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#1 275 GTB-4

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 10:20

I have no idea how the course was laid out. However, the pictures below depict where I think the course would have started and finished. About 2.4km of narrow, steep, country lane...the bitumen was barely wide enough for two vehicles.

Start may have been around the intersection of Fountaindale Road and Mausdale Lane???

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#2 275 GTB-4

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 10:21

THE FOLLOWING ERROR(S) WERE FOUND
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Did they go across the railway line???

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The top of the hill....T intersection

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Edited by 275 GTB-4, 15 October 2011 - 10:27.


#3 275 GTB-4

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 22:20

Didn't mean to imply the pics were of Fountaindale, just that the layout of the turns was very similar.
Never saw the drop off - at 6600rpm in 4th gear I did not intend to go there !
Fountaindale was .823 km long (900 yds).

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added after the fact to try and complete the picture!

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:02

They didn't go over the railway line; the finish was a fair way short of the level crossing to provide adequate braking area as well as a marshalling area as the cars had to return to the start via Fountaindale Road.

This is what I remember;

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I think that, in my earlier map dated a few years ago and posted in the link I supplied in the "Berrima" topic, I had the start a bit too far down the road.

As I recall, only part of Fountaindale Road was used, the then-sealed section up to some way short of the railway crossing; at a guess, the start was at about -34.600175,150.608842 and the finish was around -34.593176,150.610719.

The direct distance between those two points calculates as 0.795 km; the road is "flowing" so the track distance would not be a lot more.

The lower section of Fountaindale Road was gravel then; it was just farm country.

Today's sealed road and McMansions came later. The old level crossing was a simple country affair without boom gates; the present crossing is most elaborate indeed!

Edited by plannerpower, 16 October 2011 - 04:06.


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:38

The only photo of Fountaindale that I can find is this 1972 one taken at/near the start;

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A certain TNF-er who may be recognised by some. :)

It confirms my memory of the paddock area being on the eastern side of the road at the start.

I think that it was here;

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The overhanging trees just after this point (and the often-damp climate in this area) would explain Paul Hamilton's "... memory of the slippery uphill start ..." in the "Berrima" topic; the long right-hander that he described can also be seen.

Edited by plannerpower, 16 October 2011 - 04:42.


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:12

That would have to be RB Lear in the Cooper Peugeot.
Dale.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 09:13

Nice to see the Cooper Peugeot photo, as I now have the car.

#8 275 GTB-4

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:45

Nice to see the Cooper Peugeot photo, as I now have the car.


Peugeot made a flat four? :)

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:47

No...

He finally saw the light!

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 20:47

For those who are wondering, I have fitted a 356 Porsche engine to the 'Cooper'.......although it is a push-rod, not 4-cam as it was in 1959, when Laurie Whitehead owned it.

The car was originally called the 'Cooper Porsche', therefore that's what I now call it.

#11 275 GTB-4

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:50

I heard today that Fountaindale was preceded by a Hillclimb into Robertson on the main road.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:09

Recalling....

The lady from tourist center said: They don't do the Hill Climb any more and remembering back it was actually held on Range Road at the Tourist Road end. Hope that this is of some help. Regards Heather Vickery.

That puts the site closer to Glenquarry on the way to Mittagong from Robertson.

http://www.zoomin.com.au/australia/nsw/gle...y/tourist+road/

So...to this report...

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(The wild monkeys are bit of a worry! Wonder if they got together with Koala's to make Drop Bears??)

....over to you Hans Etzrodt

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 24 September 2012 - 08:10.


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Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:22

Recalling....

The lady from tourist center said: They don't do the Hill Climb any more and remembering back it was actually held on Range Road at the Tourist Road end. Hope that this is of some help. Regards Heather Vickery.

That puts the site closer to Glenquarry on the way to Mittagong from Robertson.

http://www.zoomin.com.au/australia/nsw/gle...y/tourist+road/

So...to this report...

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(The wild monkeys are bit of a worry! Wonder if they got together with Koala's to make Drop Bears??)

....over to you Hans Etzrodt

I know a bloke that lives on the Tourist Road, I will ask him if he knows anything.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:56

I know a bloke that lives on the Tourist Road, I will ask him if he knows anything.


Thanks Mike...ask them if the Tourist Rd was ever known as Armstrongs Rd (plse, pretty, plse?)

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(red arrows mark the probable start and finish running right to left)

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 26 September 2012 - 06:22.