Posted 14 October 2011 - 14:54
What happened with him?
Posted 14 October 2011 - 15:26
Posted 14 October 2011 - 15:52
The refusal of the Australians to allow him to race single-seaters was in spite racing for more than a dozen years without an accident that I can recall, or causing one. I'm sure the fact that he'd just broken the Bathurst lap record had nothing to do with it
Posted 14 October 2011 - 20:57
He had no problem until that time because he raced on his NZ licence. But when David McKay wanted him to contest the Gold Star for Scuderia Veloce, he had to obtain an Australian licence and this was denied him. There was no distinction between openwheelers or any other class, by the way.
I doubt that this had any impact on his chances to go F1, however. Does anyone know what rules applied there?
Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:14
Posted 15 October 2011 - 04:10
Maybe if he had raced for a Victorian team instead of a Sydney team it would have been different?
You are not suggesting, for one moment, that anyone might have been adjusting the "tilt" mechanism on the playing field, surely.
Is nothing sacred?
Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:51
Same question I can ask for Leo Geoghegan
Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:18
I don't believe you are correct David. I had some dealings with him at the time including some assistance in the pits, and I am certain that he had definite monocular vision.
Palmer apparently had (has) a "lazy" eye - not, as many believed, a glass eye
Don't know how that fits with a definition of "monocular vision"
As for your last sentence - the question has been discussed on TNF before
Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:25
(Something the thread starter could easily have found if he had cared to use Google to answer his own question. It took me less than a minute using "Jim Palmer" & "racing driver".)
Edited by ReWind, 15 October 2011 - 12:10.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:21
He pretty much retired from open-wheeler racing when he sold his McLaren M4A after his fourth Gold Star, and from motor racing generally, following his brief time in saloons. Being a naturally shy sort of chap, he was happy to fly under the radar - raise his family and run his business.
While researching something else about the so called 'golden age' of NZ motor racing, it dawned on me a decade or so ago that simply having the best car doesn't count for a lot if you can't drive - and all one need do is look at the relative performances of Jim and the Australians who came here with broadly similar machinery - they were really the better comparison than the locals. On that score Jim achieved fantastic results - not just in NZ but significantly also in Australia.
I've written a few articles about Jim now for NZ Classic Car and he has become a friend - that aside I have aimed to put his performances in perspective, afterall - it wasn't his fault no one in NZ could ever get anywhere near him. Sure it would have been interesting if Roly Levis or Graham McRae had been armed with decent 2.5-litre Climax powered cars during the 60s, or if Graeme Lawrence and Roly had run their FVA powered cars, and Laurence Brownlie for that matter, against the Palmer F2 McLaren - so that we could have had a measure of they performed against him - but it never happened.
The season spent with the ex-Jim Clark Lotus 32B highlights just how good Jim Palmer was. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he would not have disgraced an F1 grid but he turned down the chance for the Driver to Europe scheme and I doubt he spends time wondering 'what if?' - unlike some others.
Best of all he is a top bloke and if there is a 'straighter' used car dealer around then I'd be amazed.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 11:27
Foley,Palmer,Hamilton and Reg Mort.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:44
He had good results in Tasman Serie in the 60s. Why doesn't he get the chance in F1 like other drivers from Australia and New Zealand in these days?
What happened with him?
L-R: Jim & Judy Palmer, Michael Clark & friend at Pukekohe, July 2012....
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:52