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#901 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 22:59

Don Gorringe (Skoda Special), Warwick Hine (Morris Minor side-valve) and Alan Hale (Simca) in the production car race...

Fastest car at the meeting was Tom Hawkes' Allard.




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#902 cooper997

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 02:23

This link should hopefully bring up the first day (Feb 28) at Longford -  Burnie's 2/3/53 Advocate newspaper

https://trove.nla.go...rticle/69436926

 

and from page 7 https://trove.nla.go...rticle/69436989

 

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#903 bradbury west

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 06:01

Back to Malomay's postings, catching up a bit, they are real gems, like Ray says, different angles and different cars. It is nice to see a rare shot in colour of that rare bird Mr Tadgell and Sabakat, in original guise. Mal, please be aware that there is a large appreciation for these sort of photos from your end of the world up at our end of the world, as you are leaning on an open door with us all. Many thanks. One of the joys of this place is the emergence and sharing of these wonderful old shots from all those years ago. I often think how we are indulged with access to photos from generous posters. For some of us as very young folk then, following our sport in the weekly or monthly magazines these were not just "faraway places with strange sounding names", as the song goes, but places of mystery and fascination, of which we longed for more. We had some reports of the races, but usually only the bigger ones. Although I had started to buy Autosport in 1961 and The Autocar in 1958, with Motor Sport from Jan 1960 it was only after I had bought a set of Autosports from issue 1 a dozen years ago that I realised that Autosport had given better than average coverage in the fifties. Additionally, period shots always serve as historical fact which is an added bonus, and in colour too.
Again, many thanks.
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#904 MarkBisset

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 06:04

Great stuff boys, fascinating reading, Thankyou
I see a D Goss racing a Jowett Javelin in the production car race, the Goss-Meister's dad or brother?? Had forgotten Maurie Quincey came out of bikes, he certainly pedalled the Elfin 600 well.
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Posted 20 April 2019 - 10:35

Having only just trawled back through this thread and having seen the Malomay photos - what a BRILLIANT contribution they are.  Thank you so much for posting them and all best wishes for your father's recovery...

 

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#906 malomay

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 02:04

Thank you to all of you who have provided such wonderful feedback on Dads photos in this thread........I was honored to be able to show him the level of interest that they generated all these years later.

 

Sadly, my dad passed away 2 weeks ago......I'm not yet at a point of being able to come close to conveying in words what he meant to me..over 50 years of my life. ....and a lifetime of stories & advice.

 

It would have astounded him that photos he took over 50 years ago would be so well received.....I sincerely thank you all for your generous comments. I will never forget this.

 

regards

 

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#907 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 03:29

Mal, you have my most sincere condolences...

Like me, you will face several years of realising that there was just another thing you'd like to ask him, or try to remember the details of what he told you.

And my dad never took photos at Longford. But I did. And I look forward very much to you providing further testimony to the worth of your father's contribution to motor racing history.

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 10:25

Mal, it appears one last race meeting wasn't meant to be. My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dad, Peter.

 

It's great that TNF was able to let him see his photos being discussed and enjoyed. Plus, as I understand,his photos can be purchased through Lindsay and his oldracephotos site.

 

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 17:21

A father to be proud of Mal. Heartfelt condolences to you from me as well.

#910 MarkBisset

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Posted 03 May 2019 - 06:54

My regards too Mal-
As I said by phone I did the guts of this article last weekend for future use, but Peter's passing meant it seemed a nice thing to do to tidy it up and pop it up now as a tribute to his creativity, skill and passion for photography and motorsport.
Our hearts are with you for your loss- RIP Peter O'May
https://primotipo.co...ford-pictorial/
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 22:58

Hi all, thanks for your encouragement & well wishes, the response to my first posting of photos on here has been amazing, and so I bit the bullet & branched out even further to world of yootoob !

 

This is a digitised copy of an original 8mm film taken by dad during the 1965 Aust GP.  The quality is not that flash, certainly not up to his slide standard anyway !  But thought it may be of interest to some.  Some of you may seen this already.

 

Anyway, here is the link...

 

https://youtu.be/aQvelYU9tqc

 

regards

 

Mal.



#912 cooper997

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:09

The O'May collection is clearly full of hidden treasures that help tell the Longford story. Not at all fussed that the quality isn't of 2019 production standard. Just brilliant to see one enthusiast capturing stuff those of us either too young or too far away to have been there, what we missed out on.

 

Thanks for your efforts Mal and Peter!

 

Stephen



#913 Ray Bell

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 11:06

I don't know about you, Stephen, but I was hoping to see my FE ute in the background somewhere!



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 11:21

Mel McEwin’s Mono gets some attention - twice!!

#915 Ray Bell

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 11:59

Pretty good for a car which hardly featured in the race...

 

Maybe because its colour was close to Matich's?



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 22:43

I was hoping for some one to recognise themselves from the two people walking on the side of the road just after the viaduct ! (but, it is really far too fuzzy for that).

 

By the way, if I have got any of the titles wrong, please let me know, they were a rushed addition to the original film & I was only working off my limited knowledge & the car numbers in the program. 

 

As always, I wished Dad had taken more footage, but he was probably engrossed in the race itself after the initial couple of laps....quite understandable given the race it turned out to be !

 

Actually, I think my favourite part of this film, is the shots of Jim Clark & Bruce McLaren in the car post race, smiling & waving to the crowd.....having an absolute ball.

 

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#917 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:13

Mal, you have named the Kings Bridge, but it doesn't show, being between the camera shut-off after the Viaduct and the run into town...

The white Cooper being wheeled up is Bill Patterson's, then there's a scene where Lyn Archer's and Mel McEwin's cars come into view.

As for being engrossed in the race, yeah, I can fully understand that. Best race I ever saw.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 02:56

Thanks Ray, as I said it was a rushed job ...and my video editing skills are not much better than the freeware tools I have at my disposal !

 

I'm still not sure why the lap was edited parts only, and talking to Dad he couldn't remember why he did it this way either.  The camera he had was a windup one, but he said it should have been able to run continuously for at least enough time to shoot the whole lap.

 

Maybe he was worried that it wouldn't.  What would we have given for the current level & quality of motor sport coverage for this race, or even this era.

 

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#919 Ray Bell

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:06

Somewhere, I feel sure, there would be an audio tape of the event...

7LA broadcast it live, but also Campbell McLaren probably has it as well as he recorded when he was commentating. But his stuff isn't labelled and requires restoration due to BASF tapes swelling over time.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 01:06

Just a heads up and an apology.  I've updated all the photo links in my photo posts on the last page, so they may be in a slightly different order to the original now.  This will throw out Stephens excellent post identifying the photos a tad.  Sorry about this.

 

regards



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:18

In the last couple of days, the Historic Racing Car Club of Tasmania added 4 interesting pages relating to the 1968 Longford meeting to their FB page.

 

"The Longford Motor Racing Association (LMRA) Provisional Acceptance List, for the 1968 Longford Meeting. Some well known characters and cars among this group. And even more interestingly, some lesser known people, the people who did more than make up the numbers, but actually enabled the meeting to occur. (Phil Brooke collection)"

 

https://www.facebook...?type=3

 

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:16

Few from Longford - pretty sure I haven't posted these before.3914-K-Mart-67-lo.jpg3903-K-Hill-66-lo.jpg3917-K-Alfa-66-lo.jpg3920-K-Hami-66-lo.jpg3922-K-Pits-66-lo.jpg



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 14:14

Just brilliant. Many thanks.
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Posted 23 July 2019 - 04:45

Few more Longford pics....5241-E-P4-68-lo.jpg5300-E-Brab-64-lo.jpg5345-B-Brab-66-lo.jpg5334-B-Tasma-65-lo.jpg



#925 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 05:39

Brabham, Hill and Clark is from '65...

Brabham on the 'podium' would be '67, I'd think. Stewart won in '66.

#926 malomay

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 06:03

The colour in that first shot of the P4....just stunning !



#927 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 06:19

I wonder who that is standing next to Bob and Bill...

It's not David, too tall.

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:11

While doing my daily round-robin of the world's news, I came across this. Slightly off topic, but whether 3 miles or 3.000 I don't know...

 

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#929 ellrosso

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 09:17

Thanks Ray. Good to see you posting Mal.



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 10:30

To make amends, here is the correct 1966 podium with Jackie Stewart, Tas Premier Eric Reece and Ron Mackinnon. Also the correct 1964 version of Jack Brabham.562-K-Stew-66-lo.jpg6487-A-Brab-64-lo.jpg



#931 Ray Bell

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 21:25

I always wonder about the way the gold section of that nose came about...

As far as I know, it's the only Brabham ever to receive that particular treatment.

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 14:06

Wonderful images Lindsay

#933 cooper997

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 02:28

Mark has forwarded these couple of 1968 Longford meeting photos from the Geoghegan archives that are currently appearing on FB.

The lack of moisture suggests Saturday.

 

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Hill, Jim, Chris, Frank, Leo and Attwood

 

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And KB

 

Attribution - Shaun Geoghegan collection

 

 

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:25

Great shot of Leo G sideways - terrific stuff. Very windy day on the Saturday, would have been hairy at 170-180mph on the Flying Mile in an openwheeler...5236-E-Tasm-68-lo.jpg



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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:30

One for Shaun......479-K-LGeo-68-lo.jpg



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 04:41

Couple from early 60's Longford. Ran out of room for caption on the start shot but Derek Jolly is just behind Finch. Eddie Perkins is in the Porsche behind Jolly off to the side. The white Porsche at rear is likely the Basile car. Doug Whiteford in the Maserati is mid grid No 10? Not sure who is behind Matich.

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:33

Couple from early 60's Longford. Ran out of room for caption on the start shot but Derek Jolly is just behind Finch. Eddie Perkins is in the Porsche behind Jolly off to the side. The white Porsche at rear is likely the Basile car. Doug Whiteford in the Maserati is mid grid No 10? Not sure who is behind Matich.

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Behind Matich is #32 the Decca Special of John Ampt.



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:59

ATT Entry list as published (inc.odd typo) in Second Day programme

Mon, Event 5 1960 Australian Tourist Trophy 24 laps 2.35pm

Class 1 (up to 1500cc)

32 J Ampt / J Ampt Vic Decca Special 1097

34 Sabina Motors Industries P/L / R Gibbs Vic Cooper-Climax 1098

2 Scuderia Birchwood / D E Leighton Vic Nota 1098

8 Briefield (Brifield) Motors / A Jack Vic Cooper-Climax 1460

12 G Tattersall / G Tattersall Tas Buchanan MG 1466

15 S Sakzewski / O Basile Qld Porsche Carrera 1500

Class II (1501 – 2000cc)

46 D Calvert / E B Perkins NSW Porsche 1587

17 H C Cape / H C Cape NSW MG 1588

14 R S Ward / R S Ward NSW MG 1588

33 D E Jolly / D E Jolly SA Lotus Mark XV 1975

Class III (over 2000cc)

18 Donald Gorringe Used Cars / G A Watt Tas MG Holden 2200

25 T R Langenheim / J Barker Tas Austin Healey 2660

126 J Wright / J Wright NSW Aston Martin DB3S 2922

99 T N Sulman / T Sulman NSW Aston Martin DB3 2922

16 T J Clearly / T J Cleary Vic Austin H 100S 2992

10 D Whiteford / D Whiteford Vic Maserati 300S 2992

30 Mel McEwin / M McEwin SA Melmac 2995

87 Leaton Motors (Sportscars) P/L / K Matich NSW D Type Jaguar 3770

42 J K & R K Phillips / R Phillips Vic Cooper-Jaguar 3800

92 D Finch / D Finch NSW D Type Jaguar 3800

21 D Gorringe / D Gorringe Tas MM 2350

 

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#939 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 21:21

Peter doing the tourist thing...

He never went to Longford in the day, focussing on the Longford Corner leaves a lot to be desired.

He was more at home at Warwick Farm.

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 06:31

Thanks for posting the entry list Stephen - great source of information.