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Past Captains

1948-1963    ‘Doc’ Harris


'Doc' Harris attended Trinity College, Dublin.   It was there that he met his great chum, Dudley Colley, through their shared interest in cars. They appreciated that a GN Special was the car for hill climbing, and bought three or four GN wrecks.     Read more....

1963-1966    Nigel Arnold-Forster


Nigel was a very successful and active competitor with vintage cars and his management style was to lead from the front, winning the VSCC's premier trophy, the Lycett, twice during his Captaincy, having previously won it in 1957. He was to improve on this when President of the VSCC.   Read more....

1966-1969    Vaughan Skirrow


My first contact with Frazer Nashes occurred when I was a student at Loughborough University, studying Mechanical Engineering from 1949-54. It so happened that Doc Harris, captain of the Frazer Nash Section at that time, and Bob Gerard were both living in the area    Read more....

1969-1972    Ron Footitt


We used to call him Uncle Ron because he was so good with young people and aspiring drivers and unbelievably generous with his car. No elf’n safety for him, the kids could have a go in the Cognac from an early age – Martin Stretton was 10 when Ron became Captain!    Read more....

1972-1975    Freddie Giles


It’s a privilege to serve as Captain. Even more so for me as a mere ‘whippersnapper’  in my 30s with only 8 hectic nashing years behind me. Lionel Stretton gave me excellent advice: The way I drove I needed a Frazer Nash and not the Bentley I was then competing in.    Read more....

1975-1978    Mark Joseland


Mark loved being Captain. He was steeped in Nashing and Nash history and his retentive memory meant that he could reel off the details of cars and owners without recourse to archives. Before he became Captain he served for five years as Secretary   Read more....

1978-1981    Derek Hall


Derek had perfect manners and expected the younger and some of the more boisterous older members to behave in a similar way when the Section was on public display. If his pleas were ignored, he would cry out: "Members of the Frazer Nash Section get in your motor cars and go Home".    Read more....

1981-1984    Dick Smith


In 1960 my wife, Rosemary, bought me the Nurburg as a wedding present and I’ve been an ardent Nashman ever since. In 1974, AFN Ltd held a party in the Hotel Metropole in Birmingham, and John Aldington asked the Nash Section to come along “To keep things lively”.   Read more....

1984-1987    Trevor Tarring


First event in my captaincy was the third mini-raid to Boulogne (60th anniversary of Gallop's win). We extended it to Reims, piggy-backed on to an Amilcar jolly featuring the first Boulard lunch. Then there was the Ian Stirling/Marl raid to Mull, which was my first outing in the Exeter.  Read more....

1987-1990    John Malyan


In 1962 my life changed forever, for the better. I became the proud father of a daughter and bought my first Frazer Nash,the 1929 short chassis Super Sports, PK 4481.This car was raced by H J Aldington in 1930 and was the ex-Frank Morrison / ex-Peter Sweet car.   Read more....

1990-1993    Alastair Pugh


My spell at the helm can be described as ‘inversion, coercion, diversion and submersion’. Inversion because my first act as Captain was to overturn my Anzani at Donnington Park, bending both myself and the car.    Read more....

1993-1996    Tim Pryke


I can’t believe it was nearly twenty years ago!! The first year took us to Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales, culminating in a hill climb at Harewood in the most appalling wet weather, with most of the normally stalwart members retiring early!    Read more....

1996-1999    Bill Roberts


Back in about 1965 I enjoyed a Frazer Nash Club picnic held by Betty Haigue, and this formed the first of three ambitions. The first was to host the Frazer Nash picnic. My second ambition was, for some strange reason, to take on the workload of being Club Captain.   Read more....

1999-2002    Peter Cobb


I had been a Member of The Section since acquiring my first car, my Boulogne Vitesse, over 40 years before being  elected as Captain in 1999. I had always been a regular competitor in VSCC events and was particularly active as Comp. Sec. in the 90’s and then as Captain.     Read more....

2002-2005    Robin Parker


My father Cecil rescued Basil Davenport from a crashed, burning ‘Spider’ in an event in North Wales in 1922 and became great pals, so I always had an interest in the Chain Gang.  I joined the Section in 1974 and served on the spares committee for ten years.    Read more....

2005-2008    Roger Richmond


My term of office began in dramatic fashion with the decision of the VSCC that, after nearly sixty years as a Section of the parent Club, the Chain Gang should go its own way.  This resulted in the hasty re-formation of the Frazer Nash Car Club, dormant since 1939.    Read more....  

2008-2011    Andy Cawley


I was mainly  a trials man when I became Captain. I felt that I should emulate the heros of the past and become a “racing driver”. Though it is difficult to describe circulating in the Anzani as racing at least I had fun and now I can truthfully say I have competed in every branch of motorsport.      Read more....

2011-2014    Louise Bunting


Coming soon....     Read more....

2014-2017    Annabel Jones


Coming soon....     Read more....

2017-2020    Steve Pryke


I have been in love with all things Frazer Nash since childhood. Part of our family folklore is that my father Hugh and his brother Tim were brought home from hospital as new born babies in my Grandfather’s Frazer Nash, so Nashing has been in the blood for three generations of our family. Happily the fourth generation of the family is now enjoying fantastic success behind the wheel of Ron and Archie’s creation- so long may that family connection continue.

When I was asked to be Captain I found the whole idea rather daunting with regard to trying to fit being Captain around my busy job as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in conjunction with the demands of a growing young family. However the Frazer Nash Car Club is something that I have always been absolutely passionate about, and being Captain of the Club has been one of the best things that I have done to date.

My mantra for my time as Captain has been to make the Club as inclusive as possible and encourage every member to participate in all the activities that we organise by breaking down any real or apparent barriers. I hope that to a certain extent I have achieved this aim. It has been wonderful to see competing and non-competing cars parked in the same paddock at Silverstone and Castle Combe with every club member present getting stuck in and clearly having a great time.

I have been incredibly lucky that the three years of my Captaincy coincided with the 2019 Bolzano raid. This was simply two weeks of Nashing heaven which was so fantastically organised by the Thirlby’s, Glies’, and Grundy’s. I was really simply riding on their coat tails but the whole two weeks will live long in the memory. The Alpine day sharing the driving with my cousin Tommy Waterfield and AUL running like a train is unforgettable and is certainly one of the best motoring days I have ever enjoyed. 

During the three years of my Captaincy the Club has broken fresh ground by organising racing grids for our members at several meetings at different tracks which have been really successful and have enabled us to demonstrate the wonderful esprit de corps that exists between members which has been a joy to see.

I cannot write this piece without mentioning the C word. I am of course referring to Covid 19 and all the mayhem that Covid has caused to the world in general and of course to our Club where we have had to change our activities for 2020 and 2021 considerably.

 None of the above would have been possible without the guidance I have received from our excellent committee and support of the membership. I thank each and every one of you for helping to make the job of Captain so easy.

It has been an absolute pleasure being Captain of the Frazer Nash Car Club. My advice to all of our members would be that if you are ever lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to be Captain, you should jump at the chance. It will be one of the most rewarding things that you will ever do.

 

Tim