Claude came from Bournemouth and purchased the Monaco of George Hartwell in the early part of 1949 and continued to campaign the car, almost exclusively on the hills and in sprints, which suited the car, until late 1951 when the Monaco's single can Norton was outclassed by the Double Knockers.
Prescott Hill 12th June 1949, 10th
Prescott Hill 17th July 1949, 12th
Brighton 3rd September 1949 Speed Trials, 8th
Prescott Hill 11th September 1949, 6th
Gosport 16th October 1949, 2nd
Gosport 30th April 1950, 1st
Beechwood Park, Markyate 14th May 1950, 1st
Tewin Water 18th June 1950, 1st
Queensferry 24th June 1950, 1st
Blandford Hill 29th July 1950, 3rd
Tewin Water 7th August 1950 (up to 750cc class), 1st
Brighton Speed Trials 2nd September 1950, 3rd equal with Peter Collins
Altcar October 1950 (up to 750cc Class), 1st
Gosport 29th April 1951, 1st
Cheltenham 12th May 1951, 1st
Tewin Water 14th May 1951, 1st
Gosport 17th June 1951, 2nd
Ramsgate Speed Trial 15th July 1951, 1st
Tewin Water 6th August 1951, 3rd
Gosport 16th September 1951, 3rd
Claude seems to have retired from competition at this point to take a grand tour of Europe in, of all things, a Bond Minicar! Clearly he wasn't put off by the experience because he undertook a second tour of Greece and Yugoslavia in '53, this time on a scooter. And to cap it all, he then took his newly wedded wife on honeymoon scooter trip through France, Spain and across to North Africa on a Piatti scooter. Perhaps his secretary "Alice" referred to below was the lucky lady!
Thereafter he seems to have settled down a little to concentrate on his art and painted many of the club and professional racers of the 50s and 60s.
One of Claude's paintings showing the late Pete Arundell in his first club race.
If anyone has more information on Claude, please get in touch!