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#7151 fredeuce

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 00:28

Spencer,
Thanks for posting maggiep007's pics.

Wonderful stuff!

Love the pictures of Col Riches Dodge roadster. Is there any information on the location of what appears to be a hillclimb start? Possibly Glen Ewin?

The first pic is interesting too. Any information as to the whereabouts of this event?

The other Austin is possibly the late Cyril Nancarrow. He drove one of these before upgrading to a Morris Cooper 'S'.

The 34 Ford coupe. Any information on location and driver?

The VW possibly the late Ken Virgin?

Great stuff . Keep them coming. :)

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#7152 redgts

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 00:35

OK...when I tell ya they are not looking...whip the fan belt off!!

[and are they chrome dress rims on the Simca? or chromies with black centres?]


That looks like a 36hp motor.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:01

OK...when I tell ya they are not looking...whip the fan belt off!!

[and are they chrome dress rims on the Simca? or chromies with black centres?]



They look like dress rings on the Sim. Where were the screwinears on the day? I don't think your ordinary "clubbie" could go the expense of chromies back then.
The Montlhery flash on the Simca looks fairly authentic.
The Simca's attitude on the corner was quite common, they would leave most marque sportscars wallowing behind.
Great days. :)

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#7154 SJ Lambert

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:57

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Spencer,
Thanks for posting maggiep007's pics.

Wonderful stuff!

Love the pictures of Col Riches Dodge roadster. Is there any information on the location of what appears to be a hillclimb start? Possibly Glen Ewin?

The first pic is interesting too. Any information as to the whereabouts of this event?

The other Austin is possibly the late Cyril Nancarrow. He drove one of these before upgrading to a Morris Cooper 'S'.

The 34 Ford coupe. Any information on location and driver?

The VW possibly the late Ken Virgin?

Great stuff . Keep them coming. :)


No worries fredeuce, you are correct in just about all your assumptions, it's John Newmarch in the 34 Ford. I've captioned them as best as I'm able!
Cheers SJ

Edited by SJ Lambert, 08 September 2012 - 05:23.


#7155 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:35

It looks a lot like an Elfin Streamliner to me !!!! Coincidently, John Webb, panel shaper at Elfins from those days rang me tonight to tell me that he can't track down any of the Hotchkiss family members. He knew Phil Hotchkiss and Phil's neice. Phil came out to Adelaide from Upstate New York to collect and take home his Elfin Mono, which Dad & I have brought back to Australia.

Here's another one.

Riches Auschry and a Streamliner.

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Where was that pic taken? No trainline at Mallala [though there may have been?] and too lush to Pt wakefield

#7156 SJ Lambert

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:52

The caption does say it's Mallala, so maybe.

I wonder whether it's the Lewis Streamliner or not?

I'm also taking a wild guess at whether the other Streamliner (car #56) is the Brosnan Streamliner???



#7157 SJ Lambert

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:06

Here's some tremendous shots kindly provided by maggiep007.

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#16 Port Wakefield 1961 - John Newmarch


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#18 - John Newmarch


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:49

A couple by courtesy the SCC of SA archives. A lemans Start PT Wakefield year unknown.



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#7159 ken devine

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:52


The track is very narrow. There are the Dodge and the A90 the Holdens didn't get away.





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#7160 David McKinney

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:10

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A bit of a guess here, but that might be the March 1959 meeting, which would make it Clem Smith in the Holden, Victorians Eddie Perkins (Porsche) and George Spanos (Morris Major), Cyril Nancarrow (Austin A90) and Col Riches (Dodge). Smith won from Riches, Perkins and Nancarrow, though that doesn't seem to tie in with the second photo. Maybe a false start?

#7161 kaydee

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 07:38

A bit of a guess here, but that might be the March 1959 meeting, which would make it Clem Smith in the Holden, Victorians Eddie Perkins (Porsche) and George Spanos (Morris Major), Cyril Nancarrow (Austin A90) and Col Riches (Dodge). Smith won from Riches, Perkins and Nancarrow, though that doesn't seem to tie in with the second photo. Maybe a false start?


The LeMans start photo was taken by a photographer from the Adelaide "Advertiser".
I have a copy of the original photograph and it is dated 13th October '58 meeting at Pt. Wakefield.
It wasn't a false start. Ken Virgin was in the VW and yours truly in the Morris Minor.....

#7162 ken devine

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:02

It's an Austin Lancer.

#7163 kaydee

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:04

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Another photo from the LeMans start race at Port Wakefield.
No prizes for guessing who is passing who....

#7164 ken devine

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:07

It's amazing where all these photos come from.

#7165 SJ Lambert

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:26

It's an Austin Lancer.


It's gotta be this one!!!


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#7166 Ray Bell

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:03

What a fantastic photo essay...

I am also bewildered by the railway in the background, that isn't Mallala! Nor is it Port Wakefield. Which kind of narrows down the field a bit.

The white lines as the sides of the road make it appear much newer than all the other stuff. Could it have been some kind of a demonstration given somewhere on public roads?

#7167 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 23:11

It's gotta be this one!!!


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its an Austin Lancer, that is the answer!
Probably with a stack of spare axles in the pit area.

#7168 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 23:14

What a fantastic photo essay...

I am also bewildered by the railway in the background, that isn't Mallala! Nor is it Port Wakefield. Which kind of narrows down the field a bit.

The white lines as the sides of the road make it appear much newer than all the other stuff. Could it have been some kind of a demonstration given somewhere on public roads?

The undulating country in the background precludes both Mallala and Pt Wakefield,, and the line marked edges do look to modern too, though the spectators cars and the old style phone lines look about 1960ish

#7169 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 23:15

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Another photo from the LeMans start race at Port Wakefield.
No prizes for guessing who is passing who....

Big desperate outside pass on the Porker!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:35

It's a ripper!!




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#7 - Col Riches' Auschry and Bittner's Healey


Great pics...... But the spinning car would be an MGA, not a Healey. Someone has put different tail lights on it which would trap the unaware.
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#7171 Glenn Moulds

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 05:15

Where was that pic taken? No trainline at Mallala [though there may have been?] and too lush to Pt wakefield


I think this could be Calder. Compare this photo with the one posted by Haggis 2 at post 7171. Sorry, haven't worked out how to include photos from previous posts! :blush:

#7172 Catalina Park

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:19

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#15 - Riches Auschry and a Streamliner.

Just to bring this photo onto this page, I also think it is Calder and a possibly a relay race.

The level crossing and the road in the background have been moved and leads to a sub-station on the other side of the rail line.

Edited by Catalina Park, 09 September 2012 - 09:21.


#7173 275 GTB-4

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:49

A bit of a guess here, but that might be the March 1959 meeting, which would make it Clem Smith in the Holden, Victorians Eddie Perkins (Porsche) and George Spanos (Morris Major), Cyril Nancarrow (Austin A90) and Col Riches (Dodge). Smith won from Riches, Perkins and Nancarrow, though that doesn't seem to tie in with the second photo. Maybe a false start?


Maybe a Handicap? ...Fella in Flatcap looks like he is ready to give a signal...

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 09 September 2012 - 09:52.


#7174 eldougo

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:38

It is Calder for sure with those 10 white poles along the pits.

#7175 david5

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:41

Re the carpark photo, I was quickly scrolling through, not reading the captions & thought to myself, "look an old photo of Kapooka" for what it's worth. Looks like it's taken from the rear of the barracks area near where we learnt bayonet training, mind you it's probably taken 15 to 20 years before I spent a fun filled summer vcation there.

#7176 Librules

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:28

I'd love to agree but I also did training at Kapooka (early 80's) and I've looked at the initial pic a number of times and it certainly doesn't resonate with me. Even the buildings don't look familiar. For what it's worth I think the vegetation gives the appearance of being further north or west in Australia. Maybe we should post a link on a site frequented by ex-servicemen for more suggestions.

#7177 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 21:24

Does anyone know what engine was in the Auschry?

I'll bet it was an effort to get it in there, no matter what!

#7178 David McKinney

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 21:55

A 6-cylinder Chrysler Royal would be a good guess

#7179 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 22:43

A 6-cylinder Chrysler Royal would be a good guess

From what I understood it was a V8 of some sort. I may be wrong. Quite possibly a 313 Chrysler Royal engine.
When I used to go to the street drags in the 70s there was a regular Victorian visitor with a LS7 454 Chev powered A90. High 11s in those days was quite quick.

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#7180 fredeuce

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 22:51

I am thinking Chrylser Poly V8 313 also. I understand that is what was in the Dodge Roadster.

It is noteworthy that the same number plate from the Dodge Roadster appears also on the Austin.

Perhaps a decision to upgrade to a later chassis with better brakes and suspension but retain the running gear from the Dodge?

#7181 GMACKIE

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 23:42

Ahhh....the old "one set of number-plates" trick. :lol:

#7182 fredeuce

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 23:46

Ahhh....the old "one set of number-plates" trick. :lol:


No trick about it. As I understand it back then, when you changed over your car you could keep your number plate and transfer it to the new vehicle.

#7183 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 03:29

Was Col Riches an Adelaide Chrysler dealer? Dad has a vague recollection/feeling that he may have been. maggiep007 has sent me through some more shots that I'll put up when I can. Some of them may assist with the locomotion musings!!

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#7184 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:34

David, I'd think a 6-cyl Chrysler Royal engine (218ci or 250ci side-valve) would be hard-pressed to make an A95 a better performer...

I also think that the other photo I have of Riches in the Dodge with a V89 fitted was prior to the Poly's arrival here. The first V8 Royals had the little 270 (or whatever... or maybe it was the 303ci version) and didn't appear until very late in 1957.

#7185 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 12:46

Motor shots near bottom of this post

Some shots from South Australia kindly provided by maggiep007


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#5a - Col Riches 1958


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#7186 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 12:50

Fabulous pictures!! How good is this thread!! :clap: :)


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Newmarch - 34 Ford



#7187 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 12:55

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Stirling Moss and the Vanwall (Oops - apparently this is a Cooper, lucky I didn't post it on the 250F thread!!!!)

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 13:00

That'll be the secret hush-hush Vanwall then. Don't tell John Cooper.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 13:02

Here's some tremendous shots kindly provided by maggiep007.

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John Newmarch and the Ricardian

#7190 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 13:06

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#7191 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 13:08

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#7192 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 13:09

That'll be the secret hush-hush Vanwall then. Don't tell John Cooper.


Those front engined things always confuse me !!!

#7193 SJ Lambert

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 13:10

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#7195 austmcreg

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 13:56

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The presence of Graham Hoinville (with BP overalls) suggests this was at Albert Park in 1958, the only time I can think of when Moss ran a Rob Walker Cooper T45 in Aus, and Hoinville looked after the car. The external water pipe is one of those subtle mods that Walker Coopers tended to have. Looks like it must have been housed at a Beaurepaires business - I wonder which one?

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 14:29

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I am thinking Chrylser Poly V8 313 also. I understand that is what was in the Dodge Roadster.

It is noteworthy that the same number plate from the Dodge Roadster appears also on the Austin.

Perhaps a decision to upgrade to a later chassis with better brakes and suspension but retain the running gear from the Dodge?

Spot on freuduce - maggiep007 says -

My family was involved with Col Riches for over 10 years, and many of the race meetings the Dodge went to, I went also, sitting in the dicky seat. I believe Leo Boylan eventually purchased the Dodge, when Col changed the motor over into an Austin Westminster body. He raced that under the name of "Auschry" I have many photos of the Dodge, as well as the famous roll over at Collingrove, by John Newmarch and many of the old Port Wakefield ciricuit, where, incidentally, I learned to drive.

#7197 David McKinney

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 16:38

To answer Ray Bell's earlier question, I guess "Ausdod" doesn't have the same ring to it :)

#7198 fredeuce

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 22:07

Spencer,
Thanks for the further information and pics. The engine in the Dodge Roadster is certainly a "poly" . As to the capacity that would be something you would only find out by pulling the heads.

The reference to the engine being sourced from a Plymouth Fury suggests it should have a 4 barrel carb but clearly it only has a 2 barrel. If it was an earlier import then probably a 303 ci engine.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 22:16

That pic of the broadcast van in post 7191 is interesting. My brother tells me that my father used to listen to broadcasts of the races on the "wireless" back then. I can only assume this is where the broadcasts emanated from.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 22:38

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Jack Bono's Denzel-engined Karmann Ghia [top photo].