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#51 LittleChris

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 20:54

Tony,

Anything to the rumours that Hampton Downs is under threat ? I read that the Government put various obstacles in the way when it was being constructed. Seems a nice little venue, sort of Pukekohe meets Brands Indy.



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#52 GMACKIE

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 23:16

What a wonderful lot of photos, and comments.......almost like being there. :up: Thank you Tony.

#53 packapoo

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:57

Tony,

Anything to the rumours that Hampton Downs is under threat ? I read that the Government put various obstacles in the way when it was being constructed. Seems a nice little venue, sort of Pukekohe meets Brands Indy.


It's a top venue, many great viewing spots; you don't need to be ensuited :lol:


#54 Giraffe

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:42

Tony,

Anything to the rumours that Hampton Downs is under threat ? I read that the Government put various obstacles in the way when it was being constructed. Seems a nice little venue, sort of Pukekohe meets Brands Indy.


http://www.speedcafe...s-for-survival/


It's a top venue, many great viewing spots; you don't need to be ensuited :lol:


I fully agree, it's a fabulous spectator circuit, reminding me in parts of Oulton Park. However it would be rather nice to be similarily ensuited at Oulton.... :love:

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#55 layabout

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 17:50

Photos of a fabulous car, Denny's 1968 Can-Am Championship-winning M8A-2 that was unveiled at the Festival after a restoration under the auspices of the Trust (that's ex-McLaren employee John Steenson kneeling beside the car):

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The M8A was later converted to M8B spec & used as the team's spare in 1969. It was the car in which Bruce McLaren won his last race at the Texas World Speedway Can-Am in 1969. Others who drove the car included Dan Gurney, Peter Gethin & Chris Amon.

On a personal note, I remember being at the 1969 Laguna Seca Can-Am when Chris Amon's Ferrari 612 failed during practice/qualifying & he was put into the Team spare, presumably this car. Having had no seat time in the car, the officials allowed him to do some laps during the lunch break, the only condition being that he drive slowly through start-finish because there was a high school band playing adjacent to it! I will never forget the sound of that one lone car out there & what sounded like the moving of heaven & earth every time Chris grabbed another gear--come to think of it, maybe an LG was like moving heaven & earth!

#56 Giraffe

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:49

Interesting "tribute" in the car park.........

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The Hulme name lives on.........

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#57 GD66

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 13:15

Interesting "tribute" in the car park.........




Article about the "McCopy"...

http://www.classicca...i-ingenuity-221


#58 timbo

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:06

I think the photo's from the suites show what is really the only problem with spectating at Hampton Downs, and that is the catch fencing down the outside of the main straight.
Granted, it has to be there for safety reasons, but why did they build the outside concrete wall on the main straight so close to the track. If a car breaks down, there is nowhere for it to safely pull off the track out of harms way. The position of the wall dictates the position of the catch fencing, and I tried to watch the racing through the catch fencing, but gave up, and as the grass banking below the suites was basically empty of spectators, not a lot of people thought it was a good idea either.
Its there now and there to stay, but I feel it could have been a lot better. My only gripe.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:35

To answer E1-pix question re No 66 Mc Laren....Cheers Eldougo


All the cars on display have an interesting history and none more so than the orange No 66 McLaren M12 driven by Barry Kirk-Burnnand. A number of years ago Fox and Hampton Downs managing director Tony Roberts discovered the car in a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

The M12 had been in a glass case for nearly 30 years as a shrine to CanAm driver Hiroshi Kazato, who had died racing in 1974. The car had been sold to the restaurant by Tadashi Sakai, a kingpin in the Japanese Yakuza, who had raced it successfully in the early 1970s. Sakai died in a house fire after the car was brought to New Zealand

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#60 E1pix

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:05

Thanks for the info Eldougo, much appreciated!

Very interesting history there, quite a path for that M12. I saw Kazato in Can-Am in 1971, he finished 5th at Road America IIRC in a Lola T222. First, I had no idea he was only 22 at the time (makes that 5th all the more impressive!)) and also had never heard he'd died racing. News to me, nearly 40 years on. Amazing.

Great to see the car out of glass and back where it belongs! Kudos to all involved.

Thanks Again. :up:

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#61 275 GTB-4

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:22

What a wonderful lot of photos, and comments.......almost like being there. :up: Thank you Tony.


Agreed...and thanks Tony...and Greg, I have zillions of Hampton Downs pics...maybe I should invite you up to see my etchings? :blush:

#62 Giraffe

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:08

Granted, it has to be there for safety reasons, but why did they build the outside concrete wall on the main straight so close to the track. If a car breaks down, there is nowhere for it to safely pull off the track out of harms way. The position of the wall dictates the position of the catch fencing, and I tried to watch the racing through the catch fencing, but gave up


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There are however plenty of viewing spots that avoid the fencing.....

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 19:54

Currently sitting in the McLaren shop not too far from Oulton Park.

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On this occasion I was actually trying to shoot the reflections, rather than the car! It deserves a visit at night-time.

#64 E1pix

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 20:47

Giraffe, two Talons together, never thought I'd see that. :up: (unless one's a McRae GM2?)

:up: Pete, awesome! Glad you left the polarizer in the bag, yes I can see how a night view would be incredible.

#65 timbo

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 23:38

Giraffe, two Talons together, never thought I'd see that. :up: incredible.


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#66 E1pix

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 23:47

Thanks Timbo, very cool.

Can't help but wonder if that's the ex-Jon Woodner/Carroll Smith Talon (1975) leading the ex-Sam Posey/Jack McCormack Talon (1976)... (mainly based on their current colors and my assumptions of originality :) )

#67 Keir

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:50

..... or the Red Talon could be the ex-Amon car ???

#68 timbo

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:16

..... or the Red Talon could be the ex-Amon car ???


A side on shot of the red Talon a couple of posts ago shows the Chris Amon name on the car.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:09

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Seeing this photograph would any NZ TNFer,s have a address or e-mail for Warren Hammond i have not seen him since 1978.
PM me with details. Thanks in advance Eldougo.

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Jan McLaren, Poul Christie, Sid Taylor's old motorhome driver with Theodore GP, Warren Hammond & Sid himself.

#70 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:42

Can't help but wonder if that's the ex-Jon Woodner/Carroll Smith Talon (1975) leading the ex-Sam Posey/Jack McCormack Talon (1976)... (mainly based on their current colors and my assumptions of originality :) )


Some info here:

http://www.f5000regi....com/talon.html

Vince H.


#71 E1pix

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:12

Thanks Vince, are cars missing on the site or were there only two built?

I could be dead wrong but it seems like the Amon car of '75 became the Posey car of '76 (here), but this goes back about 540 moons. That's my excuse. ;)

#72 Giraffe

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:18

Seeing this photograph would any NZ TNFer,s have a address or e-mail for Warren Hammond i have not seen him since 1978.
PM me with details. Thanks in advance Eldougo.


Check your PMs, Doug. :wave:

#73 alansart

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:42

A side on shot of the red Talon a couple of posts ago shows the Chris Amon name on the car.


It did a couple of years ago when it appeared at Oulton Park.

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#74 timbo

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:07

It did a couple of years ago when it appeared at Oulton Park.

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I can't imagine the seat (if you could call it that) in the Talon would be the most comfortable around.

#75 Alan Cox

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:14

Thanks Vince, are cars missing on the site or were there only two built?

From Talon owner David Banks:

F5000 Talon MR #1 owner David Banks explains the differences between the #1 and #1A chassis. Only five Talons were ever built. This season we have two on the track together in the MSC F5000 series in NZ while a third Talon has just come into the country awaiting restoration. David explains that a fourth is now for sale.


A side on shot of the red Talon a couple of posts ago shows the Chris Amon name on the car.

http://f5000.co.nz/?id=438

#76 Phil Rainford

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:29

Currently sitting in the McLaren shop not too far from Oulton Park.

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On this occasion I was actually trying to shoot the reflections, rather than the car! It deserves a visit at night-time.


Drove past yesterday and it has gone :cry:

Let's hope they replace it with another classic McLaren

PAR

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 13:45

Drove past yesterday and it has gone :cry:

Let's hope they replace it with another classic McLaren

PAR


Phil, (and Pete - great picture!)

Where is this?

Thanks
Mark



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 13:46

That's Denny's M14D as pictures by myself earlier this year in Solihull. I must see what's there now..... :cat:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 13:54

That's Denny's M14D as pictures by myself earlier this year in Solihull. I must see what's there now..... :cat:


Solihull? Are you pulling my leg, Tony? I was there on Tuesday. Where in Solihull?

In any case, Pete says not too far from Oulton Park...

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 13:54

Phil, (and Pete - great picture!)

Where is this?

Thanks
Mark


Mark, It was on display at the McLaren Dealers in Knutsford.

Looking at Perez's testing times in Barcelona it's probably on route to Spain as McLaren's latest update :)

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#81 Giraffe

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 13:59

Solihull? Are you pulling my leg, Tony? I was there on Tuesday. Where in Solihull?

In any case, Pete says not too far from Oulton Park...


It was in the McLaren showroom in Solihull before being replaced by the Senna Donington GP winning car which had been loaned to Bahrain. This was May last year.

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#82 Alan Cox

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 14:28

A nigt-time shot of the Knutsford McLaren, previously posted on the Northern TNF thread by Arttidesco after December's slot-race evening
http://postimage.org/image/p8pw92jab/

#83 Giraffe

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 13:03

Eoin Young on the parade laps....

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Greeta Hulme with daughter Adele assisting struggles to start Denny's Zodiac....

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....but shows a good turn of speed once started.....

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#84 275 GTB-4

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:18

Just back from the Nth Island...and amongst other things visited the Army Museum at Waiouru

http://www.armymuseum.co.nz/

Great tribute to Alfred Hulme...

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#85 E1pix

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:25

Wow, that's really something. :up:

#86 Giraffe

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:33

Actually known as Clive Hulme :)


It's a pity Clive's story is not clearly legible on the earlier post as it is truly remarkable (as learned of from Eoin Young's "Memories of The Bear"). :up:

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:04

There's a nice potted biography here:

http://www.teara.gov...me-alfred-clive

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 13:01

There's a nice potted biography here:

http://www.teara.gov...me-alfred-clive



What a man. Reading something like that makes me feel decidedly humble.

#89 Giraffe

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 15:13

Clive's anti-sniper technique involved wearing a German tunic and picking off the snipers from behind, turning around after he took his shot to appear to be looking for where it had come from, which must have taken some considerable bottle......

#90 Giraffe

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:29

This TVNZ news story forwarded to me by Howden is of interest...



http://tvnz.co.nz/mo...n-video-5377969



#91 Macca

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 20:44

For those with Sky TV, Sky Sports 3 has a programme called Racemax which includes a report on the F5000 race, it's on Friday 19th April at 3.00 pm and Sunday 21st April at 10.30 am.

(also has a report on the Targa West Australian Rally)


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:04

Drove past yesterday and it has gone :cry:

Let's hope they replace it with another classic McLaren

PAR



Is this the car that has gone into the ROFGO collection?

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:46

This is a great thread Tony, and it looks like a fantastic trip. I invited myself into McLaren Manchesterknutsfordcheshire to have a close gander at M14A/2. My interest was two-fold, which is what you get with a black belt in origami. Denny is on my long list of heroes, and I believe the M14A/2 was the car following Jochen Rindt into Parabolica, September 5th 1970. Typically McLaren, it is in better condition now than ever in its 43 years. Like Phil I hope it's replaced in the showroom with something nice, although it could be the new P1 - which looks like the guys in Woking design office have been on the Columbian marching powder. JohnP :D

#94 Giraffe

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 14:38

Interesting John, as the car I photographed in Solihull was the one & only M14D that I saw at Brands in 1970.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 15:53

Thanks Tony, I have obviously got the wrong M14 ! :blush: