Personal photos of Australian motor racing '50s to '70s
Posted 27 March 2008 - 06:38
I've been lurking about, especially on this thread, but haven't posted for over a year - too damn busy...
Anyway, you are right, no wheels "tucking in" on a 105 Series Alfa Giulia GT Veloce, like that in the picture. Probably more of a rear end "walk" as the top mounted trunnion, or A bracket steered the rear suspension over the bends. I believe the rear roll centre is way too high and rear traction is not what it could be.
Just survived Bathurst in my trusty Group Sc Alfetta GT. What a circuit. A dream come true...
Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:58
... what do you have of some later Mallala Gold Stars?
Very little, if anything Ray - I seem to recall becoming embroiled in a University course at the time. Apologies.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:24
I've managed to identify both the date of this pic, and most of the cars.
Colin Uphill, "Topolino" - a Ford 10 engined all independent single seater started by Jack Nelson and finished by Uphill.
Barry Ranford Junior in another Ford 10 Spl, named "Junior". In the background the red mGTC of Bob Urquhart, and behind him you can just make out the black MG TC of Bruce Mutton.
The fearsome looking Citroen Light 15 based racing car, John Metcalfe driving.
Making its racing debut, the Morris 8 spl of Bill Fitzgerald
MG TA Monoposto in middle . The yellow and black car in the distance is the terrifying Mercury Double V8. The silver grey car is the Bugatti T57 in its offset monoposto form.
EDIT: Curses! I've scrambled two captions. But you see which ones I mean.
And this one I don't know. I can't see the number anywhere. My guess is Frank Buttigig.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 18:44
What was the makeup of the Buttigig car? And who's in the TR2?
Posted 27 March 2008 - 21:31
Posted 27 March 2008 - 22:10
Fantastic work again Terry. There are a couple of cars behind Uphill, a large green car with jailbar grille and one that is in complete shadow that may make it a bit more difficult.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 00:49
I'm not at all sure the "Buttigig" car is in fact the Buttigig car. It was just a guess. "The Visor" magazine, where I got the results of this race meeting from, completely fails to mention what sort of car Buttigig was driving. Looking at it again, it looks like it has wire spoke knock-off wheels. It just might be another MG spl. The absence of a racing number doesn't help. The jailbar grille green monster behind might be Buttigig.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:07
This was a confusing period, due to new numbers being allocated each meeting.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:44
Posted 28 March 2008 - 03:26
There was a later major rebuild discarding the Amilcar parts, adding an independent front end on a tubular chassis and a better body, and finally the Ford A engine was chucked and replaced by the good old Grey Holden through a Hillman gearbox.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 03:33
Posted 28 March 2008 - 03:34
Posted 28 March 2008 - 03:44
Posted 28 March 2008 - 04:11
It had a V8 fitted by Maurice, but this looks exactly like it did pre-V8 or even possibly first outing with V8... Maurice was still Chrysler-powered in '55 according to your good book. I'd give it the nod if someone will tell me that car was green!
Posted 28 March 2008 - 04:30
Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:26
The size has got me a bit surprised, but I don't think there's many pics about with it alongside other cars. Then again, if this pic was taken with a tele lens that would help too.
What does the WS look like?
Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:48
car had a flatter and smaller grille as taken in another photo on the same day.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:12
Wonder which car that is? And can you post the other pic, please?
Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:28
Chrystler speedcar.Maybe the no6 might be in Terrys records.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:21
Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:20
Ken, you're referring to No 14, aren't you? That's the car...
It's a bit late for Ranford Speedcars, though, isn't it?
And please note that there's no oddbod codes left around your picture here. If you e.mail me, I'll explain that to you.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:24
Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:14
Barry Ranford? and yes Ray no14 is the Wakelin car.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:17
When you entered for the meeting, one of the questions on the entry form was "What is your preferred race number/s ?" Sometimes you got it....sometimes you didn't, and they just allocated you a number for the meeting. We always tried to ask for the same number that they'd given at the last meeting so we didn't have to shell-out for new ones and spend the frustrating time trying to stick them on without bubbles/wrinkles/distortion etc
Originally posted by Terry Walker
At this period some car numbers changed from race meeting to race meeting. They seem to have been based on handicap. ...
Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:29
V8 is making a rare appearance with Toby Carboni at the wheel,Syd Andersons Healy gets some attention.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 07:36
Posted 30 March 2008 - 08:18
The very Australian landscape so close to the track, the very weathered and dilapidated Gnoo-Blas Racing Club sign, the starters tower sagging under the weight of those inside it and what appears to be a tarp of sorts drying on the roof of the Kombi.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 08:57
That plastic raincoat - they were all the rage for about 2 years. They clung to you like clingfilm, were colder than a tax collector's heart, and had a peculiar plasticky smell. The pic brought back those memories with a jolt!
Posted 30 March 2008 - 09:42
Posted 30 March 2008 - 09:43
Is Ted Moir on the list of officials of the meeting? And who was the cigarette salesman who did so well that day?
Posted 30 March 2008 - 11:18
Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:40
Originally posted by Terry Walker
More likely Don Milne in the Speedcar. He was running it in 54-55, with speedway solo rider Laurie Stevens having the occasional punt as well. It appears in the programmes and results as "Plymouth 4".
Is this Laurie Stevens of Kayes Engineering Repco Holden #7+ speedcar fame ... gave some well credentialled visitors a run for their money.
Note that in WA there was motorsport, no gulf between the black track & the speedway... Ranford, Aldous, Potts, Starcevich, Myers, Negus ... FRIDAY NIGHT IS SPEEDWAY NIGHT !!
Posted 31 March 2008 - 19:30
Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:29
having a look.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 02:54
Touring and GT support race: Lex Davison, Galaxie, has come undone at the end of the main straight, Tony Osborne (Lotus) and a local in a red humpy Holden scoot past.
Bruce McLaren (? No number visible) rounding up Bill Patterson and, in the distance, Jeff Dunkerton in the Lotus Super 7.
The start of the AGP. I can't get it much better than this as it is cropped extensively. Standard lens, not telephoto, by the look of the pictures.
Jack Brabham at practice.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 05:46
Originally posted by ken devine
I have just had a lot of my photos added to the Oldrace photos website there is a great selection worth
having a look.
Oldrace website How do I get on ?
Nice having a quick yarn at Brookton.
Do you reckon the"Glaxie" ran out of brakes ?
That puff of dust on the no-mans land inside the red humpy. Some hero come in a bit tight eh ?
The circuit just after the top bend caught out many a good lad. Unless of course they were SIMCA mounted.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:54
in the Mini Cooper.
Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:36
pick it,there are 5 shots from the same position he was in a tree.it shows an airstrip in the back ground,i thought near the hairpin but the bush ther was much heavier.Lets here you ideas.
Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:56
Plus there is the runway in the back ground.
Posted 10 April 2008 - 06:30
The end of the main straight, Coca Cola Corner. The cars have turned off the straight and heading for the footbridge and then the Esses.
Posted 10 April 2008 - 11:23
Posted 10 April 2008 - 15:08
Just before the bridge is a big tree. From there, you can take a pic which shows the first twenty yards or so of the section after you leave the main straight, and it has runways visible in the background.
Posted 10 April 2008 - 23:41
Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:33
Originally posted by ken devine
I am convinced Terry,although i thought we would get more takers.
I agree it's Coke corner. Terry's aerial shot shows a drainage ditch at right angles to the circuit which also appears opposite the Brabham in the photo.
PS: Love your photo's Ken!
Posted 11 April 2008 - 23:03
Posted 12 April 2008 - 19:32
Great shot!! My 1st car, back in the day, at a the tender age of 17 I am going to get another..........
Guys, I was at the Europen GP in 1964 at Brands Hatch, and I have just seen on a website, that Bib Stilwell was entered in a works Brabham BT8 Climax for the "Daily Mail Guards Trophy" race. I have read many posts on this driver, and really, did not recognise the name, however, I could have seen him race back in the day, without even knowing it!!!
Any information on this event from any of you guys? I have long since lost my programmes in house moves, 20-30 years ago.........How did he do on the day, and did he compete in many European Events, and if so, which ones?