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#1 Auclum

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Posted 16 February 2021 - 16:46

Can anyone tell me anything about the DMF Special?  Don Harris competed at Great Auclum in 1966 in 1598cc DMF.  


Edited by Auclum, 16 February 2021 - 20:10.


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#2 Auclum

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Posted 16 February 2021 - 21:12

Since my earlier post I have discovered that the DMF Special was built by Don Harris of Cambridge.



#3 Rupertlt1

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 08:33

There is a photograph in Autosport of Don Harris in the D.M.F. Mk3, FTD at Valence.

"The over 1200 cc class was won by Don Harris in his record-breaking time of 30.44 secs."

Autosport, July 29, 1966, report by Peter Burn.

The rear-engined car featured a Ford-Lotus twin-cam motor, and looks Cooper influenced, if not derived.

The car achieved success elsewhere: FTD at Firle, 24.02 sec, 19 June 1966;

FTD at Bodiam, DMF 1,500 c.c. #41, 29.46 sec, 19 Oct 1968 - is this a later car?

The earlier D.M.F. Mk 2 "as seen in driving tests" started showing up on the hills and lead to a switch of disciplines. "Harris intends to take-up hill-climbing seriously, and is believed to be constructing a new car specially for this branch of the sport." (Source: Autosport, Firle report, Oct 1964.)

This begs the question, what was the D.M.F. Mk1? Could it have been a trials car? Harris was a member of the B.T.R.D.A.

Ditcham Hill Climb: D H Harris (DMF 5) 34.92 FTD, 31 May 1970:

Autosport: "At Ditcham, Don Harris won overall in his DMF-Climax,..." "Reports next week."

Were there five D.M.F. cars (or variants)?

(Auclum: PM me with email address - I have lots more re Great Auclum - I will try to post in general thread.)

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 06 April 2021 - 12:04.


#4 Rupertlt1

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 16:04

 

He was a good friend and fellow auto tester, and a brilliant driver.
DMF 1 was an auto test car as was DMF 2 but I never went to any hill climbs so cannot comment on DMF3, I think Don got fed up with ftds on auto testing and wanted something more exciting.
His garage was at Cottenham, Cambridgeshire - visited him a few times while building my Cannon.
Just a small village garage from memory, we are talking 1966.
Do you have any idea what D.M.F. stood for? I think it was Don’s Morris Ford but I could be wrong.
RGDS RLT

Edited by Rupertlt1, 06 April 2021 - 16:31.