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#1 GMiranda

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:17

Sadly I have to tell you another driver passed away recently. Ysterday by night I received a message from the daughter of Barry Collerson telling me he had died, with 83 years old.

I don't know much on his career, I found his name while I was doing my degree project on the Circuit of Lordelo, in Porto, as he used, for some years, to be part of the circus of the F3 Screamers around Europe, even if most of his career was spent on Australia and New Zealand, but he competed in Portugal. He had some health issues for a long time.

His daughter asked me if there was any way this sad news could reach his fellow competitors outside Facebook, so I found no other way than TNF, being the best forum of the speciality.



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#2 Ray Bell

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:16

And it has now reached us...

 

Barry was only a little bloke, but he raced a big car before he graduated to the Brabham FJr and the F3 cars he raced in Europe.

 

This was the Lago Talbot, which he raced for a couple of years when it was well out of date. His entry at Bathurst in October, 1957, was in an MG TF, then he moved into a quicker car in an MG TC Special the following year and in which he competed in the Australian Grand Prix. The Lago Talbot came next and he raced that at Bathurst and also early meetings at Warwick Farm.

 

Then he moved into rear-engined cars with the Jolus Minx, in which he put in some good performances before getting the Brabham.

 

He was one of three or four Australians drifting from circuit to circuit with F3 cars in the mid-sixties. The stories they all told on their return were of relaxed living and great racing at exotic circuits.

 

It's very sad to hear of his passing, I had actually been hoping to talk to him some time soon. He did write and self-publish a book about his racing, by the way.



#3 Tim Murray

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:20

Here’s an earlier thread, started to mark the publishing of Barry’s book:

Mount Druitt to Monza - Barry Collerson Book

#4 GMiranda

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:22

And it has now reached us...

 

Barry was only a little bloke, but he raced a big car before he graduated to the Brabham FJr and the F3 cars he raced in Europe.

 

This was the Lago Talbot, which he raced for a couple of years when it was well out of date. His entry at Bathurst in October, 1957, was in an MG TF, then he moved into a quicker car in an MG TC Special the following year and in which he competed in the Australian Grand Prix. The Lago Talbot came next and he raced that at Bathurst and also early meetings at Warwick Farm.

 

Then he moved into rear-engined cars with the Jolus Minx, in which he put in some good performances before getting the Brabham.

 

He was one of three or four Australians drifting from circuit to circuit with F3 cars in the mid-sixties. The stories they all told on their return were of relaxed living and great racing at exotic circuits.

 

It's very sad to hear of his passing, I had actually been hoping to talk to him some time soon. He did write and self-publish a book about his racing, by the way.

Yes, I know he wrote a book. I tried to trace every driver that drove at Lordelo. Sadly John Fenning never replied to my letter.



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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:15

April 1960 AMS cover with the then Barry Collerson owned Lago Talbot - chassis number 110007 - at Castlereagh Sprints.

 

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My condolences to Barry's family and friends.

 

Stephen



#6 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 04:48

I'm told that there's something on Faecesbook about Barry...

 

And that it says that he was involved in an accident at Sandown where a young spectator lost her legs.

 

Pretty sure this isn't true.

 

If it's the accident I recall, then it was in 1966 and Barry had sold his car to Kevin Pinkstone. Pinkstone did go into the crowd just after the Dunlop Bridge and there were ambulances and tow trucks everywhere with lights flashing the whole time. They'd all been making a show of their flashing lights all day, in fact.

 

And a number of them had to be towed back to the pits to get jumper leads hooked up to enable them to restart.



#7 Tim Murray

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:19

Here’s the relevant Facebook page - scroll down to the post from Andrew MacGregor.

https://m.facebook.c...DE5ODU1MTQyMDky

Someone has already questioned it, but as Ray is on Facebook I’m sure he could go in and provide chapter and verse directly.  ;)

#8 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:25

Thanks, Tim...

 

I just cannot get the hang of finding things on that site.



#9 The Mountaineer

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 08:01

Before the Brabham Barry Collerson also raced a Cooper T76 in Europe. His team partner was Kurt Keller, a Swiss expat living in New Zealand. That was in 1966.



#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 08:50

That was actually after the Brabham...

 

He sold the Brabham to Kevin Pinkstone as noted above and went to Europe to have his adventure. This led to him publishing the book, Mt Druitt to Monza, while he was in good company racing around Europe as Wal Donnelly was also there along with Jim Sullivan.

 

For the record, here are the details of the crash at Sandown when Pinkstone was in the car:

 

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Adrian Ryan's race report in RCN

 

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A Bits & Pieces item about two of the injured.

 

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Vic Clark's comment in Mainly Melbourne

 

I found no mention of it in AMS.



#11 The Mountaineer

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 09:17

Thamk you, Ray. Of course you're right.



#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:17

And Kurt Keller raced here too, a Lotus 20 IIRC...

 

Later Kurt Keller Motors was in William Street near Kings Cross and they were the Jensen Healey distributors.

 

 Barry sent stories to RCN while he was racing overseas, some interesting stuff.



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Posted Yesterday, 09:12

Here's what must be Barry's first event in the Lago. By chance, yesterday I found the Boxing Day 1958 Phillip Island programme in an antiques centre and it has Barry listed in his MG Special.

 

Collerson-Lago-Talbot-Foleys-HC-TNF.jpg

 

For the record Barry ran 31.3 secs in the big car. Still some getting used to, almost 4 seconds off FTD at that meeting.

 

There's also August 1961 Sports Car World that ran Doug Blain's feature on the car, when still owned by Barry.

 

.Stephen