Help with Connaught or Vanwall in New Zealand?
Posted 23 July 2008 - 22:39
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
I would like to know more about a Connaught F1 team or a Vanwall F1 team that went out to New Zealand for a NZ championship. This would have been EITHER in 1957 or in 1959. Would such an NZ championship have been a short season or a single race meet? Who would have driven?
My narrow interest, not part of my question here, is in one of the Connaught and Vanwall mechanics, who built and raced other cars in England and later in NZ. However, any info on those two teams and the relevant "championship" would be very gratefully received.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 22:54
Thank you so much, "Vitesse2". Unbelievable, the speed and depth of postings in this group.
1958 makes sense to me. I am reading a report of the event, written by 'my' mechanic, and printed in a 1959 programme.
Your link has been duly noted, and I shall make some time to follow this bit of NZ history in its own right.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:32
Nothing to add really.
Originally posted by Vitesse2
cue Mr McKinney .....
The cars were taken to NZ primarily for resale, but returned to England
Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:26
Posted 25 July 2008 - 02:53
Note that the two "Eccleston" B-series cars weren't the only Connaughts in New Zealand in 1958, a local had brought out Lea-Francis engined A5 which has recently been restored, see this article: http://www.classicca...ught-connection?
Posted 25 July 2008 - 07:49
He didn't read his own website, as in the race result Alta gets the credit!
Originally posted by Dutchy
An interesting website though I noticed a few inaccuracies concerning the cars; for example the Connaught B Types were powered by Alta engines not Lea Francis.
As always, read internet items with care and never, ever believe them uncritically!
Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:41