Hints and Tips - Hamish Moffatt

From: Ian Grace
Sent: 11 June 2002
To: british-cars-pre-war
Subject: Hamish Moffatt

Folks,

In brief to get this news out quickly.

I just heard this from the DH Moth Club:

For those who are not aware, one of the great Club characters, Hamish Moffatt, died suddenly and unexpectedly last Thursday. Hamish's funeral will take place at Bosbury Church, Herefordshire, next Saturday 15 June at 3.00pm.

This is very sad news indeed. More so perhaps since the VSCC Light Car Section's Summer Rally was planned to take place this year at his airstrip.

Ian Grace


From: David Whittle
Sent: 12 June 2002
To: british-cars-pre-war; Ian Grace
Subject: Re: Hamish Moffatt

Ian

This is indeed very sad news, characters like Hamish are what makes (made?) the VSCC such a great 'old car' club. I shall miss seeing his Moth at Colerne (he even took his Steam Boat to Malvern in 99)!

We asked one of the Farmers on the recent Herefordshire Trial why he gave up his time to tow funny old cars up a 1 in 3 muddy track with his Tractor, and allow the use of his land. His reply was that 'Well just because Hamish asked me, and he is very charming and persuasive man, most of the locals would do anything for him'.

Non VSCC people may know Hamish from that famous photo of a Bresia Bugatti hairing round Pardon bend at Prescott on two wheels (the other two being about 18" in the air), the photo was taken about 40 years ago when Hamish was, I believe, a very 'hairy' driver!

David Whittle


From: David Cochrane
Sent: 12 June 2002
To: british-cars-pre-war
Subject: Re: Hamish Moffatt

Hamish Moffatt was one of the first people I heard about when I was getting interested in vintage cars, as he was famous for having driven a 1923 11.9 Lagonda to Cape Town in 1953. I got to know him years later on the VSCC Trials scene, usually making FTD up a section in his spartan Brescia, and appearing at the bar in the evening still spotted with mud. Great character - didn't he get into trouble some years ago for flour-bombing people at the Verzons?!!

David C


From: Ian Grace
Sent: 12 June 2002
To: David Cochrane; british-cars-pre-war
Subject: Re: Hamish Moffatt

David,

Yes, this was indeed the case. The aircraft was his DH60 GMW Moth G-AADR. The CAA took him to court for breaking one of their boring rules about dropping things from aeroplanes. I once visited his farm and he showed me a massive collection of other Gipsy Moth parts including several wings. G-AADR was fitted with the compass from Amy Johnson's famous DH60 G G-AAAH in which she flew to Australia. He also owned a Currie Wot and more recently a Comper Swift, which must have been a handful getting in and out of his precarious strip. In recent years he came to love his vintage aircraft more than his cars, as he believed there was less red tape in vintage aircraft ownership than vintage car ownership. I can't imagine where he got that idea from. Everyone knows that CAA stands for Cancel All Aviation!

I too came to know Hamish at the trials back in the seventies - Lakeland and Welsh - and I can picture him now storming up Pilleth in the Brescia with three wheels off the ground, a look of utterly grim determination and spectators jumping back six feet!

Didn't he also drive the Pan American Highway in his OM from the USA to Cape Horn? I seem to recall that he also had a similar scheme in the works quite recently.

Ian


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