The life and history of Anthony Blight
Anthony Blight a Cornishman; was introduced to Talbot's by his father, Arthur, who acquired the family's first Talbot in 1943 - this is where the story starts as he became one the great exponents of Roesch Talbots.
In 1960 he bought his first 105 Talbot team car, GO52, from Charles Mortimer and then, with Mortimer's help, he had by 1965 gathered in all the 1931 105 team cars, GO51, GO52, GO53 and GO54. In addition he acquired and rebuilt BGH23, one of the 1934 Alpine Trial team 105s in which Mike Couper was also successful at Brooklands, finally lapping in 1938 at 129.70 mph, the fastest lap ever by a 4-seater car.
With these cars Anthony had many successes in V.S.C.C. and other clubs' racing and speed events, particularly the Pomeroy Trophy, which was ideally suited to the Roesch Talbot in the days when it was a combination of tests at Silverstone and a road event. Anthony often invited other drivers to compete with his cars, but he himself won the Pomeroy Trophy outright in 1966, 1967 and 1969 in BGH23 and in 1967 with GO52. In 1966 in the Coupe de I'Age d'Or race at Rouen, BGH23 driven by Martin Morris finished 5th and was on the same lap as the three ERAs and the Sunbeam Tiger, having been timed at 121 m.p.h. past the pits.
In 1970 Anthony's monumental book ‘Georges Roesch and the Invincible Talbot’ came out after eight years of extensive research, it covers the story of the touring, but mostly the racing Roesch Talbots in meticulous and fascinating detail, which will stand for ever as a great work of art in its own right.
Later on in his life at the age of 63, Anthony entered BGH23 in the 1989 Pirelli Marathon. The only pre-war car in a field of 113, his navigator James Fack was privileged to witness at first hand the remarkable fusion of man and machine that was Anthony in his beloved BGH23. In anybody else's hands BGH would have been but cannon-fodder to the powerful late-60s 2-seaters competing against her; but with Anthony at the wheel, as the pale green projectile hurtled screaming through the pine forest of Bokrijk in Belgium, our more perceptive fellow competitors realised at once that what they were witnessing was a minor miracle: a pre-war car, driven by a grandfather, equalling the times of young men in Jaguar E-Types and Ferrari Berlinettas.
Sadly Anthony passed away the following year in July 1990 while recovering from a heart valve operation, to remedy a heart murmur diagnosed many years previously. In fact he had postponed the operation in order to take part in the 1990 Mille Miglia in May in GO53 with his son-in-law Stephen who can vouch for the fact that he had lost none of his enthusiasm, sadly it was his last event.
Reflecting Anthony’s enthusiasm and passion for Talbots, the Talbot Owners’ Club was delighted to accept a generous donation from the Blight Trust in 2008, the 1934 Alpine Cup, to mark and honour Anthony’s dedication and achievements over many years of his life to the marque.