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#201 fines

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 09:58

... abducted by aliens!

Sorry, couldn't resist! :blush:

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#202 scags

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 12:07

[QUOTE]Originally posted by fines
[B]... abducted by aliens!

May have well been. His office was three miles from my house, but no one knows anything about him.

#203 Simon Davis

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 13:26

Somewhere at the start of this thread, many years ago, and before I gave up reading it, someone expressed surprise that an American would race at the Grenzlandring.

I am not so sure. The Grenzlandring was in a part of Germany occupied by the British Army after WW2. My father recalls attending a race there in the early 1950s as it was close by. He was by no means a motor racing fanatic. So I think the circuit had a reasonable profile amongst serving British soldiers at the time and it seems possible that word could have spread to the Americans. So our mystery man O'Brien could quite reasonably have heard about the circuit, even without involving any CIA conspiracy theories.;)

#204 Hugo Boecker

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:50

Originally posted by Simon Davis
Somewhere at the start of this thread, many years ago, and before I gave up reading it, someone expressed surprise that an American would race at the Grenzlandring.

I am not so sure. The Grenzlandring was in a part of Germany occupied by the British Army after WW2. My father recalls attending a race there in the early 1950s as it was close by. He was by no means a motor racing fanatic. So I think the circuit had a reasonable profile amongst serving British soldiers at the time and it seems possible that word could have spread to the Americans. So our mystery man O'Brien could quite reasonably have heard about the circuit, even without involving any CIA conspiracy theories.;)

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#205 humphries

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 11:53

Just a little snippet about Robert O'Brien - I noticed he was entered for the sports car race at the Nurburgring on 3 August 1952 in the 3000cc class in an Aston Martin entered by Vicontesse de Walckiers. He was a dna. I don't think this has been mentioned before.

#206 Adam F

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 13:09

Thanks, John. Another piece in the jigsaw.

#207 Allen Brown

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 17:27

I just spotted Robert O'Brien driving a Cooper in a NY Region Formula B event in 1965. Does this help - or hinder?

Have we considered the possibility of "our" Robert O'Brien being the writer Robert Leslie Conly who used the pseudonym Robert C O'Brien when writing children's books in the 1960s. He was born in Brooklyn, New York (in 1918 or 1922 depending on what you read) and was a writer for National Geographic magazine through the 1950s and 1960s a job that - according to Wikipedia - took him around the world.

#208 Paul Taylor

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Posted 30 June 2009 - 22:52

This is the author Robert O'Brien...;

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I don't think he looks much like the Robert O'Brien who's picture was posted on the first page (since been removed).

#209 Hugus

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 13:40

I find in the Louis Rosier's archives, this business card.

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#210 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 15:43

Excellent - so there's little doubt now that THE Robert O'Brien was from Hackensack... Good stuff, Hugus, what an excellent debut post! :up: :clap:

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 15:58

The same information as in post 182, posted back in 2007.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 00:08

I've not gone through each post, so please forgive me if any of this this is redundant. Goiing quickly through what has made it into my computer:

Robert Q. O'Brien - Teaneck, NJ (USA) entered a Jaguar XK120 in the Convair Trophy Races (Allentown, PA) of 1951. Might be your guy? Went on to race 1952 in Ferrari 0054/M partnered with Richard Cicurel at Sebring and then a Connaught at Bridgehampton, NY. I spoke with Richard Cicurel a few years ago. He might know something about European exploit of this particular O'Brien? Cicurel lived and worked in Paris for a time during the 1950's.

Robert C. O'Brien - Northern California, raced Stanguellini FJ 1961 & 1962, then a Cooper FJ in 1962 which became a Cooper-Alfa by 1964. No indication he ever went to Europe. I spoke a few years ago to a racing friend of his.

A certain R.J. O'Brien had a dealership 1954 in St. Petersburg, Florida that carried Renault, MG and Morris Minor.

A distraction could be a William O'Brien of New York who owned a Frazer-Nash and entered it at the Targa Florio 1952 but did not appear.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:27

I have loved reading through this topic and am amazed at the level of research to try to sort out the actual story. Research that would make the CIA proud!
Of more interest to me is the crossover to topics of great interest to me that is XK jaguars and also I am carrying out research on motor racing in scotland to try to sort out the history of various scottish sold XK's.
An "O'Brien" noted as R. O'Brien I believe ran or more precisely entered a silver coloured XK120 that was driven by John Bentley at Watkins Glen in 1951 race number appears to be 77 but this is easily checked rego plate is [W over R 55 T] probably a trade plate. It is not the best pic as it is a pic of Meyer Spl #41 with the XK in the background.
I am always interested in pics of Jaguar XK's racing in the US or for that matter anywhere in the world.
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Edited by terry mcgrath, 03 March 2012 - 05:28.


#214 terry mcgrath

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 15:15

Am I imaging it but less people seem to be reading these posts these days?
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 00:22

Am I imaging it but less people seem to be reading these posts these days?
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Yes you are imagining things Terry...keep in mind, that Historical Research is non-fluffy. If you feel there is more to discover, then bump the thread back up to the top with a question or three...Cheers, Mick