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#1 Mike Argetsinger

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 05:21

The following drivers are connected by a common experience:

Edgar Barth
Jo Bonnier
Jack Brabham
Tony Brooks
Peter Collins
Ian Connell
Arthur Dobson
Jack Fairman
Guy Gale
"Geki"
Graham Hill
Gary Hocking
Innes Ireland
Guy Jason-Henry
Alan Jones
Stirling Moss
Reg Parnell
Jochen Rindt
Ricardo Rodriguez
Tony Rolt
Hap Sharp
Jo Siffert
John Surtees
Eric Thompson
Maurice Trintignant
Peter Walker

What was it that they all did? The first correct post receives a prize! The answer comes latest November 1 (although I suspect that the answer will likely be posted by the next time I log on).


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#2 alessandro silva

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 15:12

Didn't they all raced Rob Walker's cars?

#3 C F Eick

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 17:04

They all drove BRM cars during their careers...?

#4 TonyKaye

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 17:25

That's an easy one. It's well known that they all had an intimate relationship with Mrs. Edith Kershaw of 36, Babbington Road, Egham, Surrey. But I didn't know that Arthur Dobson knew her too and I'm shocked!

#5 Dave Ware

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 18:06

Damn, Tony, you beat me to it. Is there a prize for being second? And how can you not have known about Dobson? He was her favorite, you know...

#6 fines

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 20:27

Well, if it wasn't for Jonesy I'd go with Alessandro...

#7 Mike Argetsinger

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 21:33

That didn't take long. Alessandro nailed it right off the bat. So much for trying to stump this group. Tony Kaye deserves a prize too - for the most amusing response. But Tony, you'll have to reply directly to Mrs. Kershaw for your reward. Yes Alan Jones did drive for Rob Walker. In fact he made his Grand Prix debut in Barcelona in 1975 in the Rob Walker entered and managed Hesketh 308 (ex-James Hunt) - the car was owned by Harry Stiller. Alessandro, if you will provide your mailing address either on line or via private msg - I will forward you a handsome (art work by Peter Helck) full-size reproduction of the original poster for the 1948 Watkins Glen Grand Prix. [p][Edited by Mike Argetsinger on 10-30-2000]

#8 Don Capps

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 21:40

I was about to answer when Alessandro's posting popped up. At first I was not sure, but then when I looked at these names -- Jochen Rindt & Ricardo Rodriguez -- it suddenly hit me. But Alessandro was quicker on the trigger. And, yes, Jonesy did drive for Rob Walker!

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 22:46

Shame on me, the Stiller car - I should've known that! But the best clue must've been Gary Hocking - he didn't do an awful lot of car racing, did he?;)

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 22:49

And Tony, could you post a pic of that chic? :lol:

#11 Mike Argetsinger

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 23:44

Gary Hocking was Rhodesian although he was born and brought up in Wales. He won the 350cc and 500cc World Championship for motorcycles in 1961. I don't have a definitive record of how much four-wheel racing he did but I don't believe it was a lot. The Rob Walker team really thought they had a major "find" in Hocking. He had been recommended to Walker by BP and Rob decided to give him a try out in the three-race South African season in December 1962 with an eye to possibly running him in the '63 GP season. Hocking made a big impression in the Rand GP at Kyalami - finishing 4th after a race long duel with John Surtees. Six days later - on December 21 - he died instantly in the Lotus 24 at Devil's Leap corner in practice for the Natal GP at Durban.
Rob Walker, who had not made the trip to South Africa with his team, never met Gary Hocking.

#12 Don Capps

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Posted 31 October 2000 - 16:08

Mike,

That was a pretty neat little "quiz" and had me staring at the screen until Rindt & Rodriguez jumped out at me and then the Hocking & Rolt names confirmed it. When was the last time Eric Thompson was mentioned around here? Or Arthur Dobson?

Thanks!!!

#13 Barry Lake

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Posted 31 October 2000 - 17:56

Eric Thompson still deals in second hand motoring books - or did the last time I contacted him, a year or so ago.