Originally posted by Paul Hamilton
Ray, my recollection is that when the 1300cc limit was first introduced in the early 70s the clubman fields in NSW remained dominated by 1600cc cars. There were certainly a few quick 1300 visitors from south of the border on occasians and JO'B and Seldo came along a little later but, at least initially, events such as the Geoghegan series remained dominated by the larger engined cars. The general view in NSW was that the 1300cc limit made no sense when an off the shelf Lotus Super 7 had a larger engine than that and those cars made up the bulk of the fields. It took some time for cars with well developed 1300 engines and more sophisticated chassis to get to the front.
If you count them up, Paul, I think you'll find not more than three or four 1600s in with a chance of a win in 1972/73...
Bob Martin in the Seca, of course, David Booth, Peter Lander and Ray Kaleda. Graeme McClintock and Graeme Baird came along and still stood a good chance into 1975, but they were by no means looking like constant winners. I think that would be about it. The 1300s, even the local ones, were all over them.
By 1973/74 I think you'll also find that the NSWCRAssn had their pointscore divided so the 1600s still had a chance of winning tin. David Seldon was in the field - and at the front thereof - by the end of 1972.