Mystery 500 - Tony Bianchi and Michael Cubbage
Posted 25 October 2011 - 20:27
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.
Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:49
Posted 26 October 2011 - 11:23
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.
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
Posted 26 October 2011 - 21:49
Ancestry. co. has a Michael J born in 1923 and married in 1945.
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.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:47