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Posted By: John Roberts
Posted On: Sunday March 10, 2019 at 9:37 AM
 
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Further to Dick Johnson's post 41142 Napier Railton...
This car was designed by Reid Railton and built by Thompson and Taylor at their Brooklands workshops. These workshops were previously owned and run by J G Parry Thomas who was killed in a land speed record attempt at Pendine Sands when his car Babs overturned at speed. The Hermitage, a first world war bungalow originally built for Royal Flying Corps officers, was next door to the workshops and was where Thomas lived. After his death Railton moved in and continued his work with T&T, who were previous employees of Thomas, as was Railton. The new LSR car was originally named the Railton Red Lion but after the war became known as the Railton Mobil Special. Despite it having Napier Lion engines the name Napier was never used on the car itself.
In the 1980s, Bass Charrington, a brewer, demolished the Hermitage and workshops to build offices. This deliberate act happened a matter of hours before the Brooklands Society were able to secure protected status for these historically important buildings. I've never touched a drop of Bass beer since.

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Further to Dick Johnson's post 41142 Napier Railton... by John Roberts #41155
An an iteresting read, John. But a sad one too. And one that ends when by Bruce Gibbins #41155.1
Thanks Bruce. Rare pic of The Hermitage (PIC) by John Roberts #41155.1.1
Will scale the pic down tomorrow (EOM) by John Roberts #41155.1.1.1
PIC: Here it is resized. by John Kuvakas #41155.1.1.1.1Moderator
Thanks John! An important historic building that is no more (EOM) by John Roberts #41155.1.1.1.1.1




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