Originally posted by kevinbartlett
The pics of Armstrong show an S4 Holden # 16C that I shared with that old gentleman pommy speedway racer Bill Reynolds. It is in two shots one turning into Forrests Elbow behind a Studebaker and Cortina, the other halfway down the hill sans RHF wheel. The only other pic I have of it is at the bottom of Con-Rod still without the wheel. Is it possible for me to get the two for my personal collection?
I don't want to take this thread off-topic, but I knew and worked with old Bill for many years, and I must tell this true story.
This is a true story..Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent...
Many years ago when I was just a young'un I was in the motor trade and we had a showroom on William St Sydney which was THE place to be then, and we used to import and sell a lot of fancy cars from all over the world, but particularly the US.
We had just imported a whole load of fancy new cars from the US including a Mercury Cougar, Oldsmobile Toronado a Buick Electra, Buick Riviera, Olds Cutless, Dodge Ramcharger (yep, the genuine thing with 426 hemi manual), a couple of Shelby Stangs, and a couple of REAL GTO's etc.
We had all these in the showroom along with a Mercedes 600 Grosser 6.3 limo which was in the front of the showroom in pride of place.
We also had working for us an elderly guy (Bill) who was then 65ish (?), had been quite a name in Speedway racing but had retired and was now working for us as a salesperson, but he was a bit of a fiddler and loved to tinker. So, old Bill was half sitting in this Grosser with the driver's door open, one leg in and one leg out, the engine running, and had one foot on the throttle just giving it a little bit of a rev, watching the instruments to see how much oil-pressure it had, revs, ammeter, etc
Anyway, old Bill was holding it on about 1500rpm, peering down his nose through his specs looking at the gauges, when there was suddenly a loud thump, and screaming, shrieking and smoking of tyres and much smashing and crashing and broken glass etc as the office at the back of the showroom had an Olds Cutless shoved through it backwards!! .
Everyone came rushing through the clouds of tyre smoke to see what had happened .
The Grosser had jumped into reverse and had reversed into the GTO and pushed it backwards into the Cougar which had cannoned into the Cutless which had demolished the office at the back!!
The open driver's door on the Benz was half torn from its hinges and had opened up the side of the Riviera beside it like a can-opener!
"You silly old bastard Bill! You must have bumped it into gear!"
Old Bill was loudly protesting his innocence - "All I was doing was running the engine in neutral and it all happened by itself. Look, I was just holding it in neutral... like this... at about 1500 rpm like this........ and .... " BANG! ... - it happened again!! More shrieking of tyres and smashing of glass as the Benz REALLY shoved the GTO into the Cougar into the Cutless into the office etc .........
So, we cleared up the debris, got the cars fixed and moved on.
Except that, when we complained to Mercedes Benz about the danger of this situation, they made an official statement that "the situation that you describe cannot occur without human intervention because it is a non-mechanical linkage to the transmission and there are safety switches to prevent this occurence".
Well, old Bill kept protesting his innocence but nobody believed him.
So, we rebuilt the office, repaired all the damage to the cars which largely just cosmetic, including the Benz and sold it.
A few months later, the buyer had it out at York Motors Mercedes Benz workshop at Waterloo being serviced, and the tech was lying half in the engine compartment holding it at about 1500rpm, when ........Yup.............BANG.....!!! Into reverse and backwards through the brick wall of the workshop....
Old Bill couldn't wipe the grin off his face for a week!! When he found out, he sent a note to the service manager reminding him that this could not occur without human intervention.......
Sadly, I suppose Bill has probably long passed away - he was a lovely man to me and no-one ever seemed to know how old he really was, as he'd never own-up.