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#1451 275 GTB-4

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 08:46

Originally posted by Anthony Harradine
Also, if you would like to take a guess at the right-most gauge's identity I would be appreciative as well. I think I know what the rest are.


The first right looks like a Smiths combined oil pressure and water temperature gauge or a clock :blush:......rightmost is harder...could be another pressure guage, an ammeter or voltmeter (do you have a better shot??)

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#1452 Anthony Harradine

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 08:58

I am afraid this is as good as it gets. The first right we are 90% certain is a Smiths dual oil/water.

The central is a tacho, not exactly sure what kind, but I have a document that tells it is a Smith's with a 'red sectored' section (hard to locate one of these I have discovered).

The two left-most gauges are pretty amazing inclusions. I currently have the actual left-most gauge (that came from the BBM). It took a bit of thinking to work out what the bigger of the two was. Both are, in fact, aircraft gauges. As purchased from an army disposal store sometime post WW2.

#1453 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 13:54

Originally posted by john medley
.....It then lay idle for many decades at 1 Myrtle Street Chippendale when owned by Athan Pangas, from whose estate a son of one of the Senior brothers bought it quite recently.....


What manner of man was this Athan Pangas?

I well remember walking by his workshop... signs relating to Borgwards and the like in abundance, these cars cluttering the place.

Yet now you say there was an HRG in there? And just weeks ago I was introduced to an Auburn roadster that lived inside too, one of three Auburns Athan Pangas owned and kept on the premises.

#1454 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:24

Courtesy of TNFer Cavvy.

George Cole being push started in the pits, Wanneroo Pk, 1971.

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Stan Starcevich's SS111b, or possibly Graduate Mk 2, Wanneroo Park. I can identify some of the people. Stan is in white overalls, hands on hips. Bob Biltoft is in shades, blue polo shirt, arms folded. At left, in tan slacks and shirt, is Peter Longley; blue overalls, hands on hips, looking at front of car is ?? Bob Creasy ??.

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#1455 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:37

London to Sydney Marathon, Lake King, Western Australia, dusty gritty red-eye dawn. Andrew Cowan and co, arriving at control. In the red shirt is Terry Power, control official who directed cars to their service teams as they arrived. Cavvy took the pic.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:52

is that jamie gard with his back to us next to bob?????? in the second picture

#1457 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 05:01

Indeed, it does look like Jaime (please note spelling)...

Note the Elfin wheels.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 05:10

Courtesy of TNFer Cavvy.
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George Cole being push started in the pits, Wanneroo Pk, 1971.



Terry
Would this be George's Befa as on the WARM site?

#1459 ken devine

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 06:05

Yes Giffo it is the Befa.

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#1460 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:49

Don O'Sullivan in the McLaren M22 ( I think). 1971. Jaime Gard in the orange overalls. Photo by Cavvy.

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#1461 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:58

John Bertina comes unglued in the ultra-low Holden, while Vic Watson has already abandoned the bogged 5-litre Goggomobil coupe. Caversham, 1968. Pic by cavvy.

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#1462 Stan Patterson

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:58

yep

Thats a real racing car ......pity it has a truck engine though..why were u wasting film on open wheelers when u could have been taking pics of touring cars?

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#1463 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:06

I'm not sure who this is, enjoying a wild ride at Caversham 1968.

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#1464 ken devine

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:09

I cant pick the corner Terry,i dont remember any Armco at Caversham.

#1465 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:19

Not far before the Bridge leading to KLG I think - the short stretch of armco kept cars out of the muddy ditch. Bugatti bend?

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:20

Dangerous area. Is that because you could get you feet wet? :p

Great pics as always Terry. :)
Great jokes Stan. :rotfl:

#1467 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:35

Originally posted by Terry Walker
I'm not sure who this is, enjoying a wild ride at Caversham 1968.

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Seeing as every Mini photo in this thread seems to be done to death, analysed to within an inch of its life and otherwise bore everyone, I'm going to join in the fun on this one...

This would appear to be the lightweight car of Chris Royston. John Alford was at the wheel during the 6-hour that year and flipped it, the corner being Kaye's. Is that right?

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:09

What was the spec etc of the Goggo spl.? Sounds a fascinating device.
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#1469 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:21

'Spec' is an inappropriate word for such a car...

After shoehorning in a Lancia V6 and VW rear end... undoubtedly still with swing axles... a Ford 289 V8 was used. It was a car that 'just growed' in the best bush engineering tradition.

#1470 Bruce R Moxon

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:23

There's been mention a few times of Ross Bennett and even of his motorkhana special.

So here it is, with Ross at the wheel. Sorry, folks; it's Mini-based.

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Photo by Don Lemm a million years ago.

And as for the poor schmuck in the Mini at Caversham, I hardly think 'enjoying' would be the way to describe his ride!



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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:25

Aha, I was just reading about the Goggo spcl today in an SCW report on the 1968 WA Sports Car Championship. It was listed as 'Goblin V8' and came second behind Don O'Sullivan's T70.

EDIT: Clarification.

#1472 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:44

Ross Bennett, 2005. He has now finally retired from racing, and the last Bennett Mini Cooper S is on loan to the Fremantle Motor Museum.

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#1473 Terry Walker

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:58

This shows the underbonnett of the Jack nelson Ford 10, built in 1939-40, which made its racing debut at Applecross in 1940. The supercharger is nearly as big as the engine, which is a side valve Ford 10, and when you light the blue touch paper the engine makes an incredibly deep, meaty roar.

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#1474 Bruce R Moxon

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 12:02

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Terry Walker
[B]Ross Bennett, 2005. He has now finally retired from racing, and the last Bennett Mini Cooper S is on loan to the Fremantle Motor Museum.


Retired, eh? Wonder if it will take.

His son, Scott, is a dominant force in the WA Motorkhana Championship and came second in last year's National event.

Gets in the blood, you see....



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Posted 25 January 2008 - 14:04

Originally posted by David Shaw
Sorry, I had one foot out the door when I posted that link, but I had been looking at that site on Sunday so I was able to quickly link to it.

It does say this at the bottom:
T2, THE WHITEHEAD CAR. T202.

1960. Sold new to Laurie Whitehead, Australia imported and widely raced by him in Australia until 1962.
1963. Sold to Max Paterson, Victoria raced as 1100 FJ. & 1500
1965, Sold to Don Hall, West Australia, fitted with twin cam 1500 Ford, and altered tail, raced in WA.
1968, Sold to Bob Webb, Queensland, not raced?.......


I recall seeing the Bob Webb Ausper at Lakeside - can't recall how many times it raced though sure it was more than once, possibly also at Surfers Paradise, too.

#1476 Terry Walker

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 00:58

The Bartlett Special on its arrival from UK in the mid 30s. Clem Dyer (not to be confused with his contemporary Clem Dwyer) at the wheel. Note Brooklands silencer.

When the original twincam 1100 engine died just after WW2, then owner Alan Mackintosh found it impossible to track down spares, so fitted a Vanguard engine. Still in the Mackintosh family, the car has been restored to 1100 twin cam configuration.

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#1477 Anthony Harradine

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 01:21

Sweet looking car.

Terry, what was the history of the car prior to its arrival in Australia?

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 01:26

Originally posted by Terry Walker
I'm not sure who this is, enjoying a wild ride at Caversham 1968.

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Dave Watkins is performing - giffo, is the same Dave Watkins punting a Royale FF in historicals?

If so, we will have Patto claiming the roll shook sense into him

#1479 Terry Walker

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 01:26

I don't know - Bartlett was a well-known Brooklands identity, and his name has cropped up occasionally on TNF, but the pre-Western Australian history of the car is unknown to me. It was based on a Salmson sports car, I think.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 01:42

Originally posted by Terry Walker
This shows the underbonnett of the Jack nelson Ford 10, built in 1939-40, which made its racing debut at Applecross in 1940. The supercharger is nearly as big as the engine, which is a side valve Ford 10, and when you light the blue touch paper the engine makes an incredibly deep, meaty roar.

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Terry,
The Jack Nelson Ford pictured with Bob Pinkerton fettling is of course taken in recent times after a complete restoration by Bob. The Ford 10 objected to the blower, resulting in head gasket problems. I believe some success was achieved after regular between events maintenance ie gasket replacement.

The quality of "Pinko's" handiwork is obvious and as can be seen on his, from chalk lines on the floor, built monoposto, the "Bellchamp Peugeot".

#1481 ken devine

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 02:01

According to historic racing cars in australia the car was built in 1932 by Jack Bartlett using twin cam
salmson components.it was originally intended for use at Brooklands as a sprint and recordbreaking car.
It says Bartlett had two of the seventeen cars built in 1926,and probably built one car from the two and
called it the Bartlett Special.In competion it took the 1100cc Mountain Record at Brooklands,after that it
was laid up until 1935 when it was bought by Clem Dyer and he raced it successfully in WA.itwas eventually
bought by Allan Mcintosh who retained it after he retired from racing,although his sons used to push each
other around the yard in it the car remained intact.when they decided to restore it they were able to obtain
the orriginal motor which was in another Salmson and they bought that as well.it is used regularly in historic
racing and it won the Concours at the RAC 100 aniversary in 2005.

#1482 Terry Walker

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 02:10

From the last-ever Caversham meeting, 27 Oct 1968: also the WA Touring Car Championship meeting. Shows the later electric blue colour used by the former Neptune, now Shell Racing team. In the feature race, 25 laps, Foley and Mckeown DNFd, Beechey won in the Monaro 327. Photos by Cavvy.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 02:10

This is the Bartlett at the Albany Around the Houses in 2001.


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#1484 Anthony Harradine

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 02:17

Originally posted by ken devine
According to historic racing cars in australia the car was built in 1932 by Jack Bartlett using twin cam
salmson components.it was originally intended for use at Brooklands as a sprint and recordbreaking car.
It says Bartlett had two of the seventeen cars built in 1926,and probably built one car from the two and
called it the Bartlett Special.In competion it took the 1100cc Mountain Record at Brooklands,after that it
was laid up until 1935 when it was bought by Clem Dyer and he raced it successfully in WA.itwas eventually
bought by Allan Mcintosh who retained it after he retired from racing,although his sons used to push each
other around the yard in it the car remained intact.when they decided to restore it they were able to obtain
the orriginal motor which was in another Salmson and they bought that as well.it is used regularly in historic
racing and it won the Concours at the RAC 100 aniversary in 2005.


Thanks Ken,

Very much appreciated.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 02:22

Another one of Vic Watsons Goggo at Waneroo.


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#1486 Ray Bell

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 10:23

Originally posted by cavvy
Dave Watkins is performing.....


Do you really think so?

I checked the '68 reports and found the Alford crash mentioned... it was a wet day, the car was badly distorted by the crash, everything seems to fit. Or was there a similar crash?

Is this 'Kaye's Corner'? Is it in the 6-hour? What do you reckon?

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 10:38

Originally posted by Terry Walker
Don O'Sullivan in the McLaren M22 ( I think). 1971. Jaime Gard in the orange overalls. Photo by Cavvy.

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If that was Don O'sullivan in 71, wouldn't it be a Mclaren M10A. It looks like the Matich #2 car that he totalled in the Tasman series.

Any more pics ???

#1488 Terry Walker

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 10:58

Ray, I don't think it was the 6-hr. More likely the State Champs in October, when one D Watkins DNFd in a 5 lap Mini handicap race.

#1489 Terry Walker

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 11:03

Another look at the McLaren, courtesy "Cavvy". Official WASCC results have it as M18.

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#1490 Ray Bell

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 11:50

Originally posted by Terry Walker
Ray, I don't think it was the 6-hr. More likely the State Champs in October, when one D Watkins DNFd in a 5 lap Mini handicap race.


Watkins also went off the road, that's right...

But I see nowhere in the report that it was a wet meeting, nor do I see any mention of him rolling, nor of 'reforming the body shell quite considerably'... which I do see in the 6-hour description.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 23:28

Dave Watkins roll was the final Caversham meeting - he reappeared a few times at Wanneroo.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 23:40

But is this:

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... his rollover?

This looks pretty much like a lightweight to me, was Watkins' car a lightweight? Was it this colour? It's not whether or not Watkins rolled, but whether or not this is his crash or Alford's... which by the RCN description it looks like. Both were at the same corner, by the way.

Again, I raise the issue of the description of the car Alford crashed as having been 'badly distorted'... this car is in the process of being 'badly distorted, with the roof already folded and the left side capsized.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 01:41

Definitely not the 6-hr, Ray. The 1968 Six Hour was very wet, the wettest on record - the track was saturated, it rained off and on all day - the sky was black; I remember it vividly. No way there was going to be dust flying if a car left the track.

Anyway, Cavvy took the photo and he knows who he photographed.

#1494 Terry Walker

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 02:27

A bit of checking shows Royston's lightweight was solid dark green - probably the standard BMC Cedar Green - or dark blue. It didn't have a white roof. Also, it didn't have an opening bootlid. If I remember rightly Watkins bought his car from Barry Foster - it was Barry's road car - and it was the popular combination of Cedar Green with a white roof.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 02:33

Taken at the same meeting as the rollover photo: Chris Royston's lightweight, back racing again. For the 1969 season it was repainted yellow.

Pic by Cavvy

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#1496 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 03:29

Coincidental, then that there was two Minis demolised in the one corner during that year...

Thanks for the clarification.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 05:10

Canberra, 1975, the Don Capasco Rally with an international vehicle: UK plates, looks like works team, I can't remember the driver (Roger Clark?). This was taken in the Stromlo Forest, burnt to the ground in the big fire, now just a black wasteland.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 05:44

Hmmm


Only three Escorts listed in the 1975 Don Capasco results...

http://www.bmsc.com....1975results.pdf

I reckon the most likely is the Escort RS2000 of Bob Watson / Jeff Beaumont. There's a TC for Peter Davis and one that's just an Escort, with Bob Bell at the helm.

The Watson / Beaumont car won nine stages and was second in a further seven. Obviously a pretty good unit. No reason given for the DNF.

While Roger Clark certainly ran the Southern Cross, I don't remember him in Canberra. But I was just a kid then.

Nice to see my cousin Lindee Anderson beat all the Escorts in her humble Triumph 2500! Just had to get that in.





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#1499 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 05:52

I guess I could always ask Bob Bell...

In '75 he was still living in Granville, but he'd remember whose car that is. His car that year would have been a later shape Escort, I think.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 06:00

Mitsubishi Lancer?

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