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#2201 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:01

That one doesn't open at all...

I'm using Firefox. I'll try it in Internet Explorer.

Edit: Result was that the last Tripod link never opened without copying and pasting... earlier one did.

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#2202 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:06

Terry McGrath has asked me to post this pic:

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#2203 terry mcgrath

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 22:42

There is a great picture the top of this page # 55 posted by "plannerpower" of the george phipps XK120 at Bathurst where he was timed at 132.35 mph presumably down Conrod. I have also posted this on the jaguar thread

The history of this car and another 1500 or so XK's is from our new XK book - no title as yet but a complete history of XK jaguars in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia "The Jaguar XK on For Continents"? and is a follow up book from the original book titled "The Jaguar XK in Australia" Elmgreen and McGrath pub 1985
The new book will be available later this year

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Owner: Mike Downey, Vaucluse, NSW.
Chassis completed on 26 July 1950 and despatched 16 August 1950 to Brylaws, Sydney arriving on the “Melbourne Star”. Sold new on 11 October 1950 to C.T.Reynolds. Bought around 1953 by George Phipps who modified it for racing, including overboring and fitting 3 sandcast SUs and an extractor exhaust system. Raced from May 1960 to April 1965 at the Castlereagh Sprints, Silverdale Hill Climb, Lowood, Hume Weir, Lithgow, Katoomba, Forty Bends and Bathurst (where it clocked 132.35 mph in 1963). Bought in August 1973 by Mike Downey after it had been in a garage since the about 1967 and maintained since in excellent original racing condition. Fitted with aero screens, overbored engine, two or three or 2 inch? SUs (with a special short manifold to clear the steering column) and extractor exhaust. Regularly seen at club events.
Regd: NC437 (NSW), 001 (NSW, Vintage)

#2204 terry mcgrath

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 22:47

The pictures of the 2 australian (victorian) registered Alta's was from Autosport 21-3-1952 and will be related to or in fact the same car or cars being discussed previously on this thread.
The best way of picking up the history of these cars is getting hold of the late john blanden's volume 1 and 2 "historic racing cars in Australia"
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#2205 john medley

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 22:59

In Terry's ex-Autosport photo of the two Gaze Altas, the hawkeyed can identify not just Allan Ashton, Tony Gaze and Julian Barrett in the front row, but also a young Harry Firth in the back row

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 23:08

Originally posted by Dale Harvey
Ray, I think this is about it for the Hustlers. Heading for the Northern Crossing at Warwick Farm.

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I think the guy in the white overalls on the right is more worried about all the beer cans and rubbish he's going to have to clean up before he goes home :lol:

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 02:35

Originally posted by Terry Walker
Not quite rallycross - an autocross at Mandurah in the early 70s, with a lot of the rally crowd taking part. It was conceived as a tightly twisting rally special stage. The area today is expensive housing.

Light Club Club of WA president Geoff Penn in his Mad Max model Falcon hardtop

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Greg George low-flying his Mini over the artifical yump

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Ross Dunkerton before he was famous

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Renault 10 demonstrating swing-axle tuckunder...

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Mini rally car - not sure who.

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Hi Terry

They were great events at Mandurah

I also drove in at least two events as they were about a year a part (end of Jan I think)

I have a photo of my Datsun 1600 looking much like that Mini with all the wheels in the air on full droop

Ross Dunkerton did drive of course Wayne Negus Ron Mitchell, Phill Myers and many more

So much fun pity motor sport was not still like that

Rally people , Road racers and just ordinary club people who are the backbone of motorsport in Australia competed

Only needed a Road event licence for that event i think

Thanks for the Pics Terry


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#2208 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:25

Originally posted by john medley
In Terry's ex-Autosport photo of the two Gaze Altas, the hawkeyed can identify not just Allan Ashton, Tony Gaze and Julian Barrett in the front row, but also a young Harry Firth in the back row


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Care to identify who's who there then, John? Ashton, Gaze and Barrett the centre three in front? Harry Firth with shadow (how appropriate!) over his face just behind Barrett's right shoulder? Would that be John Sawyer up there to the right of Firth?

#2209 Dale Harvey

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 23:45

Graeme Lawrence Lola T332 at Oran Park 1974.

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#2210 Dale Harvey

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 22:32

KB in the Mildren Alfa 1600. Warwick Farm esses 22/9/1968.

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#2211 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 00:09

Originally posted by Dale Harvey
KB in the Mildren Alfa 1600. Warwick Farm esses 22/9/1968.

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Or practice day?

Actually, that meeting was September 8... according to RCN. On race day Bartlett was second off the grid, after two or three laps spun and then clawed his way back to second behind Macrow and ahead of Scott. Then his body panels came loose and he dropped back, keeping station with Macrow, but with Scotty not sure if he was just ahead of KB or right up on Macrow's tail. Scott set fastest lap... this was the first outing for the Mildren 1600car.

#2212 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 00:18

Originally posted by Dale Harvey
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Bob Jane leads Jim McKeown heading for the Northern Crossing at Warwick Farm.


Of note, McKeown's first run with fuel injection... lasted only two laps in the race...

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An assortment of touring cars exiting the Esses at Warwick Farm.


This one has been bugging me, especially the Mustang in the tail. But I finally twigged... it's Paul Fahey, they race being the 1968 Australian Touring Car Championship. Not sure whether the lead Mustang here is Rod Coppins or Red Dawson, most likely Coppins, and I can't get to grips with the Lotus Cortina either... I could suggest Dr John Uren or Brian Michelmore.

#2213 Dallas84

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 01:16

Originally posted by Ray Bell


Of note, McKeown's first run with fuel injection... lasted only two laps in the race...



This one has been bugging me, especially the Mustang in the tail. But I finally twigged... it's Paul Fahey, they race being the 1968 Australian Touring Car Championship. Not sure whether the lead Mustang here is Rod Coppins or Red Dawson, most likely Coppins, and I can't get to grips with the Lotus Cortina either... I could suggest Dr John Uren or Brian Michelmore.


Spot on, Ray, you confirm it here http://aussieroadrac...m/Stanley2.html

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 04:06

The lead Mustang would be Greg Cusack, the Cortina would be Chris Brauer in August 1967. Don't know about the Mini (lapped?).

Dale contributed his fabulous photos to my website and I have written captions for most of them here:

http://members.tripo...960s_page_3.htm


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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:24

Indeed, Red Dawson's Mustangs were both blue, the earlier, ex-Segedin car a dark, plain blue, and the later model a metallic, electric blue with large gold numbers. Yum ! Paul Fahey's Mustang was plain white, but this car looks devoid of his BOAC signage of the time.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:49

Blatant advertising on cars was banned in Australia at that time. Paul Fahey would have had to remove or cover over any signage.

#2217 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 10:03

Originally posted by normbeechey
The lead Mustang would be Greg Cusack, the Cortina would be Chris Brauer in August 1967. Don't know about the Mini (lapped?).

Dale contributed his fabulous photos to my website and I have written captions for most of them here:

http://members.tripo...960s_page_3.htm


Ahh... so they're not from the same meeting!

That would mean it's David Bye in the Mini...

#2218 Dale Harvey

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 23:54

Yeah, my mistake the shot of KB in the 1600 Mildren Alfa was Sept 8th 1968. Don't know where I got the other date from.
The shot of the touring cars exiting the esses was taken July 16th 1967. All cars have been identified by one or another. Cusack,Brauer,Fahey, and I think you are correct Ray, David Bye.
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 22:12

Sandown, February 1964
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BTW, has anyone come up with "was there a Nedloh II or not"? (earlier post)

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#2220 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 22:28

I'm fairly sure they did...

That's a nice shot of the Galaxie.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 22:35

Nedloh 1 was a Singer-chassised grey Holden powered special built by Walter James Russell and his father in the late 50s(red yellow nosed car shown at Amaroo in an earlier post), Nedloh 2 Jim's small offset engine/driver front engined Holden powered car an even more successful car(particularly in the last decade when Jim has won driver of the meeting awards at Phillip Island for example), and Nedloh 3 a rear engined Holden special a bit like an Elfin 600 but with Mini front wheels. The Nalla Holden run in recent times by Henry Walker and originally built by Allan Lowe is a different car, and unrelated

W.J.Russell aka Jim aka Stumpy is the same that currently races his"old" Ford V8 special while his "new"Ford V8 special continues to bring him grief. He has been building specials and racing them for over 50 years

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 22:41

More Sandown Heavy Metal - '64, '65?
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#2223 onelung

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 22:54

And - somewhat more mechanically sophisticated (the exhaust note was sublime!)
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#2224 onelung

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 23:02

Sandown, February 196? but who, please.
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#2225 onelung

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 23:16

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#2226 David McKinney

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 23:17

The yellow car in post 222 is surely the Mildren Team Brabham-Climax BT11A driven by F Gardner

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 23:29

Originally posted by David McKinney
The yellow car in post 222 is surely the Mildren Team Brabham-Climax BT11A driven by F Gardner


Top of the class Dave, absolutely correct. :)
Year is 1966, from memory, correct me if I'm mistaken.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 00:10

MG car club's track at Lanac Park, Mt Compass, south of Adelaide. Gary Chapman having some fun.
You have to love the hard hat....
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 00:17

And from the same occasion/location, Jim Goldfinch's 100S
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.. and the cockpit of same.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 00:45

Two shots from an October '67 Mallala meeting.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 01:11

Port Wakefield:from the days when you could actually SEE the drivers, and not just the top of their helmets above their mobile advertising hoardings.
Len Lukey..CooperBristol
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and Tom Hawkes .. Cooper Holden (Repco head)
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 06:39

Collingrove 1967. Blown VW, nicely done - but who, I wonder ...?
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#2233 Ray Bell

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 06:39

Originally posted by kevinbartlett
Top of the class Dave, absolutely correct. :)
Year is 1966, from memory, correct me if I'm mistaken.


'65, actually... in '66 Frank tried the Maser engine in this car at the 'Farm and Sandown, drove the Stillwell car.

#2234 onelung

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 06:58

Alan Hamilton, Mallala ... 1966? 1967?
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 07:16

Originally posted by onelung
Two shots from an October '67 Mallala meeting.
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Same car as in post 2221, but different driver - am I right again KB? :)

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 07:27

Originally posted by David McKinney

Same car as in post 2221, but different driver - am I right again KB? :)


Right again David car 7 Frank, car 5 KB. The same car though a year or two later.

Thanks Ray I knew you'd remember the year.

#2237 Ray Bell

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:44

Originally posted by onelung
Alan Hamilton, Mallala ... 1966? 1967?
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October, 1967...

Did battle with Noel Hurd's Elfin 400 (possibly fitted with the Globe 4-cam heads), won the SATT after Hurd tripped up with a spinning Glynn Scott... all of this after Niel Allen had problems in his runaway Elfin 400 Chev. KB won the Gold Star race that day, took 2.3 seconds off the lap record, that's the picture further back on the page and repeated by David.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 21:30

Bathurst 1968. Doug MacArthur leads Fred Gibson and Bruce Leer. Sorry about the clarity.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 21:34

Is the white/red stripes Elan the ex Bob Jane car, currently for sale over here?
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#2240 Dale Harvey

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 21:46

The white with red stripes 26R was owned at the time by Niel Allen. I'm not sure of its previous history. Ray should know.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 22:09

Thanks for the Hamilton ID Ray - my filing system is just a teensy bit less rigorous than that of Kaydee's (his is immaculate: a model of teutonic orderliness). Here's another - possibly from the same meeting(?), judging by the muddy quality of the B&W slide. [I can only guess that it must have been cheaper than colour film stock!]
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 22:44

And a couple from the 1967 Winton 6hr relay race. What's french for "understeer"? It was running on Dunlop racing tyres, I seem to recall ... !
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 22:58

Yes onelung, I'm pretty sure the photo of Harvey's BT14 is from the same Mallala meeting, right number and engine to be Round 4 of the 1967 Gold Star.
http://members.optus...lts/races67.htm

#2244 Ray Bell

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 22:59

Originally posted by onelung
Thanks for the Hamilton ID Ray - my filing system is just a teensy bit less rigorous than that of Kaydee's (his is immaculate: a model of teutonic orderliness). Here's another - possibly from the same meeting(?), judging by the muddy quality of the B&W slide. [I can only guess that it must have been cheaper than colour film stock!]
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The colour slides cost very little more than black and whites, IIRC... in fact, black and white 8mm movie film was the same price as colour...

This is John Harvey... same meeting... third on the grid, pitted after 18 laps and rejoined many laps down...

Roger, the Elan could well be the Bob Jane car, I've forgotten exactly the movements of these things.

Niel bought the Geoghegan car. Actually, it was a car that the Geoghegans had imported when they sold one to Fred Gibson (the yellow and black one). They had hoped that Fred's performances in that car would help them sell a second one, the 26R being a full thousand quid dearer than the road going models.

Leo told me that they were stuck with it. Fred didn't set fire to the sporty car scene like they hoped at all, so Leo put it together and raced it himself, even putting on a demonstration at Oran Park once where he diced with Pete in the 23B (such was the order of dominance they held over the field racing that day...). It was only a few meetings down the line that Niel Allen bought it to replace his Jag E-type.

When Niel crashed the Elan (Warwick Farm pit fence?), he bought the unraced Bob Jane car, which had come into the country by then, painted it up the same and ran it instead. Not sure if there was another crash, but he did have the two cars.

It's all too confusing at this distance to recall which was which, but I fancy there was another complication... that Niel bought Fred's car for him to keep on running. And this pic might be of Fred in his own car with Niel's colours.

Again, Roger, I'm sure that this is something Bob would recall with great clarity... if only he'd start posting!

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 23:15

That Citroen!

We can all see why it was claimed that postwar Parisian gangsters found the Light 15 an admirably stable getaway platform, particularly if they were using revolvers and machine guns as part of their work

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 01:02

Was it Fred Gibson who had a big prang in the yellow/black Elan at Catalina? Seem to recall it was at Craven A.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:04

And what the French can do at the front, the Germans can ...
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.. do equally well at the back.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:08

Originally posted by viva48
Was it Fred Gibson who had a big prang in the yellow/black Elan at Catalina? Seem to recall it was at Craven A.


I don't recall Fred having any major crashes in the Elan, but you might be right... it didn't take much of a crash in an Elan to make it look like it was a big one.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 05:50

Winton again, this time Italian style. Do I still detect a bit of rear wheel tuck-under...?
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#2250 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:17

You'd better not let Paul Newby hear you saying that...

Live axles on the rear of that model.

Now... what do you have of some later Mallala Gold Stars?