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#4701 275 GTB-4

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 11:35

Will do, Stephen. All this is stimulating my memory, which is great. Recollections of incidents and people of the early '60s, that I thought had been 'deleted', have been stirred up by all this.


Greg...speaking of memory (mine is shot!)...do you ever remember Barry Ferguson racing on the tar...or was he a rally specialist??

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#4702 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 19:52

I'm not at home, so I can't check, but I'm sure Barry was in one or two of those early Armstrong 500s in a VW...

And the May 19 meeting at Catalina, was not that the one where Thomas Rich died?

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 20:30

Barry was not only IN the 1963 Armstrong 500, he - along with Bill Ford - won class A.

I've started a thread on VWs racing in Australia, hoping to stir up some memories - including my own.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:16

24yo Tom Rich was driving a Triumph TR3A at the May 19th, 1963 Catalina meeting - his first race meeting. He was thrown from the car and died from injuries sustained. The original owner of my race programme for this meeting has in very small writing written "killed" next to his name in the Event 2 Blue Mountains Butchery Production Sports Car, 6 lap Le Mans start race.

The front page report in the June 1963 RCN mentions the unfortunate accident and on page 7 is a vale for him.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:31

Unfortunately the memory of that accident is still clear in my mind. I was watching that race from the pits, and saw the TR roll, almost in front of me, at the exit of the 'Tunnel'. It was a very sad day.

#4706 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 09:22

Yes, that race was in the process of coming to its conclusion the first minute I arrived at Catalina...

I had never seen the place before. That's how I knew it was at that meeting.

#4707 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 09:53

Originally posted by cooper997
24yo Tom Rich was driving a Triumph TR3A at the May 19th, 1963 Catalina meeting - his first race meeting.....


I seem to recall that Catalina had a rule that you couldn't race there unless you'd completed two other race meetings satisfactorily... that is, one meeting short of dropping your 'three stripes'.

Or maybe that rule was introduced after the death of Rich... and possibly the previous death of Jack Myers?

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:44

I didn't mention it previously, but it's the AMS July 63 report that states it was his first race.

The RCN Vale mentions that he had served as an official several times, before heading overseas. He'd returned recently from England and spent the past few months preparing his TR for competition.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 21:45

If you go to the following site there are results for many Huntley Hill Climbs from 1987

http://www.wscc.org.au/download.shtml

Enjoy

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 21:47

If you go to the following site there are results for many Huntley Hill Climbs from 1987

http://www.wscc.org.au/download.shtml

Enjoy


That should read 1979, sorry must be old age creeping in.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:36

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Heres one with a roof, Norm Beechy hustling the Nova up the mountain, Easter '66 I think.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:40

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And speaking of hill climbing, Lithgow 40 Bends 1964.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:46

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Brian Fleming's EH on the same day, yes Jim, it was a real live S4. My brother still goes pale talking about his ride down Victoria Pass that day.

Edited by DJH, 23 February 2011 - 09:05.


#4714 DanTra2858

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 10:40

And speaking of hill climbing, Lithgow 40 Bends 1964.

Ahhhh - the 40 Bends, only competed in one event on this priceless piece of road, can't remember if it was 1964 or 65 but do remember it was in a Mazda 800 (782cc of PULSATING POWER).

#4715 Ian G

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 21:46

Fond memories,competed there in club events many times in the late 1960's,saw a guy roll a Sprite at "Appleyard"(?) corner,no roll bar but he was OK .It was a very popular hillclimb with the Sydney clubs,i know several guys that joined the local(Lithgow CC?) so they could compete there regulary.It was also used as a realignment in Rally's,one of the first Rally's i competed in had it as a realignment in a transport stage for gods sake,needless to say it wiped out half the field before the Rally even got started but all the competitors from the organising club had no problem.

#4716 DJH

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 21:57

[quote name='Ian G' date='Feb 22 2011, 21:46' post='4863171']
Fond memories,competed there in club events many times in the late 1960's,saw a guy roll a Sprite at "Appleyard"(?)

Think it might have been Apple Shed.


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Posted 23 February 2011 - 00:17

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And speaking of hill climbing, Lithgow 40 Bends 1964.



OK, I give in. What the hell IS that? Part of me wants to recognise it, other parts want to hide under the bed.



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Posted 23 February 2011 - 00:17

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And speaking of hill climbing, Lithgow 40 Bends 1964.



OK, I give in. What the hell IS that? Part of me wants to recognise it, other parts want to hide under the bed.



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#4719 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 01:07

It started life as a Fiat 500...

They had an inline water-cooled 4-cylinder engine up the front driving the rear wheels.

I don't think that was still the case at the time of clicking the shutter, however.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:11

A couple of interesting ones given to me last year.I have got it down as Calder but i dont know.Sorry about the quality.



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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:16


Sports cars probably the same meeting.


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#4722 DJH

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 03:24

It started life as a Fiat 500...

They had an inline water-cooled 4-cylinder engine up the front driving the rear wheels.

I don't think that was still the case at the time of clicking the shutter, however.


Appendix K, so anything goes.
Man, this was 47 years ago, but, side valve Mercury V8 shoe horned in there rings a bell, unless I'm very much mistaken and often I am. (sorry Murray)

Edited by DJH, 23 February 2011 - 03:27.


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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:09

It started life as a Fiat 500...

They had an inline water-cooled 4-cylinder engine up the front driving the rear wheels.

I don't think that was still the case at the time of clicking the shutter, however.



Of course!

It's the Topolino. Dad even had one. Thanks Ray



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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:11

Appendix K, so anything goes.
Man, this was 47 years ago, but, side valve Mercury V8 shoe horned in there rings a bell, unless I'm very much mistaken and often I am. (sorry Murray)

Perhaps - I also recall that Doug Whiteford (I think) ran a fairly quick one which had a blower on it...and also a huge 750cc seems to ring a bell too..

#4725 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:31

Originally posted by ken devine
A couple of interesting ones given to me last year.I have got it down as Calder but i dont know.Sorry about the quality.

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Yes, that's Calder, approximately 1967...

In fact, I would suggest March '67.

Edited by Ray Bell, 23 February 2011 - 11:57.


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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:41

It started life as a Fiat 500...

They had an inline water-cooled 4-cylinder engine up the front driving the rear wheels.

I don't think that was still the case at the time of clicking the shutter, however.



This car is the Team Partyhouse "Armstrong Fiat' probably driven here at Lithgow by Geoffrey Simmons but possibly by brother John or Lyn Brown. It was a Fiat 500 which started life in standard form as Geoffrey's daily driver but ended up with a 6 cylinder Armstrong Siddley engine and, in that form, had a somewhat chequered career in club hillclimbs. A real beast!!! Several years after its demise there was an attempt to build a slightly more scientific version powered by a Ford Zepher engine

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:50

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And speaking of S4's, Brian Muir at Creek Corner, not long before he went to Blighty.
I was never a Holden man, but, Brian's green/white EH looked pretty cool. i remember seeing the car doing laps at Sydney Showground Speedway one Saturday night, when he changed to Castrol sponsorship. I think I preferred the SV colours though.

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#4728 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 11:45

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.....I think I preferred the SV colours though.


Me too...

Absolutely the best looking EH ever seen on the circuits. June 7 at Warwick Farm in the rain in particular.

#4729 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 11:59

Originally posted by ken devine
Sports cars probably the same meeting.

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Yes, March 19, 1967 Calder...

And who could name the third driver/car combination on the grid? I certainly couldn't until I looked at RCN!

And by the way, Niel Allen came away with the lap record out of this one.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 20:47

Yes, March 19, 1967 Calder...

And who could name the third driver/car combination on the grid? I certainly couldn't until I looked at RCN!

And by the way, Niel Allen came away with the lap record out of this one.



Peter Mahoney Bolwell.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 22:45

seconded

#4732 ken devine

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 00:05

I was going through some of my files yesterday and found some gems. Narrogin 1948 the Cass Special



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Posted 26 February 2011 - 00:11

Syd Barker Ballot.



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Posted 26 February 2011 - 00:15


Caversham 1947 a Ford Mercury and a 1935 Ford V8



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Posted 26 February 2011 - 00:28

The same two cars, I only got this one recently and didn't know when it was. The previous one gave me the answer. Caversham 1947.



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Posted 26 February 2011 - 00:36

Barry Ranford Goomalling.



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Posted 26 February 2011 - 00:47

Stock cars as the were called in those days Caversham 1947.



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Posted 02 March 2011 - 05:30

This comeing weekend is the 60th anniversary of the 1951 AGP. To commorate a couple of shots. Colin Murray Maseratti 6CL the
star attraction.



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Posted 02 March 2011 - 05:32

Dick Bland Delahaye.



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Posted 02 March 2011 - 05:36

MGTC . V Moloney?



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Posted 02 March 2011 - 06:38

Not Vin Maloney whose car was a central-seat special --- rather, Arthur Collett's stripped standard bodied car

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 06:47

You are right John i didn't check it properly.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 08:50

and Bruce Hodgson/Fred Gocentas (Falcon GT);

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Hi All

Firstly congratulations on a wonderful thread and photos and history I only hoped existed. As new member I was wondering regarding pictures that do not display, eg the GTHO Phase 4 Photo. Am I doing something wrong with settinges etc or this there some other reason


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Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:17

As new member I was wondering regarding pictures that do not display, eg the GTHO Phase 4 Photo. Am I doing something wrong with settinges etc or this there some other reason

It’s not your fault, Mark. It happens because you can only post a photo on this forum if it’s been uploaded to a website. Sometimes people who have uploaded their photos to their own websites find that due to space requirements they have to delete their older photos to make room for new ones. Other people use one of the image-hosting sites such as Imageshack. These sites often automatically delete photos which have not been accessed for some time. Hence the dreaded red cross. If you find out who posted the photos you’re interested in, and they’re still active here, they’ll usually be happy to repost them if asked.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:30

It’s not your fault, Mark. It happens because you can only post a photo on this forum if it’s been uploaded to a website. Sometimes people who have uploaded their photos to their own websites find that due to space requirements they have to delete their older photos to make room for new ones. Other people use one of the image-hosting sites such as Imageshack. These sites often automatically delete photos which have not been accessed for some time. Hence the dreaded red cross. If you find out who posted the photos you’re interested in, and they’re still active here, they’ll usually be happy to repost them if asked.


Tim

Thank you for the quick response.

I am amazed that my book and magazine collection has been rendered obsolete by the information and amazing images and knowledge on this site.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 09:56

Australian Tourist Trophy meeting at Bathurst in 1958...
Whilst leading the race in his Maserati 300S a gust of wind caught the "Maser" at the end of Con Rod Straight and sent it into a triple spin down the escape road at Murray's corner with the "Maser" whacking the safety fence several times whilst spinning.
As you can imagine Doug was not happy... leaping out of the car and throwing his crash helmet into the cockpit with considerable force!
I took this photo just afterwards of him leaving the scene...(I doubt that it would have been a good time to ask for an autograph!)

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:11

Kaydee your photos are wonderful thankyou for sharing them ,the ones of the Maserati cars are my favourites,any photos of the Aston Martin DB3's?

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:27

Actually, pretty is one word that I wouldn't use to describe the Yellow Sub. Effective yes, but not particularly pretty to me. Apparently it was designed to handle very well without wings.


David and others I know I am late but I started to read at the first post and well I am not that quick but that is the fault of those whom post such greatr pics and info. Oh back to the point. Was this the yellow submarine that Ray Winter I think drove. I remember reading a sports car world or quarterly article which was favourable and I notice he had a number of Bathurst starts.

Would love to see a picture of it and ray.

Recently a friend of mine Terry Rogers passed away, he race open wheelers I believe. Any information or photos would be interesting.


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Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:32

David and others I know I am late but I started to read at the first post and well I am not that quick but that is the fault of those whom post such greatr pics and info. Oh back to the point. Was this the yellow submarine that Ray Winter I think drove. I remember reading a sports car world or quarterly article which was favourable and I notice he had a number of Bathurst starts.

Would love to see a picture of it and ray.

Recently a friend of mine Terry Rogers passed away, he race open wheelers I believe. Any information or photos would be interesting.


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Ray Winter did the Bathurst 1,000 with Murray Carter one year in a 2 door Falcon GT

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:50

Kaydee your photos are wonderful thankyou for sharing them ,the ones of the Maserati cars are my favourites,any photos of the Aston Martin DB3's?

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