BUCKLERS LEAD -- OTHERS FOLLOW
was the first owner of JDK 786 he has given us the
He purchased a scrap BRITISH Salmson chassis and removed
the S4C engine. He went to see Derek Buckler, at the
Buckler works and returned home with a drawing of a
current Buckler chassis design (Mark 5 or longer
wheelbase Mark6). He worked out what modifications he
would like to accept the Salmson engine and asked
Bucklers to make a special chassis for him.
He built the Buckler Salmson in 1953 with the British
Registration of JDK 786. The engine was tuned with
Martlet pistons, special camshafts, special manifolds
and 4 Amal carburetors. The aluminium cycle wing body
was made by Rochdale Panel Co. ( later to become
Rochdale cars I think).
car started with a live Ford V8 Pilot rear axle but he
later converted it to De Dion rear suspension. The car
performed well in numerous speed and racing events and
he said that he will try to send me some racing history
when he gets time.
The car was dismantled in 1955 and then sold without
engine in 1958. The engine was sold separately. Mr
Brierley never owned a Salmson car except for the scrap
chassis but thinks he may have had a second engine for
spares ( not too certain as it was a long time back).
Mr. Brierley gave up racing after a bad accident when
testing for Elva's. Since then he has owned a number of
interesting cars which have been raced by other drivers.
He has just sold a 'C'Type Jaguar, currently runs a
Lotus 15, and now has his 1968 Formula 1 V12 BRM for
He had a huge amount of technical data on the S4C engine
which he thinks ended up with an owner in the Channel