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Mystery 500 - Tony Bianchi and Michael Cubbage

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#1 rbm

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 20:27

On behalf of a friend I am posting this here, to hopefully beg upon your collective knowledge

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The car is swing arm rear suspension, with double wishbone front, the tubular chassis and is well constucted 500.

Oldest confirmed owner was Tony Bianchi - around 1968/69. Prior to Tony, the owner was a Mr Michael Cubbage.

In the 60's, the car had a JAP engine and was suspended by motorcycle spring-shock absorber units at all four corners. Rear axle was swing type. It has distinctive 3 stud hubs which are possibly Morris 8, ditto the front uprights.

The steering rack is a replacement (the original was a box which has gone) ditto the rear brake drum, as original has gone too. Front suspension set-up is very well made and planned - this hasn't been knocked up in a shed with a hand-held Black and Decker and a hacksaw!

It is thought the car was hill climbed in the 60's - does anyone have a program showing either of the owners running a 500 or knows of the car, without at least name for the car VIF papers cannot be applied for.



#2 Allan Lupton

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:49

Can't you ask Tony Bianchi - if indeed he had it as early as you say.

#3 rbm

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 11:23

Unfortunately Tony remembers the car, but not what it was called, which makes tracking it quite difficult.

#4 HiRich

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:18

Mr Cubbage hasn't yet come up in my records, which suggests he stuck to the sprints & hills, perhaps in the early 1960s. Do we have any idea where he came from?

Are there any more shots (frame, front & rear details)? My guess would be that it is one of the more celebrated specials, and I can't help but look at the later versions of the Labrani.

#5 Red Socks

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 17:12

Have you tried Duncan Rabagliati ?

#6 Sharman

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 18:57

Have you tried Duncan Rabagliati ?

Just Googled Michael Cubbage, there are 4 with relephones in the UK and one who might fit the bill. Ex Artillery captain, you might find him through his Army Air Corp Squadron Association

#7 bradbury west

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 21:49

I have 3 shown on a recent Electoral Roll. Do we have a second name or initial?
Ancestry. co. has a Michael J born in 1923 and married in 1945.
Roger Lund

BTW there is a colour shot of a Labrani at Crystal Palace in 1953 in the PA photo book 100 years of Motor Sport mentioned by Alan Cox in the book thread a while back.

Edited by bradbury west, 26 October 2011 - 21:56.

#8 Ted Walker

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:47

More photos would be good as I cant enlarge the one shown .