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#451 gerard BARATHIEU

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 18:58

About the blue OSCA.

Is-it the ex BIRA V12's car.

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#452 David McKinney

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 19:52

That's the one, GĂ©rard

#453 Stan Patterson

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:02

Calder 1963.....................Davison 2.7 Litre Cooper leads Stillwell 2.7 Brabham


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Sorry for quality

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#454 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:56

Originally posted by Stan Patterson
Calder 1963.....................Davison 2.7 Litre Cooper leads Stillwell 2.7 Brabham


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No need to apologise, Stan...

At least it's better than each of the tens of thousands that uncaring people have thrown out over the years!

#455 kaydee

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:59

Some photos of some South Australian built specials -

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The "Capricornia" -
Chassis built by Albert Ludgate and fitted by John Bruggeman with a lengthened Buchanan f/g body.
Engine was a Repco headed(?) Holden.
I think that this was its first meeting (body in undercoat) at Port Wakefield in April '58.
Photo shows John Bruggeman sitting in the car in the pits.

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A later appearance, (fully painted now) with John pushing the car in the pits at the March '59 Port Wakefield meeting.

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October '59 at Port Wakefield this time to be driven by Bill Pile.
The Capricornia was later re-named the Ricardian.

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Dud Dansie's BBM (Bakewell Bridge Motors)
A supercharged Holden fitted with a Dunstan rotary valve cylinder head.

#456 Stan Patterson

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 11:07

thanks Ray

I still havent figured out how to get the pics to come up on the page!!

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#457 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 11:47

Stan, this is what you do:

You look for the line below the thumbnail of your pic which has 'Hotlink for forums (1)'... that is the line you copy and paste, not one from up the top. And when you paste it you must paste it in full.

Kevin, I don't believe you came up with a Dansie BBM pic like that! From now on I will ask you for pics whenever I put in a story!

In case you haven't guessed, they had to use a black and white pic of that car in my latest story in MRA...

#458 David Shaw

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 20:49

I thought the Capricornia looked familiar.

It was at Phillip Island earlier in the year as the Repco Ricardian.
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#459 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 21:50

Now why would that have '80s Fairlane wheels?

You'd have to change the brakes to put them on...

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#460 David Shaw

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 22:21

Not to mention the bodywork. :|

#461 Stan Patterson

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 22:26

Another crappy pic from Stan

Calder 1963......David Mckay 2.7 litre Brabham ..well ahead of Frank Matich's 1.5 litre Elfin, but unable to keep up with the Davison Stillwell duel up ahead

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#462 Stan Patterson

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 22:29

Ray,

Helppppppppppppppp!!!

why was it scaled down?

Stan

#463 David Shaw

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 22:33

Originally posted by Ray Bell
Stan, this is what you do:

You look for the line below the thumbnail of your pic which has 'Hotlink for forums (1)'


You have clicked 'Thumbnail for forums (1)'

#464 Stan Patterson

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 22:41

thanks David,


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#465 Terry Walker

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 08:34

The lavish pits at Caversham c 1960. On the left, the Repco Holden Sports, driver probably Lionel Beattie; on right, the Aston Martin DB3S, Ray Barfield.

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:27

Hi Guys,

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I'm looking for period pictures or any other information on Elfin 600 Formula Fords. I'm also after a copy of the Catford/Blandon Elfin book if anyone has any leads. Barry has been unable to source a copy and John's family have none to spare.

Cheers,

Warren Edwards (new owner of Elfin 600 FF #69003 - first owner Peter Stege and most recent owner Allan Foster 1987 to 2007)

#467 Terry Walker

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 13:48

raced by Peter Briggs and others in Western Australia in the early 70s:


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#468 kaydee

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 07:41

Some more Australian 'specials' -

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Lou Molina's Monza Holden sports car at Albert Park November '58

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Engine bay of Monza Holden

#469 kaydee

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 08:13

Another Australian built special - The Molina-Massola Holden Special

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The MM Holden Special - photo taken at Rob Roy Hill climb in November '54

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Bill Leech - (later owner) in the MM Holden Special on the start line at Collingrove Hill climb October '57

#470 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:20

What about Sabrina, Kevin, anything of her?

Great stuff... keep it coming! And that Repco head looks so cool in there too...

#471 kaydee

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:55

Ray, I couldn't find any shots featuring Sabrina at Albert Park - but then again something appears to be attracting the attention of the group behind the Renault Special of R. C. Eaton.........

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#472 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:59

Maybe they've taken the engine out of that A70 ute (could explain the body language on the right) and are ready to put it into some little race car?

That is simply butt-ugly, that car. I'll be that's why you took the photo!

Sabrina, by the way, was also Austin-powered. With a supercharger off the front of the crank.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 11:20

Ray, I am not an expert on old BMC stuff, but are you sure it is an A70, the old Somerset model?
I suspect it might be an A40 Dorset ute, with a narrower and less rounded roof crown and door frame. My uncle had one, MEL972, in the early 50s over here, dark gren with black wings on the rear.

Roger Lund.

#474 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 11:37

Glad to hear you're not an expert, Roger...

I'm not either, so it's all guesswork. I just thought we had way more of the A70s had that style of rear fitted.

#475 David McKinney

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:55

My vote goes for an A40 Devon
Note the bloke checking the 250F chassis-number in the background :lol:

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 17:15

Proving I am not an expert on the county range, I agree with David; I reckon it is a Devon. Wasn't the Dorset the seemingly rounder, smaller version of the A70? I am still in Dorset mode after being treated to an evening at Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's superb restaurant near Bridport for my 60th recently.

BTW Ray, I very much enjoyed the copy of MRA which Bob very kindly sent onto me, with your Elfin and Tasman articles in it. I suspect the broad-church range of topics may be the way to go.

RL

#477 David McKinney

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 17:53

Sticking my head out here, and relying on fading memory :)
The A70 equivalent of the A40 Devon was the Hereford
And the A70 equivalent of the A40 Somerset (later, more bulbous) was the Hampshire
Or have I got those the wrong way around?

#478 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 19:39

You've got it the right way round, David...

Which you should, being from the Shaky Isles, where such cars were seen in large numbers, jumping out of third gear, No 3 big end rattling with glee.

Roger, glad you liked it.

#479 Stan Patterson

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 20:55

Sabrina...

Was a well known English model and would-be film starlet, blonde and with a couple of very prominent features which the older generation at the time would have referred to as her bust.

She was actually at the Melbourne Grand Prix in November 1958 and those who have a copy of the brilliant BP film of the event will hear the narrator, the debonair and refined John Pryce, Competition Manager of BP, as Sabrina meets Stirling Moss say the following.....


"Fancy bumping into you here..........mmmmm..fanceeee"

very amusing and so typical of the sexist motor racing commentraries of the time.

The car Sabrina was so-named I believe because of it two prominent rounded headlight fittings which were to some, reminiscent of the young lady in question. I wonder therefore when the car actually first appeared.

I think in 1958 Triumph fiddled with a twin overhead camshaft TR3 which they also nicknamed Sabrina....for the same reason.

I shall save the story of the TV ad with Sabrina and the Marfak grease for another time.

Stan

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#480 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 21:47

I have mentioned before what Terry Cornelius says is the reason for the name...

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 13:55

I'm hoping this will work after about a day's trying. Someone recently asked about the Hurricane V8, afterthe pic of the '65 Caversham 6 hour. If my photos come through I'll add more
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#482 Terry Walker

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 14:43

Great photos of the Hurricane V8!

The car faded from sight after about 1969 when Peter Bullen and Barry Arnold raced it at Wanneroo Park. Its last appearance was October 1969, and its last race, also the last race of the day, produced a 5th outright on handicap over 8 laps in a depleted field. I've heard a rumour someone is trying to resurrect it.

When I first saw it I was taken aback by the square section exhaust headers. But the old Ford motor had square exhaust ports, so why not?

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 06:41

Some photos taken at Fisherman's Bend in October '58 -

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Bob Jane in the ex Moss Maserati 300S at Fisherman's Bend, Oct '58.
(I think that this was Bob Jane's debut meeting with the car)

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Bob Jane at speed in the Maserati 300S

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Engine of the Maserati 300S

#484 Stan Patterson

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 07:35

Kaydee

that pic is so good it should be illegal

I would obviously prefer a pic of a Holden Torana painted as a cigatette packet and a Princess Di-type media created hero driving it

Stan

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:15

Photo of pit area at Fisherman's Bend, October '58
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#486 Stan Patterson

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:27

Nominations for the the most beautiful sports racing car of all time....

1. Long nose D type Jaguar

2. Maserati 300S ala Whiteford /Jane (courtesy of Kaydee)

3. Reventlow/Daigh/Pabst Scarab

4. Aston Martin DBR1

5 Ferrari Testa Rossa pontoon


black ties please


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#487 David McKinney

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:32

Originally posted by kaydee
Some photos taken at Fisherman's Bend in October '58 -

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Bob Jane in the ex Moss Maserati 300S at Fisherman's Bend, Oct '58.
(I think that this was Bob Jane's debut meeting with the car)

Yes it was
Easy to see where the 'Baby Jane' sobriquet came from :lol:

#488 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:41

:clap: What a lot of good infos and great pictures! Thanks guys!

Kaydee , sorry I forgot to say thanks for the picture on the OSCA thread!

#489 Robert Bailey

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 11:53

Originally posted by Stan Patterson
Nominations for the the most beautiful sports racing car of all time....

1. Long nose D type Jaguar

2. Maserati 300S ala Whiteford /Jane (courtesy of Kaydee)

3. Reventlow/Daigh/Pabst Scarab

4. Aston Martin DBR1

5 Ferrari Testa Rossa pontoon


black ties please


Stan
(maybe i should start a thread)

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#490 Terry Walker

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:07

Lex Davison, Caversham , 1962 AGP

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#491 Robert Bailey

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 12:17

Originally posted by Terry Walker
Lex Davison, Caversham , 1962 AGP

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wonderful photos.How many Australian drivers have been invited to join the BRDC?

#492 Stan Patterson

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 13:00

How long is a piece of string Robert?

In those days when we had proper motor racng, it was a natural thing for our top drivers to be members of the BRDC.....they were Aussies

The sponsors were all motor related, COR, Dunlop etc and the corrupt money laundering motor companies supported by the lackey commercial TV networks with the brainless "straightaway " spin doctors ,were a thing of the unfortunate and unforseen ute-racing future.

Listen to Lex Davison take you around Longford in 1964 and look at David Mckay in Kaydee's fabulous pics and you will get a feel for what we have thrown away.

Of course in those days, we had not yet been enlightened to the wonders of "The Simpsons" and "Seinfeld" and the brockesque V8 Supercar brainwashing, we were just decent Australians.


Stan, counting the Coopers at Bathurst, Patterson

#493 David McKinney

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 13:11

Originally posted by Stan Patterson
In those days when we had proper motor racng, it was a natural thing for our top drivers to be members of the BRDC.....they were Aussies

But they still had to earn their invitations. ISTR Davo's was based on his performances in Europe

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 13:26

Originally posted by Stan Patterson
How long is a piece of string Robert?

In those days when we had proper motor racng, it was a natural thing for our top drivers to be members of the BRDC.....they were Aussies

The sponsors were all motor related, COR, Dunlop etc and the corrupt money laundering motor companies supported by the lackey commercial TV networks with the brainless "straightaway " spin doctors ,were a thing of the unfortunate and unforseen ute-racing future.

Listen to Lex Davison take you around Longford in 1964 and look at David Mckay in Kaydee's fabulous pics and you will get a feel for what we have thrown away.

Of course in those days, we had not yet been enlightened to the wonders of "The Simpsons" and "Seinfeld" and the brockesque V8 Supercar brainwashing, we were just decent Australians.


Stan, counting the Coopers at Bathurst, Patterson

Well aware Stan of the period,my father raced twice in the AGPs in the 50s,including a car called a Lago Talbot(Big Tablot)and was great mates with all of the Victorian drivers /Jones,Stillwell,Hunt ,Whiteford ect.I still get the stories every Wednesday at dinner.

#495 Stan Patterson

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 13:36

yes Robert,

I remember your dad well..I saw him race at The 'Lake and later he had a car yard in Auburn... when i was studying at Swinburne..I used to walk past it every day.

Also i bought a Rover 2000 off him in circa 1982 ,,he had a Korean eating house and lived in Cardogan Street..he must be a good age by now

Best Regards
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Posted 02 June 2007 - 10:44

Milton McCutcheon, handicapper at Caversham, leaned out of the tower window to snap this pic of McLaren waiting to practice for the 1962 AGP

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#497 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 11:31

Originally posted by Robert Bailey
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The list isn't complete yet, Robert...

He's forgotten Bob Jane's M6 with the chromed pipes out the back... and the Prad Holden.

#498 Gordon Graham

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 23:04

Great to see the shot of McLaren's Cooper at the AGP at Caversham, the first race I ever went to. Such was the free and easy way things were done then, as a 13-year-old with no racing connections, I was able to wander into the pits during the break between practice and racing, and stand twenty feet away from the drivers' meeting without anyone telling me to get lost, and eavesdrop on Brabham, McLaren, et al.
One of the drivers there would have been Wally Higgs, and here are some shots I took of him and his Peugeot special at the 1965 state championships. Higgs was a terrific driver, and I was pleased to see from Terry Walker's site that he's still around, in his nineties (so he must have been pushing 50 when he moved from speedway to road racing)

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In the background of the side-on shot of Higgs's car you'll see Vin Smith's Sevin, no 7, also Peugeot powered. A couple of years later, with the car now somewhat modified, I took these shots of the Sevin. Unlike most other WA builders of rear-engined cars, Smith came up with a multi-jointed rear suspension, rather than sticking with the swing axles.

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Incidentally, these pictures are part of a collection of 60s Caversham shots which I posted on the site aussieroadracing.homestead.com last year (I've only just stumbled upon this forum) My collection is no.30. But I might put a few more shots onto this thread, so people can comment or add more information if they feel inclined.

#499 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 23:10

Keep 'em coming, Gordon!

I'll bet Terry laments that he didn't see your pics before he did Around The Houses...

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 01:08

Originally posted by Ray Bell


The list isn't complete yet, Robert...

He's forgotten Bob Jane's M6 with the chromed pipes out the back... and the Prad Holden.

Matich SR3/4 and the Jane Lwt E-type.