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#7951 Catalina Park

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:29

At Oran Park the firies usually gave themselves a shot in the face before putting out the fire. (I managed to get a dose one day just from leaning against the fire ute and one went off by itself!!)

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#7952 DanTra2858

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:29

http://img547.images...47/7096/jfx.pdf[/img]

Another zoo link


Any one know any of these drivers ?

#7953 Wirra

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:36

Great footage. I'm just having great trouble coming to grips that it's almost 40 years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't wish to know that, kindly leave the stage.

I was worried that the Flaggie first on scene at the Anglebox could have got a face full of retardant from the two Firies that arrived later :|

I was more worried that another competitor would tread in the oil laid down by the Torana and squash him against the Anglia.

Edited by Wirra, 31 July 2013 - 09:39.


#7954 ron simmonds

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:36

Any one know any of these drivers ?


Left to right in 1st photo, Big guy??, ??, Bill Patterson, Ray Gibbs, "Aussie" Miller, John Lanyon, Rod Murphy, Allen Jack, Len Lukey.

Photo taken at Fishermans Bend early 50's. I stand to be corrected, as it was a long time ago. Cheers Simmo.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 22:46

Left to right in 1st photo, Big guy??, ??, Bill Patterson, Ray Gibbs, "Aussie" Miller, John Lanyon, Rod Murphy, Allen Jack, Len Lukey.

Photo taken at Fishermans Bend early 50's. I stand to be corrected, as it was a long time ago. Cheers Simmo.


Many thanks, the history that is combined in this picture gives an outstanding insight into our past hero,s of Motor Sport, do you think that the photo was taken at the Drivers Meeting prior to the racing.

#7956 ron simmonds

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 23:57

At the VHRR Wednesday lunch, a few of the "old boys" got their heads together with me, to pick who we thought each person was in the photo.
It was agreed that it was Fishermans Bend, and at a drivers briefing. A couple of the guys at the lunch were at this Fishermans Bend meeting.
I try to get an old photo like that, or of a car or two to take on a Wednesday to keep the guys on their toes, and to keep the grey matter working. Cheers Simmo.

Edited by ron simmonds, 01 August 2013 - 00:11.


#7957 275 GTB-4

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 00:05

I was more worried that another competitor would tread in the oil laid down by the Torana and squash him against the Anglia.


I also though about the Anglebox overbalancing and crushing the fella as he bailed (but fire is a great motivator to get the hell outta Dodge...or a Ford in this case)....

I think we can both agree...Motor Racing is Dangerous! :up:

#7958 Ray Bell

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 00:59

Originally posted by GuyMiller
http://img547.images...47/7096/jfx.pdf


Is the big bloke perhaps Don Wilcox?

Also, Guy, please upload pics as jpg or gif files so they can show up on here...

#7959 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:00

If it was driver briefing why are they all wearing their helmets?
In over 35 years I have never worn my helmet to a drivers briefing. Possibly it may have been a good idea a couple of times when it got heated!

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#7960 David McKinney

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:42

I've seen lots of photos from NZ meetings with drivers wearing their helmets at briefing, carried out immediately before the start of the race

#7961 GuyMiller

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 04:49

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Where and When?

#7962 GuyMiller

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:09

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A couple of Aussie Photos I'm sure there will be some discussion where they were taken?

#7963 ron simmonds

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:10

Where and when. This is taken at Hume Weir. Jack Brabham, Roy Salvadori, Bib Stillwell, John Leighton, and Aussie Miller. :D

Edited by ron simmonds, 02 August 2013 - 05:11.


#7964 GuyMiller

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:13


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Year 1961 Bakers Beach

#7965 ron simmonds

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:14

1 st Photo is at the first corner at Templestowe Hill Climb, and the 2nd is at Jaguar Cnr at Albert Park.

Edited by ron simmonds, 02 August 2013 - 05:22.


#7966 GuyMiller

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:15

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Getting saddled up to break the Australian Land Speed Record

#7967 GuyMiller

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:31

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There you go Ray


#7968 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:19

Thanks, Guy...

They are a rough lot, aren't they? I look forward to the positive identification.

#7969 onelung

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:02

If it was driver briefing why are they all wearing their helmets?
In over 35 years I have never worn my helmet to a drivers briefing. Possibly it may have been a good idea a couple of times when it got heated!

Ummm... interesting, then, to look at post #7967. :confused:

Edited by onelung, 02 August 2013 - 10:03.


#7970 GMACKIE

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:10

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Maybe it has been announced that the free beer at the end of the day has been cancelled.

The bloke in the middle of the top photo could be a Methodist?


#7971 Piquet959

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:13

I always thought it was the Baptists and the Salvos that didn't like a drink.
Cheers
Peter

#7972 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 00:18

Six and a half years for this tread and now 200 pages. Defenitly one of the more succesfull threads. Thanks Kevin.


#7973 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 00:19

Ummm... interesting, then, to look at post #7967. :confused:

Very confused


#7974 SteveHolmes

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 21:25

This is from a photo collection I started on The Roaring Season a couple of weeks ago. The Peter Mellor Collection is a beautiful collection of historic Australian motor racing photos, which centres mostly around Queensland, where Pete lives. I've just started Part 2 of Pete's collection, which is based only on Sports Cars. Part 1, from which this photo is taken, is dedicated to Touring Cars. This is the Neptune Racing Team on a visit to Lakeside in 1964, featuring, left to right, Jim McKeown (Lotus Cortina), Norm Beechey (EH Holden), and Peter Manton (Cooper S).

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:04

Where and when. This is taken at Hume Weir. Jack Brabham, Roy Salvadori, Bib Stillwell, John Leighton, and Aussie Miller. :D

Exit from Scrub Hairpin and then left kink onto back straight? 1961

#7976 cooper997

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 02:46

The photo Guy posted at the top is indeed taken at Scrub Corner (probably by Peter D'Abbs) during the March 12 & 13, 1961 Hume Weir 'Craven "A" Cigarettes International Motor Races' and Simmo has correctly identified the drivers. This was the 'Australian Motor Racing Promotions' (Len Lukey) meeting originally intended for Phillip Island.

It was one of the 4 International Meetings held in early 1961. The others being Warwick Farm, Ballarat & Longford.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:42

Where and when. This is taken at Hume Weir. Jack Brabham, Roy Salvadori, Bib Stillwell, John Leighton, and Aussie Miller.

I am assured that pedantry is OK (even encouraged) here so lets get the name correct, as these things get copied. It is Jon (no h) Leighton. A mistake that has been made countless times in print.

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#7978 David McKinney

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:15

A least he didn't say Stilwell...

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:47

TR0003, brilliant Mt Druitt photos and thank you for showing them. Be great if you could post them into the Mt Druitt thread. They'll get lost in time on this mammoth thread.

Because Mt Druitt meetings were basically a monthly event, I'm struggling to pinpoint the exact meeting. All 3 photos appear to be the same meeting and the later part of 1955 fits into the scheme of things. With the #18 Pearse Cooper-MG in one of them it can't be later than the October 23, 1955 Mt Druitt meeting.

This is a bit of guesswork from having looked at various bits of Mt Druitt information. The Healey's are possibly #93 C Kennedy & #98 K Bennett. In the background, the #53 tail is making me think the ex Cobden, McKay, Brydon MG TC special. Depending on the date, the red car (that I can't work out a number) looks like Gordon Greig's Alfa-Alvis, but if I remember correctly that had a fatal mishap into the crowd at the October 1, 1955 Bathurst meeting and went on the market afterwards. The mainly covered #4 appears to me to be Stan Coffey's Cooper-Bristol 'Dowidat special' and #14 could be Jack Robinson's Jaguar special.

Edit - correction it was the Easter 1955 Bathurst with the Alfa-Alvis going into the crowd.

Stephen

 

Definatelly Heather Snr with the clipboard (confirmed by the family) :cat:



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#7980 SteveHolmes

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 02:26

This is from the Peter Mellor Collection of historic Australian motor racing photos currently being posted on The Roaring Season. Most of the pics are centred around Queensland where Pete is from. Here is Frank Matich in the Lotus 19B.

 

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#7981 Ray Bell

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 04:26

This is from the Peter Mellor Collection of historic Australian motor racing photos currently being posted on The Roaring Season. Most of the pics are centred around Queensland where Pete is from. Here is Frank Matich in the Lotus 19B.

 

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Very nice...

 

It has to be Lakeside as the 19B didn't ever go to Lowood, and the only time both the Ferrari and the 19B were at Lakeside together was at the International meeting where Frank diced with Clark in the main race. The two cars only every met twice while the 19B was this colour, the other time being a fortnight earlier on the Ferrari's debut at Sandown.

 

That might well be the Jones Vauxhall in the background, while the third sports car is surely the Demuth Lola.



#7982 eldougo

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 06:17

What the story behind that colour scheme. :confused:



#7983 Ray Bell

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:18

That was the colour Frank ran both the Brabham and the 19B in...

 

The 19 had been a pale green, but immediately the 19B came along it was this pale blue. I frankly don't remember the pointed top on the Total stripes on the front, but it always had them.

 

From the following meeting, that was the RAC Trophy at Warwick Farm, the cars were white with the Total stripes more prominent.



#7984 eldougo

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 11:07

Thanks Ray all photos i have seen it was white and total colours not green white  red.



#7985 David McKinney

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 11:40

The Lotus was the same colour in NZ in January 1964. The Brabham was also predominantly blue, but had a bold gold nose
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#7986 Ray Bell

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:55

Doug, that green you're seeing is corruption of the old colour slide... trust me, it was blue...

 

David, the gold was painted over a repair to the nose, it wasn't intended to be there and it wasn't there long. And you see there how the top of the Total stripes at the front are cut off square.



#7987 eldougo

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 06:41

That what i thought, then you see colour band on the 250LM Green as it always was.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:23

It was blue; perhaps a good description might be "powder-blue".

 

This image began as an Ektachrome slide and has been through a good deal since then but the colour of the car is not too far-off the colour as I remember it;

 

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#7989 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 13:06

Thanks for the clear shot of the square top of the Total stripes on the front...

 

Note that this is earlier, before the car had a spoiler across the back, is it Bathurst '63 or Catalina?

 

What eldouglas was talking about was the 'greenness' of the blue part of the Total stripes.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 20:59

Total was and is a French company and the company colours at that time, used by Team Total (or Team Tole as I think Tuckey/Quints was wont to call it), were those of the Tricolour; "blue to the mast and blood to the last".



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 21:00

"Powder-blue" is about right. Perhaps the slide 'yellowed' over the years?

 

Looks more like Bathurst [Esses] than Catalia to me.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 22:39

"Powder-blue" is about right. Perhaps the slide 'yellowed' over the years?

 

Looks more like Bathurst [Esses] than Catalia to me.

 

Catalia is a company in Selangar, Malysia...and a girls name...did you mean Catalina? (Ubangi? Ubecha! :yawnface: )



#7993 GMACKIE

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 22:57

Score.....1 all. I ted to drop my 'n's occasioly.



#7994 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 23:24

Originally posted by Mick

Catalia is a company in Selangar, Malysia...and a girls name...did you mean Catalina? (Ubangi? Ubecha! :yawnface: )

 

But what on earth is 'Malysia'?

 



#7995 GMACKIE

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 23:43

Thanks Ray. :cool:



#7996 seldo

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 00:26

But what on earth is 'Malysia'?

Touche/...

Edited by seldo, 06 September 2013 - 00:28.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:09

Touche/...

 

Voila! of course, you must be referring to this club in Malaysia?

 

https://www.facebook...uchefencingclub



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:55

Guys thoroughly enjoying this thread. Spent hours reading it from the beginning, keep up the great work. Does anyone happen to have any pics of a Cortina driven at Caversham in WA by Neil Moore. My uncle bought that car and owned it for many years.


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#7999 ken devine

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 23:42

I don't recall the name,what years did the car race?

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 02:04

Just wondering if any TNF'rs can help me with these shots re drivers. I know Ken Bryan, Noel Riley in the S800's, but need the Sprites, Catalina Honda, Porsche No16 and confirmation of John Smailes S600 at Amaroo. Any help appreciated.8219_P_S800_68-lo_zps34251630.jpg8226_P_S600_67-lo_zpsb22e468c.jpg8225_P_Pors_67-lo_zpsac7b0ebb.jpg8224_P_S800_67-lo_zpsfa750fd8.jpg8222_P_Sprite_67-lo_zps3c08ffa1.jpg8220_P_S800_67-lo_zps8f0fc66f.jpg