Drawing of 200-Mile Race car
5th Jul 2022
photograph: Ron Godfrey in the Craddock 200-Mile Race car. Photograph taken in 1962.
The Archives has recently benefitted from the extremely generous gift of a large amount of marvellous material from the Gibson family, including Arthur’s collection of G.N. photographs and blueprints. Amongst these is a large drawing which Bill Craddock made in the 1950’s when he built a replica of the G.N. which Hawkins drove in the 1922 200-Mile Race.
Bill, who trained as an aircraft engineer, was a first-class draughtsman, and was in addition a very good friend of Ron Godfrey and of Archie Frazer Nash. He consulted with both men in order to make sure that all details were accurate, and apparently when completed he got them to sign a copy of the drawing as ‘approved’.
The only problem is that the drawing is in pencil and the definition is not good, even with digital enhancement. What we propose is to print a full-size copy of the somewhat faint drawing, and then see if we can persuade some enthusiastic volunteer to carefully go over every line on the drawing with a much clearer pen. This enhanced drawing can then be re-scanned and copies made available to club members as part of the proposed catalogue of original GN chassis, engine and body drawings.
This is quite a tricky job, but if any club members feel they might be able to help, please contact Roger Richmond by email on
You will be delighted to know that 28 minutes after it went live I had an email from Roger Harrison, who also trained as a draughtsman, offering to do the job ! Amazing service !