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Wilson Buckler Special at Westwood circa 1960 SCCBC archives

 

The following is from Tom Johnson’s recently published book Sport Car Road Racing in Western Canada. We are grateful for permission to use the information. Dr Clair Wilson car was effectively a Buckler Mk15 and is thought to still exist. Buckler's agents in Western Canada were the Dublin Service company.

Dr. Clair Wilson of Vancouver was an early road racer in British Columbia. His special was MG based with a British Buckler tubular steel chassis and a Mistral fibreglass body. The car raced at Abbotsford and Westwood and other West Coast venues in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Some reports indicate that a 1500cc SOHC FWE Coventry Climax engine may have been installed in this car ultimately. After racing this car for some years, Wilson acquired a Lotus 17 Climax sports racing car.

 

 


Wilson  June 26 1960 Westwood Bob Le Flufy photo

 

The December 1957 edition of SCCBC magazine The Pit Pass offers the following description of the car:
(SSCBC = Sports Car Club of British Columbia)
CLAIR (Doc.) WILSON - Buckler MG – Doc has also finished his Buckler which has torsion bar I.F.S. and Skoda independent rear with A 90 11” drums all around. A 1500 cc MG engine with a Laystall head, etc., all clothed in a fibreglass Mistral body from Ed A’Court’s gave Doc a potent 1500cc contender as well. Other reports tell of twin 1˝ SU carburettors, careful balancing and other engine work. Wilson apparently had a complete machine shop in his New Westminster home and knew how to use it.

 

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