Hints and Tips - Len Brockas

From:John Hardy
Subject: Well, you live and learn............
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999

Well, you live and learn............

Some twenty years ago we had a rather flaky woman who worked part-time in the office. Well, flaky is unfair. It would be more accurate to say that she was often "not of this world". She could tackle the most complex calculations yet cock up the simplest job.She did this for ages and retired some 10 years ago. She lives with her husband, both now in their 80's I suppose, next door to the chap who does my bodywork for me. When at his place I've often threatened to call in to partake of a herbal infusion but never seemed to have the time. This week I saw her on her doorstep and decideed to stop for a chat. She was delighted to see me ( There, you see.Flaky after all) and we went in for a chat. Now we get to the point. On the wall were a series of framed photographs of racing Sevens. I was astounded. It seem that her father was a works mechanic for the Austin Racing team. His name was Len Brockas and she has boxes of pictures in the house. I've secured an appointment to go back and view them and perhaps copy them where practical.

Watch this space.

It just goes to show that you never know do you?

In the fervent hope that your mechanical contrivances remain trouble free

JH


From: David Cochrane
To: John Hardy
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999
Subject: Re: Well, you live and learn............

John,

> On the wall were a series of framed photographs of racing
> Sevens. I was astounded. It seem that her father was a works
> mechanic for the Austin Racing team. His name was Len Brockas and
> she has boxes of pictures in the house. I've secured an appointment
> to go back and view them and perhaps copy them where practical.

What a find! I have looked in my copy of Wyatt's The Austin Seven, and he mentions Brockhas once, as going to Daytona in 1931 with a supercharged Seven for Malcolm Campbell to drive. They were trying to get 100 mph out of it, but failed. I will do some more research and let you know if I find anything.

Cheers,

David.


From: David Cochrane
To:John Hardy
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999
Subject: Len Brockas

> On the wall were a series of framed photographs of racing
> Sevens. I was astounded. It seem that her father was a works
> mechanic for the Austin Racing team. His name was Len Brockas and
> she has boxes of pictures in the house. I've secured an appointment
> to go back and view them and perhaps copy them where practical.

The previous editor of the Austin Seven Clubs Association magazine lives quite near me. His name is Les Gammon, and he knew Bert Hadley and Bill Scrivens quite well, who were also Austin racing mechanics. Les has a whole lot of photos from Bill Scrivens, and would be happy to lend them to you to show to Len Brockas' daughter, as he says there are pictures of Len. I will mail you his contact details separately.

Regards,

David.


Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999
From: Barry Lovelock
To: David Cochrane
Subject: Re: Len Brockas

David,

I emailed John Hardy as I would like to get any available pictures for the Austin Seven Clubs Association magazine, both for the website which as you probably know I run and for posterity. We believe it is very important any such 'photos are not lost as they tend to get thrown away in the course of time. Our knowledge of these matters is improving constantly, but there are still many gaps in our understanding and we must fill them whenever possible. The Association would pay for any copying I am sure, I can raise this at the next meeting, or I can scan any myself and return by registered post. Recently I received pictures via the net from Kevin Barnes, the grandson of J.D. Barnes the Austin Works driver, these had not been seen before,

Barry Lovelock


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