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#651 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 06:21

I believe this shot is Kel Carruthers at speed on pit straight at the 1965 Longford meeting. Problem is, he's entered with #6 on 125cc & 250cc Honda's, plus 500cc Norton! Given my motorcycle knowledge is about zero, I'll have to rely on someone else's wisdom on this.

 

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Stephen

First look athat pic I thought he was wearing a rouned face mask, just the edge of the screen.

And yes it is a Honda, having 2 pipes means a 250 or 350.



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#652 cooper997

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 06:51

Thanks to Ray & Lee for the Honda 250 ID on the Carruthers photo. Thanks also to Lindsay for letting me know the Saward photos are from Jim.

 

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 12:42

Stephen, your colour shot in post 641 converts to b/w very well as a sister shot for the other one later. BTW your original one colours up well, too with basic tuning, looks good

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 05:28

Thanks Roger. Apart from some basic tweaks to the slide scans and converting to B&W, my abilities to 'colour up' are non-existant. So if you have improved that photo, then you're welcome to repost it here.

 

Stephen



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Posted 30 October 2016 - 08:03

With the Kel Carruthers at Longford photo appearing on this thread, Greg Mackie has sent through some information about meeting Kel at the December 1969 Warwick Farm, wihile Mr Mackie was racing in the Vee race that meeting. Kel is also featured in the race programme and Greg has given permission for his recollection to be mentioned here..

 

Greg wrote, "Don't remember much of the Vee race I drove in that day, but the chat with Kel was un-forgetable...what a nice bloke ! And more than happy to talk about the Honda.

 
He told me how, when in the normal riding position [flat out on the tank], he had no idea what gear the bike was in, or what revs it was doing. When the tacho needle disappeared  
to the right, he would change up...when it went off to the left, he would change down. A very narrow band, at that angle.
 
Another interesting thing - don't for get this was the '60s - was that there was a "positive pressure" in the inlet ports at max. HP, due to the rather long ram tubes!"
 
Thank you to Greg for this.
 
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#656 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 15:36

Originally posted by Lee Nicolle
.....having 2 pipes means a 250 or 350.


I missed this at the time...

Four pipes there.

#657 ellrosso

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 00:41

Few random shots from Longford. Barry Cassidy's XR Falcon GT was brand new, straight off the showroom floor and he was basically sideways at every corner, smoking the rears. He was one of the creators of the HQ Holden class of racing which started in Tasmania and is still popular Australia - wide to this day. Bob Wright's Carter Corvette at top of pic.541-K-Mof-66-lo_zpslvoustrm.jpg527_K_Mart_66-lo_zpsrtexlfz5.jpg3845_K_Galaxy_65_zpsrxw4aaze.jpg584-K-GT-68-lo_zpsz6qamqvz.jpg



#658 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:55

Originally posted by ellrosso
Few random shots from Longford.....
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This was the incident in 1966 when Spencer overshot the Viaduct entry during the combined practice session...

After burying the Brabham in the bales it wasn't long before David McKay arrived in the 250LM to hand it over so Spencer could continue his practice.

David spent the rest of the session standing there watching it all.

Come to think of it, wasn't this the last drive Spencer had for Scuderia Veloce?



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#659 SJ Lambert

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 06:21

Who's that interloper in the Cooper cockpit?!?!




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Photo courtesy of the Ron Lambert Collection

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#660 SJ Lambert

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 06:26

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Back in the paddock having seen off the interloper!!

Ron Lambert collection.


Édit #1 (That's a fail on the edit to bring the image back!!!)

Edit #2 (Got it this time)

Edited by SJ Lambert, 16 April 2018 - 23:53.


#661 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 06:34

Is that Jack with a borrowed helmet?

Bermar Sellars watches Jerry working on a rear wheel bearing by the look of it.

#662 ellrosso

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:08

Cracking shot James. Any details of the car and what became of it?



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:20

Had these two on the desktop for orders - nice bit of opposite lock for both Jack and Chris. Longford 1967 and '68 respectively.337_K_Brab_67-lo.jpg400_K_CAmon_68-lo.jpg



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 11:06

I love this guy’s sombrero - I wonder whether he had any official involvement with the meeting

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#665 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 12:32

Lindsay's pics from post above:

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And with reference to James' pic above:

That looks to be in the carpark behind the grandstand, James...

Purely spectator territory.

The photo of Jack is, of course, at Mountford Corner and he's heading towards the start/finish line. And the one of Amon is on the Saturday. Or maybe even on Friday.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 01:29

Who's that interloper in the Cooper cockpit?!?!

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of the Ron Lambert Collection

 

 

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Back in the paddock having seen off the interloper!!

 

Ron Lambert collection.

James, you need to convince the talented Lambert senior to join TNF and tell some of his tales of Longford and building cars at Elfin.

 

If I haven't totally muddled things up these wonderful photos should be from the 1960 meeting. With David Finch's D Type behind the interloper shot.

 

Despite the difficulty in keeping tabs on the Stillwell fleet of Coopers, this should be the car Lex Davison borrowed for the 1961 AGP win at Mallala.

 

Thanks to Ron & James for sharing these photos.

 

Stephen



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:31

Rare to see officials within motor racing recognised. This piece from the February 1960 AMS has LMRA's Peter Bates with his new Elite. This being the car TNF member pmurray has these days.

 

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S E M Bates (as listed in the 1960 Longford programme) was part of the Executive of LMRA and being a Doc, head of Medical. If that didn't make him busy enough then he was also a Steward of the meeting with Donald Thompson and Owen Grahame at that 2 day Longford of March 1960.

 

If I recall correctly Peter Bates was English and ended up back in the UK after his days in Tasmania. If Peter Murray is reading this then he will be able to add far more than I.

 

Stephen


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:00

James, you need to convince the talented Lambert senior to join TNF and tell some of his tales of Longford and building cars at Elfin.
 
If I haven't totally muddled things up these wonderful photos should be from the 1960 meeting. With David Finch's D Type behind the interloper shot.
 
Despite the difficulty in keeping tabs on the Stillwell fleet of Coopers, this should be the car Lex Davison borrowed for the 1961 AGP win at Mallala.
 
Thanks to Ron & James for sharing these photos.
 
Stephen


Ron has been convinced to do a bit of an expose of his time st Elfins by the good folk at the Historic Racing Car Club of Tasmania - I think he’s knocked something into rough draft at this stage & as for Black Jack in Bib’s Cooper - Ron reckons Brabham was undertaking carburation checks for Bib!

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 04:42

Couple from Longford, early and late. Jack Brabham Cooper Climax 1961, Jim Clark's6452_A_Brab_61-lo.jpg1191-_H-_Pit-68-lo.jpg Lotus 49 Saturday 1968



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:12

Ron has been convinced to do a bit of an expose of his time st Elfins by the good folk at the Historic Racing Car Club of Tasmania - I think he’s knocked something into rough draft at this stage & as for Black Jack in Bib’s Cooper - Ron reckons Brabham was undertaking carburation checks for Bib!

 

That's great news James. Hopefully Ron's tales will also find its way on to TNF at some stage.

 

Jack obviously loved tinkering with carburettors. even for the oppostion. There's a wonderful shot of Jack tinkering with a pair of Webers on a Lotus at the 1960 Zandvoort Dutch GP in Cooper Golden Years. Beside him at each shoulder is Graham Hill (BRM) and Reg Parnell (Aston Martin) clearly taking a master class in the tuning tweaks Jack had learnt.

 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 00:11

Stephen’s post #667 has a clipping from AMS February 1960 showing Dr Sydney Edward Mills Bates with his new Elite.  I’m not sure why AMS called him “Peter” as everyone I’ve spoken to who knew him calls him Mills Bates and that is the way he signed off his correspondence with Derek Jolly.  Mills was an Oxford trained Ear, Nose and Throat specialist who came to Launceston about 1952 and returned to Guernsey around 1962/3.

 

As can be inferred from the text in the clipping and from his correspondence with Derek Jolly he appears to have had a strong interest in motorsport although so far as I know he never competed.

 

Kevin Drage took a colour photo of the Elite at the Australian Grand Prix at Longford March 1960, one of two colour photos I have of the car from that time. Mills is centre of the group of three and the lad leaning on the Elite is probably his son, Grant.

 

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I discovered some years ago when I was provided with copies of his correspondence with Derek that Mills took delivery of the car in the UK in 1959 whilst attending a medical conference, drove it, had some faults rectified then handed it back to Lotus who invoiced and exported the car to Derek for delivery to Mills – hence the UK export number plate XGT 511.

 

Mills advertised the Elite for sale in AMS February 1962 and the car was purchased by John Roxburgh.  John’s wife Josephine clearly remembered the car when I spoke to her in 2009 although none of John’s friends and contemporaries nor his Service Manager, Lloyd Shaw recall ever seeing the blue Elite.

 

Unfortunately the Roxburgh family have kept no photos of the car during his ownership.

 

John advertised the car for sale in The Age newspaper, 27 March 1965 and I have been unable to learn where the car disappeared to until 1980 when it was mentioned in the Club Lotus Australia March newsletter as reappearing in Melbourne. During that period the car had been repainted red and retrimmed in black.

 

Kerry Luckins bought the car in 1980 and I have owned it since 1997.


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Posted 06 January 2018 - 02:07

Tasman round March '62. Leo Geoghegan took 2nd in the u/1500cc race behind the MRD with Gavin Youl. Would anyone have a photo of the Geoghegan Lotus 20 from this meeting. It was as the Formula Junior and 1100 cc. 



#673 cooper997

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 03:17

Stephen’s post #667 has a clipping from AMS February 1960 showing Dr Sydney Edward Mills Bates with his new Elite.  I’m not sure why AMS called him “Peter” as everyone I’ve spoken to who knew him calls him Mills Bates and that is the way he signed off his correspondence with Derek Jolly.  Mills was an Oxford trained Ear, Nose and Throat specialist who came to Launceston about 1952 and returned to Guernsey around 1962/3.

 

As can be inferred from the text in the clipping and from his correspondence with Derek Jolly he appears to have had a strong interest in motorsport although so far as I know he never competed.

 

Kevin Drage took a colour photo of the Elite at the Australian Grand Prix at Longford March 1960, one of two colour photos I have of the car from that time. Mills is centre of the group of three and the lad leaning on the Elite is probably his son, Grant.

 

1049_Longford_small.jpg

 

I discovered some years ago when I was provided with copies of his correspondence with Derek that Mills took delivery of the car in the UK in 1959 whilst attending a medical conference, drove it, had some faults rectified then handed it back to Lotus who invoiced and exported the car to Derek for delivery to Mills – hence the UK export number plate XGT 511.

 

Mills advertised the Elite for sale in AMS February 1962 and the car was purchased by John Roxburgh.  John’s wife Josephine clearly remembered the car when I spoke to her in 2009 although none of John’s friends and contemporaries nor his Service Manager, Lloyd Shaw recall ever seeing the blue Elite.

 

Unfortunately the Roxburgh family have kept no photos of the car during his ownership.

 

John advertised the car for sale in The Age newspaper, 27 March 1965 and I have been unable to learn where the car disappeared to until 1980 when it was mentioned in the Club Lotus Australia March newsletter as reappearing in Melbourne. During that period the car had been repainted red and retrimmed in black.

 

Kerry Luckins bought the car in 1980 and I have owned it since 1997.

 

Good to see this thread and the likes of the Mal Simpson one can still inspire a little effort to fill another small snippet of the given subject's history.

 

Thanks for writing your response Peter. :up:

 

Stephen. 



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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:01

Ray, these are for you - I decided to put them here rather than the rice trailer thread. Hope they are helpful.5185_E_Start_60-lo.jpg7680_Z_Lford_59-lo.jpg7683_Z_Lford_59-lo.jpg7697a_Z_Lford_59-lo.jpg



#675 cooper997

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 07:13

Great photos Lindsay. Ironically a couple of Jim's aerial shots could be posted in the Rice Trailer thread too, with many to be seen.

 

This is what;s written in the 1960 Longford programmes relating to the move.

 

"Until last year, the pits were on the outside of the circuit on the Flying Mile approaching Mountford Corner. The situation was manifestly dangerous, and after lengthy discussions with leading drivers and officials the Association moved the pits  (and start-finish line)  around Mountford Corner..."

 

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#676 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:50

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Well, gentlemen, this is real progress...

However, while the photos confirm that the pit area remained outside the end of the Flying Mile in 1959, they also make it clear that the start/finish line was in what became Pit Straight that year as well, and I'd suggest that the racing pits were there too.

Jim Saward's aerial photos cannot be from 1960 as there are no grandstands and the white lines seen on the road in the race start pic aren't there, nor the extra road width. The same starter's rostrum is there too, particularly obvious in the last picture.

Thank you all for your help.




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Edited by Ray Bell, 18 May 2018 - 08:40.


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 18:41

What an absolute prize these recent photo postings are, especially the aerial ones, and the Elite info from Peter suits me very well. Many thanks to all photo posters.
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Posted 17 January 2018 - 19:48

Ray, we're all guilty of missing the obvious, but Lindsay has gone to the trouble of putting the year on the 4 photos in post 674 - only the first has 1960 on it. Jim's aerial shots state 1959.

 

From what I gather from those aerials the outside of the Flying Mile looks to be purely car parking in 1959. And just so I'm not barking up the wrong tree, I've just dug out one of the 1959 Longford programmes and found the circuit map. The outside of the Flying Mile is listed as 'AREA 1 Spectators', after Mountford Corner, the outside of (just into the new) Pit Straight is 'AREA 2 Spectators' and it shows the Pits opposite that area on the inside (but along from Mountford).

 

Also while the programme is out, a bit of information that might be of interest to pmurray. S E M Bates (aka Mills Bates of Lotus Elite fame) is listed in the 1959 LMRA Executive; the Pit Planning and Car Sub-Committee. Noting not Chief Medico in 1959. Which puts him with Jock Walkem, G Petman & G Hodge as the movers and shakers to get the new pits established. There's also a bit of a writeup for the Light Car Club of Tasmania, Dr Bates is Club President and Chairman of the State Council of CAMS. So a busy man!

 

It's also dawned on me that in Peter's post about his Elite he mentions the March 1960 Australian GP, it was but for the leather clad motorcycle fraternity.

 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 20:02

Just dropping in this link for future reference to the Rice Trailers thread with photos and information relevant here too...

http://forums.autosp...ustralia/page-3 S

 

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#680 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 20:30

Caught out again with the dreadful 'an ad next to your post so your pics are reduced!'...

Dear readers, as you look at the picture in the ensuing post you'll see similar long shadows to those in the aerial shots from Jim Saward,.

But nobody is on the stands, so this photo can clearly be dated as having been taken on the late afternoon of the Friday of the 1960 Longford meeting.



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#681 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 20:50

Thanks, Stephen...

My post was all about the years which are shown on the photos. The full pic I have been sent is of interest and in keeping with the pics Lindsay has posted.

Now that we know it's 1960 that the stands went in (as shown by the photos above) we can definitely locate this pic in that year as the stands are bare timber, unweathered and unpainted:

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The whole photo obviously is focussed on Peter Murray's Elite in its prime:

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Now I wonder if Rob can identify the Customline and the Mainline:

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It appears to have an open-top trailer with black cover and a word with 'H' or maybe 'HE' on the side, though that trailer may not be attached to that tow car.

The FE Holden with the non-standard red roof seems to be a panel van with windows fitted.

The photo, incidentally, is on Autopics and is to be credited to Anne Blackwood, though it was taken by her father, Lotus cars were to play a significant part in his family's history. Malcolm Macarthur.



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#682 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 23:41

Originally posted by cooper997
.....This is what;s written in the 1960 Longford programmes relating to the move.
 
"Until last year, the pits were on the outside of the circuit on the Flying Mile approaching Mountford Corner. The situation was manifestly dangerous, and after lengthy discussions with leading drivers and officials the Association moved the pits (and start-finish line) around Mountford Corner..."

I'm still troubled by this, even though I'm satisfied that the picture is from 1960...

Stephen, the 1959 AGP reports clearly show the start line to be in the same place as it was in later years. Photos from the AGP book and AMS are good enough for that. So why would the 1960 programme talk of a change that year?

Even the circuit map shown in the AMS report has the pits and start in the regular post-Mountford location.

By the way, Jim's photos above identify the pics of Glass and Mildren in the AGP book as having been taken at the entry to the Water Tower corner.



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Edited by Ray Bell, 18 January 2018 - 23:42.


#683 cooper997

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 23:59

That is quoted as published Ray. I guess it depends how you define "Until last year". I take it as up to that point, but it sounds like you are including it.

 

Where's an English expert?

 

Stephen



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 00:08

Was it, perhaps, carried over en bloc from the '59 programme, Stephen?

As would have been many of the messages and warnings, I guess.

Still, I guess whoever wrote it (if it was fresh) could have been writing it in December, 1959.

To my way of thinking, 'until last year' can only mean that 'last year' the pits were on the Flying Mile. With only one meeting a year, and that always in March, it can only be that way.



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Posted 19 January 2018 - 02:23

Ray, The 1959 programmes were the first serious effort at publishing lots of information and adverts to run to more than 70 pages each. It was the AGP/Gold Star of course, but by comparison the 1958 effort is a very flimsy 12 page affair. 

 

Yesterday when I went checking one of the 1959 programmes for what became post 678 I was on the look out for info similar to the 1960 sort of stuff and failed to spot specific info regarding the startline. Even the 1959 circuit map fails to show the startline. However, I've just dug out the 1958-59 AMS Review (book) and its small map relating to the 1959 Longford meeting show the startline at the new pits past Mountford Corner. 

 

Here is that map.(and clearly the trainline gone by 1960 was a dream never fulfilled). But just to add to the confusion that map is next to the 1958 report! However, there is a startline photo within the 1959 meeting report that  shows the grid lined up on the new pit straight slightly back towards Mountford from the old tram.. Check Jim Saward's aerial shots and the converted tram is visible and a vague looking outline of a startline can be seen above the plane tree opposite the tram. 

 

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Stephen


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#686 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 13:39

That is where the rostrum sits on the outside of the circuit...

There is a very clear white line over the road there, I had observed that when the photos were posted.

Interesting that the programmes went to 70 pages. I'm guessing there was about 48 pages the same for Saturday and Monday and separate inserts making up the balance which showed the race entries and details for those days... as they did in later times?




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#687 cooper997

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 22:42

The early Longford programmes share quite a bit within the 1st and 2nd day programme, but it wasn't until the 1962 meeting before the different colour inserts began for the entry lists. For every year's pair the basic cover format was similar, although 1959 has yellow for the 1st day and red for the second. After that they just used different colour cover text between each day.

 

I might take a photo later to show a few Longford programmes.

 

Stephen



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 00:56

Another from Dad‘s archive

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#689 cooper997

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 01:23

Pure gold James. There must have been Messrs Lambert, Drage and Blackwood covering the same territory that day!

 

That one also appears to help put the Mainline ute in the Autopics/Blackwood Lotus Elite photo in some perspective regards likely owner.

 

Stephen



#690 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 13:27

Actually Lambert, Drage and Macarthur, Stephen...

Is that Arnold Glass' car directly behind the Mainline? Things appear to be laid out differently to what's seen in the Elite background.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 22:00

Great article on the 1962 ATCC at Longford, including circuit map

https://primotipo.co...f-the-jag-mk2s/

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 23:24

...Is that Arnold Glass' car directly behind the Mainline....


Yes, I reckon it is.

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 01:25

For the sake of keeping Longford information together, I'm just popping this on here. Despite it being discussed in more detail on pmurray's thread. http://forums.autosp...ociation-badge/

 

From the '1964-65 Motor Manual Motor Sporting Guide and Motor Racing Yearbook'

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#694 cooper997

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:55

Here's 4 years worth of Longford first and second day programmes - chock full of the entry lists, meeting info, driver & rider profiles and some wonderful period adverts. 

Top row shows 1959 & 60 with 1961 & 62 below.

 

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Stephen


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#695 SJ Lambert

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 09:22

A relatively easy one from Ron‘s collection.

Name the car, driver, corner & year!?!

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 09:40

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#697 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:34

Bryan Thomson...

Probably 1961, maybe 1962. Between Mountford and the Water Tower, specifically I would say in front of the pits.

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 14:53

James, wonderful evocative photos of a time long gone,  :up:   I'm sure they are a real treasure for the historians. I like the young lad with the helmet in post #688,in the same post  what is the yellow four door car in the distance above the #1. It looks like an american Chrysler product ?

For me here in Canada I was always intrigued by racing down under, we never had much coverage in the North American magazines.

 

Michael



#699 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 15:20

That car is a Dodge Custom Royal, I think it's a 1958 model...

These were assembled in Adelaide by Chrysler Australia in '58 and '59, as were Plymouth Belvederes, though not in numbers as high as the concurrent Chrysler Royal, which was an Australia-only model based on the 1954 Plymouth with altered bodywork.

The only model of the Custom Royal available was a 4-door powered by a 350 engine with automatic transmission, the Plymouth had a similar one-model-only constraint as did the less numerous De Sotos, which were assembled by Buckle Automotive. All CKD packages came from the Windsor, Ontario, plant with RHD. From 1960 only the Dodge Phoenix was assembled here.

The Chrysler Royal continued, with 6-cyl models available in auto or manual and 313 Poly V8s in automatic only until 1963. Valiants were locally assembled from 1962 and become a major seller.

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#700 cooper997

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 20:37

Another great Lambert photo. The Monza hit by the ugly stick due to the Appendix K GT regs of 1961. Which is the year the photo was taken too.

 

Stephen