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#7251 wolseley680

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:32

Another photo from the 68 Tasman at Surfers, Greg Cusack's Scuderia Veloce Brabham BT23 Repco.

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#7252 wolseley680

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:37

And another from that Tasman series at Surfers, the start of the sportscar race, Matich in SR3 vs Amon in the Ferrari P4.

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#7253 wolseley680

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:39

And that beautiful P4 in the pits.

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#7254 Paul Hamilton

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:52

I know there are guys on this Forum that were at Surfers at the time but it was still bubbling along when the Teams arrived at Warwick Farm,Chapman had calmed down & some of the wiser Cams heads were attempting damage control but i remember guys in the Shell tent saying it will be the end of the Tasman series if they they don't get Chapman back onside.


The issue was resolved later during 1968 when CAMS called for a vote amongst all competition licence hoders seeking approval to changes in the regulations which would allow advertising on competing vehicles. Such advertising had up to then been restricted to the name of the car entrant within specific size limitations which explains the retention on the Clark 49 of the "Gold Leaf Team Lotus' wording. The outcome of the vote was an overwhelming yes and the changes then made to our regulations moved Australian motor racing into a whole new world.

My recollection is that the former CAMS restrictions on advertising signage were pretty much the same as had been applied by the FIA up to that time. Chapman unveiled the new Gold Leaf signage on the Lotus 49s during the course of the 1968 Tasman series and in doing so laid down an ultimately successful challenge to both the FIA and CAMS. The signs first appeared in NZ before the cars came over to Surfers for the initial Australian Tasman round but I don't think they created quite the same level of controversy over there as they did at Surfers.

#7255 wolseley680

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:18

Surfers 1968, Alfa TZ-2, Max Brunninghausen.


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#7256 mymemoryfails

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 20:07

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Tasman Series 1968 Surfers Paradise Leo Geoghegan's Lotus 39 Repco being started by John Shepherd



And that beautiful P4 in the pits.

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When did shoes first arrive in Queensland?

Some time after beer I'm sure.
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#7257 DJH

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 23:46

Looks like there were no bindii at Surfers.

#7258 brucemoxon

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:29

Looks like there were no bindii at Surfers.


No doubt someone will remark on the toughness of Queenslanders now...


Won't be me though.




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#7259 Ellis French

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:57

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Tasman Series 1968 Surfers Paradise Leo Geoghegan's Lotus 39 Repco being started by John Shepherd



Thats Geoff Smedley pushing with head down.

He looked after car at Longford 68 as Shepherd couldnt attend

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#7260 lyntonh

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:22

Oran Park Practice January or February 1972
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Norm Beechey.....I love the open quarter windows

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Barry Sharp

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#7261 austmcreg

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 13:04

Surfers 1968, Alfa TZ-2, Max Brunninghausen.


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Does anyone know whether Max Brunninghausen brought this car into Australia? Something at the back of my mind links Ralph Sach and Alec Mildren with one of these for a short time - same car or is my mind playing tricks on me?

Brunninghausen was entered at Longford 1967 (by Ian Hindmarsh Motors) in an Alfa GTZ and then in 1968 by same entrant in Alfa GTZ II, with Ian Hindmarsh as reserve driver. Were they the same car - was there ever a TZ 1 in Australia? Did Hindmarsh or Brunninghausen own the car?

I would appreciate it if someone could help me fill in the gaps - part of my research into all the cars that raced at Longford.

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#7262 Paul Hamilton

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 14:16

Does anyone know whether Max Brunninghausen brought this car into Australia? Something at the back of my mind links Ralph Sach and Alec Mildren with one of these for a short time - same car or is my mind playing tricks on me?

Brunninghausen was entered at Longford 1967 (by Ian Hindmarsh Motors) in an Alfa GTZ and then in 1968 by same entrant in Alfa GTZ II, with Ian Hindmarsh as reserve driver. Were they the same car - was there ever a TZ 1 in Australia? Did Hindmarsh or Brunninghausen own the car?

I would appreciate it if someone could help me fill in the gaps - part of my research into all the cars that raced at Longford.

Rob Saward


Max had a TZ1 before the TZ2 which he bought from Mildrens.

#7263 lyntonh

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 00:12

Dennis Cribbin Warwick Farm 12th July 1969
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#7264 wolseley680

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 23:38

Yet another photo from Tasman at Surfers 1968 - Elfin Mallala of Daryl Muller with the TZ2 behind it.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:21

Yet another photo from Tasman at Surfers 1968 - Elfin Mallala of Daryl Muller with the TZ2 behind it.

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Ian Hindmarsh in overalls behind the car

#7266 pallas1970

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:15

I wonder how many of theose blokes has skin cancer issues? I had forgotten about the toweling hats, looking back i think they were more about perspiration than sunshading. Great photo, james

#7267 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:37

We wore hats to avoid sunburn...

Or didn't wear them and got burned.

#7268 eldougo

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 08:00

THE GOLD TZ-1 after Max Brunninghausen sold it.
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#7269 lyntonh

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:36

Lynn Brown Creek Corner Warwick Farm 6th September 1969...showing some of the inner workings....
Oh...and no ten to two here!!
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#7270 lyntonh

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:38

Valiant driven by ??? Creek Corner Warwick Farm 6th September 1969
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#7271 Ray Bell

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 13:08

Yes, Lynn Brown in typical pose...

I don't remember that VC Valiant at all, and that's in the Pacer era too.

#7272 seldo

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 23:35

Valiant driven by ??? Creek Corner Warwick Farm 6th September 1969
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Wasn't it Alton Boddenburg (sp?) ??

#7273 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:28

Not that late, I don't think, David...

By that time I'd have expected Alton to be in the Lotus 32. Also, I don't think this car has wide wheels, it seems to be in Series Production trim. And it's not a V8 either.

#7274 275 GTB-4

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:56

Lynn Brown Creek Corner Warwick Farm 6th September 1969...showing some of the inner workings....
Oh...and no ten to two here!!


Great shot...Lynn certainly favoured the use of "body english" :-)

(those offset/reverse rims must have put quite a strain on the hubs)

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 02 November 2012 - 06:59.


#7275 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:05

Great shot...Lynn certainly favoured the use of "body english" :-)

(those offset/reverse rims must have put quite a strain on the hubs)

The offset is no more than any other 7" rim, though almost certainly a drum brake car as those reverse offset rims only fit over drums. A drum brake Valianr sounds fun under brakes. NOT!

#7276 GMACKIE

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 20:21

The offset is no more than any other 7" rim, though almost certainly a drum brake car as those reverse offset rims only fit over drums. A drum brake Valianr sounds fun under brakes. NOT!

Was Mick referring to the Mini wheels?

On Valiant drum brakes.....At Bathurst, Easter 1963, Des Leonard [early Valiant] would hurtle past my VW Beetle down Conrod. No sooner had he gone past, when his brake lights would come on [around 300 yards]. I would then re-pass him under brakes [stock VW drums, by the way], and brake at 100 yards. Des would then 'get me' again up Mountain Straight, and I'd return the favour down the Esses.

This went on lap after lap......our lap times were very similar. :lol:


#7277 Ray Bell

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:33

Originally posted by GMACKIE
Was Mick referring to the Mini wheels?


Mick only ever discusses minis if it's possible...

And he never explains his posts.

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#7278 275 GTB-4

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 06:58

Was Mick referring to the Mini wheels?

On Valiant drum brakes.....At Bathurst, Easter 1963, Des Leonard [early Valiant] would hurtle past my VW Beetle down Conrod. No sooner had he gone past, when his brake lights would come on [around 300 yards]. I would then re-pass him under brakes [stock VW drums, by the way], and brake at 100 yards. Des would then 'get me' again up Mountain Straight, and I'd return the favour down the Esses.

This went on lap after lap......our lap times were very similar. :lol:


errgh yes Greg...thought that was obvious with the ref to Lynns body english....great anecdote above :)

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:12

I thought it was quite clear, Mick....however now that you have explained it, it should be REALLY clear - to everyone.

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#7280 275 GTB-4

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:52

I thought it was quite clear, Mick....however now that you have explained it, it should be REALLY clear - to everyone.


Soooo glad we are clearly, clearing things up GM! :-)
(and hope this crappy weather clears up soon!)

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:55

Regarding that car park several pages back which was reported at being located at several locations.It is the Other Ranks car park of Lavarack Army Barracks and the photo shows the lines of the 1st Battalion RAR. The 2nd Battalion RAR was up the other end. When that photo was taken the Vietnam War was on and some of those cars would have just been parked there to be picked up, hopefully, a year later. The photos attached show the Barracks from up on the hills in the background, a Ford on the way into the Outback, my Datsun 1600 alongside a Ford belonging to a Captain. I well remember changing into top at 120mph in that Ford on a narrow hard top outback road my heart in my mouth as cattle roamed back and forth ahead of us, not to mention kangaroos, emus, goannas a couple of metres long scuttling away and eagles as big as geese slowly lifting off as we approached.
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As I type this I can feel the humidity and heat of being on parade in the middle of the hot season. Townsville was an interesting place on a Saturday night what with 2 battalions of infantry soldiers, the stockmen in from the big ranches inland, the road train drivers, the fishermen off the trawlers, the miners in from the big underground mines, the cattle drovers, the Torres Strait Islanders one generation away from being headhunters and about as big as a beobab tree, the tribesmen from their reservations, the sugar cane cutters... The coppers were all hardened gutter fighters to a man and they had to be just that.

There were 44 pubs in Townsville when I was there and the typical bar was 2 arms lengths wide, one length to push the glass half way and another length to pull it over to the patron. As I recall it the average barman was no delicate little flower either.

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#7282 275 GTB-4

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:50

Regarding that car park several pages back which was reported at being located at several locations.It is the Other Ranks car park of Lavarack Army Barracks and the photo shows the lines of the 1st Battalion RAR. The 2nd Battalion RAR was up the other end. When that photo was taken the Vietnam War was on and some of those cars would have just been parked there to be picked up, hopefully, a year later. The photos attached show the Barracks from up on the hills in the background, a Ford on the way into the Outback, my Datsun 1600 alongside a Ford belonging to a Captain. I well remember changing into top at 120mph in that Ford on a narrow hard top outback road my heart in my mouth as cattle roamed back and forth ahead of us, not to mention kangaroos, emus, goannas a couple of metres long scuttling away and eagles as big as geese slowly lifting off as we approached.


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As I type this I can feel the humidity and heat of being on parade in the middle of the hot season. Townsville was an interesting place on a Saturday night what with 2 battalions of infantry soldiers, the stockmen in from the big ranches inland, the road train drivers, the fishermen off the trawlers, the miners in from the big underground mines, the cattle drovers, the Torres Strait Islanders one generation away from being headhunters and about as big as a beobab tree, the tribesmen from their reservations, the sugar cane cutters... The coppers were all hardened gutter fighters to a man and they had to be just that.

There were 44 pubs in Townsville when I was there and the typical bar was 2 arms lengths wide, one length to push the glass half way and another length to pull it over to the patron. As I recall it the average barman was no delicate little flower either.


Hmmmm Sandy....Is that the colour of your Beret??

Great word pictures of those times....no doubt, some epic battles were fought in the car parks as well!!

Tell me, was Harolds on the Strand there in those days???
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Looks like a Morris 1500?? did those drilled wheels ever get used on 1100s (wheres the Mountain Man when you need him!! :-)

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#7283 fredeuce

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 21:25

Looks like a Morris 1500?? did those drilled wheels ever get used on 1100s (wheres the Mountain Man when you need him!! :-)


I have to agree with that . I used to play things BMC or British Leyland back in the 70's and it is my recollection that the 1500 had those distinctive wheels and the 1100's didn't.
There was a 1300 however that did have those wheels fitted also.

#7284 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 23:13

I have to agree with that . I used to play things BMC or British Leyland back in the 70's and it is my recollection that the 1500 had those distinctive wheels and the 1100's didn't.
There was a 1300 however that did have those wheels fitted also.

1300 and 1500s had 13" wheels wheras 1100s had 12s

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 00:02

I've found some previously discarded negatives - the quality isn't much but the subject was great... Max Stewart.

I hadn't realised just how much overhang there was with those rear wings.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 00:09

What I remember as Group A sports cars.

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#7287 Ray Bell

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:41

Nice memories...

Max Stewart, practice day (Friday or Saturday?) at Warwick Farm for the '73 Tasman Cup event.

In the Group A Sporties we have:

Charlie Occhipinti in the Elfin ME5

John Harvey in Bob Jane's McLaren M6 Repco

Alan Hamilton in the Porsche

Henry Michell in the Elfin 360

Doug Macarthur in the Rennmax BMW

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:50

1300 and 1500s had 13" wheels wheras 1100s had 12s

Sorry Lee but the 1500/1300 had vented 12" wheels like the one in the photo and the 1100 had 12" wheels with solid centres.


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:58

The things that you find when looking through old Magazines, Sports Car World December 1959 had the this piece in their Sportsman Workshop section.

It would be interesting to find out what Mr Willis actually did for he has surly come a long way from those days, was this the start of Dick's life in Motor Sport.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:13

I'm sure that Dick will claim this was a "Dorothy Dixer"....

Would he really admit to owning a 750 and not knowing the answers to all those questions?

#7291 Dick Willis

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:24

You're a devil Daniel, digging up stuff like that especially about the worst car I have ever owned. After that I bought a Holden which started me on the right track. Below is a pic of the dreaded Renault, in retrospect, I am not sure why I bought it !



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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:05

That was a special set up Max had made up ,the wing post on a extension from the gearbox.

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#7293 Stephen W

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:55

What I remember as Group A sports cars.


Great set of photos - thanks for posting.


#7294 lyntonh

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:55

My neg sheet is dated 30th April 1972...Northern Crossing
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You have the front light & I'll have the back light......

#7295 Ray Bell

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 14:34

Practice day again, Lynton?

They had some work to do on that crossing, didn't they?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 20:07

Practice day again, Lynton?

They had some work to do on that crossing, didn't they?



Race day.... I didn't take a lot that day, but I have some shots of Bob Jane in the Torana racing Moffatt in the Mustang.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 20:41

Nice picture here of Bill Patterson leading Jack Hobden at Longford in 1965, presumably in practice as Patterson didn't start. Hobden was in the ex-Youl T51 and Patterson in the ex-Stillwell T53:

Australian Gold Star 1965

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#7298 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 21:30

Sorry Lee but the 1500/1300 had vented 12" wheels like the one in the photo and the 1100 had 12" wheels with solid centres.

Not the one I owned, 155x13 tyres. I think they all had front disc brakes too?

#7299 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 21:33

Is it my imagination or is that nose and front wing further forward? The rear one is about 18" further back, it should have had some down force!!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 22:34

Is it my imagination or is that nose and front wing further forward? The rear one is about 18" further back, it should have had some down force!!



Lee, I assume you are talking about Max's 330 wing positioning. The front wings and nose section remained the same throughout with T330/332 being common. However the rear mounting was a long way back. The exact measurement escapes me, and I have seen the original framework in Darcy Russell's (who now owns that car) garage.
The rule about rear wing overall length was changed in or around '73 by the FIA, so it meant any open wheel race car. The most rearward portion of any device to be no more than 1 Metre behind the centreline of the axle.