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Stead on the start line ( Thurs 19 April) of
the Bray Hill speed climb on the TT Circuit
at Douglas, Isle of Man.
Mick had not
entered but the organisers accepted him as a
late entry with the number 0 so he was
first off the line every time.
Sorry the photo is a bit dark...but it was
night time in the IOM !
enjoying the IOM
He was the only side valve in his class
HBL3 at Gosport in 1955...
This car is now owned By Roberto Vespa in Italy
HBL3 has competed in the Mille Miglia amongst other famous
Italian events!! Imagine Driving your Buckler from Brescia to Roma and back
The Smith Buckler
at Wiscombe 2004
Racing results from the first international race that included a Buckler in 1948
This year's French adventure was
fantastic thanks to Johan and the Vannes Retromobile Club there are some 300 pix
See the next 'Bucklering' for
more...(have you paid your subs?)
Thomas about to go.... Wiscombe May 09 Keith
managed a faster time than the Bobtail seen
This is a fantastic day and surprisingly
easy to prepare for.
The Kart display at the rally
track was amazing. The atmosphere was
fantastic and it was fun to see all the
different karts actually belting round the
equivalent of an Australian outback road. I
didn't actually hit a kangaroo but it sure
felt like it in the pub afterwards. The
pushers also deserve a thank you.
Simon had a technical hiccup
but was able to show off a bit on Saturday
and was caught on camera by the paparazzi
trying to fix it with a big hammer. The
other Mk2a ran quite well. We all suffered
the terribly rough surface with bits falling
off all over the place. 5 Buckler Karts were
present... (6 if you count the static
display) not all running but quite amazing
that they have survived at all.
Thanks to the organisers for all their
800KBH has been spotted again at Wiscombe
for the MGCC event
The Buckler Day 9th July 2006
The 2006 Buckler Register summer meeting,
run and pub lunch near Rugby was a great
success with 10 Buckler cars on the road
ranging from early Mark 5's ( one
supercharged) to a competition prepared DD2.
Supporting friends also brought along a
couple of Shirley Ford Specials and an E93A
based veteran replica and a Register member
arrived all the way from Sunderland on a
Rotary Norton, promising to drive his
Buckler down as soon as restored.
In the hall at Long Lawford, wonderful
refreshments were very kindly provided by
our female navigators. There was a mind
boggling Power Point presentation, albums of
priceless old photos and a resin model of
the prototype 90 ( now available to order).
All in all an excellent day with good
weather after a light shower. A meeting
always worth attending.
Re Barbon, Cumbria/ Yorkshire border, Nr
The correct date Saturday 17 June.2006
Keith Thomas Mk5 & Keith Ambrose DD2
Westmoreland Motor Club for details (
their website not been updated since 2005!!
A great day out
apparently report soon !
2006 was a great success with six Bucklers
attending. Watch out for write ups in the
After a great weekend as a spectator at the
'Speed On Tweed'
I have some news.
The Festival of Speed is a fantastic event,
marred only by the lack of a Buckler racing
round the Streets of Murwillumbah in New
I met lots of interesting people, even a
friend of Mr Roycroft the famous New Zealand
driver who once owned the Simpkin 90 now
owned by Steve Sharp.
Bruce Bloodworth is President of the Nota
Register. He told me about his drive in the
DD1 and that the Roycroft 90 was green with
a yellow stripe from it's very early days.
He also mentioned the Leighton DD2 and it's
Coventry Climax engine, that ended up in a Nota Prototype.
More write ups to come
1962 Ultralite Mk2. With negative camber
rear axle. Concours Trophy.
copyright TSR Productions
From left to right Dick Tarrant -
Keele Matador, Keith Ambrose - Buckler
Ultralite Mk2A and Barry Williams -
Fastakart. This is a historic picture as
it brings together Dick who helped with the
design of the Keele
He was Stirling Moss' mechanic for many
years. Then Keith, Derek Buckler's son-
in-law, the kart belonging to Simon Ambrose,
Derek's grandson. And Barry (Whizzo)
Williams is the son of the Fastakart
manufacturer, Barry raced karts 1959 into
the sixties before turning to a successful
racing career in cars.
GO DAD !!
Many thanks to the Historic
kart klub for the photo more fantastic
Great photo of some of the Bucklers at
the top of Wiscombe 2006