Salmson Grand Sport
1925, Campbell Shed, On long term display
This car is known to have taken part in various speed events at Brooklands where the Salmson marque was a major competitor. At Brooklands events Salmsons achieved success in many races, including the 1926 Junior Car Club 200 Miles Race when Capt. Hazlehurst won the Production Car Race outright in his ‘Grand Prix’ Salmson. They also gained victories at Le Mans and Montlhéry in France.
At the Easter meeting of 1926, in the 90mph May Handicap, Goutte in his Salmson achieved 97.27 mph on the standing start lap and 114.49 mph on his second lap. This stood as the class record for many years.
In 1925 Dr. Benjafield, of Bentley fame, drove his ‘San Sebastien’ Salmson at Brooklands, so called after the model that won the San Sebastien Grand Prix of 1925.
‘Grand Sport’ models were marketed in England as ‘Grand Prix’ models, the major local dealer being Brooklands racing driver Gordon Watney.
This car was bequeathed to Brooklands Museum by the late Mr. Jim Tucker