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#1 David Beard

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 18:54

I have a little research project...
Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway has a little museum they call their "Heritage Centre". A friend would like to see something about Jack Slater included there.

Jack Slater was apparently the boss, or owner, or founder of Solway Precast, a company which was successful in producing large pre-cast concrete sections and which was originally based in Creetown. He owned and raced a Lotus 20 FJ and a Lotus 23, often at Kirkistown, in the early 60s.

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Can anyone provide any further information on the man and his cars?

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#2 David Beard

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:44

Jack Slater is mentioned in this Charterhall report...
http://news.google.c...pg=2817,3611359


#3 PaulieG

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 20:38

Hi David,

I have found through my research of my Lotus 20 ex M. Templeton, the chassis number and owner of the ex Jack Slater car, if you would like I can PM you these and then maybe track down the current owner who more than likely will have a bit of history on the man and his machine. Let me know and I'll send it to you.

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#4 Graham Gauld

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 16:18

Hi David,

I have found through my research of my Lotus 20 ex M. Templeton, the chassis number and owner of the ex Jack Slater car, if you would like I can PM you these and then maybe track down the current owner who more than likely will have a bit of history on the man and his machine. Let me know and I'll send it to you.

Paulie


Sorry for the delay: problems with image shack again. However, Jack did a lot of his racing in Ireland and was a great friend of Malcolm Templeton who was the Lotus dealer in northern ireland who also raced a lot in Scotland. Jack lived in the South of Scotland as mentioned and there were a number of drivers from down there, like Ronnie McCutcheon, who was an ace with Minis and raced at Charterhall in the early sixties. I have attached a photo I took in 1962 of Jack in his Lotus 23 passing Bill Turnbull in the LWS Special Formula Junior.
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#5 Ted Walker

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 13:29

Graham it looks like the F2 Lister?????

#6 Graham Gauld

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:12

Graham it looks like the F2 Lister?????


I can assure you it is not. It is the Leith Walk Special Formula Junior built by Douglas and David Bertram with their mechanic Peter Beaton.

#7 Ted Walker

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:27

was it built from scratch ??? I only wondered because the F2 Lister vanished.

#8 Graham Gauld

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:31

was it built from scratch ??? I only wondered because the F2 Lister vanished.


Ted

No it was original. Peter Beaton designed and built the chassis at the Garages of the family company, James Bertram and Sons who designed and built printing machinery and so they had the equipment available.The car was built in the company's garages where Peter Beaton was chief mechanic. He was assisted in this by Jack FIsher - who had the Alfa Romeo agency in Edinburgh and built a number of Fisher Specials. It had a box section chassis and front mounted Ford engine. Eric Broadley sold the Bertrams a front and rear suspension system as well as a Lola diff with inboard drum brakes. The car was later converted to a sports car with cycle wings and then sold. The new owner in the South West of Scotland had a monumental accident with it and it was destroyed. The reason for the Lola link was that the Bertram brothers had previously raced a new Lola sports car and prior to that raced the ex-Keith Hall Lotus 11. Even earlier David created a monster by fitting a Jaguar 3.8 racing engine into a Jensen 541. I tested this car at Charterhall and when it hit the notorious bump in the middle of the mile long main straight the car leaped up in the air with the wheels and suspension hanging down like the balls of a moose ( As my old pal Henry Manney once described a similar incident he had going over tha bump at high speed).

#9 Ted Walker

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:23

Thanks Graham very interesting (as always)