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#451 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 22:36

Such as Max Pryor...

 

Max was best known as the Shell Tower commentator at Bathurst over a decade or so.



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#452 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 23:16

Here's a bit from Max Stahl:

 

For many years the "Voice From the Top of The Mountain", our long-time mate, Max Pryor, has lost his brave battle with liver cancer, passing away in Sydney yesterday, 3rd February.

 

He was 77. Active in the motor trade and motor sport, Max was the dealer principal at Springs Motors (later Eastwood Honda) until his retirement five years ago.

 

Our sympathies go to his wife Sylvia, sisters Jennifer and Judith, sons Hunter and Kane, and daughter Melanie.



#453 Dick Willis

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 00:57

Noel Hall, Australian Cooper Climax driver, 1059-61 and then Rennmax Climax has passed away aged 82



#454 Lola5000

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 07:08

John Allison of kew in Melbourne,John built in the 80s the Allison Clubmans and was a true old car guy RIP.



#455 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 13:10

The Allison was a tricky little thing... 10" diameter wheels...

 

Didn't Ross Wemyss drive it?



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Posted 13 April 2014 - 05:59

Thomas F. "Tommy" Meehan, April 4, 2014…born November 18, 1921.  Seattle area sports car racer, 1953-1962.  I'll post a separate thread.

 

Vince H.


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#457 Murray Lord

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 00:48

Lyn Archer of Tasmania passed away on 4 May 2014.



#458 cooper997

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 02:07

Thanks for bringing Lyn's passing to our attention Murray.

 

He raced at least 3 Coopers that I'm aware of, an ex Crouch MkV, ex MacKay T39 bobtail and the T41, that was already ex Brabham/Mildren/Griffiths/Roxburgh by the time it got to him.

 

A quick google reveals for us non-Tassie-based, that he spent many years helping run the City of Hobart.

 

Stephen



#459 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:32

Lyn is a sad loss, I have to say...

He has been a source of much information for me over the last several years, a very knowledgeable person and keen to help out.

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#460 B Squared

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:36

Longtime sports broadcaster, Gary Lee, has passed away at age 63 according to the Indy Star and USA Today.

http://www.usatoday....-dies/12660669/

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 13:57

Longtime sports broadcaster, Gary Lee, has passed away at age 63 according to the Indy Star and USA Today.

http://www.usatoday....-dies/12660669/

Sad news indeed.



#462 E1pix

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:23

Thanks Brian, sad indeed.

 

We had a nice talk with him before tossing about some of his karts at a south Indy track he managed (Y2K). Great guy, great reporter as well.

 

Condolences to his circle.



#463 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:44

Long-time Trans Am racer Loren St. Lawrence has passed away at age 74.  More info at these two links:

 

http://www.legacy.co...x?pid=171695400

 

http://www.racingspo...wrence-USA.html

 

Vince H.



#464 Ray Bell

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 21:52

I was informed yesterday that Leigh Vine has died...

Leigh was well known in Queensland racing with his brother Rolf, principally in sports cars. I have no further detail.

#465 Ray Bell

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:12

Wayne Eckersley...

Wayne was on the Niel Allen team as a youngster, he later worked for Lionel Ayers and was encouraged to go overseas to expand his horizons.

He worked with Williams in F1 and was there in the Alan Jones era, principally working with suspensions I gather.

He died about a week ago on the Gold Coast after returning to Australia, joining Audi in Melbourne and then going over to Hyundai. He was an all-too-young 67.

#466 cooper997

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 11:09

Despite a frustrating issue with the Cosworth (that meant static display), Wayne still had a smile at the 2011 Philip Island Historics, after his rebuild of FW07/4.

 

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I took this photo of him early on the Sunday morning on the PI front straight when a fabulous group of cars were gathered together for a photo shoot.

 

My condolences to Wayne's family and friends.

 

Stephen



#467 Pat Clarke

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 13:08

I worked for several years with Wayne at both Audi and later at Hyundai, where he worked out of the Brisbane office.

A sometimes prickly character but mostly pretty amenable and only too willing to talk about his time with Williams and March, where he built the six wheel F1 car.

 

Far too young (younger than me!  :( ) to pass away.

 

RIP Wayne

 

Pat



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 23:59

In the West we just lost John Bertina from the Caversham and early Wanneroo days. John was best known for his cut down FJ Holden.



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 06:11

Roland Selby, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada.  Raced Formula Junior and Formula Ford.  More info here:

 

http://www.legacy.co...x?pid=172587508

 

http://www.gvmps.org...Roland-2012.pdf

 

Vince H.



#470 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 08:36

Murray Parker, South Australian stockcar racer in the 50s and 60s died on 31/10 at the age of 91.

Murray was a very competitive racer in his day, and still very competitive in the 90s again at the wheel of the restored green #23 Ford V8 stockcar. And you could see the smile under his helmet. He was having FUN.

He has 3 children, the oldest? Terry raced a 50s Ford V8 Special in historic racing.No23 and reputedly powered by his dads speedway engine.

His wife died a few years ago.

His business Parkers Cranes I believe is still going in the eastern suburbs.

A really nice bloke who enjoyed himself.

I put this pic up today on the V8 Specials thread. And then got a call that he had died. The pic is Bell Bay speedway in the 90s. Murray is in the green 23.

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#471 Michael Ferner

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 23:41

When I was in Indianapolis in 2011, one of the treats I enjoyed was a visit to the IMS museum, and while drooling over the Miller '91' on display there, one of my companions called me out and said, "Hey Michael, here's someone who wants to meet you!" Somewhat puzzled, I went over to a bench around the corner, where an old man sat, greeting me with a gruff "Wie geht's?" - it was Bill Spoerle, the chief of the IMS restoration department! I knew the name and his function, but not much more, not even that he was actually born and raised in Germany, which turned out to be our passport to an incredible afternoon. Me and my three companions had talked in advance about the possibilty of meeting up with him, but didn't hold out much hope for he was known as a somewhat difficult, even cantankerous person - a description which turned out to be so far off the mark as to be almost hilarious!

Whether it was his joy about meeting a Landsmann or not, all of us were then treated to a personal tour of the IMS restoration shop, and an endless stream of personal memories and anecdotes from half a century of US racing history - a day I will never forget! The shop alone was a sight to see (actually, it was more of a shack), virtually stuffed with racing exotica from the cracked original block of Wilbur Shaw's Indy-winning Maserati (which, to my surprise, carried a plate showing it to be No. 3033!), over a perfectly restored prewar BMW to a virtually endless array of engines in various states of restoration, and parts pertaining thereto: boxes over boxes with valves, camshafts and connecting rods, exhaust headers hanging from the rafters, carburettors, even turbochargers, wheels of all sizes and eras, inlet manifolds, crankcases, blocks and body parts, and still more of the same - hog heaven for car nuts like us!!

In conversation, it turned out that he'd come to the States in the fifties on the advice of Floyd "Pop" Dreyer after having worked for several years in the NSU motorcycle racing department, spannering for the likes of Werner Haas and Rupert Hollaus. Dreyer had been a succesful motorcycler racer before turning to the manufacture of racing cars and engines in the thirties, and was still running a big dealership for two-wheelers in Indianapolis (which is still in business even today, by the way). Spoerle not only found work at Dreyer's shop, but also the love of his life: he married Pop's daughter Marie, who sadly preceded him in death last year.

After giving up his racing team in 1957, Dreyer occasionally worked for Tony Hulman, performing restorations of cars acquired by the IMS owner, and Spoerle was soon helping out in this line of work. Together with Harold "Barney" Wimmer, the legendary mechanic of Jimmie Wilburn, Pat Clancy and Elmer George, he was finally hired as full-time restoration specialist by the IMS in 1963, a job he held for more than fifty years, even after Wimmer died in 2000. I guess you can say that both employer and employee were happy with that arrangement!

Bill Spoerle died in his sleep this Tuesday, November 4. Thank you, Bill, for the unique memories of that summer day in 2011, and RIP!

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Bill in his heavenly shop

Edited by Michael Ferner, 07 November 2014 - 00:01.


#472 Doug Nye

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 00:12

I would like to add my condolences to Bill's family and many friends. He was instrumental in sharing so many of the IMS Museum cars with the Goodwood audience over many years, was always warm and friendly and very cooperative...and interesting too.

 

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#473 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 00:40

What an incredible story, Michael...

I certainly hope those bucketfuls of bits don't ever get thrown out. Each must have a story of its own, though many of them we can only guess now what that story was.

The Speedway Hall of Fame is the most incredible place, I recommend it to everyone.

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 10:31

Mr. Spoerle was always very nice and very helpful to me, my Dad and brother over the years. He was always friendly, most gracious and very open in giving us access and help on our projects over the past 20 years. He will be greatly missed.

Curt Cavin at the Indy Star recalls Mr. Spoerle:

http://www.indystar....alive/18596135/

I took this shot of he and Rick Mears with the Marmon Wasp at Indianapolis in the early 2000s when Rick was to run the car, but his injured feet would not allow it to happen, Johnny Rutherford took over those duties for the day, smiling from ear-to-ear.

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#475 Michael Ferner

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 19:42

What an incredible story, Michael...

I certainly hope those bucketfuls of bits don't ever get thrown out. Each must have a story of its own, though many of them we can only guess now what that story was.

The Speedway Hall of Fame is the most incredible place, I recommend it to everyone.


One can only hope! The Hulman-George family has a reputation for caring for these things, but it's open to speculation whether recent events have made them vulnerable to the dreaded bean counters. Essentially, there's no space any longer for people like Bill Spoerle, and for his collection of bits and pieces. I can't really imagine they will be naming a successor to his post. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens. :well:

By the way, it's good to see Doug and Brian joining in with positive comments about Bill's personality. I don't really remember how this "bad reputation" of his came to be, I just recall how we were quite apprehensive about approaching him, totally without reason as it turned out. Maybe it's his rather gruff outward appearance, which comes over in the pictures, too, I think. He just wasn't the type to openly embrace you, but behind that exterior was a heart as wide as an ocean. There's one small matter which I can't discuss in public (yet) in which he was not really helpful, but that certainly didn't have anything to do with a character defect, rather with circumstances which were entirely reasonable on a personal level. I just hope this will become clear if and when the matter will become widely known.

Here's a smiling Bill for a change:

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The button on the right says:

"You can always tell a German - but you can't tell him much!"

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 16:52

Hello,

 

2 sad news from France :

 

François GUITER from ELF is dead.

At the same time Pierre TOURNADE, caricaturist from Le Mans newspapers is also dead at the age of 90.



#477 Stephen W

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 10:07

Sadly I have to report the passing of Ken Nicholls, Ken will be remembered primarily for being the designer and builder of the Nike race cars, especially remembered for the help and advice he gave to the West country hillclimb brigade many of whom used his chassis in sprints and hillclimbs. He was also the fabricator commissioned by Roy Lane to build the Techcraft hillclimb cars.

A very clever engineer, an extremely modest man who deserved more recognition than he received, his workshop often contained very rare chassis from every type of racing, Ken could always be relied upon for good advice and was never too busy to help.

His funeral is this coming Friday 21st November at the North Devon crematorium in Barnstaple at 1.40 pm



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Posted 18 November 2014 - 12:42

SMITH - Ronald Charles Albert (Dad) died 7th October 2014. After 87 years, a pleasurable lifestyle and a questionable fitness level, have seemingly contributed to a loss of balance and I have fallen off the perch. A party is planned for relatives and friends (and enemies wishing to clear their conscience); announcement in due course, tickets free on application. Cremation has taken place, so no flowers prayers, hymns or other ‘old toffee’, just a good party and plenty of laughter. I shall be sorry to miss it!  Donations to the BRDC Benevolent Fund, the Brain and Spine Foundation or the Mark Hanna Specialist Foundation.

 

This wonderful notice appeared in the Telegraph a few days ago, with a BRDC reference which made me wonder if the gentleman had motor sport connections.  Do any of you TNF folk know who he was?

 

Christopher W.



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Posted 18 November 2014 - 14:55

Jussi Lagerblom lost his brave battle against cancer on October 26th. He was the trusted mechanic in the 1960's of first Curt Lincoln and then Picko Troberg, travelling Europe in a jolly band of F3 racers and becoming friendly with people like Jonathan Williams, Piers Courage and Frank Williams. At Lincoln's initiative, he worked at Brabham during the winter of 1963-64, having been picked up from Heathrow airport by Ron Dennis on his arrival. Picko Troberg trusted Lagerblom with the running of his Finnish tuning shop, but by the turn of the decade he moved on to the Wihuri Corporation to head development of Sunbeam Imps for racing and rallying.

Jussi Lagerblom remained an active figure to the very end, regularly seeing his old chums to talk motor sport and astounding them with his sharp memory. He will be much missed.