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#101 RTH

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 09:40

Originally posted by Richie Jenkins
Looks like Robbie Stirling is involved in something murky :confused:

http://www.bbc.co.uk...gmillions.shtml
and on another site:

SBV is managed on different levels but it is still owned and run by the same people that it always was when it was Pecatelo resort and Lanzarote beach club, only the names change. I will explain more further on. The top-level owners do still exist, David is not a problem, Robbie Stirling is the one described by the two top managers as a nasty piece of work and whom they answer to.


Sounds as if this story has the plot of a good novel or film !

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#102 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 09:40

He does.
Burgess' criminal past is well-known though, of course.

#103 Patrick Fletcher

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 09:58

Originally posted by Mac Lark
I've done a quick scan of this thread and haven't seen the name Ian Burgress crop up..

I asked because of the spelling of Burgess - did a search but could not get much - can you refer,confirm or detail the deeds.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:12

Well there was the Ian Burgess who was arrested in 1981 with £1million of heroin.


There's an article by Mike Lawrence on pitpass saying Burgess was jailed for ten years. Mr Lawrence also reports a story that Burgess was spirited away from prison and ended up in Prague. Intriguing. Is it true?

#105 Patrick Fletcher

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 10:05

Pity it happened in the eighties - Miss Marples or that little chap with the waxed moustache would have loved this one.

#106 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 11:03

Referencing back to post #63 by Jim Thurman, I searched for info on Eric Haga. I had read years ago that he was up for murder. The link below offers some data. I would gather that his refused appeal means he's still rotting in the slammer. Looks good on ya, mate!

http://www.mrsc.org/...081wn2d0704.htm

#107 GeorgeTheCar

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 13:53

I have, in the late 60's and early 70's, worked for John Paul Sr on his endurance cars, a 427 Corvette and a 427 Cobra.

He had a partner and sponsor Bob ??, some one who had a company called Essex something.

This guy would drive in the endurance races and after his stints would shake for more than 5 minutes.

John Paul Sr. called himslef a "Management Consultant", always had time and money for racing and never seemed to worry about work.

When I was crewing for Gord Dewar in Trans Am and Can Am we would often have more than one 5 gallon pail of soldering flux in the trailer and I wondered.......

There were so many things of value to check in a race car trailer that custome never seemed to look at the various grey pails,

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 19:17

Seems that US sports car racing's flirtation with the Dark Side is ongoing:

Pavilions nightclub woes result in indictment
By Howard Pankratz - Denver Post Staff Writer


Jon Field, who opened and then abruptly closed the Banana Joe's and
Margarita Mama's nightclubs in the Denver Pavilions, was indicted
Thursday on embezzlement charges.

Field, 49, and Paul Butler, 37, the project manager who oversaw the
nightclub construction, funneled $1.3 million of the $1.9 million given
them by Pavilions for construction into their own pockets or for the
benefit of friends, the indictment said.

The money was meant to go to contractors, who often worked around the
clock only to discover they weren't being paid.

Specifically, the Denver grand jury accused Field of using some of the
money for his home and an expensive passion: sports-car racing.

Butler at one time was listed as team manager of InterSport Racing, the
sports-car racing team he and Field founded. The grand jury said some of
the money went for racing fees, equipment and fuels.

Field and family members own at least 25 Banana Joe's and other clubs
across the country.

The grand jury, which accused the two of racketeering and multiple
counts of theft, said Field and Butler used Pavilions' funds for
unrelated projects, including one in Michigan and one in Texas.

Some of the Denver-area contractors who lost money were elated by the
indictment.

"After all the battle that we went through ... I'm really glad to see it
happen," said Jim Bachman, president of Air West Enterprises, the
heating and air conditioning contractor. "Maybe he (Field) can feel a
little bit of the stress and strain that I felt for two and a half
years."

Max Minnig, the Denver lawyer who represented Field in civil litigation
here, said he hadn't seen the indictment and couldn't comment. Attempts
to reach Field and Butler were unsuccessful. They are expected to turn
themselves in today. Bond has been set at $200,000.

Some of the contractors eventually were paid by Denver Pavilions
following a legal settlement.

The settlement cost Denver Pavilions $1.3 million and the contractors
thousands in legal fees.

The contractors said not being paid by Field severely impacted their
businesses.

Pat Tackwell, owner of SRT Electric, who was owed $300,000 by Field,
said the entire experience was a hardship for his company.

"It was a misfortune for all of us," Tackwell said. "It was horrifying."

Torrey Cosgrove, owner of Lakewood Plumbing, who was owed $165,000, said
he ended up paying money to his suppliers from his own pocket so he
"could keep working in this town."

(ta to the lovely Emma for pointing this one out to me!)

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 19:42

How about Junior Johnson? He went to the "big house for a nickle" rum running in the '40's.
Not too differant from pot smuggling today.

#110 Doug Nye

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:51

The names Harry Stiller and Dave Brodie both spring to mind as further racing drivers who have had to spend time generating a striped sun tan...

And didn't Ben Moore - sometime proprietor of a garage in the north-east (of England) ran into minor inconvenience after sometime partner Tony Dean's garage business burned down as a result of arson?

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:56

Originally posted by Doug Nye
And didn't Ben Moore - sometime proprietor of a garage in the north-east (of England) ran into minor inconvenience after sometime partner Tony Dean's garage business burned down as a result of arson?
DCN [/B]

Somewhere over towards Hull, IIRC, Doug. I always recall him having a Lotus 11 GT rather like the Ferrari "breadvan", built by Graham Capel, 64-5-ish, GC having built one already for himself.
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#112 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:59

Very interesting thread....

Originally posted by Paul Rochdale
Didn't Gerry Marshall spend some time at Her Majesty's Pleasure back in the Sixties? I can't recall what the offence was.


Certainly news to me!! He did appear in court in 1963 for dangerous driving but the policeman did admit his skid onto Kenton High Street whilst dangerous was very well controlled. I think he got a £5 fine (was front page of the local newspaper, will check it when I get home as it was kept for prosperity) but no bird for it.

Originally posted by Mac Lark
I've done a quick scan of this thread and haven't seen the name Ian Burgress crop up..


As far as I'm aware Ian is very well and lives on Edgware High Street above a Greek resteraunt, he certainly was 18 months ago, not really the trappings of an international spy and GP driver!! Unfortunately Dad felt sorry for him and used to help him out as he has no family (that speak to him) and as far as I know not particulalry well-liked in racing circles (other than Malta), even the BRDC revoked his membership.

Originally posted by petefenelon


Nick's brother Charlie is of course Charlie Whiting of Brabham and FIA fame....


I was at Dad's house when the CID turned up to interview him about NWs disappearance; apparently several people interviewed had commented on Dad's dis-liking on NW and their various "spats" and 2+2 was put together!! It was very interesting though listening to the interview with the sitting room door ajar!!

Originally posted by EDWARD FITZGERALD
Gerry Mahoney was also arrested with Vic .


There is//was a mechanic who is currently serving time for smuggling drugs in his client's racecars and I beleive the racecars are still impounded - from 1992. Obviously no link to JM and VL....

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:26

I was not aware that Dave Brodie had sampled porridge. Any one enlighten me?

I remember talking to a BRSCC marshal in the 80's saying following THAT train robbery a certain (now departed) yorkshire garage owner / driver was questioned.

Gregor, I thought your Dad got on welll with NW, I remember reading an article at the time (90's) saying how straight he was and could not be involved in anything dodgy....I guess this could have been tounge in cheek! :rotfl:

#114 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:43

Originally posted by Norman Jones
I was not aware that Dave Brodie had sampled porridge. Any one enlighten me?

I remember talking to a BRSCC marshal in the 80's saying following THAT train robbery a certain (now departed) yorkshire garage owner / driver was questioned.

Gregor, I thought your Dad got on welll with NW, I remember reading an article at the time (90's) saying how straight he was and could not be involved in anything dodgy....I guess this could have been tounge in cheek! :rotfl:


I don't know for definite about the Brode; but didn't he have a terrible accident somewhere foreign and a spectator or two died from his car hitting them; maybe something to do with that? There was also the case of his well reported lifetime ban by the MSA but I don't think that counts as criminal!!

Reference NW, they'd definitely mellowed to each other :kiss: (same as with Mick Hill, they hated each other but when they bumped into each other in Harefield in '96; Mick for a heart replacement and Dad for a quadruple bypass) but maybe it was a little tongue in cheek too.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:51

Originally posted by Gregor Marshall
Very interesting thread....

Certainly news to me!! He did appear in court in 1963 for dangerous driving but the policeman did admit his skid onto Kenton High Street whilst dangerous was very well controlled. I think he got a £5 fine (was front page of the local newspaper, will check it when I get home as it was kept for prosperity) but no bird for it.



I think I know where this one came from. Someone named Gerry Marshall got about 6 months for dangerous driving, I think in St Albans, or somewhere nearby. I skimmed through the story in a newspaper I picked up to browse while at a friend's home in the area. Seem to remember it stemmed from what would nowadays be termed a 'road-rage' incident near some traffic lights in the town, and it only registered because the miscreant was driving an Escort RS1600, which was what I had at the time. There was a motorsport connection of some kind, and it crossed my mind that it might be 'the' Gerry Marshall, but clearly someone else with the same name.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 13:34

Randy Lanier was transfered to the Federal maximum security prison in Coleman, Florida to serve out the rest of his life-without-parole term.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 13:41

What about Tony Pavarrano ? In the late 50's he was the preminent owner/entrant of Italian cars in US sports car races. Just about everyone of note drove for him. He had a substantial assortment of the latest cars, along with an impressive transporter and a large number of employees to handle the details.

Then one day he vanished. Left behind everything, cars, property, family, businesses. Vanished. Published reports were that the IRS was about to seize everything for tax evasion. Unpublished reports tied him to the Mafia, Contruction kickback schemes, extortion and drugs.

Best,

Ross

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 14:55

Interesting to see that - apart from Lammers, who isn't a crook at all - there were no Dutch names at all mentioned anywhere in this thread yet, whereas I could write a book (or even two) about all the scoundrels involved in Dutch racing teams, be it as drivers, team owners or, especially, sponsors...

But, for obvious reasons, I won't! :lol:

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 15:14

Originally posted by Gregor Marshall
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I don't know for definite about the Brode; but didn't he have a terrible accident somewhere foreign and a spectator or two died from his car hitting them; maybe something to do with that?


Guyana in early 70s? (British Guiana then) but I wasn't aware of anything criminal resulting, just the obvious very bad experience. Someone I know in another Caribbean country who was at North Dakota circuit, Guyana in 72 and filmed the races (Brode in a Chevron B8) wants to ask him to add some commentary some time but is hesitant to ask because of that accident in a later year. For anyone wanting to ask for more detail, Guyana has a motorsport forum, but be mindful it may be a sensitive issue:
http://www.gmrscgy.c...hp?showforum=17

Another who raced there around then (in an Ensign) is Mike Tyrell and he certainly is not available for some time because of a far more recent attempted UK importation matter.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 15:16

Funnily enough Roy James was (to be?) Jan Lammers' F3 team mate at Hawke in 1977, I even have a videotape here of Roy being interviewed by Dutch TV in the Hawke workshop shortly before the Silverstone F3 round. I wonder, however, did Roy indeed race a Hawke that year?

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 15:29

Originally posted by RS2000


Guyana in early 70s? (British Guiana then) but I wasn't aware of anything criminal resulting, just the obvious very bad experience. Someone I know in another Caribbean country who was at North Dakota circuit, Guyana in 72 and filmed the races (Brode in a Chevron B8) wants to ask him to add some commentary some time but is hesitant to ask because of that accident in a later year. For anyone wanting to ask for more detail, Guyana has a motorsport forum, but be mindful it may be a sensitive issue:
http://www.gmrscgy.c...hp?showforum=17

Another who raced there around then (in an Ensign) is Mike Tyrell and he certainly is not available for some time because of a far more recent attempted UK importation matter.


Could be, I'll double-check, I did think it was something more recent though. I'll find out about the commentry too, one of Dad's oldest school friends is best friends with Brode, which always went down well!!

Funnily enough DTV built a car for Philip DeFreitas to race in Guyana and Gabriel Konig (who was married to Philip) has it now and still races it when possible in Ireland.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 18:07

Gabriel Konig took a (Gp1?) Camaro to the Nov 72 Guyana race (which I think also appears on the film in question). The Brodie accident may actually have been years later but still at that location (Sierra Cosworth?), although there was something of a hiatus in racing following Guyana independence.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:54

Originally posted by doc540
Randy Lanier was transfered to the Federal maximum security prison in Coleman, Florida to serve out the rest of his life-without-parole term.


I live about an hours drive from Coleman. Maybe I could have a visit with Randy if you could arrange it.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:45

Off to South Africa and although not a driver, Jawol Gorkov (spelling?) of Swiftsure fame was found dead in a canal in Yugoslavia or Russia.

Swiftsure was an imaginary boat building company that had naming rights to Kyalami and sponsored the likes of Graham Duxberry and Wayne Taylor at Le Mans.

A team owner from Cape Town was financial manager of a wine estate and did time for diverting money to the team. Legend has it that he cleverly insured the firm against fraud.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:17

Originally posted by Bruce Moxon
Learned of another recently.

James Faneco, founder of the Country Dealer Team (maker of hot-up kits for Geminis and other small Holdens) is in the Big House right now, so they tell me.

Fraud, it would seem.

Faneco also featured in a court battle with none other than Peter Brock, Faneco's logo being considered too closely resembing Brock's Holden Dealer Team example.



Bruce Moxon


Thanks to idrive for reviving the thread and Bruce for the above posting in 2005.

Exceedingly happy to read this! Possibly not his first time inside either, please read on!


Back in 1987? I was competing in a production car race on the very short-lived (WTCC round and one other meeting, IIRC) combined Thunderdome-Grand Prix course at Calder. Now, negotiating the banking with production car suspension and radial tyres was interesting, but the tricky part was exiting the oval to the outside, half-way down the back straight. As you could imagine, it was a tight, extremely off-camber uphill left through a gap in the barrier, then a drop down with a continuous left to join up with the road course.
During qualifying most had figured that this corner required hard braking in a line from the top of the banking actually aiming away from the apex and then a very wide entry to avoid massive left front brake lockup due to the weight imbalance caused by the banked back straight
In the race, my Starion was motoring along comfortably in about fifth place, occasionally challenged by a plain white Commodore Turbo, which had more legs on the (straight bits of) the oval but not the speed through the twisty bits.
Knowing no-one on the inside line could outbrake a car at that off-camber corner I didn't worry about protecting it as the laps rolled by. On the last lap the Commodore driver tried the impossible there. I saw him coming, but had no room to give him on what was effectively a single car width line through the barriers.
What a ###%n' idiot! I thought as the nose of his car impacted the left door of mine, such was the extreme difference in our cornering angles! I recovered from the ensuing off-course excursion and finished the race two places lower than planned. I then searched the post race parc ferme for the white Commodore and its driver, intent on offering him some free driving tips, etc. It was a futile search as I discovered a short while later when discussing the incident with Peter Fitzgerald. "Ah, that was Jim Faneco", he smiled. "You'll have to wait in line to talk with him as two officers are having a word with him now in the paddock about his freshly painted Commodore."
It transpired that his racecar's VIN number was the same as one stolen in Melbourne, the week before. I remember fuming, "No wonder he could afford to bend its panels!"
He and it were never seen again that season.

Ross Burbidge

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:55

Careful Ross, he might be out in a couple of years!


http://www.starnewsg....au/story/32460

http://www.news.com....33-2862,00.html


As an aside, I read in Australian Muscle Car that the RX3 you shared with Terry Shiel has been found and is being restored.



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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:36

Thanks for the update, Bruce.
So, even though he 'graduated' from $10,000 stolen cars to $2 million bank fraud, the result was the same!
Wonder if he enjoyed his brief world jet-setter lifestyle?
Well, he's already had a few years to think long and hard whether crime pays.

Caution: Way off-topic post!

Re the Rx3, what sort of excavator did they use?
Long story, short:
August 1978 - Terry rolls the car my sponsor has just bought from him, exiting the loop at Amaroo Park.
Late-Sept 1978 - I help him finish transferring the running gear into another bodyshell (used car he bought) at his Rydalmere (Sydney) workshop, load it on a trailer and we head to Bathurst and a happy ending!
Nov 1978 - My next race in it is the Manufacturers Ch'sip round at Surfers. The car rolls at the left-hander in front of Repco Hill due to a slowly deflating tyre peeling off the rim.
Dec 1978 - Mechanicals are transferred in to yet another bodyshell (used car bought for the purpose) at sponsor's
Sandgate (Brisbane) workshop. Old bodyshell (except bootlid and doors) is taken to the dump.
I raced that car for most of 1979 until it was replaced in time for Bathurst by the second ever Rx7 to race in Australia.
I don't recall where that final incarnation of the RX3 ended up. It never raced again in Queensland, AFAIK.
It certainly has a famous pedigree being the ex-Don Holland, ex-Terry Shiel car, albeit much like George Washington's axe.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 08:46

Originally posted by rl1856
What about Tony Pavarrano ? In the late 50's he was the preminent owner/entrant of Italian cars in US sports car races. Just about everyone of note drove for him. He had a substantial assortment of the latest cars, along with an impressive transporter and a large number of employees to handle the details.

Then one day he vanished. Left behind everything, cars, property, family, businesses. Vanished. Published reports were that the IRS was about to seize everything for tax evasion. Unpublished reports tied him to the Mafia, Contruction kickback schemes, extortion and drugs.

Best,

Ross


I think he's a minor player in Burt Levy's books. But not by that name. Ernesto Julio he was in the fictional version.

Allegedly.



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Posted 15 January 2009 - 14:05

http://www.indystar....461/1004/SPORTS

I remember when this all happened. A rather ugly case. Good job by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Brian

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:27

Emily Newman (FF2000 late 80's) or rather her Dad http://www.karting.c...sgID=0000381608

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:39

Originally posted by Team Result


Thanks to idrive for reviving the thread and Bruce for the above posting in 2005.

Exceedingly happy to read this! Possibly not his first time inside either, please read on!


Back in 1987? I was competing in a production car race on the very short-lived (WTCC round and one other meeting, IIRC) combined Thunderdome-Grand Prix course at Calder. Now, negotiating the banking with production car suspension and radial tyres was interesting, but the tricky part was exiting the oval to the outside, half-way down the back straight. As you could imagine, it was a tight, extremely off-camber uphill left through a gap in the barrier, then a drop down with a continuous left to join up with the road course.
During qualifying most had figured that this corner required hard braking in a line from the top of the banking actually aiming away from the apex and then a very wide entry to avoid massive left front brake lockup due to the weight imbalance caused by the banked back straight
In the race, my Starion was motoring along comfortably in about fifth place, occasionally challenged by a plain white Commodore Turbo, which had more legs on the (straight bits of) the oval but not the speed through the twisty bits.
Knowing no-one on the inside line could outbrake a car at that off-camber corner I didn't worry about protecting it as the laps rolled by. On the last lap the Commodore driver tried the impossible there. I saw him coming, but had no room to give him on what was effectively a single car width line through the barriers.
What a ###%n' idiot! I thought as the nose of his car impacted the left door of mine, such was the extreme difference in our cornering angles! I recovered from the ensuing off-course excursion and finished the race two places lower than planned. I then searched the post race parc ferme for the white Commodore and its driver, intent on offering him some free driving tips, etc. It was a futile search as I discovered a short while later when discussing the incident with Peter Fitzgerald. "Ah, that was Jim Faneco", he smiled. "You'll have to wait in line to talk with him as two officers are having a word with him now in the paddock about his freshly painted Commodore."
It transpired that his racecar's VIN number was the same as one stolen in Melbourne, the week before. I remember fuming, "No wonder he could afford to bend its panels!"
He and it were never seen again that season.

Ross Burbidge

I saw Jim Faneco on the telly a year or so back. He had lost his life savings with the Westpoint property collapse and was getting interviewed on one of the current affairs shows.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:29

Late 1960's Canadian Formula B driver Eligio Siconolfi was arrested in early 1986 in St Leonard, Quebec for possession of 30 kgs of hashish, worth approximately $500,000.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 12:44

I can't believe the "Ted Bundy" of Australian motor racing has not been mentioned.
"The BBQ King", Alex Tsakmakis was a sports car driver in the early to mid seventies. Raced an MG Midget and Bolwell Nagari in Marque and Prodsports Sports Cars. At the time he was robbing banks and drug dealers of their cash so he had plenty of money to fund his racing activities. I don't know if he was ever physically aggressive to other drivers ,( perhaps Ray Bell may know?) but for a bloke who even "Chopper" Read was scared of, he struck me as not the driver you would want to be rubbing guards with during a race and having a chat about it in the pits after the race!
Tsakmakis was convicted of two murders, but is widely considered by police to be responsible for nine other unsolved murders. In prison he confessed to other prisoners that he had committed the nine unsolved murders. That total could have been 13 when , during an armed robbery when he was on bail for one of the murder charges, he put 5 bullets into the heads of a couple who owned the store he was robbing. Somehow they managed to survive. Those who are thought to be on his hit list include an art gallery dealer, a business rival, a friend who beat him at cards, a chef and the 3 jewellers killed in the Manchester Unity Valentines Day massacre in Melbourne.
The killings didn't stop even in prison. His cell mate was a double murderer Brian Quinn, who said something to upset Taakmakis one day. Alex doused him with lighter fluid and set fire to him, attacking prison guards who tried to help Quinn who was burnt alive. This was how Tsakmakis got the prison nickname The BBQ KIng.
Tsakmakis was murdered in prison when attacked with a sack full of gym weights. It took 7 blows to the head with the 20kg bag to bring his violent life to a violent end.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 16:35

I can't believe the "Ted Bundy" of Australian motor racing has not been mentioned.
"The BBQ King", Alex Tsakmakis was a sports car driver in the early to mid seventies. Raced an MG Midget and Bolwell Nagari in Marque and Prodsports Sports Cars. At the time he was robbing banks and drug dealers of their cash so he had plenty of money to fund his racing activities. I don't know if he was ever physically aggressive to other drivers ,( perhaps Ray Bell may know?) but for a bloke who even "Chopper" Read was scared of, he struck me as not the driver you would want to be rubbing guards with during a race and having a chat about it in the pits after the race!
Tsakmakis was convicted of two murders, but is widely considered by police to be responsible for nine other unsolved murders. In prison he confessed to other prisoners that he had committed the nine unsolved murders. That total could have been 13 when , during an armed robbery when he was on bail for one of the murder charges, he put 5 bullets into the heads of a couple who owned the store he was robbing. Somehow they managed to survive. Those who are thought to be on his hit list include an art gallery dealer, a business rival, a friend who beat him at cards, a chef and the 3 jewellers killed in the Manchester Unity Valentines Day massacre in Melbourne.
The killings didn't stop even in prison. His cell mate was a double murderer Brian Quinn, who said something to upset Taakmakis one day. Alex doused him with lighter fluid and set fire to him, attacking prison guards who tried to help Quinn who was burnt alive. This was how Tsakmakis got the prison nickname The BBQ KIng.
Tsakmakis was murdered in prison when attacked with a sack full of gym weights. It took 7 blows to the head with the 20kg bag to bring his violent life to a violent end.


I haven't wished a fatal accident on anyone before, but he seems like a fine candidate for the first.

http://news.google.c...pg=5760,2114976

It also says St. Patrick's Day for the murders, but that is beside the point.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:23

This was how Tsakmakis got the prison nickname The BBQ KIng.


Hopefully I'll completely have forgotten this story when I pull out the BBQ again next summer :eek:



#136 scags

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 17:27

Late 1960's Canadian Formula B driver Eligio Siconolfi was arrested in early 1986 in St Leonard, Quebec for possession of 30 kgs of hashish, worth approximately $500,000.

Damn- I could have bought 30 kgs of hash for around $40,000 back in 1986.( in NYC)


#137 W154

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:02

I haven't wished a fatal accident on anyone before, but he seems like a fine candidate for the first.

http://news.google.c...pg=5760,2114976

It also says St. Patrick's Day for the murders, but that is beside the point.

Oops! Yes it was St Pats Day. I was in the immediate area just after the bodies were found. Absolute chaos. Traffic at a standstill, police cars and motor bikes trying to get to scene, police on foot everywhere many with sniffer dogs. I remember it as the first time I saw armed police in Melbourne, now the norm.

#138 ringers23q

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:21

I remember reading in Tommy Byrne's book about one of his sponsors being done for drug traffiking.

#139 Tony Kaye

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 17:15

In 1986 Sherman Armstrong, the Indy and Sprint car owner, was in dire financial straits. He filed personal bankruptsy and later Chapter 11 for his company Sherm Inc, which had debts of over $3 million. It all came to a head three years later when he was arrested and charged with embezzlement of $700,000 from the pension fund of Armstrong Mould. He faced nine felony counts in all. Does anyone know the verdict in his case?

Jack Ingram, the Busch late model driver, was found guilty of assaulting Ronnie Pressley with a deadly weapon. The weapon in question? His car! The incident took place in 1986 at New Asheville Speedway. Ingram claimed that the ‘accident’ occurred as a result of brake failure, which was a trifle inconsistent with eyewitness reports that he turned his car round on the track and deliberately rammed Pressley head-on. Ingram also faced a charge of assaulting a police officer following the incident.

Grant King was a respected Indycar builder and crew chief………until 1990, that is, when he was charged with ‘altering’ and selling stolen cars. It was alleged that he was part of a theft ring which had stolen more than 130 cars. Prior to their resale, the cars were temporarily housed at the premises of his crane company in Indianapolis. He was facing 30 years on the wrong side of the city. Again, does anyone know the result of the trial.

First Dean Lindsey was arrested for armed robbery at a filling station, then two months later he was arrested again, this time for a criminal spree against Bob Hawks and his auto body shop. The spree consisted of a number of incidents during 1997 including drive-by shootings, unlawful use of weapons and arson – the body shop was burned to the ground. His 15 year sentence effectively put an end to his career as a Sprint car team owner.

One of the most successful Sprint car pairings was that of Doug Wolgang and DP Motorsports. The team was owned by Danny Peace and his girlfriend Louise Lovell. This ended in 1990 when a jury found her guilty of embezzling $2.5 million of HUD (Housing, Urban and Development) government funds, some of which had been syphoned into the Sprint car team. Her punishment amounted to 6½years detention and, strangely, the confiscation of her furniture.

Don’t mess with 63 year-olds was the message from New Smyrna Speedway in 1984. After the night’s racing was over, two men approached the track owner, Clyde Hart, and proceeded to beat him up. He managed to struggle free and shot them, killing one and injuring the other. The dead man was thought to be a relative of a driver whom Hart had banned from the track two months earlier following an altercation, so the motive for the attack was thought to be retribution rather than robbery. The shooting was being treated as self defence, not a criminal misdemeanor.

Johnny Parsons Jr, who finished fifth in the 1977 Indianapolis 500, was the son of the 1950 winner. In 1982 there was talk of Johnny Jr facing ‘morals charges’ in association with two 15 year old runaway girls. I don’t know what became of that, but in 1984 he pleaded guilty to charges that he had touched an 8 year old girl ‘inappropriately’. As a result he received a one year suspended jail sentence.

In 1980, Danny Smith’s World of Outlaws Gambler Sprint car was stolen from a parking lot in Dallas. The towing vehicle and trailer, which contained the car, were found shortly afterwards, both completely burned out. The car, which was not among the remains, was not discovered until 1982. It was suspected that some of its parts had been sold to other WoO teams.

A couple of years later, Paul Lotier’s Sprint car was stolen from the parking lot of his motel in Daytona Beach. This would have been devastating to him as he was the sole owner of the car. However the chassis and various parts were found a week later in Tennessee and although many parts were missing, he was back racing not long afterwards.

There were two sides to Bob Tezak. One was the racer’s friend. His company, International Games, owned the rights to the card game UNO, which had amassed sales of $75 million by 1990. With this brand he sponsored Tim Richmond in both Nascar and Indycars and helped fund the fledgling World of Outlaws Midget organization from 1981-85. In 1990 he purchased Doug Shierson Racing and won the Indianapolis 500 with Arie Luyendyk at the wheel. He even sponsored Tony George in Formula Supervee. But there was another, darker side to Bob Tezak. It all began to emerge when, in 1991, his transporter and Indy Lola were confiscated by the police in settlement of money that he owed to Luyendyk. Then, in 1992 he was indicted for arson on two counts, the torching of his Crest Hill bowling alley and the offices of the Will County Private Industry Council in 1987. He was allowed to go free on bond, but he was not only on bond, by then he was on cocaine. Things got worse when it was learned that he had made a death threat against his former daughter-in-law and her boyfriend. Finally, it all came out in court in 1994 when Tezak was found guilty of trying to arrange the killing of two witnesses against him, insurance fraud following the Crest Hill arson and attempting to prevent a Federal probe into his affairs (the Will County arson). He was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined $1.25 million.

In 1988 Salt Walther confessed to writing bad checks at local Dayton supermarkets. In lieu of a conviction he entered a drug treatment program. Four years later he was arrested for the theft of a golf cart, which he sold for $1,000. He had been using it in the pits and paddock of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during May 1991.

Kenny Weld was not only an extremely successful Sprint car driver, but his whole family was steeped in racing tradition. However it all began to unravel in 1981 when Kenny was found to be in possession of drugs after he had tried to board a plane at Indianapolis carrying a firearm. As a result he was placed on probation. Then, in March 1983, the police arrested him as he fled from a house which was found to contain cocaine valued at $5 million. Two others were also arrested in the bust which was the culmination of a six-month investigation, which had begun when it was learned that Weld was attempting to purchase submachine guns. In sentencing him to 25 years in prison with a fine of $50,000, the judge said, “You are the person responsible for the largest cocaine sale operation in this area.”





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#140 Graham Clayton

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:29

Former World Championship 250cc, 500cc and Superbike rider Juan Garriga was arrested and charged with possession of illegal weapons and drug possession, and spent 2 years in prison.

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#141 Stefan Schmidt

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 17:56

Very interesting :)