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#6701 Ray Bell

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 23:49

Okay then, we'll move along from there...

What's the go with the Jim McKeown photo having Mal Brewster's name on it?



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#6702 lyntonh

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 00:11

Mal Brewster Oran Park 21st May 1972
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I put up a picture (albeit only half the car) of Brewster's mini to suggest that the speculation in post 6671 was unlikely.

#6703 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:29

Oh, I see...

That part of the oversize pic I had to scroll across to see, I didn't imagine there was anything there (and there almost isn't!).

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:36

Brewster... Did someone say Mal Brewster.

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#6705 Stephen W

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:15

This is off topic I know.......but....

I carried an 8mm movie camera with me during the early seventies.

The films have been laying around since then.

Today I picked up a projector second hand.

I couldn't resist trying to video some & to see how it would look posted on the net.

So, here is my first test sample from Oran Park in 1970.

Scratchy, brief, wobbly & amateurish.....& with that mandatory bit of fluff hanging from the top,
considering I simply projected it on the wall in the office & pointed my HD video camera at it,
I reckon it's OK for a first try.


I think that there is a liquid product that you can buy that cleans the film. Also try cleaning the 'second hand projector' to remove any old bits of debris.

As for the content - excellent!

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 09:57

I think the FE driver is Bill Slattery. The car was built originally by Barry Sharp.

Dale.


John Smith in the Mini 130....waaaaaaiit for it........................ :rotfl:

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:53

I put up a picture (albeit only half the car) of Brewster's mini to suggest that the speculation in post 6671 was unlikely.


Question: does the writing on those bags extending the concrete wall...say...something like "Blue Circle Southern Cement"...seems logical, maybe :)

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 22:19

Oran Park 19th September 1971
Formula Fords....

Larry Perkins, Gary Rush & Bob Beasley
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Gary Rush & Larry Perkins
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and again
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John Goss, John Leffler & ?
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Mike Stillwell
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Larry Perkins
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Bob Skelton
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John Goss
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Gary Rush
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Bob Beasley
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Larry Perkins & Gary Rush
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#6709 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:32

I never knew that John Goss raced FF.
And Garry Rush, Sprintcars and midgets [in those days] Formula Ford and Trotters. A varied line up.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:48

[quote name='lyntonh' date='Mar 2 2012, 22:41' post='5560422']
Various shots of the confirmed Lynn Brown car.

Hi Lynton,
This shot is a bit earlier than yours.
Lynn Brown had minis as early as 02/07/1967 with an earlier sponsor who supported various drivers.
This is also at Oran Park.

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#6711 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:43

Originally posted by Lee Nicolle
I never knew that John Goss raced FF.....


Yes, that's the original Birrana...

#6712 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:47

Originally posted by lyntonh
Oran Park 19th September 1971
Formula Fords....

John Goss, John Leffler & ?
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Poor Len Searle...

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:57

Poor Len Searle...


I should have dug deeper....sorry, Len!!

#6714 Ray Bell

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:22

Unfortunately Len is no longer about...

Actually, it's been that way for a very long time.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:26

John Smith in the Mini 130....waaaaaaiit for it........................ :rotfl:


STILL: John Smith in the Mini 130....waaaaaaiit for it........................ :rotfl:

#6716 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 13:47

Mick, I have some understanding of the difficulties...

But could you please stop posting worthless things that nobody can understand?

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 22:19

Getting back on track, I've been sent this to post:

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What I'm really curious about is who would race a Hillman Super Minx? Or maybe they were getting ready for Bathurst?

Obviously the Appendix J days with up to 1600cc cars filling the field.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 22:28

Getting back on track, I've been sent this to post:

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What I'm really curious about is who would race a Hillman Super Minx? Or maybe they were getting ready for Bathurst?

Obviously the Appendix J days with up to 1600cc cars filling the field.

There is an old Minx towards the back. But a Humber Vogue about 4th. The Vogue, Minx, Sunbeam versions of those Rootes car were a reasonably car for the day and probably faster than most of its opposition except for Cortinas and Cooper S. And if you sell or love Rootes products you are not going to race a BMC or Ford.
I do like what appears to be a 95E in front of the early Minx!

Edited by Lee Nicolle, 14 March 2012 - 22:32.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 23:26

Well, there you go! The car in front of the early Minx is Alan Hemsley's Morris 10.....I asked about them a while back.

That early Minx had the OHV motor, and was quite fast. He almost rolled it at the 'Dog-leg', at Oran Park, but was stopped when the wheels got jammed under the Armco.

Is that Alasdair Clubb [not his real name], or Frank Kleinig Jr. in the A-30? Or perhaps they are both there?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 00:43

Well, there you go! The car in front of the early Minx is Alan Hemsley's Morris 10.....I asked about them a while back.

That early Minx had the OHV motor, and was quite fast. He almost rolled it at the 'Dog-leg', at Oran Park, but was stopped when the wheels got jammed under the Armco.

Is that Alasdair Clubb [not his real name], or Frank Kleinig Jr. in the A-30? Or perhaps they are both there?

I'm pretty sure that'd be Mal Brewster in the early Minx, and the black A30 maybe Frank Dent?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 00:55

A couple more 'could be' ideas. Peter Toohey - 105E Anglia, Ray Kaleda - Morris Major.

#6722 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:18

Oh, didn't I mention?

The photo came from Alan Hemsley... here's another couple:

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So you weren't having us on about his powerslides through Leger, Greg?

And I'm sure this is the best pic I've ever seen of that original run onto the straight at Oran Park:

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In the top pic he's on his way to third place in a handicap. I think the note on the back of the Oran Park pic says he won this scratch race!

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Braking for the Causeway... on the faster entry line. All pics posted with permission of Alan Hemlsey.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:02

Fan-bloody-tastic, Ray. Those shots of Alan ignited my memory of how much I enjoyed watching him race. Notice how many of the cars of that era have rego. labels/number plates?.....We drove our cars to the track, and some of us [me included] drove them to work each day.

If that photo of the 'old' Oran Park track was a bit clearer, you would see the blue metal flying through the air. My first race was at the second meeting, and we all got peppered with gravel......it didn't seem to matter, though. :up: Any more photos? :clap:

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:15

Yeah,great shots,i was told that OP struggled in the early days but not according to that photo, nice crowd.Even in the late 1960's at WF it was surprising how many Sedans & Marque Sports cars were road registered.

#6725 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:28

Yeah, there are more photos:

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...and someone was quick with this one:

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I'm not sure which paper this is from, but it's dated Wednesday June 6, 1962:

A. Hemsley performed a spectacular roll before the crowd on Ledger (sic) Corner during a multiple pile-up after a Morris Major spun.

Hemsley rolled his Morris 10 taking avoiding action, but extended his arm through the window to signify he was still intact.


Possibly more interesting... looking at the scene as it's evolving in that photo (and if you look, the Morris is caught mid-rollover!), how does this sound?

The other cars ran wild to avoid hitting the stationary cars and pursued the winners on the grass.


Is that when the 'no wheels on the grass' rule came in?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:08

A couple of questions;

A. How many 'winners' can there be?

B. What were THEY doing in the grass?

Hemsley's Morris was dark green, however I still seem to recall it being red. Was it painted red after the repair, I wonder......or is it just my memory failing [again]?

Was it Ray Collider [have I spelled that wrong?] who spun, I wonder?

#6727 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:14

Yeah, there are more photos:

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...and someone was quick with this one:

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I'm not sure which paper this is from, but it's dated Wednesday June 6, 1962:



Possibly more interesting... looking at the scene as it's evolving in that photo (and if you look, the Morris is caught mid-rollover!), how does this sound?



Is that when the 'no wheels on the grass' rule came in?

A Morris 10 is not quite what you would expect as a racecar even in the early 60s. Though by the pics it does seem it was somewhere on the pace. Both a talented and very brave steerer.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:22

Getting back on track, I've been sent this to post:

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What I'm really curious about is who would race a Hillman Super Minx? Or maybe they were getting ready for Bathurst?

Obviously the Appendix J days with up to 1600cc cars filling the field.

A couple of names I recall from '62/'63 who may be in shot were Barry Thiele in a Mk1 Morris Major and Alan Dickenson in a rapid all black A-30.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:37

Lee, that's some under-statement...."somewhere on the pace"....Alan Hemsley was right up there with the far more technically advanced cars.

DJH, Barry Theile shared the Major with Ray Kaleda. Alan Dickenson's A-30 was always immaculate, even at Silverdale, after the trip in on the dirt road.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:17

" DJH, Barry Theile shared the Major with Ray Kaleda. Alan Dickenson's A-30 was always immaculate, even at Silverdale, after the trip in on the dirt road."
Agreed, the black duco was a credit to whoever painted the car, t'was like a mirror. I recall hearing over the Catalina PA that the car was up for sale. I would have loved to be in a position to buy it. I did see the A-30 run at Warwick Farm, Catalina and Silverdale. I seem to recall that it may have been previously owned by Frank Kleinig. Anyway, one of the last racing A-30's and a very quick one too.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:30

Bathurst, Easter, 1963. My Beetle was alongside Alan's A-30, and I noticed he had the sump off, after the first race. When I asked if there was a problem, Alan casually mentioned that he normally changed big-end bearings between races! Glad my VW didn't need that.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:34

Allister Clubbs Austin A30/35 at Huntley Hill Climb 1959/60, note where cars are parked on the right hand side of the track they being Official cars.
Sorry about the quality.

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I remember that the A30/35 had the Broom handle gearleaver changed to a homemade remote type setup that I later used in my Cortina Mazda SS

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:27

I think 'Alister Clubb's' real name was Barry Thew.....or am I wrong again?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:28

Hullo All;
Interesting to see Allan Hemsley,s Morris again.
What a crowd pleaser!! :clap:
The spectators at Homestead used to go mad when he went through there.
Another interesting thing.
A lot of the competing cars with the pit car park sticker.
You know, the one where you handed in the bottom left hand corner to the gentleman in the pith helmet,collar and tie and white dustcoat before you drove across the training tracks.
Bit of a difference to the B Doubles of today?? :confused:
Cheers.
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#6735 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:24

You are so right, Roger...

Originally posed by GMACKIE
A couple of questions;

A. How many 'winners' can there be?

B. What were THEY doing in the grass?

Hemsley's Morris was dark green, however I still seem to recall it being red. Was it painted red after the repair, I wonder......or is it just my memory failing [again]?

Was it Ray Collider [have I spelled that wrong?] who spun, I wonder?


Okay, so we all know there can only be one winner in one race... unless there's a dead heat.

Maybe they weren't on the grass?

Once again, I confirm that Alan has assured me it was only ever dark green... except:

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Yes, of course, the next meeting at Oran Park when he ran it in primer!

Final question... Ray Kaleda...

I will quote Alan:

Ray Kaleda spun in Leger in his Morris Major. He used to have a beer before the race so he'd be game to get into the car, he blew the engine and dumped oil everywhere and spun. I was busy trying to hold off the Peugeot from Cooke & Saville and didn't notice until the last that there were cars everywhere, I slid on the oil, hit the grass and it bounced back around the other way and flipped over.

Then Geoff Sykes said to me, "Look what you've done to my track!"


You want more?

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Does anyone know if that's Norm Saville's car?

Coming off the Northern Crossing, a great place to be!

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:36

Aha.....but was it RED primer?

The 203 could be Gary Cooke, if he had a licence at the time. :lol:

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:26

I realised later...

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You can see the nose of Norm Saville's car in this pic, just missing the revolving Morris 10.

There was a stack of 203s raced those days. They were the same engine size as the Morris, by the way.

Here's another pic:

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...and another:

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And while you've partially seen this one, I know you want to see the lot of it:

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I don't know about you blokes, but I can see a lot of leaf spring distortion in there. Can't you hear the trunnions groaning?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:16

There is a 1950 Morris 6 for sale on the Northern Rivers(NSW) if anyone is interested,listed under "unique cars" in the Northern Star.He wants $9000+.

http://www.northerns...ng/unique-cars/

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:40

I think you'd get the one at Bonshaw for less...

Mind you, it's not in regular use, nor registered, but it's in pretty good shape.

Barry Sharp would be proud of you!

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 20:54

Found this picture in a report from January 1959 Sports Car World on the 1958??? Port Wakefield Races.

The pictures showes the spinning Taylor Special owned by J. Taylor, can any one provide further information or pictures on this car.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 22:20

Found this picture in a report from January 1959 Sports Car World on the 1958??? Port Wakefield Races.

The pictures showes the spinning Taylor Special owned by J. Taylor, can any one provide further information or pictures on this car.

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While I dont know about the car John Taylor was a BMC dealer, Taylors of Medindee, in the 60s and 70s and probably then., GC Cooper is Garrie in a non Elfin badged car, Austin 7 based. Henry Short should be in the Austin 7 racer currently owned by Ian Brock, that had an international carreer in recent years.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:32

How about a Peugot based special for the Taylor car - there were a few in SA

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:33

My immediate thought it was Volkswagen - it' small, it has no (visible) air-intake in the nose, and look at that rear wheel

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:41

The Taylor Special appears to me to have a central driving position & a very low rear body line, I was wondering if it was a motorbike powered car which has been made into a Cooper Bobtail type of clone, if there are any other photos of the car then maybe it would indicate type of wheels, driving position etc.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:19

The Taylor Special appears to me to have a central driving position & a very low rear body line, I was wondering if it was a motorbike powered car which has been made into a Cooper Bobtail type of clone, if there are any other photos of the car then maybe it would indicate type of wheels, driving position etc.

It's only a tiny car, although Taylor is/was? a pretty big guy. I once drove John and another guy from Paris to the Nurburgring, watched the GP, and back to Paris again in the same day. The guys at Peugeot Champs Elysee, from whom we borrowed the 505, were amazed. We left a bit after 07.00 and returned about midnight, with about 1300km on the clock.. Poor thing was driven as fast as its little legs would carry it ...

#6746 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 13:04

Yes, he is sitting high out of the car...

But there's no room there, I wouldn't reckon, for a Peugeot engine. The car's too narrow for it to simply be a cut down sedan. It's a very small car.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 16:00

AMS refers to John Taylor in his JAP 500...

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 21:22

AMS refers to John Taylor in his JAP 500...


What year would that be David as the photo from SCW Jan 1959 refers to a meeting at Pork Wakefield in 1958.

#6749 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 22:16

Yes, that would seem to fit...

It also makes the Cooper Butler look smaller than I'd imagined it to be. It started life as one of Eldred Norman's projects.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 22:25

Sorry Dan, I should have been more specific - it was a report of a late 1958 meeting