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R.A.F.Halton "Pit Crew", circa 1955. Left to right: W/Cr J.C.Lane, Chief Tech. Hillyer, W/Cr French, ?, Fred Gibson, ?, Bob Durston, ? . Their Buckler '90' car was sponsored by the main driver, Air Commodore Tindal-Carill-Worsley and the car was assembled and maintained by the engineering apprentices at Halton. Air Commodore G. Tindal-Carill-Worsley previously owned and raced the first Buckler Mk.5, ERD 96. The photo, circa 1955, has been kindly supplied by his son. Where is she now?

The Search For PBH 1 by Stan Hibberd
Peter Silverthorne and I searched all around the area of RAF Halton and further afield, for the missing Halton Buckler, we visited Halton and met the the then CO Group Captain Mike Evans, he tried to find out for us where the Buckler had gone, the nearest we got was a sentence in the "The Halton Magazine" of summer 1963 which said "fortunately we were able to sell the cars at quite a reasonable figure", the cars were of course the Tojeiro/Climax and the Buckler 90 PBH 1.

The same magazine also mentions that the new owner had collected the Tojeiro/Climax but alas no mention of the Buckler, the money raised from the sale was used to buy Kiel Karts for the RAF apprentices to race.
Peter and I also met Geoffrey Carril-Tindall-Worsley for a very long lunch, and talked about his Halton and Buckler days, Geoffrey checked at that time with DVLA whether the famous number plate was in use, the answer was not then.
So that is as far as we have been able to get, perhaps the internet can do for us what it did with the other Carril-Tindall-Worsley Buckler ERD 96, find it's present owner and whereabouts, I have always been convinced this car will still be around somewhere, whoever bought must have been fully aware of it's interesting history.


A letter just received from Chris lane - thank you
PBH1 Joe Lane  driver silverstone Buckler90PBH1 Joe Lane driver Silverstone Buckler 90
I stumbled upon your web site whilst looking for Air Commodore Tidal Caryl-Worsley.
I am one of Joe Lane's sons and as a schoolboy I had joy rides in PBH1 around Halton and at Chalgrove airfield where she was tested. Dad was the OC No.2 Technical training Wing at Halton and 'hosted' the building and running of the Buckler until his posting in April 1955. The car was bought as a kit and the running gear was, I think, all Ford with an E93A engine and Ford 8 head.
The car was tested at Chalgrove airfield which had a tarmac perimeter track (Halton is/was all grass). In the beginning it suffered persistent overheating and it had to transit between test site and base with a jerry can of water to top it up carried in the back. (I think, in the end, it turned out to be the wrong rating of the water by-pass valve in the cylinder head!).
It was registered PBH1 leading to the apprentices calling it 'poor bloody Halton'.
It was driven usually by the Air Commodore and sometimes by his wife (who had been a driver in an all-women Bentley team in the 30's). Dad drove it once at a meeting at Silverstone (picture attached).
It was going well when we left Halton and there was talk of a second car being obtained. Sorry I can't help with its present whereabouts.
Chris Lane

This photo was rescued by Eric Pettigrew. Photo also shows 930BMT a MKV Buckler


Many Thanks to David Curnock who has written with his memories of PBH1
This was passed to me by a friend and fellow ex-Halton Apprentice, Ed Austin, in New Zealand, in response to a request by David Montgomery of the Register.

Unfortunately I have no idea of the whereabouts of the 'Halton' Buckler, PBH 1, - I was serving overseas around the time it 'went missing' - in fact, I didn't know it had been disposed of until some years later.  

I was a member of 'The Halton Stable', as the motor club was known, between late 1956-57. So named due to our premises being in the old stable block in the grounds below the Commandant's house (Air Commodore T-C-Worsley). The club was also sometimes referred to, unofficially, as Scuderia Wendover. Along with the Buckler, there was a Tojeiro-Climax with bodywork by Rochdale Panels (if my memory isn't playing tricks), and the bare-bones of an incomplete Austin 7 special.  

Air Commodore T-C-Worsley was indeed the leading light in providing the wherewithal so that us poor Apprentices could get involved in motor racing/engineering, but NOT driving, however, as we were forbidden to drive any motor vehicle during term-time. Many of us were too young to do so, anyway! Funding for the club was provided by various sponsors, including Castrol, Aeromodeller magazine (we carried their poster on the side of our support vehicle, an old service ambulance). We also got spark plugs and Dunlop racing tyres from manufacturers and suppliers.  

When I last saw PBH 1, it had the 1172 Ford sv engine with an Aquaplane cylinder head. There was a move afoot to fit it with an ohv conversion - no idea whether this was done. There was a metal tonneau over the passenger side of the cockpit that was fitted for some, but not all, race meetings - it was left behind in the workshop on more than one occasion. The car was finished in British Racing Green.  

During my time with the club, it was driven mainly by the following drivers: Chief Technician Hillyer, Sergeant Cornish, Flight Lieutenant Bartle, Squadron Leader Candy, all pilots. There were others - names escaped, sorry. Squadron Leader Candy was my Squadron Commander in No.2 Wing.  

We, the apprentice members drew lots, or were rostered, to 'passenger' the cars to and from the meetings, mostly at Silverstone but sometimes, Brands Hatch. Most guys seemed to prefer the Tojo (Tojeiro-Climax) as it looked more 'modern'. My straw was drawn for a trip to Brands Hatch, driven by Sgt. Cornish. The journey was quite an exhilarating experience that literally took my breath away, there being no windscreen on the passenger side on race days, a pair on Mk8 flying goggles helping to keep the flies from the eyes, but not from the teeth! The seat on my side was a cushion from an old aircraft seat - can't remember a backrest!  

Even though the roads were relatively quiet in those days, the inevitable traffic lights and tail-backs of slow-moving vehicles caused its cooling system to complain - there being no fan for the radiator. We stopped to let it cool and add water on a couple of occasions. However, it was quite quick, and made light work of passing other vehicles when the opportunity arose. Don't remember winning too many (any?) trophies on the track, though.  

Sorry this didn't shed any light on the whereabouts of Poor Bloody Halton - best wishes in your endeavours!  
Just to clear up the sponsorship subject - as you rightly stated, there was no sponsorship actually on either the Buckler or Tojeiro cars. Advertising (as it was called then!) was in the form of posters on the side (Aeromodeller) and rear of our support vehicle only. Adverts also appeared in the programmes for air shows and open days, etc.
Unfortunately, I don't have any personal photos of my time with the car club - no money for a camera in those days, although my pay during that particular time was around 1.20 at today's equivalent.

David Curnock - Bristol Oct 2006


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