The King's Cup 1922- 1938

    

Between the wars, the annual race around Britain for the cup originally presented by King George V, was Britain's premier air race: the event to be seen in. 

 

 The King's Cup Race had its detractors - most people moaned about the handicapping system (sometimes justifiably), and it could be a bit boring to watch, but my dear, everyone who was anyone competed in it at some stage.

It had an absolutely fascinating mixture of aeroplanes and aviators.

The aeroplanes (remember that the race started in 1922) were, to begin with, G-E-registered stringbags, barely able to stagger off the ground, let alone do 800-plus miles round Britain; only half of them actually finished the first race.

Then the ubiquitous de Havilland Moth swept all before it for a few years but, by 1935, the race was regularly being won by the new breed of racing aeroplanes like the Percival Gull, eventually averaging well over 200 mph.

And then there are the names; positively famous people, like Geoffrey de Havilland himself (and his two sons, Geoffrey junior and Peter); the Atcherley brothers Richard (of Schneider Trophy fame) and David; the Honourable Lady Mary Bailey; Alex Henshaw; Bert Hinkler; Caspar, the son of Augustus John ... Nick Comper and Edgar Percival ... 'Mutt' Summers...'Roly' Falk...The splendidly-named Rollo Amyatt Wolseley de Haga Haig, Charles Frederick Le Poer Trench, and who can forget William Francis Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill (even if some would like to)?

  

1922

 

 

A Band of Pioneers

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 Winner: Frank Barnard

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1922

 

  

1923

 

 

A Decidedly Interesting Race

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 Winner: Frank Courtney

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1923

 

  

1924

 

 

Landplanes and Seaplanes

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 Winner: Alan Cobham

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1924

 

  

1925

 

 

We All got Lost in the Fog

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 Winner: Frank Barnard

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1925

 

  

1926

 

 

The Triumph of the Light Plane

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 Winner: Hubert Broad

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1926

 

  

1927

 

 

A Terrible Handicap

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 Winner: Wally Hope

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1927

 

  

1928

 

 

Miss Spooner bags Third but Guy Warwick crashes

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 Winner: Wally Hope

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1928

 

  

1929

 

 

Amateurs and Pros

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 Winner: Richard Atcherley

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1929

 

  

1930

 

 

Over 100 entries, but Winnie Brown wins

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 Winner: Winifred Sawley Brown

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1930

 

  

1931

 

 

Sphinx Triumphant

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 Winner: E C T Edwards

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1931

 

  

1932

 

 

Easy Third for Wally

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 Winner: Wally Hope

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1932

 

  

1933

 

 

Sir Geoffrey First, on his Own Ground

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 Winner: Geoffrey de Havilland

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1933

 

  

1934

 

 

Gabrielle's Lament

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 Winner: Harry Schofield

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1934

 

 

1935

 

 

Tommy Rose to the Occasion

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 Winner: Tommy Rose

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1935

 

  

1936

 

 

Charles the First

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 Winner: Charles Gardner

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1936

 

 

1937

 

 

Charles the Second, but two more fatalities

 

 Winner: Charles Gardner

 

 

 

 

 > Read More: The King's Cup - 1937

 

  

1938

 

 

Under Darkening Skies

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 Winner: Alex Henshaw

 

 

 

 

> Read More: The King's Cup - 1938

 

 

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