Paul, if ....
"Thats a shot of the mid field pack at the 1974 Van Heusen F2 championship race at Oran Park. The cars in order in that photo are :"
......... who were the guys up front?
Here's another set of photos. As there is over 500 I quickly flicked through them to see if there were any more - and there are ... so here are another 4 of maybe 20.
The new photos are, left to right from the top left :
- Leo Geoghegan, Dean Hosking (lapped) and John Leffler.
- Terry Hook and Ian Fergusson.
- Sonny Rajah, Chas Talbot, Alf Costanzo and Kenny Smith.
- Smith and Costanzo.
Since the first photo was posted I have found a copy of Barry Lake's race report which would indicate that the photo was taken on either lap 1 or 2 when the order up in front of that group would have been :
- John Leffler (Bowin P8)
- Leo Geoghegan (Birrana 274)
- John Walker (Elfin 622)
- Enno Buesselman (Birrana 273)
- Tony Stewart (Brabham BT36)
- Ray Winter (Mildren 'Yellow Submarine')
- Bob Muir (Rennmax)
- Bruce Allison (Birrana 274)
- Paul Hamilton (Elfin 600)
The finishing order after 39 laps was Geoghegan, Walker, Muir, Max Stewart, Leffler, Tony Stewart, Buesselman, Smith, Hook, Costanzo, Hamilton, Rajah, Hosking, Maw and Talbot. DNFs were Crawford, Farrell, Winter, Fergusson and Allison.
I had qualified 10th and Barry's report indicates that I was 'running in a strong 9th until the rear wing collapsed and fell off the car'. I then made a quick pit stop but continued to the end in what Barry describes as 'a grossly oversteering car'. My recollections of that are pretty vague but I do remember having a good run with Bruce Allison until the wing fell off and I vividly recall the high drama about 10 laps from the end when Ian Fergussion went into the wall at Robin Orlando and his car caught fire. He was lucky to escape with only minor burns and the incident made me feel much more comfortable with the recently introduced CAMS requirement for F2 cars to be fitted with on board extinguishing systems. Given the impact of that on budgets which, at our end of the field were pretty tight, that had not been a universally popular move and I think Fergy's Bowin may have slipped past the scrutineers without having the required equipment. Following Ian's impromptu BBQ, however, there were no more objections from me!!! It will be interesting to see if Rod's photos include anything of Ian's crash and fire as the other shots indicate that he may have been in a pretty good vantage point.