A framed display of Bill Boddy's personal collection of enamel BARC Brooklands member's and guest badges, 1907-1941,
Lot 22
A framed display of Bill Boddy's personal collection of enamel BARC Brooklands members and guest badges, 1907-1941,
Sold for US$ 6,250 inc. premium

Lot Details
A framed display of Bill Boddy's personal collection of enamel BARC Brooklands members and guest badges, 1907-1941,
near complete set of gilt-brass enamelled member's badges with cords and single guest lapel badges, a total of 61 badges covering 'The Brooklands Years', displayed within a brown velvet wood-framed display and comprising:

1907-1915 - member and one guest (1914 with matching numbers 1394)

1916 - members only in composite material

1920-1933 - member and one guest (1920 with matching numbers 815 and 1932 with matching numbers 521)

1934 - members only

1935-1939 - member and one guest (1935 with matching numbers 4A, 1936 with matching numbers 109A and 1939 with matching numbers 274)

1940 & 1941 - members only (guest badges were not issued for these years)

A red enamel 'Committee' lapel badge by W O Lewis of Birmingham.

The purpose-built glazed frame display with hinged door and brass lock and lugs for wall mounting, measuring 19½ x 28ins, acquired by the vendor from a recent sale of the Bill Boddy Collection including his motoring library, archive, and automobilia, and believed to have originally hung above Bill Boddy's desk in his study at home.

Footnotes

  • William "Bill" Boddy, MBE (1913-2011) was a British motoring journalist, author, some time race driver and enthusiast of veteran and vintage motor racing, having first been enamoured with the Brooklands circuit and motor racing from a young age, first visiting the track in the late 1920s. Having written his first article on the history of the circuit for the British motor racing periodical MotorSport in 1930, and a subsequent stint with Brooklands Track & Air until 1931, he became Editor of MotorSport from 1936 up until 1991, and continued to regularly contribute articles to the magazine after this period.

    Considered by many in the motor racing fraternity to be the authoritative Brooklands historian, 'WB' as he is widely known, formed The Brooklands Society in 1967 to preserve the Brooklands Track for national posterity, which had ceased to host motor racing in 1939.

    Boddy has authored many well-known books on the subject of motoring and motor racing, including The History of Brooklands Motor Course 1906-1940 (published 1957), considered to be the definitive history of the track and races held there.

    With a total of 81 years in motorsport journalism, Bill Boddy is well reknowned and respected by the motorsport world to this day, and was presented with an MBE in 1997.
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