The History of the Mary Harris Trophy
The Mary Harris Trophy was presented by Mary Harris to the SE Centre of MGCC in memory of her late husband, F.L.M.Harris, who had run the Club in the immediate pre-war years, but who had died during the war, believed to be during an air-raid. F.L.M. was quite a character, and one of the few who had achieved a "Triple" in the MCC Classic Trials on two, three and four wheels in one year! He was also a keen caravanner, editing, in addition to "Sports Car" the caravan magazine.
The trophy was never awarded, but when we (the Triple-M Register) got our first race at Silverstone in 1963, It was suggested to Gordon Cobban by Mike Allison that we would like a trophy to race for, and he offered the Mary-Harris, which was duly presented to the Register in a ceremony by Elsie C at the Kensington Palace Hotel dinner. The first winner was Bruce Beer in his brother, Malcolm's J3 single-seater, J 3751.
The race was originally run on a handicap basis as per the original format of the Brooklands era with the slower cars taking off first. This format is still run at all VSCC events, creating fantastic racing where in principle all cars finish at the same time!. However in recent years and for the MGCC races the Handicap is run under a closed format based on practise times. So in principle the race will be a Scratch race with the outright winner taking the Kimber Trophy. The handicappers will work their magic post race and announce the winner of the MHT.