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#1 GD66

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:13

Found a few pics deep in a drawer from the Oran Park round of the Swann Series from 1980, and thought I might put them up for a look.

All Oran Park pics by Craig Jones.



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Ron Haslam entered on the Honda GB RS1000 superbike, accompanied by Barry Symmons and Mal Carter.


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Greg Pretty on the Pitmans TZ 750 awaits the start, while on the left Ralph Hannan, deep in conversation with Radar, waits on the Yoshimura Z1R and wonders where rider Dave Aldana could be... little knowing Aldana would be still seated in a toilet when the first leg jumped...


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Ron Haslam awaits the start : to the left, #49 Len Willing, TZ 750, and on the right the TZ 750 of former motocross star Trevor Flood. Mick Smith leaning on Croz's XR69.



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Start of the first leg. Hard to pick, but across the front are Haslam, Dennis Neill (CB1100R), Wayne Gardner (Mentor Honda CB1100R), Steve Trinder (Total Hunter RG500 Suzuki) and Graeme Crosby on the Suzuki GB XR69.



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Crosby jumped into an early lead.



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Trinder joined Crosby in the first of two monumental dices.
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Croz ahead of Lee Roebuck and the emerging Wayne Gardner. Having won the Castrol 6 Hour with Andrew Johnson on a CB1100R for Mentor Motorcycles, Gardner was racing a Mentor-supplied CB1100R superbike, built and tuned by racecar tuning guru Peter Molloy. At the final Sandown round, Gardner pulled the bike off the trailer and won a superbike race in the wet in front of Mamoru Moriwaki, and his career took off.





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A torrid scrap developed between #96 Graeme Muir (TZ750), #4 Dennis Neill (CB1100R), #59 Ron Boulden (TZ 750) and Haslam.





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Aldana made it for the second leg, and while not a major player in the series, was still great value off-track !



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Aldana at the Surfers Paradise round.



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Clip from the round at Adelaide International Raceway : In the first pic, Crosby has the jump, ahead of #49 Len Willing, #52 Gary Coleman, #4 Dennis Neill and D Steve Trinder, now mounted aboard the Taylor Team Ansett TZ 750. In the second pic, Greg Pretty disputes the lead with Croz, with Trinder in close attendance. Sadly, Trinder crashed heavily, badly breaking his leg, and leaving Croz with a points lead going into the final round at Sandown.

Edited by GD66, 13 January 2013 - 22:08.


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#2 greg1953

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:53

Found a few pics deep in a drawer from the Oran Park round of the Swann Series from 1980, and thought I might put them up for a look.

All Oran Park pics by Craig Jones.



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Ron Haslam entered on the Honda GB RS1000 superbike, accompanied by Barry Symmons and Mal Carter.


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Greg Pretty on the Pitmans TZ 750 awaits the start, while on the left Ralph Hannan waits on the Yoshimura Z1R and wonders where rider Dave Aldana could be... little knowing Aldana would be still seated in a toilet when the first leg jumped...


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Ron Haslam awaits the start : to the left, #49 Len Willing, TZ 750, and on the right the TZ 750 of former motocross star Trevor Flood. Mick Smith leaning on Croz's XR69.



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Start of the first leg. Hard to pick, but across the front are Haslam, Dennis Neill (CB1100R), Wayne Gardner (Mentor Honda CB1100R), Steve Trinder (Total Hunter RG500 Suzuki) and Graeme Crosby on the Suzuki GB XR69.



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Crosby jumped into an early lead.



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Trinder joined Crosby in the first of two monumental dices.
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Croz ahead of Lee Roebuck and the emerging Wayne Gardner.




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A torrid scrap developed between #96 Graeme Muir (TZ750), #4 Dennis Neill (CB1100R), #59 Ron Boulden (TZ 750) and Haslam.





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Aldana made it for the second leg, and while not a major player in the series, was still great value off-track !



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Aldana at the Surfers Paradise round.



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Clip from the round at Adelaide International Raceway : In the first pic, Crosby has the jump, ahead of #49 Len Willing, #52 Gary Coleman, #4 Dennis Neill and D Steve Trinder, now mounted aboard the Taylor Team Ansett TZ 750. In the second pic, Greg Pretty disputes the lead with Croz, with Trinder in close attendance. Sadly, Trinder crashed heavily, badly breaking his leg, and leaving Croz with a points lead going into the final round at Sandown.

The TZ750s are ,in my humble opinion, the most beautiful race bikes ever and the Yanks & Aussies always had the best colour schemes, Greg Prettys looks wonderful.
I went to the big Classic Club event at Donington last Summer and the big TZs still look ( and go ) great.
Greg

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:56

Good call Greg, we are fizzing up as there are at least 15 (I'm not kidding !) TZ 750s entered for the Phillip Island Classic in two weeks time. Riders from Australia, GB, NZ and the USA are all bringing them out.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:24

Probably the one and only half-decent shot I ever took...sorry for the crap on the slide

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Greg was just drilling every corner this day...

[Edit: I didn't move or delete anything!]

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 28 January 2013 - 08:13.


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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:37

Go Mick!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:41

Gawd I miss hanging off bikes like that, pretending to be a road racer :blush:

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:48

Think that may be Jenny Coates on her GS750 chasing Cole.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:53

Great shots & race discriptions Glenn! :up:

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 14:35

The TZ750s are ,in my humble opinion, the most beautiful race bikes ever and the Yanks & Aussies always had the best colour schemes, Greg Prettys looks wonderful.



+1 :wave:


Thanks for this thread, some wonderful pics :up:

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:40

The Crowd..

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:42

Over the dogleg..look left

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Neat

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:44

Down near the Go Kart track...

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Greg and the boys....

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:45

Hot and burn't off...

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Cole

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:27

Probably the one and only half-decent shot I ever took...sorry for the crap on the slide

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Greg was just drilling every corner this day...


I started alongside Greg Pretty in the TT. Sadly another no longer with us .
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 19:04

I have a video of this series from 1983 ( from the tea chest of Grant tapes ) I can post it if it of reasonable quality, some of the tapes have got some damage
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 00:20

Found a few pics deep in a drawer from the Oran Park round of the Swann Series from 1980, and thought I might put them up for a look.

All Oran Park pics by Craig Jones.



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Ron Haslam entered on the Honda GB RS1000 superbike, accompanied by Barry Symmons and Mal Carter.
Moyna Boulden keeping an eye on little Ronnie

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Greg Pretty on the Pitmans TZ 750 awaits the start, while on the left Ralph Hannan, deep in conversation with Radar, waits on the Yoshimura Z1R and wonders where rider Dave Aldana could be... little knowing Aldana would be still seated in a toilet when the first leg jumped...


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Ron Haslam awaits the start : to the left, #49 Len Willing, TZ 750, and on the right the TZ 750 of former motocross star Trevor Flood. Mick Smith leaning on Croz's XR69.



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Start of the first leg. Hard to pick, but across the front are Haslam, Dennis Neill (CB1100R), Wayne Gardner (Mentor Honda CB1100R), Steve Trinder (Total Hunter RG500 Suzuki) and Graeme Crosby on the Suzuki GB XR69.



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Crosby jumped into an early lead.



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Trinder joined Crosby in the first of two monumental dices.
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Croz ahead of Lee Roebuck and the emerging Wayne Gardner. Having won the Castrol 6 Hour with Andrew Johnson on a CB1100R for Mentor Motorcycles, Gardner was racing a Mentor-supplied CB1100R superbike, built and tuned by racecar tuning guru Peter Molloy. At the final Sandown round, Gardner pulled the bike off the trailer and won a superbike race in the wet in front of Mamoru Moriwaki, and his career took off.





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A torrid scrap developed between #96 Graeme Muir (TZ750), #4 Dennis Neill (CB1100R), #59 Ron Boulden (TZ 750) and Haslam.





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Aldana made it for the second leg, and while not a major player in the series, was still great value off-track !



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Aldana at the Surfers Paradise round.



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Clip from the round at Adelaide International Raceway : In the first pic, Crosby has the jump, ahead of #49 Len Willing, #52 Gary Coleman, #4 Dennis Neill and D Steve Trinder, now mounted aboard the Taylor Team Ansett TZ 750. In the second pic, Greg Pretty disputes the lead with Croz, with Trinder in close attendance. Sadly, Trinder crashed heavily, badly breaking his leg, and leaving Croz with a points lead going into the final round at Sandown.