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18/01/21 - New Custodian . .

BRSCC Mazda MX5 Championship runner Jack Willmott has acquired WSM 208. One of a trio of Hertfordshire family racing brothers, Jack replaces the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sprint with 208 and will join the Equipe GTS grids for 2021 alongside WSM 401 and the WSM MGB . .

17/01/21 - Tulip and Manx Cat . .

Archives alive again and the 1963 Tulip Rally (left) in Holland with WSM 206 amongst the parc ferme entries in Noordwijk. Brian Culcheth's book 'Global Travels of a Rally Champion' with Pablo Raybould also includes a shot of Brian disembarking for the Manx Trophy rally in May 1963 . .

13/01/21 - Sixties Star . .

Peter Flanagan in Sheffield is restoring the ex-Anita Taylor / David Wansborough Cooper S as originally prepared in Aurora Gears Racing colours. The log book records Delta Garages ownership in March 1964 before selling to Aurora in Sheffield for Anita to race in the BSCC that season. Sister to F1 driver Trevor Taylor who set up Aurora, Anita was high profile in her own right and raced saloon cars until 1967. Robbie Gordon from December 1964 and Wansborough / Newtune in 1965 continued the car's racing history . .

12/01/21 - WSM in Japan . .

Contact from Tazunu Kaneko at Parc-Ferme in Tokyo where WSM 203 resides. One of four exports in 1963, three of which were LHD, 203 is still active on track and has the original aluminium bonnet. Tazunu is well but a new strain of Covid has been discovered and a state of emergency exists in Greater Tokyo.

11/01/21 - Combe Over . .

Another snippet from Maarten Krikken is an assembly area shot from Castle Combe in 1965 with WSM's 205 and 206 ready for action. Mike White is in the middle of the front-row with number 4, while DW-S is numbered 77 on the third row.

08/01/21 - Belgian Banter . .

Historic Marcos Register website co-ordinator Maarten Krikken has been in touch and it seems four years have passed since last contact. Potential Marcos restorations are on pause, but while viewing the Marcos website I noticed Peter Jackson pictured at Nurburgring in 1963 for the 500k event - thanks to Maarten and Peter for reproduction here. Peter recalls sharing the car with the late owner Tim Lalonde and leading the race until clutch issues arose.

07/01/21 - The Tow Car . .

For sale at the Graber Sportgarage, the Jaguar XK150 Estate in Switzerland. Would be great to see the car back on these shores . . https://grabersportgarage.ch/en/sales/cars

06/01/21 - Separation From Loved Ones . .

Lockdown applying in the Isle of Man again as well as on the 'adjacent Island'. At least WSM208 and 301 are with kindred spirits BXN and WSM202 in Bedfordshire, and the WSM MGB is marooned here with the odd venture over the TT Mountain course when weather permits. Rae Davis (WSM207), Clive Cocks (WSM210), Ian Hulett (WSM401), Lorraine Noble-Thompson (WSM402) and Michael Glore (WSM403) in Mississippi (pictured left) have their WSM's on the doorstep, but Scott Murdoch is stuck in London and WSM405 is in Scotland.

News that with the WSM3000 finished, a trip to see the car's instigator Malcolm Bridgland is on the cards whenever travel restrictions are lifted. It's been 55 years since I was last in the car as a passenger, but looking forward more to seeing Malcolm's reaction. He parted with the car after a couple of years ownership in 1967 and viewed the delapidated survivor at the WSM50 gathering in 2012. Current owner Robert Waterhouse has ensured a complete return to former glory has been achieved . .