Saul’s boat - Jacob’s StarAn example from the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships http://www.adls.org.uk/t1/
Saul’s father has forbidden his son from driving a car after one scare too many on the island’s narrow roads. He’s not particularly excited by speed and prefers the ease of taxis. However, he loves boats and has developed considerable skill in handling and navigation which he finds far more interesting than competing with other motorists for road space.
Jacob’s Star also features in the 2nd novel in the series.
Uncle Fred’s bike – Boadicea
Brough Superior SS 100
George Brough produced the most famous bikes of the period.
The ‘100’ is his certification that it can reach this speed in mph.
There is some mystery surrounding this particular example though I’m not going to
reveal anything here!
V Twin OHV 990cc
60 Horse Power
0-60 – 7 seconds
Top speed: 100+ mph
Cost in 1936: £170
Value today is in excess of £10,000
In comparison Jack’s little BSA two-stroke Bessy, labours to a top speed of 50 mph downhill
with acceleration to match!
Caroline’s Bugatti 57C drop head coupe
Her father bought this as a gift in another vain attempt to win his daughter’s affection. She drove it once, told him it was too slow and returned the key.
Used to her ingratitude, he returned it to Ettore Bugatti’s factory in Molsheim where his son Jean lowered the suspension and added a Roots supercharger.
Caroline’s lust for speed could hardly be satisfied on the island as there was only one stretch of road where she could push it to its limits before violent
braking became essential. This stretch of tarmac was called the five-mile road, though it was only three miles long, with several junctions and bends.
After her first test when she topped 100 mph and almost lost control, she returned it to him and complained that she didn’t like the colour, the shape of the seats or the ride.
He had it resprayed from its original yellow to scarlet and, with her usual lack of grace, she told him to leave it in the garage where, if she had nothing better to do, she might take it for the occasional outing.
3 litre 8 cylinders – supercharged
200 Horse Power
0-60: 10 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph
Compared to a modern Bugatti Veyron, this is hardly startling as the current version can top 220 mph and leave your stomach several feet behind your spine as it hurtles from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.
Today, a 57 SC in mint condition is probably worth nearly one million pounds or slightly more than a new Veyron. Caroline’s car has many adventures during and after the war and also features in the last novel in the series.