This car was specifically designed to break records for small cars at Brooklands.
Matthew White, 3rd Viscount Ridley, was a self-taught engineer and racing enthusiast. He built the Ridley Special to his own specification in workshops on his estate at Blagdon, Northumberland. At this time, a tremendous ‘Battle of the Babes’ was being fought between Austin and MG for the International Class H (750cc) Record. On 12th August 1931, Lord Ridley took the flying kilometre and mile records at 105.42mph and 104.50mph in the Ridley Special at Brooklands.
On 28th October 1931, Lord Ridley had a serious crash here at Brooklands, wrecking the car , and being lucky to escape with his life.
Loaned by Lord Ridley
- Engine: 750cc
- Top Speed: 115mph
- Manufacturer: Viscount Ridley
- Model: Special
- Origin: Northumberland
Races & Record
1931, International Class H Record, record 105.42 mph and 104.50 mph at Brooklands