Museum seeks to trace racer's family

Letters from World War II-era racer discovered after 18 years

THE NORFOLK Motorcycle Museum is looking to trace the family of WWII era racer Victor Hood.

Hood, from New Malden, a former RAF Captain, was one of 180 riders to be awarded the British Motor-Cycle Racing Club gold star for his win at Brooklands in June, 25, 1938.

Hood's Rudge TT replica, the motorcycle he won on at Brooklands, was sold to a Mr Moore in 1943. Hood wrote Mr Moore letters during and following the sale of the motorcycle.

His last appearance before serving in the war effort at RAF Westcott was the British Motorcycle Racing Club's last meeting before the Second World War and the last at Brooklands.

In one of his letters before the sale, Hood wrote: "This confounded war has unfortunately put me rather ‘in the spot’ so far as the Rudge is concerned as the very occasional and brief moments which I am able to snatch don’t lend themselves too well to carefully and painstakingly assembling a racing machine in the way that I was accustomed to and I am somewhat anxious as to your feelings if this is going to be much of a delay."

Andrew Neall, from the Norfolk museum that houses Captain Hood’s old Rudge, said: “We would be delighted to let any descendants have copies of the letters. They are motorcycle and social history to us but family history to them.”

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