Important Brooklands Racing Memorabilia to go under the Charterhouse Hammer in May

Some of the most important Brooklands motor racing memorabilia produced has been consigned for the May auction of Classic Cars, Automobilia and Motorbikes in Sherborne, Dorset on Saturday 19th May. The collection was won and collected by the late Mr C T Baker-Carr who raced Bentley’s including Mother Gun in the 1930’s. In the collection, which is being sold on behalf of his widow, is the Holy Grail for any collector – the 130 mph Brooklands badge. Only 16 of these highly prized badges were issued during the 28 seasons of racing at Brooklands, including land speed record holder John Cobb in his famous Napier-Railton, and it seems a fitting time to sell the collection in 2007 which is the centenary year for Brooklands.

“To me, Kit Baker-Carr is a legendary hero whose family exploits also included his great great grandfather who was awarded the VC (Victoria Cross) and his great grandfather the DSO (Distinguished Service Order). It would not surprise if the family genes included nerves of steel!” Commented Richard Bromell. Mrs Baker-Carr who lives in the West Country, contacted Charterhouse and took advantage of the free home visit service we offer clients thinking of entering items for auction. When I arrived at her house, the hairs on my back stood up as I viewed the collection and talked about her late husband. The collection is varied, from newspaper cuttings to personal items such as his Herbert Johnson racing helmet and his 15 carat gold Gold Star Trophy won at the Whitsun Brooklands meeting on 17th May 1937 in his 3 litre Bentley called Smokey with a 4.5 litre engine, with Mr W Couper coming second by a second in his Talbot and John Cobb third in his 24 litre Napier-Railton Special.

Kit, who worked for HM Bentley selling cars, was a keen smoker, and in the collection are some smoking accessories without which no respectable racing driver would be without in the 1930’s including a Dunhill Bentley presentation cigarette lighter inscribed “Brooklands 7-8-33 Kit from Mother Gun, a silver cigarette case with the family crest and presentation inscription inside Kit from HM 14-9-1935” (HM Bentley was the brother of WO Bentley) both seem to have had extensive use!

The collection, which is estimated to sell for well over £10,000, is part of the Charterhouse auction of Classic Cars, Automobilia and Motorbikes on Saturday 19th May in Sherborne, Dorset. For further information regarding this important motoring auction, or to enter a car, motorbike or automobilia into the sale, please contact Richard Bromell, Partner or Matthew Whitney at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS, telephone 01935 812277or via their website where the collection and other lots can be viewed