I'm a bit surprised that this hasn't been mentioned here yet .....
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Posted 24 June 2014 - 12:41
The passing of another Aussie who loved his engineering and one of the small number of Australian's who have started in a F1 Grand Prix.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention Geoff. Because the link will disappear fairly soon, this is the family's Herald-Sun tribute from 18/6/14.
ENGLAND. Paul Thomas. 28.3.1929 - 17.6.2014 Passed away peacefully Dearly loved husband of Marj. Loving father of Lisa, Anthony, Christopher, Genevieve and families. Many thanks to all the wonderful staff at Embracia, Templestowe. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts
My condolences to Paul's family and friends. Best way to celebrate his passing is to show off a little of his ability.
Paul started this German GP in the #26 Cooper T41 Ridgeways Managements entry. But retired after 4 laps. The car became better known as the 'Miller Special' around Australian race circuits with Aussie Miller.
Posted 24 June 2014 - 17:13
Edited by Richard Jenkins, 24 June 2014 - 17:14.
Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:55
That very sad news indeed such a great man.RIP
Seen below giving instruction to Tony Stewart at Calder.
Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:29
It's scary that we / I am seeing so many of these legends moving on from this world.
All my life I have lusted after the Ausca which I have always thought was the epitome of Australia's racing specials. I have always thought it was an amazingly beautiful car, as well as a very successful one, and one whose successes I followed with baited breath as a fanatical schoolboy.
Yet the Ausca was but one example of his engineering prowess.
Paul was a very talented engineer whose loss will create a huge void in our sport/industry.
Edited by seldo, 25 June 2014 - 12:41.
Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:46
I initially sourced this reference from the Vic Historic Rally Assoc Facebook page. Although I was never fortunate enough to see the hillclimb cars of the day in action I was always fascinated by Paul England's twin VW engined device. From Wikipedia .... "After his return from Europe, England used a car by the same name Ausca but was a totally different creation - an 1800cc VW in front and a 2200cc VW in back both supercharged by the one supercharger with a special manifold to take the compressed intake to the other end, to win three Australian Hillclimb Championships, in 1970, 1973 and 1974." When you look at what else he did he was definitely a very talented engineer.
From what I can gather the AHC is now a single event championship rather then a series?
Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:23
Another constructor/ driver. So many of his style have died in recent years. I feel I ever only saw him compete the once. His passing is very sad.
My condolences to family and friends