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Goldie Gardner

Lt. Colonel A.T.G. Gardner was born in 1889 and started his racing career at Brooklands in 1924 driving an Austin Seven, progressing later to Salmsons and a supercharged Type 6C six cylinder Amilcar which still exists - see Brooklands Society web site Reunion section for photographs.

In 1931 and ‘32 he campaigned a C-Type M.G. Midget and in 1934 he finished third in the 500 Miles Race with J.D. (Dudley) Benjafield in a K3 M.G.averaging 97.85 m.p.h for the race and being placed behind the Rileys of two very fast drivers, Freddie Dixon and Percy Maclure.

He subsequently bought the ex-Horton offset single seater M.G. K3 and lapped Brooklands in this car on the 10th June 1935 at over 120 m.p.h. earning his 120 m.p.h. badge.

On the 27th August 1936 having had the M.G. re-bodied he established a Class G record for 1,100 c.c. cars of 124.40 m.p.h. which was never been bettered. He went on to take other Class G records at Montlhery, which was a much smoother track than Brooklands, at just under 150 m.p.h. and in 1948 he was awarded his second B.R.D.C. Gold Star for 176.6 m.p.h. in a 2,000 c.c. car.

Many records followed subsequently culminating in 1952, at the age of 63, in 189.5 m.p.h. at Bonneville Salt Flats in a 1,500 c.c. car, and 137.4 miles in one hour, ultimately going to 189.5 m.p.h. in a car that was expected to do 220 m.p.h. but was slowed down by wheel spin on the wet sand.

Goldie Gardner died in August 1958 after a long period of ill health.

 

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