Dr Benjafield's Brooklands 120Mph badge, (4.10.30), Spencer and Co. Ltd,

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Lot 610
Dr Benjafield's Brooklands 120Mph badge, (4.10.30),
Spencer and Co. Ltd,

Sold for £ 4,370 (US$ 5,475) inc. premium
Dr Benjafield's Brooklands 120Mph badge, (4.10.30),Spencer and Co. Ltd,
chrome plated with seven colour enamel, very good condition, black enamel 120Mph badge applied to front, correct markings to reverse, 11.5cm (4.5ins) wide.

Footnotes

  • This badge was awarded to Dr J D Benjafield on the 4th of October, 1930, for a lap speed of 122.97Mph, obtained during the BRDC 500 Mile Race, while gallantly attempting to chase down 'Blood Orange,' the leading Austin driven by S C H Davis and the Earl of March. Unfortunately, even Benjafield's average race speed of 112.12Mph, the highest speed yet recorded in any race upto that time, was insufficient to take the lead that had been built up by the Austin at the beginning of the race during the Handicap Stage. Bill Boddy describes the action in 'The History of Brooklands Motor Course' as "soon Brooklands was alive with cars, 35 in all, each going not far short of flat out....Bentley hopes rested on Eddie Hall and Dr Benjafield....soon this car was going really fast. The Bentley now lapped at over 120Mph, well above the black safety line. Davis's Austin lapped at no less than 87Mph, Benjafield replied with a lap of 122.97Mph and on the very last circuit the near-side rear tyre began to break up, the tread clouting the mechanic's elbow a fearful whack as the car crossed the line. It transpired that Davis, partnered by The Earl of March, had won at an average speed of 83.41Mph...the Benjafield/Hall Bentley was a magnificent second, averaging 112.2Mph, fastest average in the race."
Dr Benjafield's Brooklands 120Mph badge, (4.10.30), Spencer and Co. Ltd,
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