Monday, February 20, 2006

Innes Ireland Trivia, 2

Innes Ireland’s interest in motor sport was first aroused when he met the aged chauffeur to a wealthy family in Newton Stewart, Scotland. The family owned two Bentleys and the young Innes was allowed to run them up and down the drive with petrol filched from his father’s wartime ration. When the owner of the Bentleys, a lady called Frances, died, she left one of the cars to Innes.

I can’t be certain, but I wonder if that elderly retainer might have been Mr Arthur Cowling, coachman and chauffeur for 64 years to the Armitage family of Kirroughtrie, Newton Stewart. He died at the end of 1948, aged 84.

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