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#1 GvZ

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 13:37

Is there any organisation that has a complete set of Autosport magazines from the early '70s?

I am doing research on a car and would like get copies of particular race reports.

Alternatively are there any people in the UK that specialise in this kind of research that are able to search for and scan particular stories?

Any guidance would be appreciated.

Gerrie

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#2 Vitesse2

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 13:57

Both the Motor Racing Archive and the Library of the National Motor Museum should be able to help:

http://www.motorraci....cfm/editID/263

http://www.beaulieu....brary/intro.cfm

And at least one TNF poster has a complete set .....

#3 Macca

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 21:10

In England, also the Science Museum library in Kensington, London - free and open on Saturdays last time I went.

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#4 johnwilliamdavies

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 21:14

And the British Library in Colindale, London.


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#5 Vitesse2

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 21:22

You two didn't check Gerrie's profile did you :lol:

#6 johnwilliamdavies

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 21:26

Well it would make a nice holiday. Fly over and spend a week in the British Library reading every single issue of Autosport.



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#7 JB Miltonian

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 23:28

Are you looking strictly for Autosports? I have all of the major American magazines from that period.

#8 PCC

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 23:44

I think it will be pretty hard to get hold of a complete collection without going to Britain, and Colindale would certainly be the place to find it. But before booking the flight all the way from South Africa, check and make sure the Treasury hasn't closed the place down:

http://www.bl.uk/spendingreview.html

#9 GvZ

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 05:20

Thanks guys!

Maybe I just will have to take a holiday :)

Based on the responses how can my wife possibly disagree that I have no alternative but to travel to the UK. Besides I owe some people at TNF a few beers already for helping out in the past!

Andrew suggested that I post the details of what I am looking for and see if any person with a collection of magazines would be interested in helping.

So here goes. (Maybe I should move this to the main forum?)

I am trying to document the racing (and crashing) history of the original two Red Rose Racing Chevron B19s that raced in 1971. During this time, when a car was crashed/damaged Bridges ordered a new chassis from Chevron and it came with a new chassis number.

This is how it starts:

= Red Rose buys 2 B19s. Chassis #7 is raced by Bridges. Chassis #8 is raced by Hine.
= Hine crashes #8 at Clermont Ferrand on 20 June 1971. The car is rebuilt as #25. (Chassis #8 was later rebuilt in the 90s)
= Hine later crashes #25 on 30 August 1971 at Brands Hatch. The car is rebuilt as #29
= Gaydon raced the Bridges car at Barcelona on 12 October 1971. Hine and Gaydon touched, Gaydon hit the armco and badly bent the car. Hine completed the race.
= The Bridges' (crashed by Gaydon) was rebuilt as #32 in time for the final race at Jamara.
= After Jamara the two cars were sent to Argentina to race in the BA 1000 and the Balcarce 200. At about this time Chevron made certain mods to the cars to test some B21 modifications.
= When they returned Bridges kept #32 and purchased two new B21s. Not sure what happened to this car.
= Buller Sinfield from Central Garage (Mirfield) purchased #29. (Feb 1972)
= The car was raced by Silverwood in the RAC races and by Lepp in the European Champs (72 season)
= Central Garage (Mirfield) sold the car at the end of the season to Chris Oates (Nov 1972)
= Chris Oates sold the car to Doug Drysdale (of South Africa/Rhodesia) (September 1973)

The bits I am looking for are scanned race reports (autosport or motoring news) for 1971 and 1972.
Also, I would like to find out if Chris Oates raced the car during 1973.

Any help would be appreciated. My email address is gerrie@van-zyl.net

Gerrie van Zyl

#10 Allen Brown

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 12:03

Hi Gerrie

Not sure how this fits in or is even relevant to your search but I strongly suspect B19 #7 began life as B16 #7.

When you say "Bridges ordered a new chassis from Chevron and it came with a new chassis number", did the chassis come with a new chassis plate or did it have a distinct frame stamping with the new number. As Bridges was travelling all over Europe, I'd have thought he'd have wanted to keep using the same carnet so maybe the new chassis wore the same chassis plates as the original cars.

This might explain why Bridges had #7 and #8 for his B21s as well. These numbers often follow on - the Canon B19 #12 vanishes at the end of 1971 and then in 1972 Canon have a B21 #12. Coincidence?

Allen

#11 GvZ

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 14:26

Allen,

This sounds very plausible. I will try to check this out with some people involved.

Regards
Gerrie