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#3251 elansprint72

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 13:47

Gosh, no posts on this thread since July 2013. I shall remedy that with this pic from 24th May 1981 (32 years ago, no less) from Oulton and the MCD 200 Sports 2000 race

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The Robin Smith/Laurence Jacobson Chevron B52 and the Mike Taylor Tiga

I CAN actually name the crowd in that shot Alan!

 

Here is another packed house at Lodge a few years earlier; I have been trying to find something out about the history of the leading car but not come up with anything much; I am particularly interested to know if it was built from a 26/R.

 

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#3252 Mallory Dan

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:06

"Faute de Mieux", I was looking through this thread from the beginning last night. It's just superb, pics, stories, comments, reminisces! Any more photos from the 60s/70s/80s not yet posted? 



#3253 Alan Cox

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:18

 

Any more photos from the 60s/70s/80s not yet posted?

About 25,000, Dan :blush: Meanwhile, here are a few to be going on with...

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One of the star turns at last Saturday's TNF film show, Wendy Markey on the 1975 Tour of Britain

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The superfast John Brindley, who always drove his Camaro with the window wound down and wearing a lumberjack shirt

 

 

 

 



#3254 sterling49

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:40

Great phots Alan, just the 25,000 luckily eh?

#3255 Alan Cox

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 13:08

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Brian Pepper - Chevrolet Camaro 1975 Tour of Britain

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March 1976 - Mallory Park - David Purley (Chevron B30-GAA) leads Damien Magee (March 75A-GAA)

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David Purley - Chevron B30-GAA



#3256 Mallory Dan

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 13:42

Oh yes!! We're off again, thanks Alan. Bitter cold March 76, 1st ever G8 race, a new era begins, Eff Wun cars at Mallory - well a few entered anyway, including 2 TS16s...

 

The Wendy M pics are good Alan, who's the blond next to the car, looks interesting?? Lovely mid 70s Camaros, and no Malcolms in them, quite rare!

 

Pete, the Elan is the John Bury, Southport car, Steve W may know more.  

 

Bring it on, lets go again!!!



#3257 Allen Brown

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 16:58

... the 90s and noughties which are of less interest to Mallory Dan  :)

 

Quite right too!



#3258 paulsenna1

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 19:15

Wonderful to see this fabulous thread revived, many thanks!



#3259 elansprint72

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 19:56

Only here for the beer.

 

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#3260 elansprint72

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 20:03

Vin gets squeezed into a half-spin.

 

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#3261 elansprint72

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 20:12

? and ?, Longridge, 1974.

 

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#3262 elansprint72

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 23:40

... and now for something....

 

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Talking of Mallory Park.... I see that there are five confirmed dates for bike racing and a possible 128 days of activity at the circuit. Is anyone aware of possible dates for four-wheel action?


Edited by elansprint72, 14 January 2014 - 23:44.


#3263 Mallory Dan

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 19:15

The blonde next to Wendy M' s not Jimmy S is it? Could be with the Radio 1 connection...



#3264 Alan Cox

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:15

Here are a few to warm the cockles of Mallory Dan's heart. I will leave him to fill in the full grid from photo no.1

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Aloysius Lawler - Wigan's finest (via the Irish Sea)

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Ian Flux - Ehrlich RP5

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Phil Dowsett - March 81A

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Ray Mallock - Ralt RT4


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#3265 Mallory Dan

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 13:28

Excellent Alan. Are we to assume Richard Hawkins quallied his old RT1 on pole, or is he getting ready for a jump start in pic 1? At a guess behind him its Mallock, Dowsett, Alo, Fluxie, David Duffield and Colin Lees, then Kim perhaps?? Good sized crowd there too.  



#3266 Alan Cox

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 16:43

Good Friday 1981, Dan, hence the crowd. It is possible that the first pic is of the warm-up/green flag lap, as Hawkins was only fifth fastest, but I rarely snapped warm-up laps (and still don't) as I felt it was 'cheating' and often made the racing look closer than it was.



#3267 Tim Murray

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 18:13

Here's how A.C.M. reported on the event in MN:

 

DESPITE the meagre entry, the prospects of a good Atlantic race looked promising with Alo Lawler's Ralt on pole and the similar RT4 of Ray Mallock, fastest in the morning warm-up. Lawler made a good start, but Ian Flux in the venerable Ehrlich and the Ralt RT1 of Richard Hawkins took off like the proverbial scalded cat, following the Irishman through Old Hall and down into Cascades. Mallock in contrast, made a tardy start, and finished the first lap behind Phil Dowsett's March.

 

While Lawler romped off into the distance, neither Flux nor Hawkins could do anything about it, and interest focused on the battle between Mallock and Dowsett which rapidly brought them into contact with the courageous Hawkins. Once by, both quickly pulled away and it was not long before Mallock passed Dowsett and began to haul in Flux, passing him too just before half-distance.

 

Mallock seemed to have no trouble catching up with Lawler but it was not until the latter tripped over a backmarker on the last lap that the Chamtex driver got his chance. Seizing it with both hands, Mallock went on to win by less than half a second while behind the unfortunate Lawler, Dowsett finally succeeded in depriving Flux of his hard-earned third place. Hawkins was similarly ill-rewarded with fifth while David Duffield's poorly handling Ralt never allowed the Scotsman to get on terms and he finished sixth, one lap in arrears. A.C.M.

Could Alan's photo perhaps then be of the first lap, with Lawler (and Flux?) already past?


Edited by Tim Murray, 21 January 2014 - 18:15.


#3268 Alan Cox

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 18:32

Could Alan's photo perhaps then be of the first lap, with Lawler (and Flux?) already past?

That could well be the answer, Tim, as I explained I was unlikely to have snapped the warm-up lap.



#3269 Allen Brown

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:32

Only eight starters are mentioned (and only four others were even entered) so if Lawler and Flux are already past, don't we have too many cars?

 

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#3270 alansart

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:47

Only eight starters are mentioned (and only four others were even entered) so if Lawler and Flux are already past, don't we have too many cars?

 

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The white Ralt at the back also looks a bit like Alo Lawler...



#3271 Alan Cox

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:36

Here is a photo of a well-known TNFer, taken on the 8th August 1982 at Mallory. The person trying to avoid the orange PRS is Ray Fenton with his Royale RP21

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The first Champion of Oulton, Richard Street, doesn't feature on TNF very often

 



#3272 alansart

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 19:40

Here is a photo of a well-known TNFer, taken on the 8th August 1982 at Mallory. The person trying to avoid the orange PRS is Ray Fenton with his Royale RP21

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Unfortunately Ray is about to take a short flying lesson  :well:



#3273 Mallory Dan

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 20:10

The white Ralt at the back also looks a bit like Alo Lawler...

Looks a bit like the Argo to me Alan...!



#3274 Alan Cox

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 13:29

The Rhodes B48 is ex-Robinson I think, Phil, after BR had sold it to Paul Rhodes.

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Talking of which, here it his lurking behind the RAM of John Travis on the Oulton Park grid 1st September 1985


Edited by Alan Cox, 25 January 2014 - 15:17.


#3275 Alan Cox

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 14:00

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Kim Mather - Twin-engine Scirocco Lodge Corner - 1st September 1985



#3276 elansprint72

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 20:24

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#3277 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 21:58

Wow!!!

#3278 Muskrat

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 12:04

Hi All,

This reply is really aimed at Pressman, Mondiale M85S and Gregor Marshall.

You'll have to go back to late August Pressman but you posted a video of the Uniroyal ProdSports race in Oulton in '83 with a certain TR6 providing almost all the entertainment :lol: http://uk.youtube.co...h?v=u8YRr-eMFRo

Well Mondiale M85S you were right, I'm Richard Morrant :wave: and I was indeed (sort of) driving that day, and I did also enjoy a monster spin at Woodcote that seemed to go on for ever!

I know that I do have a sequence of black and white photos stashed away somewhere that show the spin right from the Gary Wright (Lotus 7) tap :mad: to the tyre smoking finish a few hundred yards later; I'll post them as soon as I find them.

Some of the other drivers in that race were your Dad Gregor in the Lotus Esprit, Ian Jacobs in the tasteful green Jensen Healey with Gary White, John Stenning and Maynard Soares in the Lotus 7's.

Honestly I was truely taken aback that anyone would remember me at all, speechless, so thanks to you all and if you want to be bored I have a few pics and a couple of racing tales to pass on.

 Great Skills with the TR6 :)


Edited by Muskrat, 19 March 2014 - 12:04.


#3279 elansprint72

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 13:27

Bump....

 

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#3280 MCS

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 15:21

Wonderful.

 

Nilsson, Hoffmann (massively underrated), Perkins, Cheever, Ribeiro and South - as of course we all know. 

 

Somebody is apparently writing a book about the last named.  Let's hope it does him justice.



#3281 alansart

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 16:40

Wonderful.

 

Nilsson, Hoffmann (massively underrated), Perkins, Cheever, Ribeiro and South - as of course we all know. 

 

Somebody is apparently writing a book about the last named.  Let's hope it does him justice.

Different manufacturers, drivers from all over the world, big grids, straightforward cars, races virtually every weekend...where did it all go wrong??

The Stephen South story is certainly an interesting one, which I feel would need input from Stephen himself to do it justice. Whether he's prepared to do that is another matter.



#3282 Alan Cox

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:33

The Stephen South story is certainly an interesting one, which I feel would need input from Stephen himself to do it justice. Whether he's prepared to do that is another matter.

 

Darren Banks is the guy who is undertaking the biography and he posted on here very recently about it.

Posted 22 May 2014 - 21:31

Hi,

 

Thanks for all the good wishes. I have spoken to John Stokes who has been a great help. I have Stephen's approval and he is helping with clarification of facts/events, a real bonus.

 

Will keep you updated on progress

 

DARREN

 

 

 



#3283 Stephen W

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 09:42

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Formula Ford chaos at Aintree 1981



#3284 alansart

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 11:25

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Formula Ford chaos at Aintree 1981

Wally Warwick going backwards.



#3285 elansprint72

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 21:53

A dry (but chilly) Cadwell Park VSCC meeting last year; the forecast for Saturday is dreadful- thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening...

 

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#3286 elansprint72

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 22:01

Shame about the modern helmets.

 

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#3287 DogEarred

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 16:39

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In this shot, the only car facing in the right direction is the one behind no. 31. (Might be Tony Trevor?)


#3288 Mallory Dan

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:29

Silverstone, around 1980 perhaps? 31 looks like a Hawke DL19, 53 is a VD RF77 or 78, 29 is a VD RF79 or 80, can't make out the other 2. I'd say only the car above the Hawke drivers helmet is heading roughly the right way...



#3289 DogEarred

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 15:11

Silverstone, around 1980 perhaps? 31 looks like a Hawke DL19, 53 is a VD RF77 or 78, 29 is a VD RF79 or 80, can't make out the other 2. I'd say only the car above the Hawke drivers helmet is heading roughly the right way...

 

Good call Dan,

Yes, Woodcote corner on the club circuit. !980 (or possibly '79). Car behind the RF77 is also a RF77. Car behind the Hawke is a PRS, I pretty sure.

 

(Cars behind the PRS are a Land Rover & a Transit. Not sure why they were allowed to race....)   ;)



#3290 alansart

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:38

Good call Dan,

Yes, Woodcote corner on the club circuit. !980 (or possibly '79). Car behind the RF77 is also a RF77. Car behind the Hawke is a PRS, I pretty sure.

 

(Cars behind the PRS are a Land Rover & a Transit. Not sure why they were allowed to race....)   ;)

Definitely a PRS but I don't recognise the drivers helmet. The 53 VD looks like a Jim Russell car.



#3291 Chris Townsend

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 16:24

 

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In this shot, the only car facing in the right direction is the one behind no. 31. (Might be Tony Trevor?)

 

I think the second RF77 [not the JRRDS car] is Jeremy Fish. The RF79 is a Scorpion Race Hire car, and Cliff Sayer rings bells as the #31 Hawke



#3292 tiff1705

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 21:09

I am a (forgotten/unknown) Grand Daughter of Chris Meek, looking to find out more about his racing life and life in general...I can not seem to get much information from his family/friends and so have decided that asking motorsport fenatics (such as himself) is the best way to start as it seems that lots of people know him well or certainly did at the 'pinacle' of his career in racing...I hope! Can anybody offer me pictures, info...anything that may help me try and piece together some form of story....Please and Thank You x



#3293 JtP2

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 22:38

Tiff, don't ask Norman Hodgson.



#3294 D-Type

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 08:37

I am a (forgotten/unknown) Grand Daughter of Chris Meek, looking to find out more about his racing life and life in general...I can not seem to get much information from his family/friends and so have decided that asking motorsport fenatics (such as himself) is the best way to start as it seems that lots of people know him well or certainly did at the 'pinacle' of his career in racing...I hope! Can anybody offer me pictures, info...anything that may help me try and piece together some form of story....Please and Thank You x

I've opened a separate thread for this: http://forums.autosp...090-chris-meek/