Stripes on Mildren's bonnet
I did consider that, Rob, but there are other aspects about the car that look Climax rather than Maserati, and it doesn't look to me like Mildren's posture in the car. Of course if it was a very early race for the car, the body-shape question could be answered.
Colour aside, I would have said David McKay in the Scuderia Veloce T51. Perhaps he ran that green once or twice before giving the car its more familiar colours?
David and Repco 22, sorry to disappoint but it is not Mckay.
1. The McKay Cooper was in SV red at Mallala AGP a month earlier, so doubt it was painted green afterwards.
2. David McKay never raced at Symmons Plains in anything.
3. McKays book 'Scuderia Veloce" page 54 notes the following: "An important meeting of some of the leading drivers also took place that November , prompted no doubt by the chaos surrounding the GP at Mallala and the vexed question on starting money. The meeting was held during a race meeting at Symmons Plains where Stillwell, Patterson and Jones of Victoria, Youl and Miller of Tasmania and Glass of NSW got together to form a drivers union. Davison and I were absent but our names were put forward and accepted as founder members"
On further study of the lap 1 photo, I do see David McKinney's point regarding the rear bodywork. The position of the intake bump on the 'green' Cooper appears to be on LHS, indicating Climax, wheras a Maserati has intake on RHS of the engine. The excerpt from McKay's book gives us the required clues - it seems like Mildren may not have been present at this meeting, but Stan Jones was. The car in question is number 2, and that was Jones' number at Longford in 1961, so likely he carried it through the year, as the top Australian drivers tended to keep their numbers. Though, Mildren used number 2 in 1960 at least at AGP.
Given that the colour balance on the original transparency has deteriorated considerably, I am now reasonably convinced this is Jones' car, which was painted blue. I have enlarged the original higher resolution scan and that confirms Jones - white Herbie Johnson type helmet rather than Mildren dark colour and also Jones-type goggles rather than Mildren visor. I also looked at the apparent stripes on this, and whilst Jones did not have them earlier in the year at Longford, it looks like there may be some on it here, but I would not be too definite about this as stated earlier. The signature Cooper bonnet vent is also clearly that of the Jones car, which as per notes on the Tasmanian Cooper T51 thread, was unique and easily identifiable.
It would also appear likely the car hidden in the 1st lap photo (between Jones and Miller) is either Stillwell or Patterson. Does anyone have access to the AMS or other race report?
This is what I enjoy about TNF. Always something to learn.