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#1 Terry Walker

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:08

Former jet bomber pilot and I believe former squadron leader Edward "Ted" Lisle moved to Oz in the late 60s, and had a lot of success driving a Mini Cooper 1071S. His son Rick Lisle also became a noted Cooper S exponent here.

Before that, back in UK, he apparently raced some F2. I have him down in the 1958 USAF Trophy at Silverstone, 7th in a Harper Max FWA. (Harper Max??)

Is anything more known about his UK racing experience? I've pretty well exhausted all avenues of info south of the equator.

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#2 David McKinney

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 13:29

Wasn't the USAF Trophy a Snetterton event?
Or were there more than one?

#3 Terry Walker

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 14:19

Blowed if I know. Worse, I'm not sure where I got that info from. I think I googled Ted Lisle out of curiosity and that was all I got.

#4 KJJ

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 06:21

Originally posted by Terry Walker
Blowed if I know. Worse, I'm not sure where I got that info from. I think I googled Ted Lisle out of curiosity and that was all I got.


Think you might have found it here. I've only managed a quick look but there doesn't seem to be a mention of this race in Autosport or Motor Sport for the date shown. When was the Snetterton race?

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:15

USAF Trophy was held at Silverstone 12th July 1958. A 10 lap scratch race for cars up to 1500cc. It was part of the Aston Martin Owners Club meeting.

#57 Sqdn-Ldr E J Lisle Harper-Max 1100cc car's year 1958 Entrant E J Harper

No mention in the Autosport report.

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#6 humphries

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 08:52

Following on from Richard, the Harper Max-Climax #46 was entered in the race for 1100cc Sports Cars at Snetterton on 27 July to be driven by Lisle but it was a non-starter.

Again it was entered for two races at the N.S.C.C. meeting at Silverstone 30 August simply as the Harper-Climax # 25 with E.J.Harper down to drive but I have no knowledge of how well it went or whether it even started. The car may well have taken part in sprints.

In 1958 1100cc sports car racing in the UK was very competitive with hordes of well-sorted Lotus XIs battling with the works Elva MkIIIs. One-off specials needed to be very good, such as Eric Broadley's car proved to be.

I have never seen a photo of the Harper. Anybody?

John

#7 Terry Walker

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 09:19

It was a sports car? I sort of assumed it was an F2 single seater.

Anyway, it seems Ted Lisle didn't make many waves in the UK, but then if he was a serving RAAF officer he might have been short on spare time.

#8 Wilyman

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 06:51

Terry Walker.
Sqd Ldr Ted Lisle. RAAF ? Steady on old chap. That's RAF dontcher know?*
Flew the Neptune or was it Canberra? bombers.

*Yes I know that you know.;)

#9 cavvy

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:35

I always believed Ted flew Vulcans?

The 1071 was soon updated to 1275/1293/1310.

Where is son Rick these days - Rick was a Mini punter of no mean talent mainly in the John Harris Team duelling the Le May cars post Caversham.

#10 wdm

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 20:01

A spot of Googling and a leap of faith leads to this page... http://www.bauform.n...il_nl_66-1.html

Sounds like this might be the self-same Mr Lisle?

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#11 Terry Walker

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 05:13

That's the Ted Lisle is I thinking of all right. A million thanks. Oh and er . . RAF indeed. Slip of the digit. My B.i.L was in the RAAF.

#12 Terry Walker

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 11:44

Cavvy - Rick lives in Mandurah, and is soon to move back to Perth.

#13 Geoff.Harrison

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:00

He competed in an Austin Seven Ulster during the early 60's in 750 and VSCC hillclimbs and race meetings .