Campbell Trophy Brooklands August 7, 1939
Robert Arbuthnot, born into a Scottish banking dynasty and educated at Eton and Cambridge, was typical of the wealthy amateur British racing driver of the period. He looks a trifle alarmed here as he manhandles his recently purchased ex-Reusch Alfa Romeo 8C35 (50013) around the Campbell circuit at Brooklands. He proved very fast in the race and was in 4th place at one point before spinning and having to restart at the back of the field. Arbuthnot (1914 -1946) raced very little before the outbreak of World War II, after which he bought one of the 1939 Le Mans Lagonda V12s which he unsuccessfully attempted to qualify at Indianapolis in 1946. He owned High Speed Motors in partnership with A. V. Wallington at Watford near north London. Ironically, having survived the war, he was killed when an oncoming Buick went out of control and hit his Peugeot head on.