Walter Sulke, Macau
Posted 15 November 2008 - 14:21
She told me her only regret was that as they were so busy racing, they never took photographs, and as such she has none of herself driving, but more importantly to her, none of her late husband racing, especially in his "lovely Merc'".
So this is a plea, has anybody any pictures of Walter and Ruth Sulke racing that I might share with her?
Posted 15 November 2008 - 16:14
Posted 15 November 2008 - 16:22
Is there much reference to Walter and Ruth in it? She's due to go back to Hong Kong shortly, but I am in touch by e mail, so can certainly recommend it.
Posted 15 November 2008 - 16:45
According to 'Colour and Noise' Walter Sulke competed in the 1954 and 1965 Macau GPs. On pages 14 and 15 there is a panoramic photo of the Le Mans style start. You can just make out the Mercedes 220 of Sulke and indeed Walter running to the car. In the text describing the race there is a reference to "Walter Sulke OBE...chairman of the Zung Fu Mercedes Benz agency in Hong Kong...was forced to retire his Mercedes on the very last lap when a puncture sent him careering into a row of dilapidated godowns at the bottom of Hospital Hill."
As far as 1965 is concerned there are no photos of Sulke but he is referred to in the text with regard to his disputed third place which then became fourth after a stewards enquiry.
Posted 15 November 2008 - 18:23
Most of Sulke's races were as an entrant rather than a driver - Mercedes 190SL, Mercedes 300SL, DKW saloon, Auto Union 1000S, FJ Tojeiro-DKW, Triumph Spitfire, ex-Le Mans Alpine-Renault etc. His drivers included Douglas Steane, Arthur Pateman, Bill Wyllie, Mauro Bianchi and doubtless others as well.
Pateman in the 300SL won the 1957 Macau GP for Sulke, and Bianchi took the 1966 race in the Alpine
Posted 15 November 2008 - 19:34
Posted 17 November 2008 - 02:16
Posted 17 November 2008 - 07:11
It will be appearing in the Classic Adelaide Rally later this week and I will surely have more pictures of it soon. And if her/your interest extends that far, I am close to this car and I can provide some more details of its background since it arrived here in the mid-sixties.
Posted 17 November 2008 - 14:05
Mr Sulke appears to have been very very camera shy!
Posted 17 November 2008 - 16:23
Posted 17 November 2008 - 18:15
Posted 18 November 2008 - 00:26
While there are no photos of Mr. Sulke in the car, a detailed and well-researched history of the car can be found at:
Posted 18 November 2008 - 19:32
Originally posted by Graham Gauld
Reference the Sulke Mercedes Benz here are two shots, the grid shot is well known but the other shot shows Arthur Pateman after the race and can one assume this is Walter Sulke on the cockpit ?
Ruth tells me "it's Walter in the car and the other chap is Doug Steane" Does that make sense?
Posted 18 November 2008 - 21:06
Posted 19 November 2008 - 11:41