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#1 Gary C

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:10

Just found this item on Ebay : http://cgi.ebay.com/...1QQcmdZViewItem
I've certainly never seen the car in JPS livery with this airbox. It looks to me like the 1971 'box on a 72/73 car??

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#2 Gary C

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:12

.....and the seller is in Norwich!

#3 sterling49

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:16

Originally posted by Gary C
Just found this item on Ebay : http://cgi.ebay.com/...1QQcmdZViewItem
I've certainly never seen the car in JPS livery with this airbox. It looks to me like the 1971 'box on a 72/73 car??


Are you bidding for it? It's different, not sure if I like it, but certainly never seen it before.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:19

I've just bid it up to over £8 & still haven't got the highest bid, so I'll leave it, I'm not that desperate for it!

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:24

That looks like a 71-spec 72C in John Player's colours? The rear wing doesn't look to be 1972-73, at least to my eyes... :confused:

Paging Mr. Oliver, Mr. Micheal Oliver! :)

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:25

Originally posted by Gary C
I've just bid it up to over £8 & still haven't got the highest bid, so I'll leave it, I'm not that desperate for it!


If only......my mate used to work on track maintenance at Brands for George and Rose Officer, he cleared out an old room one day in the Pavillion....it seemed it was an old press photographers room, the boxes of photos were just incredible, all black and white and all the names back to 500c.c F3, we looked at them on rainy evenings (no information super highway then) and now all these years later (30 plus), no one has any idea what happened to them..... :rolleyes:

#7 Gary C

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:26

'That looks like a 71-spec 72C in John Player's colours?'
Yes, that's the conclusion I'd come to, as well.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:53

Besides which, who was this "Dave Waker" who drove for Lotus?

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 22:58

Originally posted by bill moffat
Besides which, who was this "Dave Waker" who drove for Lotus?


The Aussie, who did so well in F3, but never cut the mustard in F1, one of Colin's dissapointments, and personally, one of mine to, as I saw him race many times and he was a cracking driver. Especially in the lovely Lotus 59.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 23:04

Wake up ! Dave Waker ?

#11 sterling49

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 23:12

Originally posted by bill moffat
Wake up ! Dave Waker ?



:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: time for cocoa and arrow root biscuit :smoking:

good job the typo did not include a dreaded N :lol:

#12 David M. Kane

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 23:31

In those days it wasn't uncommon to test something only once and move on to something else.
I remember seeing all kinds of nosecone on Tyrrells in those years.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 00:17

Originally posted by David M. Kane
In those days it wasn't uncommon to test something only once and move on to something else.
I remember seeing all kinds of nosecone on Tyrrells in those years.

Great point, David. I wonder if the picture might be from a livery test, before changing from Gold Leaf to JPS for 1972?

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 00:22

Originally posted by FLB

That looks like a 71-spec 72C in John Player's colours?

Yep, that's what is is.

#15 Rob Ryder

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 08:41

Lotus used this type of airbox during 1971 but that was in GLTL colours.
Emmo and Dave Walker did use it during practice at the 1972 Argentine GP in JPS colours, but carried #11 & #12.
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#16 MrMacca

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 08:55

That's at the unveiling of the JPS livery, which I think was the only time it ran with the '71 airbox in black-&-gold - it was on the cover of Autosport IIRC.


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#17 Gary C

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 17:58

Excellent. Thanks lads.