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Aston Martin Owners Club
This is the 9kt gold medal awarded to Lionel Martin at Brooklands in 1922 for a race win in an Aston Martin. The win, with Martin at the wheel, came on May 13 according to AMOC Registers I have viewed. A week later, on May 20, the famous ‘Bunny’ was driven to a number of records. Martin must have been so proud of this eight-day period as it finally put the marque well and truly on the sports and racing car map. I am now the proud owner of the medal. It was originally sold by Bonhams in 2008.
This is a photo of ‘Bunny’ at Brooklands on May 20, 1922. Lionel Martin (wearing tie) is filling the tank assisted by a Shell representative. Clive Gallop attends to the off-side front wheel and ‘Sammy’ Davis (in overalls) looks at the engine. Beside him stands Katherine Martin, Lionel’s wife. Jack Addis investigates the cockpit.
By way of explanation the Junior Car Club was formed in 1919. It had previously been called the Cyclecar Club (formed in 1912). The name change came as a result of the decline in cycling after WW1. The club was based at Brooklands. The club's first race meeting was at Brooklands in May 1920. After WW2, with Brooklands gone, the JCC amalgamated withe the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club. By 1949 it had become what we know today as the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC).
The medal was produced by Elkington & Co of Birmingham and has their stamp. It is also hallmarked Birmingham 9kt gold with the 1922 letter stamp.