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#1 fvee25

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 18:02

I am looking for anyone who knew or raced with a guy named Mike
Richards from New Zealand. He raced Formula Vees.
I purchased his car recently and plan on restoring it.
I do not have any info on the car. It was No. 39. Any
info or pics would be great.

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#2 David McKinney

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 18:35

I remember Wally Richards and Steve Richards racing FV in NZ in that period, but not Mike. Which is not to say it didn't happen

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 20:19

I remember Wally Richards and Steve Richards racing FV in NZ in that period, but not Mike. Which is not to say it didn't happen

Wally Richards unfortunatley is no longer with us but he has a son named Mike who is Steve Richards cousin. Both Steve and Wally raced F Vee so it is likely that Mike Richards followed in the family tradition.

#4 David McKinney

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 21:34

Now you mention it, I have a vague recollection of Wally's son racing (and knew it wasn't Steve)

#5 hiteknz

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 21:57

I have a contact for Steve if thats any help ,pm me

#6 Peter Leversedge

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:39

I raced a Formula V at Raupuna & Levels one meeting each in the late 60's or early 70's. It belonged to a guy from Wellington, Chris ?
Can't remember what number it was. I ran it as No77. At Levels in one race I took one hand off the steering wheel to wave to Rod Mc Elrea who was standing at a flag station and I lost in big time...............

Edited by Peter Leversedge, 25 September 2011 - 06:42.


#7 MalcolmC

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:51

Here's an entry list from 30 & 31 Dec '78 at Baypark, Car No.36.
http://i1179.photobu...92011_00000.jpg

Out of 20-30 race programmes this is the only mention of Mike Richards that I've found but the chassis RM4 is a regular entry with various other drivers throughout the '70's. There seems to be only ever one RM4 on the entry lists at each meeting, although an RM1 also pops up occasionally. Is you car an RM4? Were there other RM4s? I'm happy to provide more entry lists if it's of interest.

Malcolm.

Edit: I've continued searching into the '80's and I've found Mike Richard's entered driving an Arrow F.V.

Edited by MalcolmC, 26 September 2011 - 07:03.


#8 wenoopy

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:08

Now you mention it, I have a vague recollection of Wally's son racing (and knew it wasn't Steve)


I note that in the FVee field for the December 1979 Baypark meeting, there are entries from B O P (Bay of Plenty) Motors, Rotorua for both Wally Richards (Tee Dee F V) and Warren Richards (RM4 F V ). Is Warren another son of Wally, or just a coincidence of names.

Stu


#9 David McKinney

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:00

Since this subject came up I've been told that Warren is Wally's second son. Haven't got the promised contact details for Mike yet though

#10 fvee25

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 15:04

Thanks for all the replies. I have a little more info that might help
finding Mike. He supposedly was an officer in the NZ Navy then
stationed in the USA in the 80's. That is when I think the car was
shipped to the states.It does have a tech sticker from Baypark and
also some type of inspection sticker that had a 1979/1980 date.

#11 MalcolmC

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 21:20

He supposedly was an officer in the NZ Navy then
stationed in the USA in the 80's.


That's likely to be 1984 or earlier. :)

It might be the same guy on page 13 here (page 25 of the printed newsletter):
http://www.navy.mil....y/nt124-web.pdf

I can recommend the staff at the NZ Navy museum as being very helpful.
http://www.navymuseum.mil.nz/

Malcolm

#12 David McKinney

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 06:50

FVee - check your PMs for Mike's phone number

#13 fvee25

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:54

I have a pic of the car but am having a hard time posting it.
Maybe if someone sees th pic they might be able to identify
what it is as far as make.
Any help would be great on getting the pic posted

#14 MalcolmC

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 19:01

I have a pic of the car but am having a hard time posting it.
Maybe if someone sees th pic they might be able to identify
what it is as far as make.
Any help would be great on getting the pic posted


Pictures from fvee25:
http://i1179.photobu...alcolm/NZ05.jpg
http://i1179.photobu...alcolm/NZ03.jpg