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#851 Lola5000

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 04:29

Bill Brown was to race the Ferrari P4 in the coming season ,Longford was a shakedown for the team,lets not forget he had  driven the LM250 including wins at Bathurst and the 12 hour Surfers .enduro.



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#852 ellrosso

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:27

In David's Scuderia Veloce autobiography, he does say he made a mistake putting Bill in the car in retrospect. He felt Bill was a little accident prone and a bit affected by "red mist". He says he should have put Pete Geoghegan in the car from the outset, or at least after Bill had stuck the 250LM up a bank at Oran Park with Bill Tuckey in the car - he was not impressed. Pete was re-writing the times of the 250LM everywhere and was a totally safe pair of hands - no brainer really.

Bill also ripped the oil cooler off in the Surfers 12 hr after being baulked by a Fiat 125 and damaged the front of the car. An accident McKay thought should have been avoidable.


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#853 MarkBisset

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:14

Interesting perspectives, those 250LM drives proved again just how versatile and fast the big fella was. And Rob had forgotten Bill had won the 12 Hour whilst noting the misdemeanours Lindsay cited.
Hard to go past Alec Mildren as a talent scout to head off in a slightly different direction whilst declaring hopeless Bartlett/Stewart bias- which is not to say they were the only drivers he gave opportunities to! ...

#854 Ray Bell

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 12:16

Alec gave drives to Doug Chivas, both in rallying and racing, Ralph Sach, John French and Charlie Smith...

 

Laurie Stewart and Len Goodwin as co-drivers at Bathurst too.

 

I never recognised any great skill in Sach, but it may have been his mechanical abilities that got him the gig.



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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:09

This weekend, 55 years ago Longford was the place to be. Graham won the main race and Bruce took home the first ever Tasman title. Unfortunately it also means 55 years since the tragic accident that claimed Timmy Mayer.

 

If you've got a spare 22 minutes then click here for the '1964 Long weekend at Longford'

https://youtu.be/idVwSpxE9qg

by Libraries Tasmania youtube channel

 

Stephen


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#856 Paul Parker

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 11:58

This weekend, 55 years ago Longford was the place to be. Graham won the main race and Bruce took home the first ever Tasman title. Unfortunately it also means 55 years since the tragic accident that claimed Timmy Mayer.

 

If you've got a spare 22 minutes then click here for the '1964 Long weekend at Longford'

https://youtu.be/idVwSpxE9qg

by Libraries Tasmania youtube channel

 

Stephen

 

Thank you for showing this, the way things used to be and so much more entertaining than latter day racing long since, although of course actions did have dire consequences every so often.



#857 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 12:58

I think it's a shame that the film mentions nothing of the loss of Mayer...

It was a part of the race meeting, a very serious part.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 07:12

After his win at Longford in 1966, a lot of Tasmanians were now aware of Jackie Stewart and I, along with no doubt many other enthusiasts, began following his career. Here are a few shots from Longford in 1966, 67.

The podium shot has him shaking hands with Tas Premier, Eric Reece ("Electric Eric" as he was the driving force behind Hydro Electric power in the state. He also made sure the Longford roads were laid with the finest hot mix bitumen available....). Ron Mackinnon of the LMRA has the microphones - he owned much of the land around the Longford track.561-K-Stew-66-lo.jpg566-K-Stew-66-lo.jpg558-K-JStew-66-lo.jpg569-K-Stew-67-lo.jpg



#859 ellrosso

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 19:04

One of the most evocative and photogenic pieces of race track in the world, images of Longford's railway viaduct section were invariably used in many race reports and features. Tricky for the drivers too.....9-K-1st-Lap-67-lo.jpg585-K-Vee-68-lo.jpg599-K-Ham-67-lo.jpg608-K-Mus-67-lo.jpg612-K-Jag-67-lo.jpg7663a-Z-Whitef-59-lo.jpg


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#860 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 00:07

Does the trainline still exist over the viaduct? I know there is very little rail left in Taswegia.

That 1959 pic looks as if the track is gravel? Or maybe new coldmix. Not ideal either way.



#861 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 00:46

Definitely not gravel...

The last time an AGP was held on gravel was 1938.

And yes, the railway is still there. Whether it's used or not I don't know.

#862 MarkBisset

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:56

Man, what a batch of shots Lindsay! Evocative as you say.
And R10B on the dirt at Mount Panorama in 1938 Ray- would have been great to see!
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 02:19

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The viaduct and railway are still there, however nothing remains of the old track running down to the viaduct since reconstruction of Illawarra Road which also bisects Tannery straight with a round about.

Photo taken November 2018 as l sought to retrace as much of the circuit as possible.



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:12

Misadventures at the Viaduct......469-K-FJ-66-lo.jpg918-H-Jag-68-lo.jpg922-H-MRC-68-lo.jpg928-H-FJ-68-lo.jpg926-H-Ang-68-lo.jpg929-H-Ang-68-lo.jpg



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Posted 18 March 2019 - 23:22

Hi all, look.... I've been a member for a few years...but very intermittent poster...quite frankly a bit scared of the knowledge & experience that you all have !!.  Anyway, with the revival of this thread for the long weekend anniversary I thought I should bite the bullet & share a few images with you.

I recently had a bunch of my dads slides scanned & digitised.  Hope that they are of interest to someone.  I'm pretty sure they are from the 1960 & 61 events mainly, although I stand corrected.  These are just a selection of the best of them.

 

I'll test one image post first, given I've never done this before, & see how it goes !

 

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 23:27

OK, that seemed to look OK...here's some more (i hope )

 

cheers

 

 

 

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#867 MarkBisset

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 00:33

Wow Malomay, what a wonderful batch of photos- big wow factor on your debut- thanks for posting!
Quick look- I think all the shots are 1959 AGP with the exception of the two Brabham/Cooper photos- which are 1960 / 1961 'ish, ORC will assist
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Posted 19 March 2019 - 02:08

Thanks Mark !

 

right, '59...that would make sense for most of those.  My favourite is that shot taken on the run down the hill to the viaduct with the spectators on the slope.  An atmospheric shot harking back to those more innocent (in my mind) days of racing.

 

I'll put up a few more shortly...



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 02:49

Here we go....

 

 

 

 

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Don't know it there's some sort of limit on photos per post, but I'll split this up just in case.....


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Posted 19 March 2019 - 02:53

Part 2....

 

 

 

 

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cheers


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#871 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 04:57

Just what we like to see...

Fresh pics from fresh angles, not always of cars everyone photographed.

Looking for a photo of the Bashmobile from '59.

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 05:13

Stop!
Malomay you will give us all a cardiac arrest with excitement .
Whack them up, a few at a time, every few days to get the comments- you will get plenty, people need time to digest
Just marvellous - I'm not being critical just suggesting a way to get each batch appreciated and discussed
Lindsay has kept this thread alive, great to have you aboard
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#873 ellrosso

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 05:51

Fantastic stuff Malomay. Agreed Ray, its great to see some fresh material. 



#874 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 06:00

It certainly is a good shot of Mildren (pretty sure it's Alec Mildren) on the Flying Mile...

Sharp, at speed, great photo.

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 09:09

GREAT pictures! Absolutely marvellous!!

But yes, heed Mark's advice, and do it piecemeal, not one big dump. Give us time to digest!

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 19:25

Malomay, Absolute star posts of TNF in 2019. And nice to see these appearing here first, rather than the usual Facebook scenario.

 

No doubt your dad was rubbing shoulders with others like Ron Lambert & John Ellacott with photos posted earlier in this thread. Thank you for sharing his great photos and if it's not to be kept a secret please reveal his name to allow due credit.

 

Hard to pick a favourite, but the passenger seat photos heading along Pit Straight, into the Viaduct and on to the Long Bridge capture scenes probably never before seen

 

I've given it a crack to identify as much as possble. Resolution of some photos has stumped me on some car numbers.

 

But here goes...

 

Post 865

1960 meeting – 4 Jack Brabham Cooper T51 near viaduct entry

 

Post 866

1959 meeting – 1 Stan Jones Maserati 250F about to enter viaduct with officials in background

 

1960 meetong – 4 Jack Brabham Cooper T51 with kneeling Dunlop chap in paddock

 

1959 meeting – 1 Stan Jones Maserati 250F about to enter viaduct without officials

 

1959 meeting – 26 Doug Whiteford Maserati 300S with part Coad Vauxhall

 

1959 meeting – 7 Arnold Glass Maserati 250F on Flying Mile

 

(A battle to work out, I think) 1960 meeting – (back of) Alan Jack Cooper bobtail 10? Doug Whiteford Maserati 300S, Tadgell Sabakat, Mildren Cooper, ? Cooper, McHugh Allard, Finch? D Type

 

1961 meeting – 14 Jack Brabham Cooper T53 about to enter viaduct

 

 

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1959 meeting – 60 Aussie Miller, Miller special about to enter viaduct – no officials

 

1959 meeting – 1 Stan Jones Maserati 250F on Flying Mile )water tower visible)

 

1959 meeting – 5 Len Lukey Cooper T45 on Flying Mile

 

1959 meeting – 33 Frank Coad Vauxhall special about to enter viaduct

 

1959 meeting – 60 Aussie Miller, Miller special about to enter viaduct – with officials

 

1960 meeting – 4 Jack Brabham Cooper T51 in paddock with Dunlop chap standing

 

1960 meeting – 29 Glass Maserati 250F with Vauxhall in paddock

 

1959 meeting – 4 Alec Mildren Cooper Climax on Flying Mile with water tower visible

 

1959 meeting – 74 Max Stephens Cooper Bristol T40 on flying Mile

 

1960 meeting – 33 Derek Jolly Lotus 15 next to Vauxhall in paddock.

?? red TR2, 99 Tom Sulman green Aston Martin DB3S and Sid Sakawski/Tony Basile 15 white 356 Carrera in background

 

1960 meeting – 71 David McKay red Jaguar – David talking to Dunlop chap

 

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1963 meeting – (Image reversed) Bill Patterson Cooper T51 with Lukey/Davison Galaxie in background along Flying Mile

 

1961 meeting – 23 Murray Carter, Carter Corvette about to enter Mountford

 

1961 meeting – 51 Dianne Leighton red TR Special with 8 Ray Long green Elfin Anglia

 

1959 meeting – 27 G J McHugh ed Allard J2X about to enter viaduct

 

1959 meeting – 56 Ron Phillips Cooper Jaguar about to enter viaduct

 

1959 meeting – 44 John Lanyon green MG Special and 74 Max Stephens Cooper Bristol T40

 

1960 meeting – 4 Jack Brabham Cooper T51 with engine cover up in paddock

 

1959 meeting – 2 Keith Malcolm red Skoden sports about to enter viaduct

 

1960 meeting – (perhaps) ?9 Ron Marshall red Holden FE, 71 David McKay red Jaguar and 69 Ron Hodgson grey Jaguar and (I think) 14 Dick Crawford Minor having a moment at Mountford

 

1960?? - Pit Straight BP Control Tower from passenger seat

 

1960?? - Entering viaduct from passenger seat

 

1960?? - Long Bridge from passenger seat

 

Stephen

 



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 20:58

Those passenger seat photos are priceless - very special.



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 21:16

Wow...I'm amazed & humbled by the response.  My dad will be chuffed.  For info, my Dads name is Peter O'May, he was 25 when the AGP was there in '59.....he and his brother Neil (whose car the front window shots were taken out of) attended every Longford event from the first one that cars were raced at through to the 1968 finale.....I have been insanely jealous of this right from the first stories he told me about these days when i was a young bloke right through to now !

 

Stephen, your post was brilliant, as none of Dads shots had been labelled.  I could work out quite a few of them by going over other photographic sites & looking through Dads programs from the events (which he has all of), but this information is invaluable, thanks so much.

 

Dad has not been in the best of health & has been in Hospital since Last November & this project (getting his slides scanned/digitised) was one of the ways I was trying to keep his spirits up & to engage him in talking about those old days.  He has trays & trays of slides & I'm still hoping I come across more Longford shots in the rest of them.  if I do....I would be honored to share them here.

 

many thanks again

 

Mal.


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Posted 19 March 2019 - 21:19

And by the way....Facebook will never replace sites like this IMHO !

 

Stephen you mentioned "I've given it a crack to identify as much as possble. Resolution of some photos has stumped me on some car numbers."

 

Let me know any shots where you are struggling to identify car numbers, I've obviously reduced the resolution quite significantly to post these.  The originals were professionally digitised & each image is at a far higher resolution than seen here so I might be able to let you know numbers from the originals.

 

Apologies for putting a bunch up at once too ...I certainly didn't want to overwhelm the forum :-)

 

Also...if anyone recognises themselves in any of these shots, that would be an absolute blast.

 

regards


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#880 Ian G

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 22:33

Many Thanks from me as well Mal.,great stuff. 



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 23:52

Wow...I'm amazed & humbled by the response.  My dad will be chuffed.  For info, my Dads name is Peter O'May, he was 25 when the AGP was there in '59.....he and his brother Neil (whose car the front window shots were taken out of) attended every Longford event from the first one that cars were raced at through to the 1968 finale.....I have been insanely jealous of this right from the first stories he told me about these days when i was a young bloke right through to now !

 

Stephen, your post was brilliant, as none of Dads shots had been labelled.  I could work out quite a few of them by going over other photographic sites & looking through Dads programs from the events (which he has all of), but this information is invaluable, thanks so much.

 

Dad has not been in the best of health & has been in Hospital since Last November & this project (getting his slides scanned/digitised) was one of the ways I was trying to keep his spirits up & to engage him in talking about those old days.  He has trays & trays of slides & I'm still hoping I come across more Longford shots in the rest of them.  if I do....I would be honored to share them here.

 

many thanks again

 

Mal.

 

 

And by the way....Facebook will never replace sites like this IMHO !

 

Stephen you mentioned "I've given it a crack to identify as much as possble. Resolution of some photos has stumped me on some car numbers."

 

Let me know any shots where you are struggling to identify car numbers, I've obviously reduced the resolution quite significantly to post these.  The originals were professionally digitised & each image is at a far higher resolution than seen here so I might be able to let you know numbers from the originals.

 

Apologies for putting a bunch up at once too ...I certainly didn't want to overwhelm the forum :-)

 

Also...if anyone recognises themselves in any of these shots, that would be an absolute blast.

 

regards

 

Mal, I suspect they'll now be a few more jealous of your dad, Peter going to almost every Longford meeting. That's bragging rights material. Please give him my thanks for taking these fantastic photos and best wishes to him to get well and maybe a trip to Baskerville Historics later in the year is the required medicine for him to aim for.

 

Earlier I tried to work out the passenger seat view photos and what vehicle they are taken from. Another look and I'm now thinking Neil could be driving a VW Beetle. Perhaps your dad might remember. As Lindsay says they're priceless. Given he caretakes several collections and has probably seen more Longford photos than most of us put together through his oldracephotos website, that's a great accolade.

 

The photos I've struggled with are those with questions marks within the details. So there's the one in post 866 as they all fly down from Ron McKinnon's front gate to the Viaduct. I've put 1960 meeting in my earlier post, but pretty much the same group of cars relate to 1959 as well. Then in post 870 the red Holden leading the Jaguars, as the Minor has a moment. Indeed worth checking if that is number 14 in a clearer res version too please.

 

As you've probably noticed I made mention of the post 870 Bill Patterson Cooper T51 with the Galaxie being a reversed image. The engine cover bulge should be the clue on that car, with carburettors poking to the left hand side. Lee Nicolle will know more about big Gal's than I'll ever need to, but that's also a clue to dating the photo. As I think Lukey had the car in Australia in late 62. The weekend after the 1963 Longford meeting Patto transferred to running the ex Stillwell T53 at Sandown. Probably wouldn't hurt if your high res version enables a car number to be gleaned for the Galaxie too please, Mal.

 

Also worth noting is that the 51 Leighton Triumph TR special shown in post 870 is the one that's been in the Longford pub window for years now (assuming it's still there).

 

Again, thanks for sharing these with us.

 

Stephen



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Posted 20 March 2019 - 00:10

Mal, I suspect they'll now be a few more jealous of your dad, Peter going to almost every Longford meeting. That's bragging rights material. Please give him my thanks for taking these fantastic photos and best wishes to him to get well and maybe a trip to Baskerville Historics later in the year is the required medicine for him to aim for.

 

Earlier I tried to work out the passenger seat view photos and what vehicle they are taken from. Another look and I'm now thinking Neil could be driving a VW Beetle. Perhaps your dad might remember. As Lindsay says they're priceless. Given he caretakes several collections and has probably seen more Longford photos than most of us put together through his oldracephotos website, that's a great accolade.

 

The photos I've struggled with are those with questions marks within the details. So there's the one in post 866 as they all fly down from Ron McKinnon's front gate to the Viaduct. I've put 1960 meeting in my earlier post, but pretty much the same group of cars relate to 1959 as well. Then in post 870 the red Holden leading the Jaguars, as the Minor has a moment. Indeed worth checking if that is number 14 in a clearer res version too please.

 

As you've probably noticed I made mention of the post 870 Bill Patterson Cooper T51 with the Galaxie being a reversed image. The engine cover bulge should be the clue on that car, with carburettors poking to the left hand side. Lee Nicolle will know more about big Gal's than I'll ever need to, but that's also a clue to dating the photo. As I think Lukey had the car in Australia in late 62. The weekend after the 1963 Longford meeting Patto transferred to running the ex Stillwell T53 at Sandown. Probably wouldn't hurt if your high res version enables a car number to be gleaned for the Galaxie too please, Mal.

 

Also worth noting is that the 51 Leighton Triumph TR special shown in post 870 is the one that's been in the Longford pub window for years now (assuming it's still there).

 

Again, thanks for sharing these with us.

 

Stephen

 

 

Thanks Stephen, yes, I'd love to hope that I can get him to the Historics later this year.....I've been last few years.  Good track to see from the comfort of a car seat !

 

The car Neil was driving at that time was probably a Beetle (his dads), or his own VW Fastback.  Later on in the decade Dad took a movie of the circuit out of the front of my Uncles car...which was a TR4 at the time !

 

Yes, the reversed photo is obvious now you've pointed it out !  I should have twigged first up.  I've manually flipped the original image now.



#883 MarkBisset

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 10:24

Wowee, they really are special, just settled down for a better look with Stephens hard work done- I got the easy ones but that still left a third!

Your dad has a great eye Mal.

Nothing to add Stephen other than to say in #870 the Jack #4 Cooper shot has John Youl at left and is it a part obscured Ron McKinnon Jack is talking to?
As to a favourite, let's call it an interim choice at this stage! The pan of Stan The Man (bias admitted) 250F on The Flying Mile- terrific pan and the shot is so well composed, SO Australian, SO Longford
Really historically significant contribution of in many cases cars we don't see
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#884 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 11:07

I rather think that might be Gavin Youl, Mark...

 

I wouldn't stick my neck out about Ron McKinnon, however.



#885 Geoff Smedley

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 12:57

Sorry Raymond, that's definately JC himself and I know the bloke in overalls but his name is long gone, I think he may be from the Cooper works in England, but I'm not with you on Ronnie McKinnon!



#886 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 13:15

That's okay, Geoff...

 

It's a long time since I saw John and I didn't ever see very much of him.



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Posted 21 March 2019 - 23:02

Part 2....

 

 

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Geoff, Would it be Tim Wall's name you're thinking of? Also while we have your attention, would you recall who the yellow Dunlop shirted chap is in several of these fantastic Peter O'May photos please?

 

The Brabham Holden FC tow car must have done at least 2 Australian International race tour duties because there's photos kicking around of it towing the Cooper T53 in 1961.

 

Stephen


Edited by cooper997, 21 March 2019 - 23:03.


#888 cooper997

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 05:24

Part 2....

 

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In my earlier post's attempt to identify the Peter & Mal O'May collection, I was getting a little slack by not confirming the date and put 1960?? in regards the wonderful passenger seat photos.  They are likely to be 1961 at the very earliest as LMRA only decided in January 1961 to build the tower with BP's support. After no doubt a favour or two it was ready for the March 1961 meeting.

 

If anyone else has any clues then don't be afraid to come forward.

 

Stephen



#889 malomay

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 22:35

Thanks again Stephen, I've used your brilliant notes on these slides to good effect & collated all the information on them.  I would never have worked all this out myself no matter how many photos or programs I perused.

 

BTW, the back dot in the photo above...I've no idea !  It's the only one with any sort of defect.  Another thing that stands out for me in the pit straight shot.....wow that road looks narrow once you move past the start finish.  It is obviously enhanced by the length of the shot, but I can't even begin to comprehend the level of skill & commitment of the drivers going flat out along here to the water tower !



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 22:41

....these images are worthy of a book.

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 00:13

Thanks again Stephen, I've used your brilliant notes on these slides to good effect & collated all the information on them.  I would never have worked all this out myself no matter how many photos or programs I perused.

 

BTW, the back dot in the photo above...I've no idea !  It's the only one with any sort of defect.  Another thing that stands out for me in the pit straight shot.....wow that road looks narrow once you move past the start finish.  It is obviously enhanced by the length of the shot, but I can't even begin to comprehend the level of skill & commitment of the drivers going flat out along here to the water tower !

 

All good Mal. Your dad's photos made it worth the effort.

 

I'm no slide expert, but it could be some degradation starting. The electronic image can be cleaned up to remove or disguise.There's a few experts around TNF on the tricks for that.

 

As for the pit straight being narrow, the photo shows it after it was widened. There's some comments in the 1960 Longford programmes on circuit resurfacing and widening. Going by that, the pit area was widened for about 180 yards to make it 44 feet wide. Other areas also came in for some attention, but it was always budget issues. Brave enthusiasts raced at Longford and unfortunately some came unstuck.

 

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 01:06

I loved the fact that Longford is in rfactor 1 and 2 so we can drive it a awesome track to drive on a true driver test 



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Posted 06 April 2019 - 08:04

I loved the fact that Longford is in rfactor 1 and 2 so we can drive it a awesome track to drive on a true driver test 

 

Back86, if you're not already aware, much of Shannon's efforts to develop the system is recorded within early pages of this thread.

 

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 08:11

I couldn't find a thread on Symmonds Plains so I've put this link to a mass media article on here.

 

https://www.abc.net....ves-on/10978650



#895 Ray Bell

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 10:08

No mention of Boyce...

He's the one who made it happen.

#896 ellrosso

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 20:01

I've had these two from 1968 sitting on the desktop for a while waiting to be loaded.620-K-P4-68-lo.jpg8060-K-Scott-68-lo.jpg



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Posted 18 April 2019 - 23:50

Having just placed this October 1954 Modern Motor page on the Strahpine thread, it may as well be here also for the snippet relating to what became the March 5 & 7, 1955 Longford meeting. The first one for cars.

 

1954-MM-Sportlight-TNF.jpg

 

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#898 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 01:11

I gather the scheduled 1954 meeting was cancelled due to shipping problems...

But cars did race at the 1953 motorcycle meeting. Unless I've got something screwed up somewhere.

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 02:51

My mistake Ray. Had it in the back of my head that 1955 was the first for cars, but there was a Tasmanian Car GP and Unlimited Cars Handicap at the 1953 meeting.

 

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 22:12

Who won the car races you cite in 1953 Stephen?
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