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#1 GMACKIE

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 22:25

Does anyone know what happened to the beautiful memorial plaque - crafted by the late Alan Puckett - that was at Silverdale Hillclimb?

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#2 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 23:19

No, but I did take a pic of the Jack Meyers car at Birdwood yesterday.

#3 Stinky

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 00:45

Hullo Greg;
When Silverdale closed the plaque was moved to Amaroo.
Used to be in the wall outside the Control Tower.
When Amaroo closed I believe the plaque was given to the family.
As far as I know it was then donated to the museum in South Australia and is alongside the car.
Will try to verify this for you.
Cheers.
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 01:21

Hullo Greg;
When Silverdale closed the plaque was moved to Amaroo.
Used to be in the wall outside the Control Tower.
When Amaroo closed I believe the plaque was given to the family.
As far as I know it was then donated to the museum in South Australia and is alongside the car.
Will try to verify this for you.
Cheers.
Roger.

That is right, when Amaroo was closing I asked what was happening to the plaque as I didn't want it lost or forgotten. I was told that Jack's widow was going to be presented the plaque and it would be going to South Australia.

#5 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:38

Of interest is the fact that Jim Robson is still going strong down in Tasmania...

And Jack's widow's name was Joyce.

#6 GMACKIE

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:18

Glad to see that the Jack Meyers memorial plaque has found the appropriate home. Also, it's nice to know that Jim Robson "still going strong", Ray.

When I joined the VSCCA in 1961, Jack & Joyce Meyers, along with Jim & Paddy Robson, along with Gordon Stewart, were some of the main players in the very successful Silverdale Hillclimb. Jim & Paddy ran a small printing business in Mansfield Ave, Caringbah.

Cheers,

Greg

Edited by GMACKIE, 27 April 2011 - 21:31.


#7 Dick Willis

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:48

I think Jim Robson is 93 now, I am in touch with him quite a bit being one of the few survivors of the Stewart MG crew of five, "Ecurie Cinque"
He lost Paddy a few years ago.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 20:57

Would you mind saying 'hello' to Jim for me, Dick?

Ecurie Cinque! That hits the 'nostalgia button'. I seem to recall that Barry Herbert and Ian Heather were 'members' of that group?

Cheers,

Greg

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 08:21

No, but I did take a pic of the Jack Meyers car at Birdwood yesterday.

We are waiting Lee. :rolleyes:

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 21:45

I think Jim Robson is 93 now, I am in touch with him quite a bit being one of the few survivors of the Stewart MG crew of five, "Ecurie Cinque"
He lost Paddy a few years ago.


Dick,
Would you also pass on my regards to Jim.
Jim and Paddy were always supportive of my efforts and I have many fabulous memories of Silverdale and the people that made it all possible.

Erol Richardson


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Posted 28 April 2011 - 21:58

If you go to this site
http://aussieroadrac.../Shepherd1.html

and scroll down to the pic of Jack and the WM Cooper at Mt Druitt, next to the large guy in the dust coat - is my dad.
I must be lurking there also.

When my dad and I first rebuilt the Austin 7 engine, Jack organised the machining and balanceing.
Often wonder about Jack's son and daughter - Peter and Louis.

Erol


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Posted 29 April 2011 - 00:19

Erol
Lois contacted me long ago ( 1984?)about various things. Her married name was Bilby, she was well and happy, and of all things was at Dubbo Zoo investigating the small animal bearing her married surname

#13 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 02:07

We are waiting Lee. :rolleyes:

Sorry, got it into the computr and it is badly blurred, as is the Elfin one I took too. Operator error!!

#14 eldougo

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:03

Oppsssss. :o

#15 Dick Willis

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:39

Dick,
Would you also pass on my regards to Jim.
Jim and Paddy were always supportive of my efforts and I have many fabulous memories of Silverdale and the people that made it all possible.

Erol Richardson



Hi Erol and Greg, I will certainly pass on your best wishes to Jim, I am sure he will welcome your good wishes. I should also mention that he recently gave me a Silverdale Hillclimb sticker which sits proudly on the nose of the Stewart MG which Jim was so closely associated with and ran at Silverdale many times.

And back to Jack Myers, my Nota Major wears a Jack Myers alloy rocker cover.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 10:58

Hi Erol and Greg, I will certainly pass on your best wishes to Jim, I am sure he will welcome your good wishes. I should also mention that he recently gave me a Silverdale Hillclimb sticker which sits proudly on the nose of the Stewart MG which Jim was so closely associated with and ran at Silverdale many times.

And back to Jack Myers, my Nota Major wears a Jack Myers alloy rocker cover.

Many thanks, Dick. Silverdale is where it all started for me [50 years ago], and I have many fond memories of the Hillclimb, and the people involved.

One of my most prized trophies is a tiny 'Under 40' badge, also designed by Alan Puckett.


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Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:15

Does anyone have a pic of the memorial plaque? I loved Alan Puckett's work and saw Jack and the WM Cooper at Caversham in 1957. There are pics of the car in the Whiteman Park museum, showing the Waggott head.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:03

I visited the Birdwood Museum today the Myers Cooper Holden is still on display there.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 06:03

Hi Erol and Greg, I will certainly pass on your best wishes to Jim, I am sure he will welcome your good wishes. I should also mention that he recently gave me a Silverdale Hillclimb sticker which sits proudly on the nose of the Stewart MG which Jim was so closely associated with and ran at Silverdale many times.

And back to Jack Myers, my Nota Major wears a Jack Myers alloy rocker cover.


Please pass on my best wishes when you are next in contact with Jim Robson, Dick. I was a VSCCA member from around 1961/62, made my competition debut at Silverdale in 1964 and enjoyed many a day there. It was the 'Warwick Farm' of hillclimbing and Jim and Paddy were the heart and soul of the place. They backed up their commitment by buying the place when the VSCCA's lease came under threat and, although that caused a major split within the club, they proved that their only motive was to preserve access to the hillclimb.


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#20 GMACKIE

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 06:22

Please pass on my best wishes when you are next in contact with Jim Robson, Dick. I was a VSCCA member from around 1961/62, made my competition debut at Silverdale in 1964 and enjoyed many a day there. It was the 'Warwick Farm' of hillclimbing and Jim and Paddy were the heart and soul of the place. They backed up their commitment by buying the place when the VSCCA's lease came under threat and, although that caused a major split within the club, they proved that their only motive was to preserve access to the hillclimb.

Spot on, Paul. Jim and Paddy very quickly sold their waterfront home on Port Hacking, in order to secure Silverdale. Old Jim Bere [spelling?] wanted to sell the land, due to ill-health, and his neighbor wanted to buy it, so that he could literally destroy the hillclimb! The VSCCA were 'stuffing around', and The Robsons' quick action saved the day.

Jim and Paddy lived in a 'shack' at Silverdale, and traveled to Caringbah every day to run their printing business. They made a great sacrifice!


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:46

Thanks Paul and Greg, via Jim I had obtained some old films not knowing just what was on them which I eventually had converted to DVD, picked it up yesterday at great expense and couldn't believe what was revealed. Some magnificent footage of Silverdale, lots of shots of the Stewart MG and Jack Myers both in the WM and the twin engined Cooper as well as close ups of the drivers. Although I ran there several times in 1966 and most of the film was shot in around 1959 I couldn't believe how narrow and rough looking the hill was, plenty of shots of the cars exiting the tight left hander ( can't remember the name of the corner ) and heading up towards the final corner. I was surprised how many spectators were there and was reminded of the bush like surroundings. As well as the cars mentioned above there were lots of others shown too numerous to relate here.

I wish I could post the DVD on here so you could share in it.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 21:33

If you go to this site
http://aussieroadrac.../Shepherd1.html

and scroll down to the pic of Jack and the WM Cooper at Mt Druitt, next to the large guy in the dust coat - is my dad.
I must be lurking there also.

When my dad and I first rebuilt the Austin 7 engine, Jack organised the machining and balanceing.
Often wonder about Jack's son and daughter - Peter and Louis.

Erol

Erol, I mentioned somewhere in another thread that Jack's son works at Windsor exhausts in north western sydney.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:50

Would you mind saying 'hello' to Jim for me, Dick?

Ecurie Cinque! That hits the 'nostalgia button'. I seem to recall that Barry Herbert and Ian Heather were 'members' of that group?

Cheers,

Greg


Greg...I can put you in touch with Ian if you want to delve further. Cheers, Mick :)

#24 GMACKIE

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 22:36

Greg...I can put you in touch with Ian if you want to delve further. Cheers, Mick :)

What did you have in mind, Mick........a seance? :rolleyes:

I was referring to the late Ian Heather Snr. Ian Jnr. [he is not known as 'Jnr. any more] is a VSCCA member, and I see him from time to time.


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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:07

What did you have in mind, Mick........a seance? :rolleyes:

I was referring to the late Ian Heather Snr. Ian Jnr. [he is not known as 'Jnr. any more] is a VSCCA member, and I see him from time to time.


So you haven't seen me in turban and flowing robes yet???

The Ian I refer to is a Blue Mountains man....same, same??? :)

#26 GMACKIE

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:18

That's Ian Heather Jnr. [but you don't call him that, now].......His dad was the Ian Heather that was involved with the Stewart MG.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:40

This could take a while...

You knew Gordon Stewart too?