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#1 DanTra2858

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:50

This weekend at Bathurst will be 42 year since this great Gentleman Of Motor Sport lost his life.

I only knew Tom from running his cars at Huntley Hill Climb but during those years he was allways a a very strong compeditor that gave others in his class no leeway, I was running my Mazda 800 at a round of the NSW Hill Climb Championship in 1964/65 when out of the blue Tom came up to me showing intrest in my car then proceeded to teach me how to use the torque of the motor to achieve a better & faster take off from the start, in his own words "This is most vital in a small capacity car", my next run up Huntley was 0.25 seconds quicker, THANKS TOM.

The Great Tom Sulman in his Aston Martin at Huntley Hill Climb 1960/61

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#2 Dick Willis

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:45

Tom in his Lynx at the Tamworth hillclimb, 1966 I think.

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#3 plannerpower

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:51

He was at Silverdale in the Lynx on 24 Jul 66;

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He also ran the Lotus XI at the same meeting;

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These were relatively low-powered cars and required some delicacy to avoid washing-off speed and time; there is just a hint of opposite-lock apparent and it's clear that he knew just how to get the best out of these cars.

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#4 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:29

Let's not forget that Tom also drove in trials, especially of the 'round Australia' variety...

I was never sure, but I was told that the Humber Super Snipe he used as a tow car for his Lotus 11 (etc) was the very car in which he ran some of these big events.

#5 Dick Willis

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:54

And the Mt Druitt 24 hour race

#6 Paul Hamilton

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 21:10

Tom's Humber tow car was indeed the car he had used in at least one round Australia trial.

He was a great mentor to many of us starting out in the sport in the early 60's and he and I became quite good mates. The friendship did not reduce his competitiveness, however, and he could be quite good at his efforts to psyche out the opposition. My Turner and Tom's Lotus eleven were quite closely matched in hill limbs and I well recall the day at Huntley hill when he walked up and spoke to me as I lined up on the starting pad saying simply 'there's oil up there son'. We had been battling all day for sports car FTD and that simple statement destroyed any chance that my final run would beat him! Without any chance to confirm or deny the suggestion of an oil spill I could not avoid lifting off just enough to ruin the run!

Tom loved driving at Bathurst and, in his later years, it was the one circuit meeting he never missed. He generously spent a lot of tiime showing me the line around the circuit on my first run there in Easter 1968. I was not there the day he died and was shattered when hearing a radio report of his death but it is at least appropriate that in death he became a part of the history of a place he loved so much.

#7 DanTra2858

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:40

Could some one put together a list of the cars that Tom drove over the years let alone designed.

#8 Dick Willis

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:04

For a start, Sulman Singer, Maserati 4C, Aston DB3S, Lotus Eleven x 2, Lynx no. 108, Porsche Cobra plus the Humber.

#9 DanTra2858

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 21:27

For a start, Sulman Singer, Maserati 4C, Aston DB3S, Lotus Eleven x 2, Lynx no. 108, Porsche Cobra plus the Humber.


Thanks Dick, what is the History of the 2 Lotus 11 & did he have them both at the same time.