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#1 Graham Clayton

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Posted 24 May 2002 - 06:07

What an amazing coincidence this thread is!
This Sunday I am talking to a chap called John Reynolds,
whose father LP Reynolds was known as the "Speed Demon"
of Richmond, which is located in the far-north western outskirts
of Sydney.

John is an "old boy" of the local Hawkesbury Agricultural College,
and is back in the area for a re-union.

In December 1925 LP, or "Perce" as he was more popularly known
as, was the first competitor to lap the Maroubra Speedway at
more than 100 miles per hour. He recorded a lap of 102.4 mph
on his V-twin Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The family still has in their possession the cup that he won for
this feat, plus some other memorabilia that he won at Maroubra
and other circuits that he raced at in the 1920's.

I intend doing some research on him for the local historical society.
This will have to wait until after the unveiling ceremony on the
site of the old Windsor speedway that I am organising for
late July!

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#2 275 GTB-4

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:18

Kings School All British Day on the weekend...

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Don't know whether the car has any provenance etc...but it will be a nice tribute to Phil Garlick and the Supercharged Alvis



#3 275 GTB-4

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 23:33

Paramount

Lucky Devil

Cup

Maroubra Speedway

Five mile all power motor car

.... scratch races ....


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Obverse:

WINNERS

2.1.1926 A. E. COOPER

6.1.1926 PHIL GARLICK

15.3.1926 PHIL GARLICK

22.5.1926 PHIL GARLICK


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#4 john medley

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 00:43

Provenance?

The cup is real


The car is real, even if just the remains.


For people like me, January 2012 was the first sighting of a car which had long ago become a legend: in original form it ceased to exist in 1926, but was rebuilt in various forms and with various engines until its racing ceased by about 1960.
All credit to David Manson, Lester Thearle, the late Fred Heming, and Peter who have got it this far.

#5 GreenMachine

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:30

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Photoshop? What happened to the aeroscreen?

#6 terry mcgrath

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:32

simply amazing I was in sydney for the show and took similiar pics and was amazed to see the car as well. owned by a group of 3 persons I believe the chassis with chassis number stamped on it said to be original.
speaking of Marouba does anyone have copies of old race programmes from this venue from mid 1930's?
terry

Provenance?

The cup is real


The car is real, even if just the remains.


For people like me, January 2012 was the first sighting of a car which had long ago become a legend: in original form it ceased to exist in 1926, but was rebuilt in various forms and with various engines until its racing ceased by about 1960.
All credit to David Manson, Lester Thearle, the late Fred Heming, and Peter who have got it this far.



#7 Tony Matthews

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:32

Photoshop? What happened to the aeroscreen?

Ha ha! One of those silly coincidences that happen sometimes, but it does look odd! In fact there are several slightly disturbing elements in that shot...

#8 Catalina Park

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:34

Ha ha! One of those silly coincidences that happen sometimes, but it does look odd! In fact there are several slightly disturbing elements in that shot...

If you think that's disturbing, you should see the bloke taking the photo.

#9 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:58

Well...

We know how disturbed and disturbing he can be!

#10 275 GTB-4

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:02

If you think that's disturbing, you should see the bloke taking the photo.


Oil get you for that, Mr Park :lol:

#11 GMACKIE

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:08

Now look what's happened.......you've disturbed him. :rotfl:

#12 275 GTB-4

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:10

Ha ha! One of those silly coincidences that happen sometimes, but it does look odd! In fact there are several slightly disturbing elements in that shot...

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Hi Tony, where do you suggest I go to learn about photo composition? please tell me where to go!! (in my defence, a toast to Fred and others was about to happen, so I quickley "shot from the hip"....

PS I promise never, to ever, hijack another Matthews thread...MG or otherwise...OK?? :wave:

#13 eldougo

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 00:21

http://www.aetv.com....s/episode4.html

On this week (Aussie Pickers ) show they came across a property that had a FIAT 502 race car 1923, that he thought was an ex Maroubar Speedway racer however he was unsure of its providence .
The red racer sure looked in good condition and i was wondering if TNFers know its history.


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#14 David McKinney

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:48

Not viewable in the UK :down:

#15 eldougo

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 01:32

Iam trying to get a photo of the Fiat502 to post.

#16 eldougo

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:05

I was unable to find photos on line so i got this off the flat screen ,just to give you some idea of the vehicle.

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Edited by eldougo, 10 May 2014 - 23:14.


#17 275 GTB-4

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 02:25

Reading "50 Years of the VSCCA" (most graciously loaned to me by another member)...I noticed Alan Wilson's words on the Garlick Special. Here he says that the engine in the Spit Hill Garage Racing Team 12/50 engined midget, was from the Garlick Special. At least, it can be read that way.

Alan goes on to say that Alex Mackinnon's dirt-track racer had the ex-Garlick engine with big port bronze head and dry sump lubrication - allegedly out of the 1923 200 mile race winner.

The Jack Weekes 34 Ford spl thread mentions Stan Hill Motors as a source of Alvis bodies etc...

Have the two garages possibly been confused?

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 05 May 2014 - 02:26.


#18 Ray Bell

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:38

Highly unlikely...

Spit Hill is a place, Stan Hill is a name.

#19 seldo

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:59

Highly unlikely...

Spit Hill is a place, Stan Hill is a name.

Ray I'm afraid that there is a Spit Hill Garage (still there) although it is now just a sales outlet for prestige used cars. I was under the impression that it was where Ray Eldershaw, or someone of similar ilk, operated from back in the day...

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#20 Daren W

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:46

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Just have a copy of the cover in a picture frame in my office Daren



#21 Ray Bell

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 13:21

Originally posted by seldo
Ray I'm afraid that there is a Spit Hill Garage (still there) although it is now just a sales outlet for prestige used cars. I was under the impression that it was where Ray Eldershaw, or someone of similar ilk, operated from back in the day...


I never doubted that, David...

My point was that confusion shouldn't have occurred because of the different type of names.

If Holt Binnie was there Ray Eldershaw would have been.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 21:53

Anyone know when Maroubra Speedway was demolished ? It was in the early '50s when I saw it, partly demolished, and remember the steep concrete banking.

 

A family friend had a tip-truck, and I would often ride in the truck in the school holidays. One day we went into the speedway for 'Botany sand' [used by plasterers], and while the truck was being loaded, I went for a walk along the concrete track. :cool:



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 22:41

Ray I'm afraid that there is a Spit Hill Garage (still there) although it is now just a sales outlet for prestige used cars. I was under the impression that it was where Ray Eldershaw, or someone of similar ilk, operated from back in the day...


Thanks Seldo, Alex MacKinnon's SHG Racing Team in the 40's had AM (Frazer Nash), Rex Ellis (Cloverleaf Aston Martin), Hal Stevenson (Fronty Ford) and Bob Pritchett (supercharged Merc Crossley). Still looking for more on tuther Motors/Garage.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 22:50

Anyone know when Maroubra Speedway was demolished ? It was in the early '50s when I saw it, partly demolished, and remember the steep concrete banking.
 
A family friend had a tip-truck, and I would often ride in the truck in the school holidays. One day we went into the speedway for 'Botany sand' [used by plasterers], and while the truck was being loaded, I went for a walk along the concrete track. :cool:


Wiki says "By the 1940s the track was crumbling due to flooding and poor quality concrete and in 1947 it was demolished and a housing commission suburb was built on the site, with a park in what was the infield area named Coral Sea Park. Streets in the new area were named after Allied ships used in the Battle of the Coral Sea"

#25 GMACKIE

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 23:00

It was after 1947 that I saw the remainder of the concrete track.



#26 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 14:16

I'm sure I've seen photographs taken in the early fifties with some of the banking left...

There is a Lands Department file somewhere in their system with photographs of the track under construction.