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#2751 MCS

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:33

That's a terrific introduction, DD.  I don't think there has ever been an official welcome given to anybody (!), but I have no doubt you will find much of interest here.

 

I would love to hear more of your experiences in the North in the Sixties and Seventies. Leuven - an absolutely fantastic place in my opinion - brings back some great memories as well. Less said (the  better) about IBM... Ugh.  ;)


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#2752 Alan Cox

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 21:49

Nice intro, 'Dick'/Philip. Some of those reminiscences will strike a chord with many of TNF's motley northern crew



#2753 Richgreenscooby1

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 20:05

Thought I'd pop on and say hello , I work at groupbmotorsport by Chester we specialise in subaru , rotary engines , bda and bdg engines and lots more , engine dyno facility , machine shop and rolling road .. Graham Hickman is working with us building some crazy engines also ..
So be nice please lol

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#2754 nafddur

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 14:00

I don't know how I have missed this site all these years, but I am happy to now be a member. I found these forums last night while researching Henry Gritzbach, an old sprint car racer from upstate NY, who was also a family friend and karting mentor of mine over 50 years ago. Glad to be here!

 

Oh yeah, my name is Jack Meeker. I'm interested in (almost) all types of motorsports. I grew up in Schenectady NY racing karts for 11 seasons, from 1959-1969. I now live in Duxbury, MA, and resumed my childhood hobby by doing extensive arrive-and-drive kart racing about 5 years ago.



#2755 TimR2106

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 14:54

Hi, I've been reading this forum for a while but have finally decided to subscribe. My name is Tim and I have been interested in cars for as long as I can remember, in fact the earliest picture of me shows me clutching my favourite Dinky car in front of the camera! I have never been sure what exactly triggered such an interest but have always suspected living close to Crystal Palace race track (very much within earshot!) might have had something to do with it. Although I was very young, I have a vivid memory of my late father taking me to spectate, we would have stood somewhere near the old dry ski slope! Now, years later, I have an interest in slot car racing (like some others on here) and race every Thursday night. The Crystal Palace interest has still not left me and my current Tin Top slot car is a model of Fitzpatrick's Broadspeed entry at Crystal Palace in  May 1966. I am hoping to build some other models from earlier seasons, all based on cars that raced at Crystal Palace, and am hoping that someone on here can help me with my research.

Away from Crystal Palace, I am always impressed by the wealth of knowledge shown on here and the interesting topics that appear long may it continue :wave:



#2756 viking55

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 18:32

Hi there all,
New to the forum and really interested in the Motorcycle racing nostalgia forum.
I see Mick Robinson is on here and I know him from old...
I used to assist Tony Harris with preparation of some of his race bikes and also assist in drinking loads of ale in various club houses and hostileries, as it was the done thing 'in those days'

I did see a picture of a TZ750 with JC Lathan on the fairing, which was presumed to be the one Tony raced, but this particular Yam was raced by Ivor Morgan, another Lord of Lydden.
It's really good to see the old pix posted, and when I can find mine, I will scan in and upload.

Keep up the good work

#2757 WOT

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 11:24

Been following Formula One since the early 60's. Think I've forgotten more than I can remember... Got involved with motor sport when the Tasman Series started in Australia in '64. Became a "Flag Marshall" at Warwick Farm, Sydney at a very early age and over the years evolved into an "Observer".
 
I was shattered when Jim Clark died, and withdrew, but came back and have followed the sport ever since. "With each death, you become a litte more hardened to the unexpectedness." 
 
The modern era F1 seems an age away from then (well, I guess it is, but you know what I mean) with all the unexplodable circuits and safety as safe can be. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for safety, but there is a point when you take away the fear factor... something that those that are looking down on proceedings today would undoubtedly applaud. I just don't want them to bastardise this sport so that the lives lost are not in vain.
 
These days I have no real "favourites" though being from Oz I punt for any Aussie on the track. All I want is to see good, solid, competitive racing between brands, and preferably where the outcome is not a given.


#2758 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 15:26

That makes two of us...

Farm flaggies, that is. I was at Point M from 1965 to 1970, then did a couple of years at the exit to Creek Corner.

I'm sure you'll agree, it was the best view of the best circuit for viewing the drivers' skills.

#2759 WOT

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 22:13

That makes two of us...

Farm flaggies, that is. I was at Point M from 1965 to 1970, then did a couple of years at the exit to Creek Corner.

I'm sure you'll agree, it was the best view of the best circuit for viewing the drivers' skills.

 

Holy smoke Ray, that's amazing. As I said, my memory isn't as flash as it used to be; which point was M, was that around the Causeway? My main point from 64 to about 68 was the exit of Creek and my Dad was the medical officer there. I did some time on the exit of the Esses and a meeting at the entrance to Polo. I then became an observer at the entrance to Creek.

 

Do you remember the bugler in the Creek spectators? He was hilarious. Whenever a car expired, he would come out with the resounding sound of The Last Post. Brilliant.

 

The Farm was a great circuit and well loved by the overseas drivers. And as you say, watching the car control around Creek and into and through the Esses...



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#2760 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 18:48

Point M was halfway between the Northern Crossing and the Causeway, right by the back of the lake...

The bugler has been the subject of many discussions here, by the way.

There was always a great deal of enjoyment to be had, too, in driving our cars around for the lap to get to our points before the meeting!

There's a bit more here:

http://forums.autosp...r/#entry5308358

I'll try to get the other pics up for that thread, but Imageshack has done it again!

#2761 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 19:31

Whoops... that makes three of us:

http://forums.autosp...51#entry4766315 - that's post 2524 in that thread.

#2762 WOT

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 09:48

There was always a great deal of enjoyment to be had, too, in driving our cars around for the lap to get to our points before the meeting!
 

 

As @warwickfarm said; it was wonderful to be appreciated so genuinely by Geoff Sykes, Jonn Stranger and Mary Packard. 
 
There is a lovely article on Geoff Sykes in Peter Windsor's blog http://peterwindsor....r-motor-racing/ .  Pete and I were schoolhood buddies. A couple of the photos on that page are mine - Jimmy in the esses and Jim and Jackie having a yarn...
 
I remember as a Junior Member of the AARC, Pete and I used to go into the Sussex Street office and do little odd jobs, but mainly to play on the slot car track - honing our skills. Loved the film nights too. Pete has subsequently gone on to much bigger and better things...
 
I saw a post somewhere about a marshal that spun his car in the Esses and subsequently had a "meeting" with Geoff Sykes - "just wanted to know who you were...". After I got my driver's license, I got a Torana GTR and had a similar "meeting", when I was a "bit" aggressive entering Creek, outbraking 2 or 3 cars, obviously one of them was the wrong car to outbreak...
 
Warwick Farm was a great circuit, such good memories.
 
Hanging out the window of my Dad's Valiant heading to our point - exit of Creek.
 
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#2763 RedPepper

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 22:25

Hi,

My name is Ross and I'm an avid fan and historian of touring car racing from the `70s. A friend recommended me to this site, and I look forward to learning more, and chatting with everyone.

 

Cheers



#2764 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 05:49

Ross, your avatar is a famous incident...

I hope you can post a bunch of the photos you have available to you.

#2765 27gilles27

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 02:21

What a great forum! I've been a huge Autosport fan for years, had hundreds of the magazines in the days when we had to wait for a month before the latest copy arrived at the news agent, back in South Africa. I now live in New Zealand and have followed f1 since the mid seventies when we were spurring Jody Scheckter on to his world championship with Ferrari. Then Gilles Villeneuve came along and there has never been another like him. I was also a fan of the superswede, Ronnie Peterson and later Jacques Villeneuve, Montoya and many others. Only when the Schumacher Ferrari era arrived, did my enthusiasm for f1 dim for awhile but I have to confess that I find it hard to get excited about contemporary f1. My favourite era is the 70's, when you got so many different winners and dominance meant 5 or 6 wins a season!

#2766 Ayzonfire

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 15:24

Hi everybody !!!

 

I'm Alexandre from France, i see many time the Autosport forum and i've decide to come !!!

 

I'm a big fan to the Panoz GTR-1 and LMP-1, and old turbo F1 era !!!


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#2767 JAPMagna

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:21

Hello TNFers,

My name is Roger Butt. My earliest motor sport memories are of hearing about Jim Clark's latest win on the car radio on a Monday morning on the way to school. I also remember the shock I felt at hearing that he'd died - again on the radio. I was 8 years old. I probably fell in love with Formula 1 when I went to see the Grand Prix film at the cinema as part of a friend's birthday party, but that love didn't really take hold until a friend introduced me to Motor Sport magazine and the brilliance of Denis Jenkinson's race reports (and everything else that he contributed). That love was severely tested by the death of Ayrton Senna and was relegated to a mere interest when DSJ departed, leaving Motor Sport to bumble along, desperately trying to figure out what it needed to become. Fortunately, later in life I've become besotted with the Le Mans 24 Hour race, and i can feel confident that it won't leave me. In fact, after my first visit, I was left wondering why anyone would bother going to a Grand Prix, but it's each to their own, and what keeps this forum interesting.

 

I recently re-launched the J.A. Pearce Engineering company and we're making Magna wheels again, to the original designs. This project has led me to doing significant research on John Pearce and I am hoping to publish as full a story as is possible. If anyone has any interesting information to contribute, I would welcome you contacting me through TNF or through the contact page on the JA Pearce Engineering website: http://japearceengineering.com/ or the Facebook page: https://www.facebook...arceengineering

It's my intention to publish as factual an account as possible, so I am very keen to hear from anyone with first-hand dealings with John Pearce or the company back in the 1960s & '70s. Thanks to all those who have already contributed.


Edited by JAPMagna, 22 January 2015 - 14:31.


#2768 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 05:39

It looks like we're a bit behind with our welcomes, gentlemen...

Please enjoy your time here.

#2769 Dennis David

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 21:15

54,598 posts! That's got to be a record for any forum! Good to see they haven't thrown dirt on you yet, or at least nothing that you can't dig yourself out from under.



#2770 CMD

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:53

Hello men

found this site whilst looking for info on road racing in the 80s

 i was into roads  around that time

i'm still finding my way through the vast amount of info on here

its amazing just how much knowledge you men have

any whoo i'm off for a look around

 

good luck  

 

Ciaran 

 

PS i,m from Portglenone 



#2771 Reebok

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 04:56

Peter Rebbechi here from Melbourne Australia.
In mid fifties, been involved at a grassroots level in motorsport for more than thirty years.
Just had a chance to buy my dream car, a fifties sports car. More on this as soon as the car is in my possession. This particular car has been discussed on this forum, and so I will comment more on this when I actually have the car in my garage.
More to follow.

#2772 Ian G

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 23:08

 Quote WOT  "I remember as a Junior Member of the AARC, Pete and I used to go into the Sussex Street office and do little odd jobs, but mainly to play on the slot car track - honing our skills. Loved the film nights too. Pete has subsequently gone on to much bigger and better things..."

 

A bit late WOT but Welcome,i just saw your Post/Pics of the Ferrari's & the RHD GT40 & remember them well.I was also a Junior Member of the AARC during the 1960's and my mate and i also use to go in after(during :) ) School to play the Slot Cars and read the latest O/S magazines.I've been asked several times over the years about Peter but i can't place him but did talk to the other kids that were racing the slot cars when the craze was on.

I remember the last time i visited the AARC Office around 1969(70?) when i was working in Sydney,a fellow had just flown in from the UK with a current magazine that quoted Chapman as saying he won't be returning(or something like that) for any more Tasman Series,it was the first time i saw Geoff flustered,i reckon the Telex/Cable(?) service to the UK would be overworked that night.The next time i visited to pay my fees the whole place was closed up,i didn't even know they had moved.


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#2773 Ian G

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 23:10

Peter Rebbechi here from Melbourne Australia.
In mid fifties, been involved at a grassroots level in motorsport for more than thirty years.
Just had a chance to buy my dream car, a fifties sports car. More on this as soon as the car is in my possession. This particular car has been discussed on this forum, and so I will comment more on this when I actually have the car in my garage.
More to follow.

 

Welcome Peter,its a great Forum...Ray will be along shortly with a official Welcome.



#2774 Lotus53B

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 14:25

Hello - I mainly post in the Racing comments section, but I'm about to post for the first time here.  I first went to the races in 1971, to see the BRDC Championship race, in my family we always called it the GKN as my dad got his tickets from a manager at the local GKN factory who were minor sponsors.  The last F1 race that Graham Hill won, as far as I know in the lobster claw Brabham.  27 years later I saw Damon Hill win his final F1 race at Spa in a Jordan.



#2775 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 13:28

Well, Peter, have you got your car yet?

We have to know all about it, of course. And 53B, it must have been a treat for you to see those occasions.

#2776 Reebok

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 06:45

It will likely be end of month before I get the car, have to move some money around, dont have that sort of $ lying around!
Cant come soon enough for me, but everyone in the middle of this seems to have all the time in the world.
Will def post more then, it answers some questions others have pondered, just want it to be a reality before I talk too loudly.

#2777 63Corvette

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 00:36

It seems we are getting new posters to the forum every week plus I understand that we have new viewers also. What I would like to do every so often is allow everyone the opportunity to introduce themselves (reveal) as much as they feel comfortable.

As you may have guessed by my user name that my real name is Dennis David. I was born in 1953 (ouch) in Hilversum, The Netherlands and have lived in the United States off and on since 1958. Never got around to becoming an American citizen though I did serve in the US Army 1972-1976 in Germany. I currently work as a Manager/Developer for a small software consulting company.

As everyone else I mad about racing of all kinds and have full respect for other racing series including even the IRL! I have had the opportunity in my life to do a lot of traveling and have been to many Grands Prix, which I have followed since 1962. I currently have a website called Grand Prix History and have started writing various articles, reviews on that subject. I am embarking on writing my first novel, which is a bit of historical fiction and should take me a year or two to complete.

I am not a big poster and AtlasF1 is the only BB I even visit. Don Capps started this new Nostalgia Forum as an area to talk about cars and racing, a place where we can pull up a seat and just shoot the breeze. I am extremely pleased with the direction that this forum is heading and the quality of the posts. I will continue to add my $.02 but maybe less frequently as I do have that book to write!

Ok now it’s your turn, Ian, Dr?
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Hi I am Garrett Waddell. I am in my mid 70s.  I raced a 1969 L-88 Corvette in the Camel GT series, beginning with the Alamo 200 in December 1971, where I won the GT over 2 liter class, and I have had a competition license (IMSA, FIA, WERA, SVRA, HSR, HMSA and others) continuously since 1971. I briefly raced motorcycles with WERA and AAMRR from 1973 through 1977 until I was injured in a crash at Bridgehampton Long island. I have raced a vintage 1963 Z06 Corvette with SVRA etc from the Dallas Grand Prix in July 1984 through the present. My wife and I spectated at all of the Watkins Glen F1 races in the 1970s, and have attended F1 races at Long Beach, Dallas and Austin, while participating (racing) in vintage events at the Dallas GP. We have also spectated at other races like Indy, Daytona, CanAm etc, I got my start flagging SCCA Regional races.

Racing is life......and life is good;-)

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#2778 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:26

You've covered a lot of country then, Garrett...

I've only recently been introduced to Watkins Glen (admittedly by Mike Argetsinger) and it must have been a great place back in the sixties. Welcome to the forum, I hope you find plenty of threads to add to in the near future.

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 07:44

From the first word I spoke (Rover!) I suppose a life time of motoring and motorsport interest.

 

Dad was a keen supporter of anything British, so no surprise that he was a member of the ERA club and therefore named me after Raymond Mays...

 

Attended my first race meeting 1951 at Gamston, organised by the NSCC and happily went to Mallory Park for as many meetings as we could as a family, often using public transport.

 

Dad was a press photographer before the war for the Nottingham Evening News, so I grew up leafing through his books and photographs of Donington, but apart from a two year spell with a 1934 Singer, we were car less!  Joined the BRM supporters club (ORMA).

 

A keen Mini fan and first competed in a 998cc Mini Cooper at a Nottingham Sports Car Club sprint at Cadwell Park in 1970.  Became a Director of the club just before the reopening of Donington.  Later became Competition Secretary and Newsletter Editor and created their Sprint and Hillclimb Championship and competed for several years, still running Minis.

 

 Emigrated to NZ early 1983 and after a spell as a flag marshal, started organising events through the MGCC  then acquired a Marcos 3 litre Volvo in 1991, which I have raced ever since.

 

Was asked to take over a 10 year old race series for 4 cylinder BMC cars in 1996 which eventually morphed into two grids (split by speed) for classic European Cars and with a paid up annual registration of over 100 drivers for the last few years so now on year 19. 

 

Keen supporter of the new Hampton Downs track complex just south of Auckland and like Dad, a keen photographer.

 

Just got what was a rotted out 1956 MG Magnette, legally on the road, after a ten year gestation, powered by a Rover V8. So a mix of purist and pragmatist.

 

Ray 


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#2780 Kookaburra

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 06:35

Hi.

 

I just came across the forum by accident, when I was searching the internet for information on the Australian Six (yes, there's a thread about it in here).

 

Although interested, I am not a huge fan of motorsport, but I am very interested in the history of the motor industry, so I guess most of my time here will be taken up with The Nostalgia Forum section.

 

I am located in Sydney, Australia and have two cars, a 1962 Wolseley 15/60 and a 2014 Skoda Octavia station wagon.



#2781 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 23:44

You found something on the Australian Six in the Technical Forum?

Not that that thread sticks to the topic for long...

#2782 GPevolved

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 23:27

Hello, my name is Travis.  Although I have not written a post in over a year, I run a blog called GPevolved.  I am 32 and a few years ago, I had an unusual realization--that there were a finite, collectable, documentable number of Formula 1 races.  I decided that I wanted to start a blog detailing my progress as, race by race, I went through the totality of the Formula 1 Championship, beginning with Silverstone in 1950.  

 

However, I had little idea what I was doing, research wise.  Moreover, as one journalist--John Churan--pointed out that my blog was replete with inaccuracies and devoid of context (in the nicest way possible).  And so, I set off on a lengthy process of 'schooling myself.'  Anyway, I am not sure what has taken me so long to post here, but I think this forum will be an excellent resource for me as I prepare to reboot "Project GPevolved."

 

Thank you for the chance to say hello.  I look forward to getting to know some of you.



#2783 Michael Ferner

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 22:23

Welcome, Travis. May I commend you for the idea of doing a proper job! Be under no illusion about the time it takes to learn... I had about the same idea when I was ten, now I'm fast approaching the big five-oh! And I'm still here, learning...

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#2784 Ray Bell

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 14:17

Where's the intro that was on here this morning?

It quoted Garret's pic and all.

#2785 275 GTB-4

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 21:48

From the first word I spoke (Rover!) I suppose a life time of motoring and motorsport interest.
 
Dad was a keen supporter of anything British, so no surprise that he was a member of the ERA club and therefore named me after Raymond Mays...
 
Attended my first race meeting 1951 at Gamston, organised by the NSCC and happily went to Mallory Park for as many meetings as we could as a family, often using public transport.
 
Dad was a press photographer before the war for the Nottingham Evening News, so I grew up leafing through his books and photographs of Donington, but apart from a two year spell with a 1934 Singer, we were car less!  Joined the BRM supporters club (ORMA).
 
A keen Mini fan and first competed in a 998cc Mini Cooper at a Nottingham Sports Car Club sprint at Cadwell Park in 1970.  Became a Director of the club just before the reopening of Donington.  Later became Competition Secretary and Newsletter Editor and created their Sprint and Hillclimb Championship and competed for several years, still running Minis.
 
 Emigrated to NZ early 1983 and after a spell as a flag marshal, started organising events through the MGCC  then acquired a Marcos 3 litre Volvo in 1991, which I have raced ever since.
 
Was asked to take over a 10 year old race series for 4 cylinder BMC cars in 1996 which eventually morphed into two grids (split by speed) for classic European Cars and with a paid up annual registration of over 100 drivers for the last few years so now on year 19. 
 
Keen supporter of the new Hampton Downs track complex just south of Auckland and like Dad, a keen photographer.
 
Just got what was a rotted out 1956 MG Magnette, legally on the road, after a ten year gestation, powered by a Rover V8. So a mix of purist and pragmatist.
 
Ray


Welcome Ray...a V8 Magnette should hurry along! Enjoy your time here...

#2786 wolseley680

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 23:56

From the first word I spoke (Rover!) I suppose a life time of motoring and motorsport interest.

 

Dad was a keen supporter of anything British, so no surprise that he was a member of the ERA club and therefore named me after Raymond Mays...

 

Attended my first race meeting 1951 at Gamston, organised by the NSCC and happily went to Mallory Park for as many meetings as we could as a family, often using public transport.

 

Dad was a press photographer before the war for the Nottingham Evening News, so I grew up leafing through his books and photographs of Donington, but apart from a two year spell with a 1934 Singer, we were car less!  Joined the BRM supporters club (ORMA).

 

A keen Mini fan and first competed in a 998cc Mini Cooper at a Nottingham Sports Car Club sprint at Cadwell Park in 1970.  Became a Director of the club just before the reopening of Donington.  Later became Competition Secretary and Newsletter Editor and created their Sprint and Hillclimb Championship and competed for several years, still running Minis.

 

 Emigrated to NZ early 1983 and after a spell as a flag marshal, started organising events through the MGCC  then acquired a Marcos 3 litre Volvo in 1991, which I have raced ever since.

 

Was asked to take over a 10 year old race series for 4 cylinder BMC cars in 1996 which eventually morphed into two grids (split by speed) for classic European Cars and with a paid up annual registration of over 100 drivers for the last few years so now on year 19. 

 

Keen supporter of the new Hampton Downs track complex just south of Auckland and like Dad, a keen photographer.

 

Just got what was a rotted out 1956 MG Magnette, legally on the road, after a ten year gestation, powered by a Rover V8. So a mix of purist and pragmatist.

 

Ray 

I know somebody else who is modifying a Magnette including fitting a Rover V8 and changing it to 2 door -: http://www.wolseleyf...?showtopic=8263



#2787 LDM

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 12:03

I thought I better say hi now I have discovered this place.

 

Interested in cars and motorsport from all eras although my knowledge is probably fairly limited, especially when compared to most of the people here!

 

All the best

Lee



#2788 essexchris

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 17:54

Hello all. My name is Chris Connew, I met several members at the film show in Albury on Saturday as i came along to be an extra pair of hands.

Met lots of very nice, very interested people. You're all vastly more knowledgeable than I am when it comes to motor racing.

I know I learned a few things about the Connew story on the day which I didn't know before.

I did film the talks, and took lots of photos. As soon as i pull my finger out I hope to share it with the members.

I look forward to being more involved as time goes on.

Chris

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 20:41

Chris,

You are underestimating yourself with the "extra pair of hands" description.  Without your IT knowledge coming to the rescue, things would have been, shall we say, a bit of a shambles.