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Kaye Don

Like many other Brooklands drivers Kaye Don started on motor cycles but became known at Brooklands in the 1920s as a driver of the Wolseley Viper which was a bit of a monster.

In 1928 he had three works Sunbeams at his disposal known as the Cub, the Tiger and the Tigress, plus a 2.3 litre Bugatti and during that year he set many class records - see Brooklands Society web site for more details and photographs. On 22nd September 1928, driving on of the Sunbeams, he set an Outer Circuit lap flying start record of 131.76 m.p.h. which he increased to 134.24 m.p.h. on 5th August 1929.

In 1929 Sunbeam built a 24 litre record breaker named Silver Bullet which became the bane of Don’s life as it continually burst into flames when backfiring through the carburettors, a tendency which was never ultimately cured due to lack of time and resources.

Driving the V-12 Sunbeam Tigress again at Brooklands on 9th June 1930 he raised the Outer Circuit lap record to 137.58 m.p.h. and for the ensuing three years he became known as the driver of a potent and stunningly beautiful red 4.9 litre Bugatti known as Tiger 2 which can be seen on display from time to time at the Brooklands Museum. (See web site for photos).

His racing career ended in 1934 when he was involved in a road accident in the Isle of Man in which his mechanic was killed, resulting in his being sentenced to six months at her majesty's pleasure for manslaughter. A rough deal!

 

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