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#4451 Terry Walker

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:17

In the early 1950s John Trowell was with Motor Manual, and he gave me three glossy prints from the period - the brilliant Gunther shot was one, and this posed publicity shot of Jack Brabham, handed out to every newspaper and motoring magazine in the country, was another:

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#4452 ellrosso

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:22

Great shot of JB Terry! Classic stuff.

#4453 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:35

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The blue car in here is the Fiat 1400 Special...

Sorry, can't think of the name of the driver now.

#4454 ken devine

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:48

J. Wittenoom Oldsmobile Special Pinjelly 1938.



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#4455 ellrosso

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:01

I think its Stan Allen Ray.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:03

I've been much of the afternoon trying to post photos. Not having much luck. Ready to give up.


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#4457 Morris S

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:18

it's a 997 by the chassis number details and although I don't have a direct link to Gaydon records is quite probably one of the rare batch of BMC Australia fully imported 997s brought in before the local production hit its straps.

Very nicely done. He was aware of the links to Digby Cooke, but upon contact, Digby couldn't recall it.

Stephen


Thanks for that Stephen, yes definately a UK built 997 Cooper, beautifully restored now as you say. Very odd Cooke couldn't recall the car being one of the first and specially imported ?

It is quite a coincidence (or is it ?) that the car McLaren raced in NZ was also an Almond Green imported early 997,(aside from the CKD car he raced at the '62 Australian GP posted earlier). I have heard it said that at least two fully built up cars were sent over from the UK to test some pre production 1071 S motors, wonder what truth there is to that story.

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#4458 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:22

Originally posted by ken devine
J. Wittenoom Oldsmobile Special Pinjelly 1938.

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Surely that gave birth to the car Johnson drove at Toodyay?

And surely it couldn't look worse!

#4459 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:26

Originally posted by ellrosso
I think its Stan Allen Ray.


That's right, Stan Allen...

Never seen it in colour before! How long before we get a colour shot of the Bashmobile?

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 20:44

A colour shot of the Bashmobile would be rarer than hens teeth Ray! Must check my '55 (?) Longford report in Modern Motor again - I know the car and driver had a mention but can't remember a photo of it. I'd imagine David Keep would have had something of it but it would have been lost in the '67 bushfires. Lost all his pre '60 stuff - tragic.

#4461 ken devine

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 00:33

A great pre 50s shot of Duncan Ord in the Bugatti leading an MG onto the straight at Caversham.


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:20


Pit scene Narrogin 1948. Ford 10 Special, Ballot V8 and the Cass 500 that was mentioned in regard to the Hall Special. I am told
Don used some body panels from that car.



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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:54

It was only a couple of weeks ago that John Medley posted how he had just spent 3 hours going over some of the older pages of this now huge and highly significant thread. Can I suggest if we have the time we go back regularly and look through older pages of photos so they stay on the thread rather than become a series of red crosses. Which If I undestand correctly, is what happens when the host provider, such as 'photobucket' etc. turf the image because it hasn't been opened up in 12 months.

Why I write this is because the founder of this thread 'kaydee' (Kevin, who I'm sure can't believe how popular this thread is) now has several red crosses appearing. I have to admit I was doing a cheat and just going through his 12 pages of significant posts just before and found the red cross scenario appearing. Indeed not all his posts relate to this thread, but a high proportion do and so we keep the vast number of all the enthusiasts posting images on here live, we need to check back every so often. Otherwise we just end up with tales & details to a photo, that no longer loads up.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:52

Pit scene Narrogin 1948. Ford 10 Special, Ballot V8 and the Cass 500 that was mentioned in regard to the Hall Special. I am told
Don used some body panels from that car.


Great shots, this and the Caversham one!! - How many years did they run at Narrogin?

#4465 ken devine

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:59

Narrogin was run 6 years including the 1951 AGP. That celebrates 60 years this year.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 06:38

In the early 1950s John Trowell was with Motor Manual, and he gave me three glossy prints from the period - the brilliant Gunther shot was one, and this posed publicity shot of Jack Brabham, handed out to every newspaper and motoring magazine in the country, was another:

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Great shot of jack thanks for posting Terry. Also the Alta 1962 AGP looks to be prepared to a very high standard for the period.

#4467 ken devine

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 09:39

Jack Ayres cars were always presented to a high standard.

#4468 ken devine

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 09:44

The Repco Holden Alta in David Rockfords hands 1963.




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Posted 15 January 2011 - 09:46

The Repco Holden Alta in David Rockfords hands 1963.




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Did David Rockford race Supermodifieds in Speedway in the 70s?

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 09:51

Yes David raced supermodifieds at the speedway and was brilliant there as well. Rockford was only an assumed name for family
reasons, his real surname was Drew.

#4471 ellrosso

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 12:02

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Top shot is Kerry Cox, Paramount Jag, Mike Ward's Clubman alongside and Gordon Porter in the ex Ambrose, Tapping Elfin Aero behind. 1969
All pics are oldracephotos.com library.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:02

Allan MacIntosh Bartlett Special Patriotic GP 1040



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#4473 ken devine

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:10

Harley Hammomd winning Patriotic GP.



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#4474 ken devine

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:15

Barry Ranford at Albany 1938 Ranford Special.



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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:26

Neil Baird Terraplane Lake Perkolli late 30s.




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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:57

Pete,

This car was on display at the Muscle Cars Masters race meeting at Eastern Creek, September last year. Owner told me it was 998 Cooper originally. But it's a 997 by the chassis number details and although I don't have a direct link to Gaydon records is quite probably one of the rare batch of BMC Australia fully imported 997s brought in before the local production hit its straps.

He had owned it about 30 years ago when it was BRG and used it for hillclimbing. Sold it, then was surfing the net (after a stint in hospital) and found the car in 2009 - restored and for sale on a specialist website. Had to have it again. Had it liveried up in Leffler's race scheme for MCM at the Creek. Was based north of Sydney. Very nicely done. He was aware of the links to Digby Cooke, but upon contact, Digby couldn't recall it.

Stephen


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Posted 17 January 2011 - 00:42

Some contributions from late in the period in question (I was born in the sixties, so it's not my fault).

Alan Hamilton wins a Sports Car Championship race at Oran Park in his Porsche 934 in 1977

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The start of said race.

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Pit scenes from the same meeting.

Rusty French's De Tomaso Pantera

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Ian Geoghegan looks on as his Torana is prepared

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The little-raced Jim Richards Falcon (touring car, not Sports Sedan)

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These were all taken with a Yashica 635 using 120-sized film.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 00:45

Bathurst 1000, 1977

The Ron Dickson 'Flying Earhole' Falcon

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Peter Janson's spare A9X Torana

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Ron Hodgson team's Dolomite.

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Jim Keogh's Falcon. Must have been a rich team as they had a truck, not just a trailer.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 01:36

Nice ones Bruce

Could be worse you could be like me and born in the 80's!

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#4480 cooper997

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:05

Bruce,

Interesting comment about Jim Keogh having a truck, rather than just a trailer. The benefit of being a barrister/solicitor. During his stint of racing Commodores in the early 80s my old man use to catch up with Jim at dad's work, helping run the service dept at Noel Gould Holden in Berwick, Vic. Noel being one of the dealers who kicked money into the pot when Brock tookover HDT from Sheppo. And for that matter gave Brock a chance to race the HR when Noel was at Watson Holden in Bundoora, some dozen odd years earlier. The benefit of kicking money into HDT was that those dealers got the HDT VCs to sell.

Also interesting that you show Rusty French's Pantera, in conversation a couple of weeks ago, a friend mentioned he was the first to have a semi trailer race transporter. He had a photo of it too (amongst a fantastic array of other photos - just need him to start posting some here - he has joined). I remember the Pantera blasting around Lakeside in 1977, but I can't remember the transporter in the pits.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:12

Thanks 275GTB-4 (Mick) for posting the photo of the ex-Leffler Mini Cooper at Eastern Creek. You could have warned me you were taking this photo though! For Sale at Classic Throttle Shop in Sydney -serious money for a Mini.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:20

Caversham 1954 startline. Morry Maurice HRG, Syd Anderson Healey, Syd Negus Plymouth,Peter Bond Bondley.



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#4483 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 09:46

Originally posted by ken devine
Pit scene Narrogin 1948. Ford 10 Special, Ballot V8 and the Cass 500 that was mentioned in regard to the Hall Special. I am told
Don used some body panels from that car.

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Is that not Wally Gibson's car?

And is that the Kinlock Oldsmobile in the background?

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 11:32

Thanks 275GTB-4 (Mick) for posting the photo of the ex-Leffler Mini Cooper at Eastern Creek. You could have warned me you were taking this photo though! For Sale at Classic Throttle Shop in Sydney -serious money for a Mini.

Stephen


I said Hello..and preceded to take shots of the car...I was fascinated as I barely remember one of my Mini hero's (Leffo) in this car. Love the sun on grille (not) but I have others  ;)

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 11:39

It was only a couple of weeks ago that John Medley posted how he had just spent 3 hours going over some of the older pages of this now huge and highly significant thread. Can I suggest if we have the time we go back regularly and look through older pages of photos so they stay on the thread rather than become a series of red crosses. Which If I undestand correctly, is what happens when the host provider, such as 'photobucket' etc. turf the image because it hasn't been opened up in 12 months.

Why I write this is because the founder of this thread 'kaydee' (Kevin, who I'm sure can't believe how popular this thread is) now has several red crosses appearing. I have to admit I was doing a cheat and just going through his 12 pages of significant posts just before and found the red cross scenario appearing. Indeed not all his posts relate to this thread, but a high proportion do and so we keep the vast number of all the enthusiasts posting images on here live, we need to check back every so often. Otherwise we just end up with tales & details to a photo, that no longer loads up.

Stephen


Concur...and as I suggested a while back...there is no need for it now...the cost and bandwidth available for online storage is both small and vast!! AtlasF1 could easily arrange on line storage especially as the site is subscribed.

Rant Over :rolleyes:


#4486 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 21:14

Imageshack no longer deletes pictures after a year if they are uploaded by someone who registers (for free) with them...

I don't know when this change came about, possibly two to three years ago.

#4487 Catalina Park

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:08

But Imageshack still gives me a pop-up for a gambling site every time I click on a thumbnail. :mad: :rolleyes:

#4488 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:17

I don't get that... never...

Thumbnails have probably outlasted their usefulness, anyway. They were good for when speeds were low and you wanted a page to open, but most people are on some kind of high speed now (except me, of course) and so loading whole pics is fine.

One downside is that Imageshack now allows pics up to some huge size (1.2mb?) and some people post them that size because they don't know any better.

#4489 Catalina Park

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:22

I don't get that... never...

You don't get it because you are signed in with them. When you click on someone's thumbnail it recognises your computer via the cookie.
I am not signed in so I cop the spam pop-up.


#4490 ken devine

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:37

This is a cropped copy Ray i dont know much about the car possibly Kinlocks car. Wally Gibson was driving the rear engined car
i dont know if he or Cass owned the car.



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#4491 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 09:31

Originally posted by ken devine
This is a cropped copy Ray I dont know much about the car possibly Kinlocks car. Wally Gibson was driving the rear engined car, I dont know if he or Cass owned the car.

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Yes, that shows enough detail to compare with the pic in Around the Houses (page 31) and identify the car...

But then when you turn to the pic of Wally Gibson on the Narrogin page it's alongside a pic of Barker's 'steam kettle' with No 2 on its nose. Terry identified it as 1949, while the pic above and Terry's similar one are from '48. Strange thing is that the singleton mirror on Gibson's car is on the suspension there, while he has two mirrors in the '48 pic.


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Posted 19 January 2011 - 00:23

Some interesting cars here Mooliabeani 1951. G .Best Cooper Mkv, Syd Negus Plymouth,Syd Barker Ballot,F.lawrence Chyrstler,
Colin Uphill Morgan,Morry Maurice Chrystler,Syd Anderson Double V8,Syd Taylor TS,G.Lawrence Oldsmobile,J.Motteram Morgan.
This was probably the last time the Cooper was raced it was put into storage for many years.




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#4493 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:10

Any idea when this meeting took place?

Obviously after the AGP at Narrogin.

Anything more on the Lawrence Chrysler, or is it a car we know?

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 02:04

Ken -marvelous photos, thank you, and I'm sorry to interrupt the flow but does anyone have a link to the 1972 Gold Star results, or better still the race reports? Thanks.

Edited by Wirra, 19 January 2011 - 02:04.


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Posted 19 January 2011 - 02:05

Some interesting cars here Mooliabeani 1951. G .Best Cooper Mkv, Syd Negus Plymouth,Syd Barker Ballot,F.lawrence Chyrstler,
Colin Uphill Morgan,Morry Maurice Chrystler,Syd Anderson Double V8,Syd Taylor TS,G.Lawrence Oldsmobile,J.Motteram Morgan.
This was probably the last time the Cooper was raced it was put into storage for many years.




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S Anderson Ford V16 ? Tell me more.

#4496 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 02:28

That was the 'Double 8' build by Eldred Norman...

More familiarly known as the 'Double V8', it had two Ford V8s coupled by a double row chain, sequenced to fire as a V16 and bolted into a Dodge Weapons Carrier chassis. Truck wheels were drilled (to assist keep the unsprung weight down?) and two electric fuel pumps worked off the stoplight switch to spray water over the front brake drums.

#4497 ken devine

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:22

There was a pic of the double V8 on page 107.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:37

I just looked up Terry Walkers race results pages that meeting was October 1951, The main race was the Sundeam Talbot trophy
sponsored by the RAC.The results were I Negus 2 Barker 3 Uphill 4 Maurice.
I dont know anything about the Lawrence cars they were also at Northam and Goomalling in 1952.
George Best ran the Cooper Mkv at Goomalling in 1952.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:22

Can't resist putting my two bob's worth in here regarding the George Best Cooper which is actually a Mk IV with 1100 JAP engine. I first saw it at Mallala in 1983 after Ian Boughton had rescued it from its hibernation with George Best, I fell in love with it then because it was so original having only done a handful of meetings from new, a few with its importer John Crouch, and only a very few with Best.

I bought it in 1987 and had it for about ten years, it drove quite well apart from the viabration, ( the air cooled newsletter is aptly named "Loose Fillings") and having to push or tow start it was always a big inconvenience especially as the pushers always had a habit of disappearing just when you needed them. Nowadays of course everyone has those electrically operated rollers which make it much easier.

I believe the Cooper is still owned and well cared for by John Gale in Sydney.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:30

It is great to know the Cooper is alive and well and possibly occasionally keeping company with the ex Doug Green Cooper now
owned by Penrite Oil.