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#1 TerryS

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 05:14

This Saturday 15 Feb the 60th Anniversary of the very first Australian Touring Car Championship Race will be celebrated at the Gnoo Blas Circuit, Orange. This is in Central West New South Wales. 
 
The circuit was then just out of Orange on country roads, but now it is suburbia. The circuit was of 6.03 km and roughly of triangular shape.
 
The circuit was opened in 1953 and closed in 1961.
 
The race was won by David McKay in a Jaguar 3.4. Second and third were Bill Pitt and Ron Hodgson also in Jaguars.
 
There were 50 starters and the race was over 20 laps.
 
The celebrations will be part of the annual Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club car show in Jack Brabham Park (inside the old circuit)which is a great event in itself.
 
In addition to drivers Special Guests will include Kevin Bartlett, Garry Rogers and John Crennan
 
Orange is about 3 and a half hours west of Sydney. It is about three quarters of an hour west of Bathurst..
 
Here are some links for extra info:

https://www.gnooblas.com/

https://www.gnooblas.com/history/

http://www.gnooblas....-entry-form.pdf

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#2 Doug Nye

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 08:00

Jack Brabham recalled racing at Gnoo Blas and with some mirth described 'Mental Straight' - "...past the asylum" - to me, as an example of 1950s Aussie directness, ending "That wouldn't be allowed now..."

 

And perhaps, just for once, justifiably so.

 

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#3 MarkBisset

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Posted 14 October 2020 - 11:02

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Its not super sharp but let’s take fifties Gnoo Blas colour when we can get it, 1955 South Pacific Championship Meeting (unattributed)

 

Not the championship race but a heat by the look. Brabham’s Cooper T23 Bristol, either the John McMillan or Gordon Greig / Bill Reynolds Alfa Tipo B, then Peter Whitehead, Ferrari 500/625. Other cars and race results folks? 
 

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Edited by MarkBisset, 14 October 2020 - 11:09.


#4 john medley

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Posted 14 October 2020 - 20:28

Bugatti Holden, Brabham Cooper Bristol, 32 MG perhaps Barrett, Noel Barnes MG, McMillan Alfa Romeo,Jack Murray Allard Cadillac, perhaps Don Wright Citroen, Whitehead Ferrari, Jack Robinson Jaguar



#5 MarkBisset

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Posted 14 October 2020 - 21:25

Great to hear from you John- what is the beast on RHS front row? 
 

m



#6 cooper997

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Posted 14 October 2020 - 23:55

Mark, given this Gnoo Blas meeting was all handicapped races, my first thought for this photo was that it could be scratch markers with most of the other cars having gone. But then there's slower cars behind. So that makes me think this could be a Sunday practice session - racing being the Monday of course.

 

For the record this is the official entry list info for the first event this group of cars would run. There is at least 1 difference captured in the photo to that of the entry list with car 47 being the Alfa Alvis, rather than the Austin Healey, Gordon Greig is listed with. It is stated in AMS that Greig purchased the Alfa on the eve of this race meeting.

 

Event 3 Gnoo Blas Handicap – racing cars 5 laps

1 B Bira                                   Maserati 2500 0.00

2 P Whitehead                        Ferrari 3000 0.00

3 R H Hunt                               Maserati 2500 0.00

4 F A O Gaze                          Ferrari 2968 0.00

6 R Cobden                             Ferrari 1997 0.25

10 J McMillan                           Alfa Romeo 2900 0.25

12 F Zambucca                       Maserati 2980 0.25

77 A N Davison                       HWM 3442 0.50

5 J Brabham                            Redex Special (C-B) 1972cc 0.50

7 S F Coffey                            Dowidat Spanners Special (C-B) 1971cc 1.00

8 J E Murray                            Allard/Cadillac 5250 1.10

9 D Harvey                              Triumph TR2 2200 1.10

11 S Jones                               Cooper 500cc 1.20

12 J H Robinson                       Jaguar 3442 1.40

13 Seaton Car Sales (Driver P B Seaton) Maserati 1494 1.40

14 T N Sulman                         Maserati 1496 1.40

15 I K Mountain                        Peugeot Special 1490 1.40

16 R Bland                               Dixon/Riley 2000 1.40

17 B Wilcox                              Ford 4200 1.40

60 E W Gray                            Tornado (Blank) 1.40

19 J Masling                             Jaguar Special 3500 1.45

20 H Brydon                             MG TC Special 1250 1.45

21 Barclay Motors Pty Ltd (Driver C James) MG TC Special 1250 1.45

62 H Binnie                              MG Racing 1350 1.45

22 K W G Moy                         Holden-Magnette 2440 1.55

23 D Wright                             Citroen 1991 2.05

24 L G Deithe                          Standard VR1 2088 2.05

37 J Hall                                   Bugi/Holden 2071 2.05

25 S N Miller                            Austin Healey 2660 2.30

26 D Whiteford                        Triumph TR2 2100 2.30  

35 J Lefoe                               Triumph TR R’ster 1991 2.40

27 N F Barnes                         MG TC 1347 2.40

47 G Greig                              Austin Healey 2660 2.40

28 P J Kelly                             Ron Reid Special 3554 2.40

29 J H Roche (Driver J Green) MG TC 1250 2.55  

30 J Ralstone                           MG TC 1350 3.10

31 J Peek                                 MG Q 746 3.10

32 T A Barrett                          MG Sports 1250 3.45

33 H Thompson                       HRG 1496 3.45

 

And the beast you ask about is mentioned in JM's response as the Robinson Jaguar special.

 

 

Stephen



#7 MarkBisset

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 09:03

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MG TF boys, same year I guess? Corner below? 
 

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Edited by MarkBisset, 15 October 2020 - 09:06.


#8 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 10:11

Mrs.Mutton's, surely?

 

Are there any pics of Ian Mountain?



#9 cooper997

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 11:59

Looks more like Speet's Bend with the flowing circuit shown in that photo.

 

 

Stephen



#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 12:10

Now seriously re-aligned...

 

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#11 MarkBisset

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 21:45

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Tornado 1 Ford @ the SouPac meeting in 1955, the ‘spankers machines race debut (unattributed)

I’ve never seen the car in colour before, ain’t she bold and brassy

 

RIP @ Mount Panorama that October of course

 

We need Ian Mayberry’s help as to the whom 

 

https://primotipo.co...nados-ted-gray/

 

And Tornado 2 at Gnoo Blas a couple of years later;

 

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Edited by MarkBisset, 15 October 2020 - 21:51.


#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 22:33

I feel sure that's Ted Gray holding the steering wheel...

 

Perhaps Lou Abrahams at the rear of the car.

 

Those cylinder heads eventually disappeared and the patterns were discarded...



#13 Catalina Park

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 07:30

Those cylinder heads eventually disappeared and the patterns were discarded...

Those cylinder heads are dead ringers for Arduns. 



#14 Ray Bell

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 11:01

Dead ringers indeed...

 

But built by Abrahams.



#15 2Bob

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 22:07

Back to the Tourers:

 

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#16 MarkBisset

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 06:17

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Beetle taxi for 2Bobs, (unattributed)...

 

it’s in the batch of 1955 shots so probably that year, number 76 by the look of it 

 

http://www.clubvw.org.au/history

 

 

 

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#17 2Bob

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 23:38

 

Back to the Tourers:

 

My photos by the way.  As a 15 year old with a father into photography, and me into cars, he bought me a 10 shilling second hand Purma camera.  The Purma had a spring loaded focal plane shutter which when helped by gravity holding it one way up had a 'shutter' speed of 1/500th sec.  Held opposite way up 125/sec (I think, never used that way up) and in between ways up 250/sec or thereabouts.  Quite ingenious really.



#18 MarkBisset

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 22:06

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2Bob,

Stephen found a ‘cache’ of 1960 ATCC shots @ Gnoo Blas on Flickr a while back, popped some up just in case some may have not seen them, David Kelsey is the photographer in all cases
 

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Edited by MarkBisset, 18 October 2020 - 22:12.


#19 Ray Bell

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 22:37

Is that Peter Wherrett behind David in the third pic?

 

He would surely have been present that day.



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#20 MarkBisset

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 23:37

I’ve got my money on you Ray,

same bloke in the last shot ‘veeing’ his nose

young enough isn’t he?
m



#21 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 04:27

He never actually got to be old...

 

I've sent the pics to someone who would know.



#22 cooper997

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 11:18

Most of the Kelsey photos were discussed on the linked page 3 years ago. Including Peter Wherrett ID by wagons46.

https://forums.autos...art-two/page-32

 

 

Stephen



#23 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 09:45

This photo has plenty of interest...

 

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The people surrounding the cars provide that. I'm sure that would be Fred Pearce to the right trying to look shorter than he really is, I have no idea who he's talking to.

 

And I'd reckon that's Tom Sulman with back to camera and the rolled up trousers.



#24 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 03:52

No further guesses on the back of the driver above?

 

Ken Devine has sent two pics of Ian Mountain's car from 1955:

 

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This was a very neat little Special built largely around Peugeot 203 parts.

 

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A closer look at the same pic I believe it's possible that is Laurel Mountain there with Ian talking to her (she seems to be concentrating on him).

 

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The wrecked car, supercharger very much in evidence.