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#1 Wirra

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:56

On the 28 September 1980 Alan Jones accumulated an unassailable points tally at the Canadian GP to be WDC.

 

Although he did some successful earlier Go-Karting his first circuit racing was in a Mini about 1964. He and his father, Stan, reportedly purchased the car from a repossession yard. The engine was in bits and later assembled by a well known tuner, Brian Sampson.

About this time Alan also drove his father's 2.2 or 2.3 ltr Cooper Climax - He was about 18.

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Photo - Hume Weir - (Bruce Wells)

 

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#2 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:03

The Hume Weir pic is from September 20, 1964...

 

Ken Harrison is leading Alan, probably Gavin Baillieu in the next Mini and Brian Sampson in the Anglia Super. Harrison won from Sampson and Baillieu. Ron Grose had an early lead but Spun in Scrub and this is how the order in the photo evolved.

 

The Winton meeting was some time at the end of 1964, I don't have a calendar for that nor is it mentioned in previous reports.

 

Later, of course, Alan got into an ANF2 Brabham.



#3 MarkBisset

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:09

 

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Onya Wirra, great posts. Here AJ @ ‘The Hole’ Templestowe, Victoria in 1964 (Ron Simmonds)

 

Peter, the bits I don’t get is what Karting he did and what title he won, I couldn’t find it (proof) 4 months or so ago. Maybe Stephen can tell us which of Stan’s T51s he raced, and how often? Sandown Taxi race in 1968 his last before going to the UK? More questions than answers, as usual! 
 

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#4 Dunc

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:15

Great posts. I'm not an Aussie or Kiwi but I really wish there were more of both in modern F1.



#5 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 04:18

Alan may well squash a Mini these days.

Though he was always a big bloke but is a deal rounder these days.



#6 E1pix

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 04:55

Cool thread, Wirra.

Forty years, Wow. Hard to believe, perhaps a mostly-working memory shortens if not distorts time in such cases.

I first knew of Alan when meeting him as a kid reporter at 15, at the US F5000 season opener at Pocono. Alan was teamed up with Bruce Allison in Teddy Yip F5000 Lolas (Alan in a T332, and then 22 year-old Allison in a T330) and they sat at the table next to me for lunch — and of course I couldn’t help but engage them both.

Having known nothing of Alan prior, somehow he emitted that aura of future greatness. You could just feel it on him.

#7 john aston

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 05:58

There's a very enjoyable Beyond The Grid podcast with Alan Jones . Being half Aussie myself , I have always had an affinity for him and he doesn't disappoint. If profanities bother you , perhaps best to avoid. though. He doesn't hold back, 

 

My favourite Jones' memory is watching him at the Devils Elbow at Mallory Park in 1975 , howling by at very close range in the light blue March 75A , its Cosworth GA V6 sounding just glorious . Sponsored by Thursdays I think ? I think  they were a louche 'gentleman's club ', or something equally tacky?


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#8 Tim Murray

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 06:55

Sponsored by Thursdays I think ? I think they were a louche 'gentleman's club ', or something equally tacky?


I thought it was more of a trendy disco/nightclub, in Kensington. It got a mention in the NME Guide to Rock & Roll London 1978. TNFer MCS once admitted to having gone there - perhaps he can tell us more.  ;)

#9 MarkBisset

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 07:02


 

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AJ at the wheel of the HK Holden Monaro GTS327 he shared with Clive Millis in the September 1968 Sandown 3 Hour Enduro- second behind the similar Roberts/Watson car 

F3 in England that year? Must have a look



#10 Lola5000

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 08:28

 

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AJ at the wheel of the HK Holden Monaro GTS327 he shared with Clive Millis in the September 1968 Sandown 3 Hour Enduro- second behind the similar Roberts/Watson car 

F3 in England that year? Must have a look

Do we know who put the money up for Jones to race the GTS ? As by that time Stan's business empire had long gone.  



#11 MarkBisset

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 09:26

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Sorry to be naughty coz we are focused on early career but Tim and John raised the March 75A Ford GAA V6- here on the way to a Shellsport round win @ Brands in August 1975 (John Pease)...


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Ooops re copy, slipped...


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#12 Wirra

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 12:07

Alan may well squash a Mini these days.

Though he was always a big bloke but is a deal rounder these days.

 

Actually he has trimmed down quite a bit in the last couple of years. He looks quite a bit older but in good health.



#13 Wirra

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 12:12

 

AJ at the wheel of the HK Holden Monaro GTS327 he shared with Clive Millis in the September 1968 Sandown 3 Hour Enduro- second behind the similar Roberts/Watson car 

F3 in England that year? Must have a look

 

Still only 22 at that stage and with just one year in the UK. Someone was impressed?



#14 Ray Bell

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 22:26

Still 21 at that stage...

 

About two months shy of 22.

 

I remember the days... (sign!)



#15 MarkBisset

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Posted 03 October 2020 - 00:14

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Struggling to find any more shots of Jones’ early career in Australia.
This one is of Hunt and Jones F3 duelling at Brands Hatch, probably on 1 March 1971. James in a March 713S and Alan a Brabham BT28. F2 Index does not record AJ using #69 at all that year mind you (Grand Prix Photos)

 

In F3 Jones raced a Brabham BT28 in 1970 and 1971, a Brabham BT38, works March 723 for a couple of races and then GRD 372 from the British GP meeting in 1972, and GRD 373 in 1973, his ‘breakthrough’ season 


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#16 Wirra

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Posted 03 October 2020 - 05:50

Go-karting

 
"...At seven he was a go-kart champion he held the Victorian title six times..." 

 

Nothing official, but who would question the person making the claim


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#17 Lola5000

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Posted 03 October 2020 - 07:37

Go-karting

 
"...At seven he was a go-kart champion he held the Victorian title six times..." 

 

Nothing official, but who would question the person making the claim

Jones was and is a friend of Allan Eaton (big band  sound) My understanding is Eatons father and another bought Go Karting to Australia ? Which would explain Jones racing  them ?



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Posted 04 October 2020 - 01:30

Although I'm aware that Alan gets a mention in the Spotlight page of the July 1960 AMS, the September AMS could be the first time he had his photo published in a magazine. 

 

The Mobilgas oil drum suggests a press photo. The 2.2 Cooper Stan is seated in would become the car Alan ran in late 1964 at the likes of Calder and Winton (as reported in Wirra's opening post).

 

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Stephen


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#19 MarkBisset

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 02:32

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Great stuff Stephen, top shot

Never heard of West Bend engines

 

This Speedcafe snippet suggests AJ did little karting, afraid I can’t lay my hands on my copy of Botsford’s biography 

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#20 Lola5000

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 03:07

When you look at the photo of Stan Jones sitting in the Cooper ,gee he aged from when say 1956 ...work stress and life style?

 

Looks so much older then 38 years ..



#21 Lola5000

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 03:10

Did Stan race in 1960 I note in that years Gold Star  zero points?



#22 MarkBisset

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 03:22

All here Rob, can’t be bothered reading this guys crap again...

 

https://primotipo.co...ld-star-winner/

 

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Maybach 4 Chev, the Island circa 1959


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#23 Lola5000

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 03:28

All here Rob, can’t be bothered reading this guys crap again...

 

https://primotipo.co...ld-star-winner/

ta Mark.....you old guys still trying to stay relevant !

 

Please don't tell me he , Jones raced an Austin 7 ...it would ruin my afternoon.. :lol:  :lol:



#24 fuzzi

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 05:11

And as an Austin Seven owner, it would make my day!



#25 cooper997

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 05:13

The following was published in the January 1965 Calder programme. It should relate to the November 1964 Calder meeting run a couple of weeks after AJ had turned 18.

 

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possibly from the lens of Len Shaw

 

And not Austin 7, but an all Simca race. In the January 1965 Calder programme, he's down for a drive in a white #29 Eiffeltower Motors Simca.

 

 

Stephen



#26 MarkBisset

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 09:57

Thanks Stephen,

Time to get a pie during the Simca race I suspect!
So...is the ex-Jones/Jones T51  ‘F2-7-60’ ? 
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#27 Lola5000

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 10:54

Thanks Stephen,

Time to get a pie during the Simca race I suspect!
So...is the ex-Jones/Jones T51  ‘F2-7-60’ ? 
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yes to the chassis number 



#28 Ray Bell

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 11:03

Originally posted by cooper997
Although I'm aware that Alan gets a mention in the Spotlight page of the July 1960 AMS, the September AMS could be the first time he had his photo published in a magazine.....


I would have thought even this one wouldn't have been the first:

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This was in the March, 1959, AMS. As I'm sure will be remembered in certain quarters.

#29 MarkBisset

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 21:36

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British F3 Ch 1973, Snetterton 13 May, Jones aboard a soggy GRD 373 Ford, 11th in the race won by Tony Brise’s similar car (unattributed)

#30 cooper997

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Posted 05 October 2020 - 06:26

In the theme of Mark's find, Jones and GRD related from the March 1973 Light Car Club of Australia (Sandown) Competition Communicator.

 

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Stephen

 

 



#31 MarkBisset

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Posted 05 October 2020 - 08:11

What a ripper article Stephen!

There is so much in it.

 

I think Mike portrays the Jones boy as a bit spoilt but we now know by then Stan’s bum was outta his britches so AJ had to cobble the deals, flog cars and vans, put up with a house full of board paying nuffies and all the rest to fund his fix
 

He is prophetic about Larry’s mechanical skills, someone was telling me not so long ago Jack Godbehear was the source of a lot of his ‘race engine essentials’ whilst at Paul Englands, he certainly deployed that on his Novamotor Twin-cams from 1973-1975, and the rest!
LP did get some kanga from David McKay and Singapore Airlines whilst at home but it was still a huge DIY effort wasn’t it.

Interesting that AJ and Dave Walker put in good words to give him the leg up with GRD.

 



#32 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 October 2020 - 09:14

If 'Kanga' means money, I don't think David contributed a cent...

 

He cooked up the deals to make it possible, however, with the main money contributor being - as far as I know - Gary Campbell.

 

You might recall that Carey Thompson was employed to manage Larry? That was on Gary's account at David's suggestion.