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Earl Howe, 'Rudge Whitworth Cup'
'The Rudge Whitworth Cup', 1930
A highly important Le Mans motor racing trophy, in the form of an urn decorated with classical scenes, in cast gilded bronze, bearing foundry marks for Etling Paris, and signed in the bronze Joe Descomps. The urn mounted on a black marble plinth with applied plaque and inscription. French, circa 1930.
Height overall: 13½ inches (34 cms).
This important bronze trophy was presented to Earl Howe by the Automobile Club de France in June 1930, following Howe’s 5th place in that year’s Le Mans 24 hour race. Howe, driving his Alfa-Romeo 6C-1750GS, was partnered by Leslie Callingham, and completed 159 laps, behind the Bentleys of Barnato/Kidston and Clement/Watney (1st and 2nd), and the Talbots of Lewis/Eaton and Hindmarsh/Rose-Richards (3rd and 4th). Howe’s result, first in class, was a highly creditable first effort in the gruelling event, at the age of 46. The following year, partnered by Tim Birkin in his Alfa-Romeo 8C-2300, Howe won the event for the first and only time.
Provenance: Estate of Lord Curzon, the 5th Earl Howe.