Originally posted by John Ellacott
I am coming down to Phillip Island for the weekend and hope to see some of you. My mobile is 0417 435 987 if anyone wants to get in touch.
Re the Mt. Druitt Start photo, the Alfa had gone to GMC truck power by then. The far car on the front row had not registered as being the Wheeler Fortune because I had thought of it as being red as it was later. The Don Wright Citroen is being driven by Ian Steele. Another red car which could be the one on the second row was the Peter Lovett Maserati 4 CL.....
Ian Steele? That surprises me, I understood he was an apprentice in the 1973/74 recce of the London-Munich event, when they ran out of fuel in the desert. Or is it a different Ian Steele?
.....Does anyone know what is happening with the Citroen since it made a brief appearance at the Tasman Revival 18 months ago.
Is it still owned by the guy in Mittagong (about half a mile from where I am at the moment!)? It's been sorely wasted for many years.
John also invited my comment on the Matich/Amon races that thrilled spectators during the 1968 Tasman Cup series in Australia... at least at the Surfers, Warwick Farm and Sandown rounds.
I didn't see the Surfers race, but recall the other two. They were at each others' throats for the most part... leading to me commenting many times on this forum about this incident:
Originally posted by myself
And now for the Peter Caldwell tangent...
You might recall that once, while watching Chris and Frank in their respective sporty cars, I saw them go each side of said Mr Caldwell's Tojiero Climax?
Well, I was talking to Bob last night... he's just back from Goodwood and was moved to say that Goodwood was 'as good as Warwick Farm...' and so I asked him what moment was the moment of all time in our tenure alongside the lake at the Farm.
"Oh, of course, Matich and Amon going each side of that slower car..."
So I mused about what Peter Caldwell might have to recall of that 'moment'... and decided it's high time we found him and asked him.
I mean, hear you are, racing as fast as your 1100cc Climax engine will take you through a sweeping ess bend and in your mirrors are a Ferrari and a Matich SR3. Then next thing you know you have one clipping the grass to your left and the other clipping the grass to your right as they head side by side into the braking area for the Causeway.
The guy's got to have some sort of comment!
Anyone know where he is?
Yes, it was like that. Bob would recall the Surfers race, I think he went there with Tom Ellery. The SR3 and the Ferrari were fairly evenly matched, and it's interesting that this was the first serious meeting of the two drivers since the 1962 Hordern Trophy race, when Frank beat Chris in the 1500 Elfin.
Originally posted by Dale Harvey
.....I also believe Ray Bell is in the background of the first shot.
I'm still not convinced. I agree, it looks like me, but what would I be doing with a tie, especially a tie like that? And what's in my right hand? I never smoked, and I don't see a camera. On top of that, I simply don't remember being there in that kind of situation. Gary Smith is there, however.
KB... would that be Greg there against the Alfa? And would that be Lyn Vincent's Fiat 500 in the background?
I was talking to Ron Thorp the other day too... his world is changing, his wife lost her leg recently, but he's still enthusiastic about cars, having a fair collection rotating at the Inverell Motor Museum and he recalls the days of the Cobra with great feeling. I must ask him what it was like to race a pre-war Ford V8 roadster at the Farm one of these days.