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#1 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 01:38

We've got them from the circuit, from the paddock, from everywhere but the workshop...

Now's your chance, let's see what workshop pics we can post here. Peter Nightingale's the instigator of this, he's got some from his old Repco-Brabham engine days. I'm sure I can dig up some with a little time, and there will be others.

Please, start posting!

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#2 David Shaw

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 02:40

You could probably start with the photo of the Brabham-Maserati being pushed into the workshop Ray.

#3 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 11:44

Nahhh... that's being pushed out of the workshop... and across the road to the other workshop, didn't KB say?

I could, however, though it's not a 'personal' photo, start with this one:

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Yeah, the same car... look at how the chassis was altered, cut off from the bulkhead and totally rejigged.

And here's the car nearly complete:

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These photos we have courtesy of Stuart Randall. This next one, however, predates the Tasman Cup:

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Campbell McLaren and his lifelong companion with the car they built while still at school.

I'll dig up more later...

#4 Phil Rainford

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 20:32

Ferrari Factory 1979

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Pink Floyd's drummer taking a keen interest above

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Television screens from Fiorano

#5 Barry Boor

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 21:41

Don't laugh, this really was where the Connew was built!

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This picture was taken in 1973 when the car was evolving into an F.5000 car.

#6 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 21:44

Cosy, Barry...

I almost included a line in the introduction saying that you'd be able to contribute!

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 00:15

Ray,

What a brilliant idea for a thread! :up: I'm confident this'll be a looong one...(I hope!)

May restoration photos be included here, or should they have their own thread(s)?

#8 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 03:05

Workshops are workshops, Anders...

Post away!









...and it wasn't my idea! Cosworth BDG (Peter) suggested it...

#9 cosworth bdg

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 04:50

Originally posted by Ray Bell
Workshops are workshops, Anders...

Post away! Please do , as Ray said Workshops are workshops no matter where you are or where you come from.









...and it wasn't my idea! Cosworth BDG (Peter) suggested it...



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Posted 20 November 2007 - 07:43

Originally posted by Barry Boor
Don't laugh, this really was where the Connew was built!

This picture was taken in 1973 when the car was evolving into an F.5000 car.


Take 50 extra bonus points for degree of difficulty Barry...very well done :up:

#11 HistoricMustang

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:50

Ray, may we throw in a stock car or two? :blush:

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#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 13:09

As long as you don't drop its engine on my toes...

Go right ahead!

#13 David Birchall

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 23:14

OK Ray, you asked for it! This was taken about 1982 I think, showing me in my shop investigating the chassis of the 1922 Vauxhall 23/60 Racer I had recently bought and towed home 500 miles through a blizzard accompanied by Mark Donaldson of NZ. Under a tarp behind the Vauxhall is my Elva 100 FJ. Against the back wall can be seen a 1926 Frazer Nash with AC engine (And gearbox with chaindrive giving 16 fwd gears and 4 reverse!) . Standing up is the nose section off the Mclaren that Eaton raced and which was fitted to my Lotus 23B, (23S-119) the front wheel of which is just visible. Those were the days--I thought I had a lifetime to restore all those cars!

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#14 Barry Boor

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 23:20

Oi, David, that workshop is big enough to have built an F.1 car in! :lol:

I love these pictures that show actual TNF members in their own surroundings.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 23:29

Originally posted by Barry Boor
Don't laugh, this really was where the Connew was built!

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This picture was taken in 1973 when the car was evolving into an F.5000 car.


Any detail pic of how the chassis or engine mounts were adapted to give ( I presume GM V8 block) a proper mounting.....as the DFV F1 engine was a self-supporting part of the whole construction.

#16 Barry Boor

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 23:40

I'll look into that one.

#17 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 23:48

I couldn't find the Lotus 23 wheel, David... but you sure had a nice accumulation of stuff in there!

This isn't my thread, by the way. It was all Peter Nightingale's idea and I'm just waiting for him to post some Repco-Brabham Engines photos.

macoran... the Lotus 70 used the Ford engine as a stressed member, so the Chevy would have been fine in the Connew.

#18 cosworth bdg

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 00:59

Ray, as soon as i get my scanner working properly i will post some pictures, this is a fantastic thread, please keep the workshop images coming, they are really great :up:

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 02:45

During the 1980s I worked for one the Aston Martin shareholders and spent some time in Milan at Zagato.

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After seeing Ferraris 288 GTO at the Geneva Show PGL decided to purchase an interest in Zagato and build the Vantage Zagato. It was a very big deal for us at the time.

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The rolling chassis arrived from Newport Pagnell and were clothed in Rho.

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#20 cosworth bdg

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 04:01

Very interesting, Thanks..

#21 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 06:40

Originally posted by cosworth bdg
Very interesting, Thanks..


Interesting?

That's a staggering addition to this fledgling thread... keep 'em coming...

#22 cosworth bdg

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 06:55

Originally posted by Ray Bell


Interesting?

That's a staggering addition to this fledgling thread... keep 'em coming...

Yes , please keep them coming, this really is a staggering thread, thanks very much for the input from all including Ray Bell.

#23 Cirrus

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 07:13

Not a personal picture, but an appropriate one....

Motor Racing Developments, early '71

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#24 Dallas84

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 08:07

Originally posted by cosworth bdg
Ray, as soon as i get my scanner working properly i will post some pictures, this is a fantastic thread, please keep the workshop images coming, they are really great :up:


Perhaps Mrs Coughlan can be of assistance

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 10:10

Thanks Cosworth BDG for inspiring Ray to set this thread in motion (ref DCN's thread "coo..." IIRC).

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Isn't it amazing what top-flight as well as dedicated enthusiast F1 teams could achieve in the 1970s in premises hardly bigger than a loo in today's F1 mega-factories? To me, it's a sign that a lot of the 'sport' has left 'motor sport'. And that the amount of money circulating in F1 nowadays is way out of proportion to what the product really is: A gadget designed to entertain (which it dosn't do very well, IMO), with no real relevance to road cars for transportation of society. Personally, I would 10 times rather work for peanuts for a small, dedicated, enthusiastic 1970s F1 team, than make a very good living with a current F1 corporation. But then, I've never tried anything that resembles the latter but only the former.

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 10:34

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Cooper 500 5/10/48

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Coopers thought to be ??/7/48 Spike Rhiando's Banana Split on the left and 5/10/48 ex-Kenya on the right

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 15:45

Originally posted by Cirrus
Not a personal picture, but an appropriate one....

Motor Racing Developments, early '71

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Brabham "pinces de Homard"
comment dit-on en Anglais?

#28 David McKinney

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 16:20

Lobster-claw

#29 cstlhn

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 19:24

This is how the chassis arrived;

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This a nearly completed car;

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Maserati Biturbos in a different area;

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These are May 1986.

#30 Peter Morley

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 16:31

Here's one of the Tony Settember Scirocco workshop at Goldhawk road, it would have been taken late 1962/early 1963.

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#31 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 21:00

These pics were linked to another thread, but are appropriate here...

From the Autopics site, the captions say they are Leo Geoghegan's Lotus 39 being fitted with the Repco V8, but most of them are the John Harvey Brabham having the same work done.

http://www.autopics....0.html?cache=no

People in the pics are Bob Britton, the Rennmax builder and general fixer-upper of racing car chassis, Peter Molloy (Harvey's mechanic, later worked for Benetton in F1) and John Sheppard, who was the Geoghegan's spannerman, later became head of the Holden Dealer Team and worked for Bob Jane for a time. Always oversaw the most immaculate preparation.

There is a third person there, but as only his derriere is presented I can't identify him...

#32 RTH

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 17:19

1981


Tiga SC 78 being upgraded to 79 spec


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#33 Barry Boor

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 17:28

Why is it that racing cars workshops ALWAYS looked too small for the job? :lol:

#34 RTH

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 17:41

Very true Barry.
Of course racing cars do tend to be pretty big often 6ft wide or more ..on an F1, and about 16ft long from nose tip to back edge of the rear wing. then when you take the body off you need that much space again.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 19:36

Is it not because race cars are VERY expensive and use up all the money that is supposed to go into better facilities...???;)

#36 Bonde

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 20:27

...by that logic, modern F1 cars must be very cheap! :lol:

#37 RTH

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:12

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:34

Nice stack of Garden Ornaments Richard, are they going to be a Goodyear water feature? :lol:

Strange how the garage from the outside looks small, but larger once inside ;)

I spent many a week in my garage, radio blaring and meagre1 bar heater to ward off the cold, you have to be driven !!!!

Nice engines on tne bench in Pic 2, what are they?


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Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:46

The year was 1983, the car was a 1973 Ensign LNF3 the works development car driven close to the end of Mo Nunn's F3 days by Brian Henton.

The engines are a Novamotor twin cam and Holbay twin cam F3 engines. I bought the car in Liverpool.

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#40 RTH

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:56

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#41 alansart

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 12:34

Originally posted by RTH
The year was 1983, the car was a 1973 Ensign LNF3 the works development car driven close to the end of Mo Nunn's F3 days by Brian Henton.


One of the best looking F3 cars of the period. They made a strange 'whistling' sound coming into North Tower at Crystal Palace. It must of been something to do with aerodynamics, but I never heard it anywhere else.

Happy days :)

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 12:39

They were a great looking car, had the nice tail fins, as driven by Riki Von Opel?

#43 Ray Bell

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 12:49

Originally posted by alansart
.....They made a strange 'whistling' sound coming into North Tower at Crystal Palace. It must of been something to do with aerodynamics, but I never heard it anywhere else.


Could that have been something to do with the restrictors and the particular revs/gearing they used at that point?

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 13:13

Originally posted by sterling49
They were a great looking car, had the nice tail fins, as driven by Riki Von Opel?


That tail fin and wing was on the 72 cars. When Mo Nunn went into F1 the F3 cars were neglected a little. Dave Baldwin did a bit of of a redesign which tried to keep them competitive and Brian Henton won a few races in 1973. The tail fin had gone by then.

I also think it may have been Von Opel's money that took Ensign into F1.

#45 RTH

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 13:20

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March 712 in historics. That is me on the right.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 13:36

Here is an F3 race circa '72/3 there are at least 3 Ensigns in the field.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 19:04

This is F.Indy's March 89C powered by Alfa Romeo.

The car in the photos is being restored in Italy at the Target Racing factory.

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#48 RTH

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 11:02

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#49 sterling49

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 21:57

A very "Special" place, the last time I saw this car driven in anger was at an August bank Holiday Monday Group 7 meeting at Brands.......


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What can one say......


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#50 Barry Boor

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 23:01

How about, "cor!"