website. What a treasure."