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#2701 E1pix

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 03:07

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Graham Hill in the Scuderia Veloce Brabham BT11A at Pukekohe in 1965

Absolute Nostalgia.

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#2702 Ardmore

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 11:15

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Harry Schell in the Temple Buell Maserati 250F at the 1959 New Zealand Grand Prix.



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 12:10

...and for aficionados of the species: Mike Ryman (DKW 3=6) leads Tim Bishop (F12) through the hairpin-that-isn't-really-a-hairpin, Cadwell Park, 2014

 

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My stepmother, being in Cairo at the time, decided that she wanted to visit Cape Town, so armed with a toolkit consisting of a nail-file and scissors, bought herself a second-hand DKW and off she went, getting deported from Southern Rhodesia on the way. Despite years of entreaties, we could never get her to write a book of her adventures - It woud have been a good read, she was an excellent writer, getting letters while at school were always a joy; I'll never forget the one which consisted of half a page of amusing trivia followed by "Oh, by the way, Granny died at the weekend..." We had an interesting attitude to death in my family; my father taught fighter pilots to fly and shoot at the same time (Air gunnery instructor at the RAF Advanced Flying School at Oakington), unfortunately, in the early days of jets, quite a few of them crashed, so "Ginger bought it today, target fixation" was not an uncommon sentence in our household.



#2704 Ardmore

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 12:32

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Rod Coppins in the Tec Mec at Pukekohe in 1963



#2705 RogerFrench

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 13:58

I need to know more about Tec Mec, obviously. That looks like a 250F with a V8 in it. Must start reading.

#2706 kayemod

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 14:45

I need to know more about Tec Mec, obviously. That looks like a 250F with a V8 in it. Must start reading.

 

 

That was exactly what I thought on seeing the photo, the TecMec I remember was a stubby little thing, nothing at all like a 250F, which is what this is.



#2707 Simon Arron

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 14:50

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The Tec-Mec in Tony Wood's hands, 2016 Monaco Historique.



#2708 Tim Murray

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 16:09

The New Zealand Tec-Mec started life as 250F chassis 2509 and had a long career before being fitted with a Chevrolet V8 engine by Tec-Mec (Studio Tecnica Meccanica) in Italy in around 1960. From then on it was known as the Tec-Mec. Here’s David McKinney’s potted history of the chassis:

New to the Owen Organisation in 1954 and driven by Ken Wharton. Renumbered as ‘2504’ and used by Bira until early 1955. Leased to Gould, then sold to Bruce Halford for 1956-58. Rebodied before the 1957 season, and then again (using the Piccolo style) in 1958 for Ross Jensen in New Zealand. Returned to Italy and fitted in 1960 with Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine and the bodywork from ‘2501/2523’ and sold via Jensen to Mansel in New Zealand, possibly as ‘2523’. Raced by him in 1961, then Rod Coppins (including as single-seat sports car) in 1962-63. Dave O’Connor and Leon Witte, New Zealand, not raced. To the UK in 1973 and renumbered as ‘2504’ during rebuild, including fitting of 1954-type bodywork for Chris Mann. Sold to Count Hubertus von Dönhoff in Germany in 1981 and to Peter Gläsel in 1995. Won 1955 New Zealand GP (Bira). 2002 location: Germany (Peter Gläsel). Note: Number also used on ‘2504’.



#2709 Stephen W

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:33

The New Zealand Tec-Mec started life as 250F chassis 2509 and had a long career before being fitted with a Chevrolet V8 engine by Tec-Mec (Studio Tecnica Meccanica) in Italy in around 1960. From then on it was known as the Tec-Mec. Here’s David McKinney’s potted history of the chassis:
 

 

The Maserati engine out of the 250F went into the "stubby little thing" of a Tec-Mec as per Simon Arron's snap.



#2710 Ardmore

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:45

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This is the Tec Mec when it ran as a sports car, fitted with the body that was on the ex-Rosier Ferrari 375 when it came to New Zealand in 1956



#2711 alansart

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:54

The Maserati engine out of the 250F went into the "stubby little thing" of a Tec-Mec as per Simon Arron's snap.

Quite a nice looking "stubby little thing" though. Here with Ian Nuthall at Cholmondeley in 2014.

14331611039_24dce2be37_b.jpgIan Nuthall, Maserati Tec-Mec Tipo F415_2 by Alan Raine, on Flickr



#2712 2F-001

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:22

Just to be clear... the 'New Zealand' Tec-Mec (Chev V8-engined and part-time sports racer) is an entirely separate entity from the Tec-Mec that has starred in European historic events recently (and pictured above by Simon and Alan)... is that correct?

 

In his 250F book, David McK explains that the Tec-Mec (version pictured in post 2710, above) was "emphatically not a Maserati" as it never saw the inside of Maserati's factory (I had heard some folks describe this as being 'developed from a 250F'). David's book tells us that it drew, to some extent, on the (Maserati) factory plans and drawings for a proposed 1959 car. 

 

I've not seen the car really close up; I know the suspension differs from a 250F, but how close is the spaceframe to the Maserati?

 

EDIT:

In the second paragraph, above, I'd intended to refer to the car pictured in post 2711, not 2710! Thank you, Ardmore, for highlighting this below.


Edited by 2F-001, 17 May 2019 - 07:40.


#2713 kayemod

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:40

 

In his 250F book, David McK explains that the Tec-Mec (version pictured in post 2710, above) was "emphatically not a Maserati" as it never saw the inside of Maserati's factory (I had heard some folks describe this as being 'developed from a 250F'). David's book tells us that it drew, to some extent, on the (Maserati) factory plans and drawings for a proposed 1959 car. 

 

 

That's exactly as the car and its history was described to me by the owner at an event some years ago.



#2714 RogerFrench

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 14:35

This forum is amazing. I had thought there was only one Tec-Mec, the 250F-engined one that has been racing in historics for years, latterly looking less and less like a special.
I've peered at it a few times, and it's really not much like a 250F at all.

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 17:23


I've not seen the car really close up; I know the suspension differs from a 250F, but how close is the spaceframe to the Maserati?

 

To this casual observer, the underpinnings of the "stubby little thing" certainly look to be stiffer than a 250F's (Silverstone Spring Start, 2013).

 

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#2716 Ardmore

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 21:38

Just to be clear... the 'New Zealand' Tec-Mec (Chev V8-engined and part-time sports racer) is an entirely separate entity from the Tec-Mec that has starred in European historic events recently (and pictured above by Simon and Alan)... is that correct?

In his 250F book, David McK explains that the Tec-Mec (version pictured in post 2710, above) was "emphatically not a Maserati" as it never saw the inside of Maserati's factory (I had heard some folks describe this as being 'developed from a 250F'). David's book tells us that it drew, to some extent, on the (Maserati) factory plans and drawings for a proposed 1959 car.

I've not seen the car really close up; I know the suspension differs from a 250F, but how close is the spaceframe to the Maserati?

When David McK wrote "emphatically not a Maserati" he was referring to the car shown in post 2715, not the car that came to NZ. The NZ car is described on page 131 of David's book. It had the chassis of the car (2504) that Ross Jensen had sent back to Italy for refurbishment. Later, Jensen found the car in Tec Mec's workshop being fitted with a Chev V8. The solution to the problem was to put the engine and bodywork from the Jensen car on to another chassis (2523) and the bodywork from 2523 was used on the V8-engined 2504.

#2717 2F-001

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:37

Ah - I'm sorry to have added to the confusion with a typing error! - that was the point, in part, that I intended to convey...

 

The second paragraph of my post should have read:

 

'In his 250F book, David McK explains that the Tec-Mec (version pictured in post 2711, above) was "emphatically not a Maserati.. '  (i.e.: not 2710!). 



#2718 Ardmore

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:39

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Leslie Marr in the Jaguar-engined Connaught leading Tony Gaze's Ferrari at Ardmore in 1956



#2719 Rob Ryder

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 08:35

2006 Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park..


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Alan Minshaw loses his Chevron B8

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#2720 elansprint72

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 12:20

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Turn up the volume! Fabulous beast, seen (and heard!) at Oulton Park a couple of days ago. Duncan Ricketts in the ERA Parnell Challenger.  :smoking: 
 



#2721 elansprint72

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 22:38

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Druid's corner Oulton Park, the Breadvan with the "wrong front" in evidence. 1976.


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#2722 E1pix

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 21:54

Perhaps an accompaniment to the wrong spring rates on the driver's, I mean passenger's, I mean left side even though it's the right side in this view.   :wave:



#2723 elansprint72

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 22:12

Finally got to see one of my favourite racing cars ever today- the ex Karl Foitek Elan 26/R. David Garrett racing it at CSCC Oulton Park. We had some previous discussion about the car here: https://forums.autos...r-wheel-arches/

Great drive David.

 

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Incidentally, the car was, I estimate well into 3-figure speeds at this point!  :eek:


Edited by elansprint72, 25 May 2019 - 22:13.


#2724 alansart

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 08:10

Anthony Taylor's McLaren M10B at Aintree yesterday.

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 20:30

Tim Bates coming at me at 3-figure speed and still on the throttle. Apologies if there is no sense of motion in the shot- I used 1/1000 sec and possibly released the shutter 1/1000th of a second too late. Must try harder!   :smoking:

 

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#2726 Ardmore

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 05:08

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What do you do when your Cooper-Bristol is no longer competitive in racing car events?

 

You convert it into a central-seat sports car.



#2727 Stephen W

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 06:39

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What do you do when your Cooper-Bristol is no longer competitive in racing car events?

 

You convert it into a central-seat sports car.

 

That bodywork looks familiar, possibly off a Maserati 250F?



#2728 john aston

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 06:43

Tim Bates coming at me at 3-figure speed and still on the throttle. Apologies if there is no sense of motion in the shot- I used 1/1000 sec and possibly released the shutter 1/1000th of a second too late. Must try harder!   :smoking:

 

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I was in scribbler mode for CSCC this weekend and loved the 911 almost as much as John Cockerton's sublime 935 . Any shots ?   



#2729 2F-001

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 08:57

Very Brumos...!



#2730 MCS

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 18:57

Anthony Taylor's McLaren M10B at Aintree yesterday.

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Great picture, Alan (and I've seen your others on Flickr), but why that rear-wing?  For goodness sake.

 

Edit:  Sorry, Alan.  That wasn't directed at you!

 

Looking at ORC, this would appear to be the "Vebra" although I assume it was entered as an M10B at Aintree?


Edited by MCS, 28 May 2019 - 19:36.


#2731 alansart

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 21:14

Great picture, Alan (and I've seen your others on Flickr), but why that rear-wing?  For goodness sake.

 

Edit:  Sorry, Alan.  That wasn't directed at you!

 

Looking at ORC, this would appear to be the "Vebra" although I assume it was entered as an M10B at Aintree?

Yes it is listed as an M10B.



#2732 Stephen W

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 08:16

Great picture, Alan (and I've seen your others on Flickr), but why that rear-wing?  For goodness sake.

 

Edit:  Sorry, Alan.  That wasn't directed at you!

 

Looking at ORC, this would appear to be the "Vebra" although I assume it was entered as an M10B at Aintree?

 

The "Vebra" was based upon the M10B chassis. Therefore you would have a choice of what to do as and when you acquired the car. I suspect returning it to full M10B spec was the easiest option, the most sensible choice and also potentially the most profitable.



#2733 2F-001

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:27

DId the Vebra run, at some time in its speed events life, with a supercharger (mounted top-fuel style, above the engine) and a mid-70s era March nose? (At Brighton?) Or am I confusing this with the memory of another car?


Edited by 2F-001, 29 May 2019 - 09:28.


#2734 Simon Arron

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:50

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Crystal Palace alive and well (as a sprint venue, at least) - Jon Doubleday's V8-powered Cortina heads towards the finishing line on The Glade, May 27 2019.



#2735 MCS

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 13:12

The "Vebra" was based upon the M10B chassis. Therefore you would have a choice of what to do as and when you acquired the car. I suspect returning it to full M10B spec was the easiest option, the most sensible choice and also potentially the most profitable.

 

Makes sense.

 

DId the Vebra run, at some time in its speed events life, with a supercharger (mounted top-fuel style, above the engine) and a mid-70s era March nose? (At Brighton?) Or am I confusing this with the memory of another car?

 

Tony, I think you may be right - that does sound familiar and Steve W would almost certainly know...!   ;)


Edited by MCS, 29 May 2019 - 13:13.


#2736 Stephen W

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 07:52

The Vebra was eventually supercharged. Can't confirm whereabouts the supercharger was fitted however it would be logical to have it "mounted top fuel style, above the engine". 



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Posted 30 May 2019 - 11:18

The Vebra was eventually supercharged. Can't confirm whereabouts the supercharger was fitted however it would be logical to have it "mounted top fuel style, above the engine". 

On an 8 Litre engine?



#2738 Stephen W

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 07:48

On an 8 Litre engine?

 

It was only 7.6 litres!   ;) 



#2739 dolomite

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 08:22

I believe this is the Vebra (although I stand to be corrected). I took this photo at the aborted Weston Speed trials in 1981. 2016-11-12-0007_zps5t82ujxl.jpg

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#2740 lyntonh

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 10:15

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Historic Winton 2019.



#2741 2Bob

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 21:21

I love that photo.  Great colour coordination, cars and helmets, I assume that the second car is the same colour?  Also proves that red cars are faster, see the 2 cars in the background...



#2742 Bloggsworth

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 14:56

My nephew Harry Sale at Mosport yesterday, pole and the win - He's following in his father's footsteps:

 

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#2743 E1pix

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 15:05

His Dad must be Joie Chitwood!

Proper driving there! (or a hidden ramp) ;-)

#2744 lyntonh

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 12:05

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Dan Jeffries Elfin Streamliner at Historic Winton 2019.



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Posted 22 June 2019 - 18:02

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Dan Jeffries Elfin Streamliner at Historic Winton 2019.

 

Roll out the barrel...



#2746 E1pix

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 18:29

Gee Whiz, our Westfalia stays flatter than that! ;-)

#2747 elansprint72

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 22:50

Some excellent work here recently... but what about those Box-Brownie 127 snaps?



#2748 Bloggsworth

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:54

At school, I modified my Brownie 127 by glueing a piece of matte-black painted paper, with a file punch hole, placed over the long slot in the Kodak shutter - It allowed me to use Ilford FP3 like a real photographer.



#2749 Simon Arron

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 09:12

...what about those Box-Brownie 127 snaps?

You did ask... Never had a 127, but this was taken with a GB Kershaw folding camera at Lydden Hill in 1976 - a smallish FF1600 field captured on 120 film by a 15-year-old who had still to learn about the consequences of varying shutter speed, aperture etc etc. Not that the Kershaw offered much scope for adjustment. Think I still have it somewhere. If memory serves, it has a fixed 50mm lens and maximum shutter speed of 1/200.

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#2750 alansart

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 15:18

Some excellent work here recently... but what about those Box-Brownie 127 snaps?

Box Brownie (I think) Crystal Palace 1970...

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...I upgraded to an Instamatic in 1971 :)