Nick Brittan at Brands Hatch 1966
   Nick Brittan, May 1966

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Nick Brittan

In 1965, after a top-flight spell of kart-racing - during which he became European champion and captained the British National team for three years - he decided to take up motor racing. Driving his smartly prepared Ford Anglia -nicknamed 'Green Bean'- he scored seven wins from 15 races in his first season, and collected the Peter Collins memorial trophy, the Rootes Cold Cup and the Spring Grove Novice of the Year award.

A 'works' drive with the Alan Fraser Imp team followed in 1966, when he won the Spring Grove Saloon Car Championship.

1966, with Alan Fraser
29-year-old director of a London public relations consultancy. Entered motor racing in the 1965 season, after five years of go-kart racing, during which time he held the European Championship title and captained the British National team. In his first season of saloon car racing he won 8 of the 15 events that he participated in. In those 7 events that he did not win, he was placed either 2nd or 3rd.
Keeps fit with squash, tennis and also rides once a week all the year round.

Part of the Alan Fraser Team
Fraser Imps (mid '60's) made a name for the Imp: these pseudo-factory cars cleaning up everywhere in the hands of Bernard Unett, Tony Lanfranchi, and Nick Brittan. Fitted with 5-speed Jack Knight 'boxes, the little cars regularly pulled 120mph, gaining classic wins galore against hot Anglias and Mini-Coopers.

Nick Brittan at Brands Hatch
Nick Brittan at Brands Hatch
1966 Spring Grove saloon car championship
After winning the 1966 Spring Grove Saloon Car champioship,
Nick Brittan with his mechanic Norman Winn and Alan Fraser on a tour of honour

1966 Club Racing Championships:
Spring Grove Saloon Car Championship: Nick Brittan in a 1.0 Hillman Imp came 1st in class (Up to 1000 cc, before Ray Calcutt and Bill McGovern) and came 1st overall, gathering 31.5 points. Ray Calcutt ended on a shared 6th overall (8 points) and Bill McGovern got 6 points.

He spent the 1967 season racing a Ford-sponsored Anglia for John Young's Superspeed stable.

Literature by Nick Brittan

   Alan Fraser and Nick Brittan


Improving an Imp: Nick Brittan samples a Taurus-tuned Imp producing startling performance figures. - Popular Motoring 1965, October
Speed shop special ; no. 6. 3 pages

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What ho she yumps : Peter Harper - down to earth rallycrosser / by Nick Brittan; photographs by Maurice Rowe. - Motor 1966?67?. - Rootes Owners Supplement
Reprinted in Impressions 1984, May.

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Getting out in front of flying spray... / by Nick Brittan. - Modern Motoring and Travel 1966, September. - p.34-35
Nick Brittan reports each month on the Fraser Imp team for which he drives

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Racing Impmen / by Nick Brittan. - Autocar 1966, August 19. - p.406
Article on racing Hillman Imps; how the Alan Fraser Team did things. 3 pages

In on the Imp scene : with Nick Brittan. - Car and Car Conversions 1966
Reprinted in Unique Master Portfolio, p.69-70. (quoted as from 1968)

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Never too late : Ray Payne - rule-proving exception / by Nick Brittan. - Motor 1967, January 27. - p.3-5
Reprinted in Transport Source Book (TSB; 081). - p.59-61

Tiger tale : [Sunbeam automobiles] / Nick Brittan. - Classic cars. - Vol.15 (1988), no.12, p.56-59

Journals / Periodicals

Motor racing the international way / edited by Nick Brittan. - London : Kaye & Ward, 1970. - 120p : illus, ports ; 25cm
ISSN: 071820834X
Note: Illus. on lining papers ; regular

Motor racing the international way : No.2 / edited by Nick Brittan. - London : Kaye & Ward, 1971. - 88p, plate : ill, incl 1 col, ports ; 25cm
ISBN/ISSN: 0718208846


   Fraser Imps on the grid

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How to go saloon car racing / Nick Brittan; Foreword: Dean H. Dellamont. - Surrey, England : Patrick Stephens, 1967. - 128 p. : ill., photos ; 22cm
Nick Brittan (31) is well qualified to write a book for budding saloon car drivers, for he is both an accomplished journalist and a succesful racing driver.

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Safari Fever : The story of a car rally they said no European could win / by Nick Brittan; Additional material by John Davenport [Rally Editor of 'Autosport']. - Croydon : Motor Racing Publications Ltd, 1972. - 160,[48]p : ill., ports ; 23cm
ISBN 0900549165

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Marathon : around the world in a cloud of dust / by Nick Brittan. - London : Motor Racing Publications, 1969. - 158p, 32 plates : ill., 1facsim., maps(on lining papers) ; 23cm
ISBN 900549 00 9. Hardbound. Out of print.
The London to Sydney Marathon as reported by one of the competitors. The 10,000 mile event took twenty-three days, and at the end only 56 of the 98 starters made it to Sydney.

All about motor sport / [by] Nick Brittan. - London [etc.] : W.H. Allen, 1977. - 160p : ill., ports ; 23cm
ISBN 0491024509

The Formula Ford book : how it started, how it grew, and how you can tackle it today / by Nick Brittan ; with chapters by ... [others]. - Cambridge : Stephens, 1977. - 143p : ill., facsim., plans, ports ; 25cm
ISBN 085059278X

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Non-Imp info

Information from his present site: "Brittan has 30+ years in motor sport, first as a works race and rally driver (in the Ford team on the 1968 London-Sidney Marathon) and then in top International motorsport management in Formula One and World Championship rallying." - Do you suppose he's ashamed of being a winner in Alan Fraser's team ?

Nick Brittan's Trans World Events company (TWE) is acknowledged as the world leading organizer of long distance marathon rallies and adventure challenges.

With financial assistance and support from Walter Hayes, Ford Public Affairs Director, Nick Brittan the journalist and racing driver created the 'Formula Ford Register'.
Creating an 'International Register' Nick Brittan took British competitors in to Europe. Growth was as rapid as in the UK. By 1972 there were national championships in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Australia and the USA.

Manager of F1 racer Patrick Depailler, who died 1st Aug 1980
On 1/2 November 1978 Depailler competed in his last races for the year. It was the Texaco Rallysprint event that was organized by Nick Brittan. An event that saw the drivers competing in a circuit race as well as rally stages, at the Donington circuit in England. Patrick was one of five Grand Prix drivers that competed - the others were John Watson, Jody Scheckter, Patrick Tambay and Alan Jones. There were also five Rally drivers namely, Andy Dawson, Russell Brookes, Brian Nelson, Bjorn Waldegard and Ari Vatanen.
In the circuit challenge the drivers competed in similar Ford Fiestas, which Nick Brittan provided. As expected this race saw door handle racing and most of the cars were badly battered after the race. Depailler finished in sixth place in this exciting race. The following day the drivers were timed over a pre-selected rally course. Patrick was driving a Lancia Stratos and found it quite enjoyable, but difficult to drive. In his first run he set 6th fastest time and he went one place better on his second run. He finished fifth overall in the competition. The winner was Dawson followed by Brookes, Watson and Scheckter.

Now firmly entrenched in rallying, Rick had an offer to drive Nick Brittan's Porsche 911 in the Panama - Alaska Marathon. With Brittan's wife Jenny co-driving, Bates led almost from start to finish, despite being a rank outsider in this form of long-distance rallying. A year later the pair tackled the 21-day Shield of Africa marathon in the same car, but car troubles intervened while they were leading by 16 minutes at the half-way break. They had to eventually settle for 11th place. Proving that his talent in a rally car wasn't restricted just to loose-surfaced events, Rick Bates and Jenny Brittan took their long-suffering Porsche to a convincing win in the 1999 Classic Adelaide Rally, a flat-out, special stage tarmac event conducted in the Adelaide Hills. But the rallying bug had bitten and shortly after they were off to the 20,000 kilometre London to Sydney Marathon, an event which suited their car, but mechanical problems intervened and they eventually finished third.