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#101 Robert Bailey

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:01

Originally posted by Terry Walker
Lakeside, mid 1960s:

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ah the good old days.

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#102 BT 35-8

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 07:29

Ray,

If it is Ralph Sach then it will be the Nota-Din , the Mini-Din was the car Trevor Meehan demolished at Bathurst .

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#103 Terry Walker

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 10:29

Also at Lakeside, same day:

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#104 Patrick Fletcher

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 10:58

Originally posted by BT 35-8
Ray,

If it is Ralph Sach then it will be the Nota-Din , the Mini-Din was the car Trevor Meehan demolished at Bathurst .

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Cover of Sports Car World ... December 1962 has an overhead shot of Ralph Sach's NOTA-Din - motor is canted over, has three SU's and cockpit is off-set to the left.

#105 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:32

I phoned Cummo to get this, he said it was 'either the Nota Din or the Mini Din'...

The Nota Din had different chassis detail, this one is clearly not a Nota at all. Where are Joe Bosworth and John Medley when you need them?

Trevor Meehan's car was Mini-powered, but it wasn't called 'Mini Din'... if you look in the Bathurst book there's a photo of it crashing. The name of the car's there, I just can't bring it to mind at the moment.

#106 bradbury west

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:56

I can't think where else to mention this;

In this month's Vintage Racecar there is a long article, with history and track impressions, of Eldred Norman's 1955 supercharged Zephyr Special, which seems something of a testament to Aussie ingenuity. They also covered the Crowfoot Special last year so they are clearly aiming at the market there as they launched in Australia in October/November IIRC.

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#107 Terry Walker

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 12:34

The Zephyr Spl at Caversham:

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#108 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 12:45

Love those vents around the footwell...

Who's driving there, Terry... Norman or Rilstone? I didn't know the car went to Caversham.

#109 Terry Walker

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 12:50

I didn't either until I saw this photo. Apparently the 60 or 61 Gold Star Round, or even possibly a stab at the WA racing Car title about the same time. More likely Rilstone than Norman. The guy who knows, and took the pic, is currently at Phillip Island...

#110 Terry Walker

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 12:54

Just went to my own website, results section: K Rilstone, WA Racing Car Championship meeting, 28 Oct 1961, DNF

#111 kaydee

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 13:00

Eldred Norman in the Zephyr Special (or otherwise the Norholfordor) in the pits during the 1955 AGP meeting at Port Wakefield .

I think that this may even have been its first race appearance?
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#112 David McKinney

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 13:22

No, its d├ębut had been at the Easter meeting

#113 Terry Walker

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 01:05

Nice one of Beechey, Lakeside 1964. Note that the Neptune Racing Team logo has been covered over on account of it being "advertising"... This pic was taken at Karrussel .


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#114 john medley

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:25

Great photos, folks!

Havent had time to post recently.. trying hard to get ready for Phillip Island ( and debauch my little body while there!!!)

There were two Mini dins :Trevor Meehan's sports car, and the Ralph Sach hillclimber which preceded his Nota Din. The Mini Din shown in photo with Ralph Sach and John Cummins was later hillclimbed very effectively by Bathurst's Bob Bedwell. Travelled to Phillip Island wih Cummo and he too confirmed the photo.

Do we have a Queensander who can identify the road registered car # 11 with JWF fibreglass body behind the Repco Centaur? A friend has been trying to identify that one for years

#115 Terry Walker

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 07:39

The registration is NRO 195 if that's any use..

#116 Terry Walker

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 07:42

Still at Lakeside, the Reynolds Elfin.

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#117 BT 35-8

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 07:53

Terry,

Sorry that isn't an Elfin , that is Tony Reynold's Rennmax.

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#118 Terry Walker

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:26

Thanks for that - the description I gave is what was pencilled on the slide. I'll pencil the correction on the slide for future reference.

#119 john medley

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 09:17

Delicate little car

Love the giant adjustable standing ready for action

By the way,Greg Snape's description long ago of his first drive of his father's Norman Zephyr:" You touch the accelerator pedal and all of a sudden you are somewhere else and your face is covered in flattened flies"

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#120 BT 35-8

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 22:13

That is one of the best photos of a lovely unmolested racing car .

John , shame on you , you should know that big shifters are not for use on race cars , must be for the trailer.

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#121 David Shaw

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 22:24

What is that small logo on the side? To me it resembles a red trident.

#122 Terry Walker

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 00:18

It is a red trident, symbol of Neptune Oil Co (now absorbed into Shell).

#123 Terry Walker

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 09:32

Longford, Tasman Series, 1964.

Guess who?

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 13:00

May be, Jack Brabham on Brabham BT7A.

#125 kaydee

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 13:42

Here are several photos of some of the International drivers at the Sandown Tasman meeting in 1962 -

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Stirling Moss

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Jim Clark

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Roy Salvadori

#126 kaydee

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 22:33

Jack Brabham being interviewed by local media after winning at Longford in 1960

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#127 Terry Walker

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 01:05

Pre-race Parade, Longford 1964.

I can easily identify Bob Jane, but not the other driver beside him, nor the driver whose face is obscured by the windscreen pillar. The rider in leathers in the white car is Kel Carruthers.

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#128 normbeechey

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 01:48

The guy beside Bob Jane looks a bit like Greg Cusack squinting into the sun. The guy in the passenger seat could be Frank Matich I would say.

By the way, does anyone know if it is possible to change password used to log on to this forum? I have not been able to find a way of changing . Thanks in anticipation.

#129 David Shaw

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:01

I agree that it does look like Cusack behind. Must be the ATT car as Jane didn't run in the South Pacific Trophy. It was a good call as the Australian Tourist Trophy finished Matich, Jane then Cusack according to Barry Green's Fast Track Back Longford.

PS. Chris, go to User CP near the top in the middle, and this gives you a Change Password option.

#130 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:31

Yes, must be Matich with the garland around his neck...

I'm trying to identify the location of the photo too... those little trees are the same as the ones that Timmy Mayer hit that year, but on the wrong side of the road and with the wrong background to be at that part of the circuit. Although 1964 was a drought year, IIRC, and that might make a difference to the appearance of the background.

#131 David Shaw

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 09:01

I haven't seen photos of that area, but to me it could possibly be approaching Pub Corner, with the photographer standing outside the Mobil servo. The white tyre on the edge of the road also indicates proximity to a corner.

#132 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 09:35

Yes, that's the point on the circuit I'm talking about...

Timmy Mayer died right near the Mobil servo.

#133 Terry Walker

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 09:44

Another photo from the same parade at the same Longford meeting...

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#134 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 11:20

That would probably be Eric Reece in the passenger seat this time...

Hill was the race winner, McLaren had won the series.

#135 David Shaw

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 12:02

Originally posted by Terry Walker
Another photo from the same parade at the same Longford meeting...

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And judging by the hand placement of the man positioned above the driver's head in the photograph, I think it certainly indicates proximity to the Prince Of Wales.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 22:53

Thanks for the tip David. I have been using the system delivered password for years, and not known how to change it.

"PS. Chris, go to User CP near the top in the middle, and this gives you a Change Password option."

#137 Ray Bell

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 01:10

Originally posted by Terry Walker
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In the sunglasses and with the hand over his face... Graeme Hoinville...

And Col gives another vote to Jim Sullivan in the pic with the Geoghegans.

#138 Terry Walker

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 09:33

Back to Lakeside ... very nostalgic shot of how we were.

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#139 Ray Bell

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 10:06

You're sure right there, Terry...

That looks like Lionel ahead of Glynn... but those cars on the infield, that area's about 30' lower now, and the concentration of Holdens is no longer so great.

And the girls, they're undoubtedly showing a lot more wear than they did that day.

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#140 Terry Walker

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 06:21

Another nostalgic "they way we were" photo, Oran Park, 1975 Tasman meeting (F5000 by then). It's one of a small batch I took before the attractions of the Esky became too great.

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#141 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 11:47

Peter Warren's Bolwell leading, right? And that's Jimmy Davidson's Elan back there. Not sure at all about the rest of them.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 12:19

Official pre-race scrutineering somewhere in Orange prior to the February 1960 meeting.
Derek Jolly's Lotus XV in left foreground -

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#143 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 13:05

And isn't that Sam Miller's Austin Healey 100S up there in the doorway?

Nice pic, Kevin...

#144 kaydee

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 13:09

Ray,
According to the program - you are correct - # 22 is S. N. Miller Austin Healey

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 13:19

That is a very flash looking scruitineering bay. Puts a lot of permanent circuits to shame. (reminds me of my brother telling me about Sandown in the 90's when the scruitineering bay blew away!)

#146 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 13:28

Oh, given time, sheds like that can get pretty tatty too...

Anyone care to guess who owns the Qld registered Zephyr ute on the right?

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 10:23

View of the pit area at Bathurst during the October 1958 ATT & AGP meeting....

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Just a little bit different from the facilities enjoyed by today's competitors!

#148 David Shaw

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 15:51

That pink device in the middle of the photo looks very interesting.

#149 David McKinney

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 16:23

I would have said it's a Buckle, but there isn't one listed for that meeting in John Medley's book. Or any No.74 that I could see

#150 john medley

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 21:20

It's a Buchanan body with fibreglass top. I have no recollecion of the car

At first I had to agree with David: doesnt appear in the programmed list in the Bathurst book, so a special find I thought, and another personal smack on the wrist for the author

However, in the results appears Bruce Maher Buchanan Holden. Given the company the pink car keeps in the photo above, with cars arranged in classes, my guess is Bruce Maher Buchanan Holden