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#51 275 GTB-4

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:20

My seat belt finished second in Class A.


Hope you don't have to retract that statement!

So how come a VP Commodore driven by Mark Skaife/Jim Richards needed your belt? :)



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#52 GMACKIE

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:20

Oops! Brian Wilshire racing story here....(anyone who has owned TWO Vanguard Spacemasters is OK by me!)
 

Or better still......9 VW Beetles. :up:



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:25

Hope you don't have to retract that statement!

So how come a VP Commodore driven by Mark Skaife/Jim Richards needed your belt? :)

It was a different year. I wouldn't have given "boofhead" anything.
Garry Wilmington was driving a Corolla and they had one of those god awful Simpson drag racing belts that take about 20 minutes to reassemble at every drivers change, so I lent them the Sabelt out of the HQ. They finished about 20 seconds behind the class winner after 12 hours. I reckon my seat belt gained them a lap at least!

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 11:13

Or better still......9 VW Beetles. :up:

I guess some of us are slower learners than others....;)

#55 GMACKIE

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 21:44

I guess some of us are slower learners than others....;)

An admission, perhaps?... I'm sure you'll catch up.  ;)



#56 seldo

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 22:33

An admission, perhaps?... I'm sure you'll catch up.  ;)

Ahhh Greg - it's not Lotto mate - there's no 2nd prize...  ;)

#57 275 GTB-4

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:35

I remember seeing Leonard Teale racing a Honda Zot at Warwick Farm in the late 60's.


360cc? or the big bore 600! :love:



#58 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 09:05

Both are unlikely...

Honda didn't release the Z in Australia until at least 1971.

Teale probably raced the N600 as also raced by Heather Brock.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 22:20

isn't there one of those annoying ***** who does breakfast tv on 7 into racing these days?



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#60 275 GTB-4

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 22:41

Grant Denyer (but this is mostly about older folk....)

#61 seldo

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 23:40

Grant Denyer (but this is mostly about older folk....)

His father, Craig Denyer, who was a radio jock at the Gosford? radio station, bought one of my Alfa Suds from the first Sud series in about '83(?). Claimed I had taken all the "good" gear off it because he was so slow (I sold it exactly as it finished its last race) then proceeded to roll it up into a ball...

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:55

Results from Calder early 1970s - Leonard Teale in his Corolla, also shows a bit of a mixture of cars!  Found while looking for results for Farrells to answer another posters questions.

 

 
 
 
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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:39

Kym Bonython, Speedway midgets and the past owner of Rowley park speedway SA



#64 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 22:46

Kym Bonython, Speedway midgets and the past owner of Rowley park speedway SA

To me Kym was a businessman racer. Not quite a top notch racer but he was at times very good.With very good equipment . Not just speedway either but boats too. Really he brought the celebs to town as a jazz promoter, gallery owner and speedway promoter and later a member of the GP board too. I suppose he was a celeb in his own right but to many he was the 'Boss' at Rowley. And still a regular spectator until his death a couple of years ago.



#65 Amaroo Park

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 07:33

What about Glenn Ridge from Sale of The Century



#66 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 08:15

James Morrison who has crashed more cars than many. Reputedly actually a decent operator in a rally car despite the accident rate.



#67 GMACKIE

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 08:52

Yeah, but he's a fairly handy trumpet player. :cool:



#68 seldo

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:30

Yeah, but he's a fairly handy trumpet player. :cool:

No argument from me!

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 05:52

Celebrities list so far.

 

 

Jack Davey     Leonard Teale   Eric Bana   Shane Jacobson   Tony Greig

 

Grant Kenny   Stephen Bradbury   Gus Mercurio   Sam Newman   Stewart  Littlemore

 

Darrell Eastlakes   Ken Sparks     John Laws   Jack Elsegood    Bill Gates

 

Doug Mulray   Garry Wilkinson   Buddy Clark   Kevin Wolf   Paul Makin 

 

Wally Lewis   Rick Burnett    Brian Wilshire   Craig Denyer   Grant Deyner 

 

Kym Bonython    Glen Ridge   James Morrison   Laurie Donaher …


Edited by eldougo, 03 May 2014 - 06:37.


#70 275 GTB-4

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 06:15

Doug....maybe remove my cheeky ref to Stewart Littlemore QC as Stewie....I would rather not face legal action at this time :)

 

and its Bill Gates...



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 06:29

Done .However i have sent a copy to Stewie already sorry about that ....... :lol:



#72 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:01

Please delete Ian Maurice...

I doubt he's ever seen a racing circuit.

And can we add Malcolm Fraser, who was a 'riding mechanic' in a regularity at Sandown I feel sure.

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:47

Please delete Ian Maurice...

I doubt he's ever seen a racing circuit.

And can we add Malcolm Fraser, who was a 'riding mechanic' in a regularity at Sandown I feel sure.

I don’t think a lap around Sandown with someone constitutes being in this thread Ray, evan the Lancia fancier.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 00:08

Definitely get rid of Ian Maurice, that was just my faulty memory - right TV show, wrong person!



#75 eldougo

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:47

Done Mr M is no longer listed. :wave:



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:02

Dr John Hewson  with gloves on.

 

Dr Doug on the right and Gary  Wilkinson

 

 

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:14

I think it is Stuart Littlemore.

 

He was a presenter on the ABC TV before studying law as a mature age student. Now a QC.

 

http://www.drive.com...0710-2ppuo.html

 

 

 

 



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 06:36

 It's DR Hewson .It says in the  Wheels magazine that he, invited by Kevin Waldock that him in the middle in the top photo.


Edited by eldougo, 03 May 2014 - 06:42.


#79 275 GTB-4

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 06:58

Definatelly DR Hewson, lives in the NSW Southern Highlands these days...

PS Stuart Littlemore is also "still with us"...

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:06

It's DR Hewson .It says in the  Wheels magazine that he, invited by Kevin Waldock that him in the middle in the top photo.

The top photo shows the back of I'm pretty sure it's Gricie, then Kevin Waldock, and Dr john Hewson, and the second photo is ....Can't remember the name of the guy on the left, although I well recognise his face, but then Gary Wilkinson and Doug Mulray

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:15

The top photo shows the back of I'm pretty sure it's Gricie, then Kevin Waldock, and Dr john Hewson, and the second photo is ....Can't remember the name of the guy on the left, although I well recognise his face, but then Gary Wilkinson and Doug Mulray


Mark Oestler? (spl)

#82 seldo

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:27

Mark Oestler? (spl)

Thanks Mick. Yes, Mark Oastler

#83 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:34

Please delete Ian Maurice...

I doubt he's ever seen a racing circuit.

And can we add Malcolm Fraser, who was a 'riding mechanic' in a regularity at Sandown I feel sure.

There was a Stonie cartoon re Mals ride around Sandown with Moffatt. 

But not a competitor though I seem to remember reading that he was a fairly serious Sports Car [Lancia?] buff in the day.

Actually Gricie almost qualifies as a 'celebrity' as he was a Queensland National Party MP for a term. And still did the odd event. Then came back and made mayhem in the ute ranks.



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Posted 05 May 2014 - 09:52

Probably doesn't really count but I do recall a celebrity mini bike race at Amaroo Park (early 80's??) where Simon Townsend's Wonder World reporter Edith Bliss broke her collarbone in a pile up on the top of Bitupave Hill!!



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 01:01

Mike Drewer was an on-air reporter with Channel 9 in Adelaide. He started racing in a Honda S600 (or maybe 800), moved on successfully to Clubmans and then to a Richards Golf F2.

 

He was also PR Manager for the Adelaide GP.

 

His son Tom has been in the US for the past 5 years racing in LMP3/2



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:17

Mike Drewer was an on-air reporter with Channel 9 in Adelaide. He started racing in a Honda S600 (or maybe 800), moved on successfully to Clubmans and then to a Richards Golf F2.

 

He was also PR Manager for the Adelaide GP.

 

His son Tom has been in the US for the past 5 years racing in LMP3/2

Drewer was on Auntie before 9. As was his wife. I can remember a ABC clip of him with the Honda at Collingrove, probably in black and white!

I feel he is still PR man for Clipsal.

And Mike is still alive!


Edited by Lee Nicolle, 06 May 2014 - 04:21.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:43

You are right Lee. I may have been wrong about 9.

 

Jacquie went on to a long career on Channel 7 and has only recently retired.



#88 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:38

You are right Lee. I may have been wrong about 9.

 

Jacquie went on to a long career on Channel 7 and has only recently retired.

Mike went commercial, as do most from the ABC. I think it was 9. He has been with GP/Clipsal for a long time now.

I said hello when I saw him wandering around the paddock on my last [free] Clipsal visit about 3 years ago. And I saw lots of other familiar faces from the past too.


Edited by Lee Nicolle, 06 May 2014 - 06:50.


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 04:00

Leonard Teale also use to compete at Templestowe hillclimbs; episode 123 of "Homicide" (now out on DVD) has some nice footage of him doing a timed run there in his MGB (one of two he ran - JNG-999 and JRJ-000, with a Midget later on, JWC-754). One other episode (162) has him at Calder, but not driving. At least one episode of "Division 4" also used Templestowe as a filming location.

As well as his many Redex and Ampol trial entries, Jack Davey also owned the ex-Stillwell D-type for a while (repainted red, with red interior!).

Actor Rod Mullinar (played the lead in the local private eye series "Ryan", for those with long memories) drove Formula Three in the UK briefly (according to press at the time) before taking up acting. Reportedly gave it away after one too many inversions.

Tommy Hanlon Jr was down as an entrant in an early (Philip Island) Armstrong 500, to have been driving a Goggomobil. Strangely enough, it didn't happen...

Syd Heylen (of A Country Practice) used to race "midgets" in NSW.



#90 Ray Bell

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 13:15

Originally posted by Lee Nicolle
There was a Stonie cartoon re Mals ride around Sandown with Moffatt.....


But my comment was about Mal in a proper car...

He sat up high in an open car in a Regularity.

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 22:36

Lionel Joaquin Paul Long, OAM (Died in 1998), competed in the 1964 Ampol round Australia...any more?

Wonder if he did some of the stunt drives in Homicide?

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 22:58

And, I believe he was one of the original "G"s in the Bee Gees

 

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Here's Bill's car now restored and raced by Vaughan Stibbard. He recently had an off on someone elses' oil at SMS Park and hit the pit wall hard, spending the night in hospital