A Racing Motorist - His Adventure at the Wheel in Peace and War -
S.C.H “Sammy” Davis
1949 - Iliffe and Sons, London - First Edition
The autobiography of the legendary S C H Davis (1887-1981), covering his early days, through the Bentley Years, to his Second World War exploits. Illustrated with 32 photographs.
One of the most popular and enduring figures in the history of British motor sport, known to friends and fans as Sammy, universally remembered for his heroic, glorious victory for Bentley at Le Mans in 1927. Born in the 1880s, he experienced and was involved in the earliest days of motoring before going off to the First World War in 1914. Though injured, he survived the War and in 1919 joined the staff of The Autocar, as Sports Editor writing and sketching under the pen-name 'Casque'. In the 1920s he earned a reputation as a fast, reliable and intelligent driver in competition, showing a profound sympathy and understanding of machinery. He worked with and drove for Aston Martin (for whom he later designed their famous winged badge’), Brooklands AC racing team, Austen and Alvis, amongst others. This activity, along with journalism, continued into the 1950s. When hostilities broke out again in 1939, though now in his 50s and too old to enlist, he was able to wrangle his way into the war, and served through to 1945.