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#1 john medley

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 22:02

Clever Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia arranged its recent standing start quarter mile sprint meeting on one of Cootamundra Airport's strips so that fastest time of day went to Les Wright in the Dalro Jaguar which in the days when it was owned and raced by Cootamundra's Jack Masling was prepared in the building still occupied by Jack Masling Air Services near the Jack Masling Memorial all of these standing in Jack Masling Drive. Les Wright was good enough to point out to me that the Dalro's rear end is still as it was in Jack Masling's time.

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#2 GMACKIE

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 22:19

It was a good, relaxed day - with some fine old cars [and people].

That Dalro rear-end was all I saw of it, before it vanished before my eyes, when Les and I were 'lined up' together.

#3 275 GTB-4

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 07:18

Fast forward to 2015, and more VSCCA people and others having a little fun...

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someone's living the life of Riley

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gorgeous Amilcar...

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and some French jigger...

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#4 Catalina Park

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 07:26

Looks like a great day.

#5 john medley

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 09:06

A very pleasant day, with applause to VSCCA old hands Tim Shellshear, John Lackey, Rob Phillips and more who have persevered with organizing this over the years, finally to a small profit to ensure its continuance.

The yellow wheeled little green beast on trailer in the background of the Riley photograph shows debut appearance ( since 1963 ) of Howard Tucker's Prad, built in 1957 by Jack Pryor/Clive Adams/ Stan Brown for Ian ? Jenkins who only ever raced the car on the dirt of rocky Mt Ginn Speedway Canberra)

And the Amilcar , with its lovely jewelry eg Bleriot lights, and proper bracketry, runs a Ford B engine.

#6 GMACKIE

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 09:31

I liked Tim's quick calculation, declaring the 'profit' on the day to be $10..."Which would be invested wisely". :lol:

 

As you say, John, a very pleasant day, and evening later on.



#7 Dick Willis

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 11:32

A very pleasant day, with applause to VSCCA old hands Tim Shellshear, John Lackey, Rob Phillips and more who have persevered with organizing this over the years, finally to a small profit to ensure its continuance.

The yellow wheeled little green beast on trailer in the background of the Riley photograph shows debut appearance ( since 1963 ) of Howard Tucker's Prad, built in 1957 by Jack Pryor/Clive Adams/ Stan Brown for Ian ? Jenkins who only ever raced the car on the dirt of rocky Mt Ginn Speedway Canberra)

And the Amilcar , with its lovely jewelry eg Bleriot lights, and proper bracketry, runs a Ford B engine.

 

John, did the Nota get under 15 ?



#8 275 GTB-4

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 22:43

Wrt times...does anyone know what this thumper was doing?

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Radiator vs Air Cooled discussion (and something about who won the war)

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Edited by 275 GTB-4, 07 September 2015 - 22:54.


#9 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 23:47

Originally posted by 275 GTB-4

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Wow!

That looks like two cylinders of a '20s or '30s aircraft radial, Pratt & Whitney or Wright, and it certainly looks like the work of a lifetime from someone!

Or is it simply that Frank Cuttell has been cut loose again?



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#10 john medley

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 23:53

Dick
How many times do I have to tell you that my Nota has NEVER been under 15s? Same old same old, although I didn't see times

We sat with the Victorians at the dinner, where I met for the first time Brendan Dillon, the conductor of the aero engined GN ( for which he cast up his own crankcase). Brendan, I also discovered, was at one time the Southern Hemisphere's biggest producer of pennyfarthing bicycles, held the world slow race record on same, and with a bunch of friends almost crossed Australia on pennyfarthings. In my view this almost matches for eccentricity Steady Barker's wingwalking and looping the loop on a Tiger Moth at his 75th birthday party. Or the Grand House in England whose motor house used a large aero engine to power via flapping belts and rattling chains along the longest side wall ..... a pencil sharpener. I am green with envy. For the rest of the dinner, we talked GNs and Frazer Nashes.

You should have been there, Dick, although your room was pleasant enough

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 00:21

The GN is Brendan Dillon's handy-work, not Frank's.

 

Edit :- Just noticed John has covered the GN nicely. :blush:

 

The times were stuck on the wall on Saturday night, however Tim promised to send a copy to those competiters who are on his email list.


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#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 01:03

More than just his own crankcase, I'm guessing...

A lovely job as I see it in the photo, I suppose it's even more inspiring when one is up close. Those high-rising SUs are just classic period stuff too.

What a job! Pass on my congratulations to him.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:13

Such compliments are music to our ears. It was a great day and will be on again next year. The mix of cars was well received.

The motor in Brendan Dillon's GN Aero is self explanatory as it is written on the plywood fire wall. Two cylinders from a Wright Cyclone radial giving the two cylinders 6.2 litres. Lots of trouble getting off the line meant best time of only 34.33, but obviously lots of potential. For his efforts Brendan takes an STD back to Melbourne.

The only thing missing was the blossoms which in previous years have been spectacular.

 

This was the VSCCA's seventh running of this event and after almost looking like a dismal washout up to the last minute it suddenly took off with nearly double the number running compared to previous years. 63 entries this year, our best yet.



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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:51

... For his efforts Brendan takes an STD back to Melbourne.

I'm sure, with the right anti-biotics, he will be OK. :wave:



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Posted 10 September 2015 - 14:44

Greg, given your lads ability to put Honda engines in late model Loti, how long before your Beetle gets a flat 6 Porsche?

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 20:32

Too heavy, Stephen...the only Porsche bits on the [1959] Beetle are the 356 brakes.



#17 275 GTB-4

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 23:22

Too heavy, Stephen...the only Porsche bits on the [1959] Beetle are the 356 brakes.


You sure about that Greg?

 

What about that flash gear knob? :wave:

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#18 cooper997

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 02:34

Just a minor problem Greg. I'm sure if your Beetle mentor, Jack Bono was about he'd find a solution. Maybe he'd just put you or the car on a diet.

Stephen