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Personal photos of Australian motor racing '50s to '70s

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#8901 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 11:23

I've now put the correct pictures into post 8888...

I'd appreciate it if anyone can identify the following cars and/or confirm whether the subject car is still in business.


#8902 cooper997

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 11:48

The circuit is Winton in post 8888. Arnotts are the Benalla Holden dealer.


#8903 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 12:00

Yes, I know it's Winton...

It's about the cars.

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 12:04

No Danny, the Friday dinner was excellent, great see some of the old crew, although some of the stories seem to have grown in the retelling. I hope we can do it again next time BC is in town. Wasn`t it lucky to have Ocker turn up out of the blue.

 And that rather evil photo out of Stonies Shutter Speed booklet is a bit of a rogues gallery (page 71 if anyone can still lay their hands on it.The sign was for Marvin.)

Simmo the geriatric.

Edited by rasimmo, 14 October 2014 - 12:05.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 01:14

More slide scanning and few more nuggets of the sublime and the ridiculous have appeared. Especially given the latest scans are Templestowe Hillclimb. Home-made cars a speciality in this form of the sport. Showing specials from England, Holinger, Whitehouse, White and more.


As the son of Australian Porsche agent, Norman Hamilton, Alan got to play with a few racing cars over the years. Hillclimbing and racing them successfully, with a few mishaps too. Of course, Alan ran the show for many years too.


After a bit of digging to identify the date, this should be him heading through the start of the esses, for one of his 3 record runs on September 11, 1966. The day he cracked Bruce Walton’s record. It was around 3 weeks after he had run the Spyder at Surfers Paradise 12 Hour - as car #8. Damage at that meeting meant the front bodywork came in for attention prior to Templestowe. In another of the slides depicting this car 8 is still on the tail, as it sits in the Templestowe pit area. Helping pin-point the likely date. There’s also one slide showing that whatever the jungle juice this car ran on, the paint under the filler neck didn’t like it.


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Alan had a pretty good life as a young racer. I can remember him in the paddock at Mallala with the Spyder; wearing Deer-stalker hat, smoking his Briar pipe and with fur-clad dolly bird in tow... (Jealousy is a curse)!

Edited by RW7, 15 October 2014 - 01:15.

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:21

I am positive the light blue healey on row 2 is the ken bennett car #98

My (incomplete) take on Mt Druitt startline claustrophobia:
1st row: 81 George Websdale MG TC, 9 ?Hunt MG TA/TC Special, Jim Johnson MGTC Special, 20 Don Wright Citroen Special, Gordon Stewart Wheeler Fortune MG Special

2nd row:19 Ray Wamsley Alfa Alvis, ??????,George Pearse Cooper MG, maybe Ken Bennett Austin Healey 100-4...

I think I see the red Jack Robinson Jaguar in the background, but nothing rings a bell for that red car next to the Alfa Alvis in row 2. Anyone?

I read in SCW where the officials at Mount Druitt made Ray Wamsley do 20 laps on practice day in the Alfa (Alvis? GMC?) to prove that the car was safe ...yet, Ray is quoted as saying he only had to repair some slight front end damage to the Dubonnet suspension...

It is stated that "racing stewards frowned on the Alfa and were not convinced it was a safe car to allow on the track.

The car was 1938 era but why wouldn't a car with a racing pedigree such as the Alfa have been considered unsafe less than 20 years later?

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 15 October 2014 - 11:22.

#8907 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:30

Probably because it had been involved in a multiple fatality at Bathurst...

The car was actually from '34 or '35. It came to Australia in 1938.

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 02:46

So maybe this was more the RW7 lifestyle. Another from what should be the same 11/9/66 Templestowe Hillclimb meeting.


In Porsche terms I guess the Hamilton Spyder was pretty basic, but the Lotus Seven concept makes it look rather specialised. The Lotus was also more affordable and available. If I'm on the right path this will be Bill Seward enjoying a squirt through the esses.


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