Stirling Moss won at Monte Carlo in this car

“WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? – STIRLING MOSS?”

Over the years this little catch phrase has been used by policemen
up and down the country when ‘interviewing’ motorists they have caught
speeding.
Stirling never won the Formula One Grand Prix Championship but his
name is more famous than most of those that have. The old English
racer is eighty-nine now but his legendary exploits on the race tracks
of the World will never be forgotten.
All those that follow the sport know he won his first Formula One
race in 1955 but the car depicted here was the one in which he won
his first international race on one of the most famous race tracks
in the World. The year was 1950 and the place Monaco.
Stirling was racing in his own 500cc Cooper with a Jap engine and
took the little car to victory in the 500 cc formula Championship
race on the famous Monaco track.


The 500 cc Class had been introduced after the war in 1946 so was
the ideal place for the young Englishman to start in a career, that
was at that time, dominated by continental cars and drivers.
Locked up in a garage in a secret location, close to a Cinque Port
Town, a very famous racing car stands, hidden from prying eyes.
This is the Stirling Moss Cooper IV that he owned and used in the
1950 season and emerged as “The most promising driver of his time”,
with race wins at Monaco, Silverstone, Goodwood, Spa and other famous tracks around Europe.
He lived up to that title earned in the little car he bought as a
new car to use throughout that amazing season of 1950.
As I looked at this racing car, standing silently in the corner of
the garage, I could feel and almost touch the history that was oozing
out of it. I imagined the sounds of the cars as they stood on the
line at the start of the Formula 3 race at Monte Carlo on that bright
spring day in May 1950.


What was Stirling thinking as he lined up on that famous track? He
had driven in just three events in his new car prior to Monaco. In
April, a piston in the ‘Sloper’ JAP engine failed and he retired.
Then on 13 May at Silverstone, he raced his heart out for second place
in the F3 race. The following day he took things easier and was placed
seventh in the F3 Grand Prix de Mons.
Now, here he was the next weekend lined up with the likes of Harry
Schell, Don Parker, Austen May and other great racing drivers in the
final (he’d been first in his heat, but could only get third place
on the grid).
It was a hectic race around the streets of the famous kingdom. Stirling
(No22) on the start line at Monte Carlo in 1950 The car was advertised and sold to Charlie Graham. The car was taken
by train from London, then towed behind the family car to his home
in Dumfries.
For two years, the car continued to race as a Mk IV, although with
gradually modified bodywork.
It was still a winner, even without Stirling at the wheel. Charlie
is pictured winning on 20th September 1952 at Bo’ness, with the car
still almost as Moss drove it, other than the colour.
The little car that brought so much success to Stirling Moss went
on with successive owners competing and often winning for the next
65 years!

It was raced as recently as 2015 by it’s then owner, Shirley Monro
and displayed at a special dinner after the event, when Stirling Moss
gave an after dinner speech with the car standing next to him. It
seems both man and car are still doing very well!

But what of the little car that brought Stirling such early success
in what was to become one of the most amazing racing careers in the
glorious history of motor racing?
Stirling was getting lots of drives in all kinds of racing in other
peoples cars as well as his own.

He had his eyes on Formula One, but any race was a challenge. Opportunities
were opening up and he decided to sell his Cooper Mk IV at the end
of the 1950 season.
The car was advertised and sold to Charlie Graham who took it by train
from London, then it was towed behind the family saloon to his home
in Dumfries.
For two years, the car continued to race as a Mk IV, although with
gradually modified bodywork.
It was still a winner, even without Stirling at the wheel. Charlie
is pictured winning on 20th September 1952 at Bo’ness, with the car
still almost as Moss drove it, other than the colour.
The little car that brought so much success to Stirling Moss went on with succesive owners competing and often winning for the next 65 years!
It was last raced in a Hill Climb in 2015 by it’s then owner, Shirley
Monro and displayed at a special dinner after the event, when Stirling
Moss , who gave an after dinner speech, was re-united with the car.

Almost 70 years on the little car now stands in the corner of a garage
at a secret location in England. Although still in race trim and with
spare engines, such a priceless part of British motor racing history is far too valuable to risk on a race track.

The Dulcette Story

The Dulcettes

By Jim Hollands

With our whole world gripped in a stranglehold by an invisible enemy,
many lives have been turned upside down. We are now either among the
bravest of the brave in the front line with the NHS or, volunteers
on the ground supporting NHS staff or with the majority, locked-in
at home helping the doctors and nurses by slowing the spread of the
disease that is taking more lives every day.

As a frustrated magazine producer, unable to even distribute all the
April issues of Rye’s Own, Hastings Town and Cinque Ports to the shops
because (1) many are closed and (2) I am now ‘confined to barracks’
with all those not classed as critical workers.

I am also frustrated because even if it will be possible to produce
and distribute next month’s magazines, what is there happening to
report on?

A very special story

Then it struck me – I am sitting on a very special story – A story
of hope, a story of never give up whatever the obstacle and a story
that links with the dark days of 1940 and the same obstinacy that
was generated from the British people then.

Holly & Victoria

 

This is the story of two very special young women, fantastic singers
and dancers, who perform wartime and other vintage songs at Wartime
memorials, festivals and events all over the country. They are hailed
as stars by wartime heroes and held in high esteem by vintage music
and fashion followers. It has been my special privilege to know both
of them, they have both helped with features and articles for Vintage
World and our other three magazines, Rye’s Own, Hastings Town and
Cinque Ports.

Holly Chambers

I first met Holly Chambers at the Walnut Tree, Aldington, in 2010
where she was performing with The Clover Sisters in American uniforms,
doing many Andrews Sisters numbers.

I photographed the group several times at shows and events over the following couple of years.

Holly went on to be a stand alone singer on Cruise Ships, still following the vintage path in dress and music. On the first cruise she became known as Miss Holiday Swing, a title she still retains for her solo performances.

 

Miss Holiday Swing

I next came across Holly at the 2013 War & Peace Revival, held at
Folkestone Racecourse. By now the real quality of her voice was showing through and she was invited to appear on the main stage with the Jive
Aces.

Victoria Bass

Victoria Bass

In 2015 another young woman with a spectacular voice did a trial at
War & Peace and was so well received was immediately booked for the
following year. Victoria Bass There can be very few 16 year old singers
who have the ‘star’ quality and confidence that Victoria exuded.

The following year Victoria and Holly teamed up for a few numbers
throughout the show and by the time that the next War & Peace Revival
came round, the show had moved to the Hopfields near Tonbridge and
Holly and Victoria had become The Duettes (very soon renamed as The
Dulcettes). They were show-stoppers and played to packed audiences
in the Victory Marquee with other vintage performers, including Scott
Elvis, the best Elvis since the one with a second name of Presley.
Adam Hoffman, the most versatile performer in show business and the
one and only Viv the Spiv (Ian Dawson).

Each year they have gone from strength, working as The Dulcettes and
separately as Miss Holiday Swing and Victoria Bass. They are both
also members of the international group called The Satin Dollz and
sing all over the UK with them,  plus a new venture ‘The Dulcettes
with The Dreamrollers Jazz Band had a great reception at their very
first performance and were fully booked for the second show which
was to take place in London but cancelled because of  coronavirus.

This year Victoria and Holly were booked to appear in shows all over
Kent and the rest of the country. It all started well but then everything
came to a standstill as lock-down came into force. All shows in the
immediate future have been cancelled and the Dulcettes, who work full
time as performers, found themselves out a job.

Singing through the crisis

They both performed at Nursing Homes in and around Folkestone and
Ashford but restrictions soon came down that cut them off from singing
at these venues but this was where the fight back came. Just before
movement restrictions came in Holly arrived in the Court Yard of one
nursing home, set up her microphones, speakers, switched on her phone
and set it to play live on social media and started singing to those
inside who had been cut off from family visitors.  The results were
sensational. Residents came to their windows and onto the balcony,
they joined in with singing and even dancing. One gentleman even sung
a few verses for Holly in a rich baritone voice. Finishing with a
few wartime classics, Holly had them all singing along. What a wonderful
effort – should be televised as a bit of good news to mix with the endles misery being pumped out on every channel.

Soon both Holly and Victoria were stuck indoors with the rest of us,
but you can’t stop a good singer singing. Soon they were putting out
individual programmes to keep their fans happy, they even overcame
enormous technical difficulties to put on a split screen performance,
singing individually but chatting to each other and over 800 watchers
as they went along.

As good as Doris Day

Victoria had put on a memorable individual performance the evening
before. Dressed in a  black dress with eye catching ear-rings and
talking to viewers in a cheerful but very intimate way, she reminded
me of the cosy programmes put out by Doris Day, one of my favourites,
in the 1950s.

Holly & Victoria

To say that these two lovely girls cheered up anyone who watched and
listened, would be an understatement. They are better than most performers
on national television and I feel sure as more and more people see
these wonderful one hour programmes put on by them, it will just be
a matter of time before they are whisked off to the studios by BBC
or ITV. They deserve no less.

This is just the basis of the story that will appear in the next published
issue of Rye’s Own.

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Vintage Stuck Indoors Competitions

Todays Competition

for something to do in these long lock-down days

Competition three :- Any National Dress or Period Outfit

Can be something you have in the wardrobe – Something you throw together, an outfit made out of flags or just something you come up with – Better put what country it is supposed to come from if it’s not obvious. Just have fun and pass some of that seemingly endless time.

Rules

Anyone can enter – One person in picture

Up to six different pictures

All pictures to be taken at home

On your phone or camera

Can be taken by someone else as long as they are on lock down with you, by delayed action or as a selfie

Ongoing competition – Keep sending pictures for the duration of the shut down.

Another Competition tomorrow

Send entries to:-             [email protected]

No Entry Fee  Pictures may be used in a forthcoming issue of

VINTAGE WORLD – RYE’S OWN – CINQUE PORTS OR HASTINGS TOWN

 

 

 

 

Monday 23 March Competition Number One

Period Costume Picture 1920 – 1939

Rules

Anyone can enter – One person in picture

Up to six different pictures

All pictures to be taken indoors

Style – Formal – Pin-up – Ready for work

Ongoing competition – Keep sending pictures for the duration of the shut down.

Another Competition tomorrow

Send entries to:-             [email protected]

 

Period Wartime Costume Picture 1939 – 1945

Previous Competitions you can still send in entries for

Rules

Anyone can enter – One person in picture

Up to six different pictures

All pictures to be taken indoors

Style : Uniform Army, Navy, Air Force –  Film Star Glamour – Ready for work

Ongoing competition – Keep sending pictures for the duration of the shut down.

Another Competition tomorrow

Send entries to:-             [email protected]

 

 

Ongoing competition – Keep sending pictures for the duration of the shut down.

Another Competition tomorrow

Send entries to:-             [email protected]

 

 

Difficult Times

Coronavirus has closed all theatres, Public Houses and Events. It has put vintage performers and models out of work overnight and will mean that here at Vintage World we have no Vintage events to report on.

Many performers are stuck at home or spending the bulk of their time for the during the duration of this nightmare period in our lives, avoiding contact with others wherever they can.

Many Vintage performers are putting on live Facebook broadcasts from their front rooms and doing a great job keeping in touch with their fans, and we hope, finding many new ones. Their income has dropped to zero so some have added a paypal connection where viewers can express their appreciation and support performers in a practical way.

Vintage models and vintage fashion enthusiasts are even worse off. No events to go to, many photographers in lock down, many in lock down situations themselves.

Here at Cinque Ports Publications, where Vintage World and three other hard-copy magazines are produced, we are in the same boat as many of our friends in the world of vintage, thinking of ways we can survive this uncertain period in the history of the world with no events to cover and members of our team in ‘lock down mode’.

Competition Time

So we have put our heads together and worked out that those stuck indoors are getting as fed-up and bored with the situation as we are. Every one will have a telephone or camera and at least one room where pictures, even selfies, can be created.

We are lunching a series of indoor competitions which may add a bit of fun to your lives and ours. No big prizes (we need all our reserves to keep things going) but all winners will appear in print in Vintage World.

Other pictures may also be published in any of the four magazines and even articles, done on a email question and answer system.

Tuesday 24 March Competition Number Two

Period Wartime Costume Picture 1939 – 1945

Rules

Anyone can enter – One person in picture

Up to six different pictures

All pictures to be taken indoors

Style : Uniform Army, Navy, Air Force –  Film Star Glamour – Ready for work

Ongoing competition – Keep sending pictures for the duration of the shut down.

Another Competition tomorrow

Send entries to:-             [email protected]

 

Monday 23 March Competition Number One

Period Costume Picture 1920 – 1939

Rules

Anyone can enter – One person in picture

Up to six different pictures

All pictures to be taken indoors

Style – Formal – Pin-up – Ready for work

Ongoing competition – Keep sending pictures for the duration of the shut down.

Another Competition tomorrow

Send entries to:-             [email protected]

 

 

Join the fun. Something bright and optomistic to read in these dark days

Vintage World was first published in 2019 and there are four copies published every year. All the first four issues are available by post to anywhere in the UK for £25

The 2020 subscription £20 covers postage anywhere in the UK The Winter and Spring issues will be sent by return and the Summer and Autumn issues will arrive on tour doormat in July and October

 

Vintage World Spring 2020

The 2020 Spring Issue includes :-

STARS OF VINTAGE WORLD

Victoria Bass  –  Holly Chambers – Miss Peggy Rose – Scott Elvis -Adam Hoffman  –  Rosy Apples – My Favourite Things  – Carradines Cockney Sing Along – Satin Dollz  – Jive Aces  – Jiving Jim Dandy  –  Girls form Oz  – Amy Calver and many, many more.

JIM DANDY TO THE RESCUE

The swinging barber from Sussex with Lady Laverne

CLARENCE & ALABAMA

Featuring vintage fashion and fabulous models

THE GIRLS FROM OZ

In the Madonna Rolls with Streaky Bacon at the wheel. The sensational Aussie girls group add a further taste of class to a very classy vintage vehicle.

THE MAN WHO CREATES VIDEOS FOR THE STARS

Jack Perry of J P Video Kent tells how he went about creating short videos of two of the most beautiful, talented  and exciting vintage singers in the whole of Britain.

THE JIVE ACES

Jive Aces and Amy Baxter

The busiest band in all of the land

Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, their viral video “Bring Me Sunshine” and for being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band

H.M.S. RYE

The story of a little minesweeper and the epic part she played in the Malta Story and her other exploits in World War Two.

PETER & YVETTE’S VINTAGE PHOTO SHOOT

The story and pictures of how Peter’s Talent and camera plus Yvette’s beauty and personality, recreated a retro pin-up set of a 50s style American Diner

CLASSIC CAR ROUND UP

A collection of Rolls Royce and Bentley vintage motors and the very first racing car that Stirling Moss won with on the continent and the Monty’s Rolls Royce that he took to Normandy on the third day of the June 1944 invasion. All embelished by a host of vintage models and entertainers.

VICTORY ROLL HAIR TUTORIAL

Fashion hairstyle of the wartime years demonstrated by Miss Holiday Swing.

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