Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 22 May 1934
AUTODROME TRACK ACCIDENT SPECTATORS HIT BY SWERVING CAR
A racing car In a 100-mile lap race at Greenford (Middlesex) Autodrome track, yesterday, swerved into a fence and knocked down spectators. The driver, A, J. Mazengarb, received a dislocated shoulder, and a boy was detained in hospital with injuries. Mr. and Mrs. Nugent, Millet Road, Greenford, were also knocked down, but declined medical aid. A woman spectator was treated ambulance men for cuts on the head. Two minutes before, another car the race, driven Mr. V. W. Derrlngton, London Road. Kingston-on-Thames, turned completely round and overturned. He was pinned underneath his car for about four minutes before it could be lifted off him. His shoulder was dislocated and he had minor cuts and bruises. "Mr. Derrington crashed inside the fence." said an official of the autodrome. " but Mr. Mazengarb, who was driving super-charged car, hit the fence with his back wheel, turned three somersaults and landed upside down outside the fence where a few spectators were standing. The car came to rest on some ground where spectators are not permitted." Another competitor in the race —Spike Rhiando, the American 'ace' — had a remarkable escape when a tyre came off and his machine turned over. He was uninjured." Mr. Derrington, who was allowed leave the hospital after treatment, said: "It a curious coincidence that I crashed exactly in the same spot on Saturday where car came grief to-day. On that occasion I received only slight cuts and bruises and was able to continue the race, coming third."
Newspaper stories tell us there were at least four meetings at Greenford in 1934 running virtually throughout May.
The latest one I can find tells us this... "Two thousand people saw a series of mishaps at the Greenford speedway meeting on Saturday afternoon. C. E. Leir. G.N. Special, made an attack on the lap record, but crashed on the first bend and overturned. An ambulance sped on to the track, but it struck a wire overhanging the course and pulled over the timing-box, all the apparatus being smashed. A police inspector, standing on the running-board of the ambulance, was thrown, but neither he nor Leir was badly hurt."
I wonder if that was the end of racing at the Autodrome?
...and now you must excuse me, I need to have my nap...