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Asp (Australian Sporting Productions) Rory Thompson.
They mainly built Clubman type cars but did produce a F3 come F2 called the 330. A document (supplied by Rory Thompson) lists some 32 ASPs (mostly clubmans and mainly raced) (as well as 7 Baccuses) and another 4 cars from modern times. He is still in business making road clubmans and spares for the older cars.
Cheetah Brian Shead
Brian was an outstanding Australian constructor. During the late seventies Brian Shead, Brian Sampson and Peter Macrow were virtually unbeatable in Australian Formula 3. Brian built; I think, 16 Cheetah Mark sixes virtually single handed in a shed behind his Mordialloc (Melbourne) house, between 1975-77. Almost all were Corolla powered F3 cars, but many where later converted to Celica power and ran in the new Australian Formula 2 category. Brian in his personal mk6 won the 1979 AF2 championship.
Brian went on to build several(7) Cheetah Mk 7's and Mk 8's for Australian Formula 2, which where highly successful, winning another five AF2 championships in consecutive fashion during the 1980s. These were Golf, Celica, Gemini and Ford powered. Cheetahs still hold ten AF2 lap records, despite the introduction of carbon-fibre Ralts and Dallaras to the category. Brian also built a few BDA powered Mk 8's for Formula Atlantic/Pacific. He then built a final Mk9 for Formula Holden with the goal of supporting it rather than building more Mk9s.
Cheetahs have also achieved considerable success in hillclimbing and in Supersports, winning multiple championships.
The earlier cars were not fitted with chassis plates or numbers, being simply known after the original owner. Later cars had numbers engraved in various positions. These days, numbers have been assigned to most of the cars, although there are still cars coming out of the wood work.
The interesting thing is, unlike most seventies racing cars; you can still ring the original manufacturer and buy parts.
Elfin Garrie Cooper
We've built 47 chassis so far with paid orders to 51, 2 more to confirm so yeah were in the 20 +.
JMW John Wynne
Made nearly 100 of these cars from the early 50s to the late 90s. Most were open wheelers with a few sports 1300s. John stopped making cars due to ill health.
Mako Frank Kleinig
Formula Vee cars. I'm not sure how many have been made but there are more than 20 if you include the Mk I & Mk II and Mako 03's. Mako must rate as the longest serving constructor in Formula Vee.
Nota Guy Buckingham
Nota has certainly built well over 200 and is likely to be in the +/- 300 range. There were 37 documented Vees alone and 117 Fangs. Nota built the first Australian constructed Formula Junior as well as the first rear engine Junior. They possibly constructed the first Vee which might be open to argument but certainly built three of the first five. As a precursor to the Fang, they also built the first car in Australia with the BMC mini re-established in the back. They possibly built more Clubman types than Elfin.
Spectrum/Sabre Mike Borland (nephew of Brian Shead of Cheetah Race Cars)
Formula Fords. His Formula Vee cars are called Sabre's.
Five to Twenty
Argus Jeoff Turner and Alan Henry
A run of Argus Clubmans.
Formula Vee, Western Australia (current)
Auscam Ken and Ian Peters
John built 7 Avanti Vees between 1979 & 1982 (1 x Wright JW9 and 6 x Avanti's) with a further 3 car kits and 1 replacement chassis built by David Condon and Russel Green from 1984 onwards. Pretty little cars they looked like a scaled down version of a Lotus 79, never really reached their full potential in an era of Formula Vee dominated by the flow bench rather than the chassis.
Birrana Malcolm Ramsay and the late Tony Alcock
Another SA firm owned by Malcolm Ramsay which made top quality monocoque F2 and F3 cars designed by Tony Alcock (who was later killed in Graham Hill's plane crash.) Those cars were too expensive to make and F2 was then a series in decline. Birrana is now a multi-million dollar enterprise.
Bolwell Bolwell brothers
The MKVI (SR6) was a one-off mid-engine racing car which wasn't intended for commercial production but raced very successfully in various Australian sports car events. Most Bolwells were road going were kit cars, but the Nagari was built in the factory. Bolwell then went on to manufacture fibreglass components, mainly for trucks. They are also an importer of scooters and are about to release a new Nagari.
Bowin John Joyce Bowin
After a number of years (eight or nine?) of race car production and projects, Bowin transformed itself (gradually) into a maker of commercial cooking gear and heaters. They had at least five separate models of cars; the P3, the P4a (P4 would have been an F2 version instead of FF, never happened, though later one of the FFs became an F3 with flowers all over it), the P6 F2 (2 examples) and P6F FF (many built), the P8 in both F2 and F5000 form.
Cicadas Doug Trengrove
Several 2.5-litre and F5000 one-offs appeared from the Fraser family using this name.
To my understanding are only 3 built Cicada BMC, a BMC powered clubman, Cicada Ford, a mid engine ford pushrod powered car, these two were raced by Doug. The Cicada BRM/f5000 Built by Doug for Don Fraser was an Elfin 600 based car eg the Elfin chassis jig was used to make the space frame and Elfin suspension and uprights, the car ran with a BRM powerplant from Dons Cooper BRM then a ford V8 for Stephan Fraser as a F5000 it was only one car
In today's Brisbane Courier Mail fish-and-chips wrapper, there is a full page article about an ultra-lightweight clubman-style hill-climb car built by Bill Norman - Eldred Norman's son. The car only weighs 275kg, has a 1200cc Kawasaki engine, and is absolutely minimal even down to a stretched fabric skin for a bonnet.
Like father - like son - an innovator and experimenter
It was built from remnants of Eldred Norman's racing car 'production line'. The story goes like this:
Steve Tillett was waiting for Eldred to have lunch with him as they frequently did. In the course of his waiting, he found out that Motors Ltd (I feel sure that's the name of the place... they were the Adelaide Morris dealers) had several Morris Z chassis units that they were wanting to clear... presumably they were outdated as this would have been when the Minor had come out. That would be the drive train with the chassis under it and the grille, possibly the scuttle.
When Eldred arrived, they sat down to have their lunch and Steve just happened to muse, "You know, those Morris Z chassis that they have there would make a nice little race car, they have the right diff ratio for it too."
By nightfall, Norman had bought the lot of them (I think there was five) and had started work on the first of his racing cars. He was building them to sell... of course, they weren't noisy or big enough for him!... and by the following day he'd engaged a body builder to make the single seater bodies for them.
So Eldred Norman's Morris racers belong on the list somewhere. I would think fewer than five, but I have no idea what name they would have had.
Elwyn Elwyn Bickley
Farrell Tony Farrell
Clubmans built by Tony Farrell in Melbourne. Three different basic designs, I think, very successful. Some were built by owners from plans sold by Tony Farrell. The original car used to run as an ANF3 car as well, IIRC.
Galloway Harry Galloway
Harry Galloway also creator of the Hargal (later renamed).
Haggis John Hagarty
There were six 'Haggis' clubman cars completed between 1974 - 1986. A seventh chassis was also made but never raced. An eighth (slightly narrower) chassis was completed by the late Graeme Ashdown and was named the 'Ashdown'.
The cars were known as Haggis U2s, however whilst the design was inspired by English clubman design of the era, the cars were completely designed by John Hagarty.
These cars would surely have to be considered the most successful Western Australian designed and manufactured cars to date, given the many state championships won and lap records held over the past 33 years. I am of course slightly biased in that opinion, being John Hagarty's son!
All but one car still exist. The second car, built for Rob Elliott, was written off after an incident with Ray Hadlow's 'Lowhad' in 1976. According to my father, the car could have been repaired, however Elliott chose to scrap the car and sell its components separately.
Many of the original jigs still exist for the cars. Despite his age, my father often considers building one last lightweight outright sportscar based on the original design and using modern components and running gear. Perhaps this will happen in the future.
Hardman Jim Hardman.
Richard Davison won the 1980 AF2 championship in a Ford powered JH1 Hardman.
Hargal Harry Galloway
JayBee Jim Bayliss
Clubmans built by Jim Bayliss in Newcastle. There were, I think, a dozen or so, all different.
Kaditcha Barry Lock.
The Kaditchas were around a fair old while. Barry Lock built some very nice and effective cars, namely the Kaditcha line of ANF2 cars which Bob Power was very effective in. The car he built for Romano was pretty awesome as well as the other sporties. I always thought the SR781 Sportie that Jeff Harris raced was a good looking gadget, the original owners name escapes me, he was a Queenslander who ran a Rennmax BMW before buying the Kaditcha.
Liston FisherBrett Fisher and Paul Liston.
Daimler, Rover and Alfa powered, plus the coupes on VW chassis.
Matich Frank Matich
GTs of the sixties - glass-bodied coupes with MG running gear early on and Holden sixes later.
Nimbus Ian Hill
Formula Vees, first made by Ian Hill, Parraline Engineering in SA .They were virtually Mk 1 Elfin Vees with a different body... is that not right? They went very well, had quite a few cars on the circuits across three states.
Prad Specials Clive Adams, Jack Pryer
Seven cars . A short History of the "Testa Rossa" Prad Holden is:
1948 HRG chassis W179 imported by Tony Gaze and bodied as monoposto "Bathurst" model HRG sold new to Mischa Ravdell in Melbourne 1954 won Bathurst "100" on handicap driven by Bill Clark Purchased By Jack Pryer & Clive Adams - Pryer & Adams - PRAD
Holden engine installed and beam axle front removed and an independant front suspension was installed by Jack using Standard 10 & FJ components and brakes modified utilising pre-war MG Ne Magnette drums converted to hydraulics.
1958 converted to sportscar and bodied in aluminium by Stan Brown.
Raced extensively by third owner Mike Nedelko in NSW before coming to Melbourne in 1965/66.
In a conversation with Jack & Clive in 1999 they stated this was the best handling PRAD they constructed and since completing the restoration the few races I have competed in I can confirm that it is a very forgiving car to drive.
There is another Prad (other than the well known 300S style one) which might be the one Ray is thinking of, though I don't know about the tail treatment. It was semi-clubman, cycle guards at the front but faired in at the rear. It had a Repco-headed grey motor and was pale yellow when I saw it at Mt Tarrengower around 1979. I'm pretty sure it was on the front of Sports Car World around 61/62. Still alive & well. Now in the hands Geoff Welsh in Melbourne, though it has not been exercised for a number of years.
Robin Rob Medcalf
RPB, Rob Bennet
1988 RPB Formula Ford Driver & constructor - Finished 4th in D to E championship that year.
Rennmax Bob Britton
1600cc and F2 cars.
See TAFE Shrike
SHW Barry Sharp
Clubman was the SHW (?) of which six were built by sedan racer Barry Sharp.
An interesting South Australian project making aluminium Formula Brabham / Holden cars (although I don't know how many). Competitive with the similar Ralts but not the latter carbon fibre Reynards. The Tafe Shrikes while most were aluminium, the first one after being crashed by Wayne Gardner. I believe was rebuilt with a carbon fibre upper section. It's currently hillclimbing in SA with a turbo attached.
I think there were four built altogether, with, as mentioned a bit earlier, one ending up doing hillclimb duties, and another residing in the National Motor Museum at Birdwood at the moment.
TRE (Tulip Racing Enterprises) Kees Koppenal
A couple of cars have been built specifically for a customer so the term 'constructor' would be accurate. Check out the website link below. http://www.tonyhamil...au/turnham.html
Welsor Colin Wear
Wren Bill Reynolds
Bill Reynolds of pre-war speedway fame
Two to Five
There were three. The first, a clubman used without body in hillclimbs, the second a prototype "formula Australia" car eventually bought by Barrie Garner and used to win the NSW hillclimb championship (It is listed in "Historic Racing Cars in Australia" and now owned by a chap in WA). The third was a development of the first clubman and lives in Queensland.
Argit Harry Lefoe.
BARP (Bowles Assorted Racing Projects) John Bowles.
There were four 9 clubmans. Delta Mk1 Raced by Dick Murphy, then there was just the BARP 9 Raced for four years by Murray Thomas, the BARP 9 A (A for Andy) which was raced by Andy Van Cann, BARP 9 B ( B for Barry ) which was raced by Barry Nelson. Dick Murphy did not like the BARP 9 name and called his a Delta even though it was built right along side the other BARPs in the same shed. The car got the name from John Bolwes who was the brains behind the whole project B owles A ssorted R acing P rojects and it was the 9th. These cars don’t get much of a mention but one of them won a WA sports car championship
Had at least 2 single seaters built, possibly more: Ford Spl, ZX3, ZX5
Bulant Brian Rawlings
Starting early in the sixties, even earlier with his own cars perhaps. You are probably referring to the latter generations, the tiny ones with 10" wheels and A40 rear axles, or the later more successful versions, Mk7 I think they were, such as Les Rose and others found to be a great little car. Along the way there was the road-going Bulanti, a Mini power unit in the rear of a fibreglass coupe.
Centaur Tim Harlock
The lovely devices for Clubman and sports car racing that emerged from Queensland.The Two open sports cars and then the Waggot-Centaur. The Waggot Centaur won national and state GT championships. (See Sports & Classic Cars Australia Sept/Nov 89 Vol 4 No 3)
Concept Formula Vee of Greg McCombie with Steve Cramp. Concept Vees were good bits of kit. They used a modified Rennmax chassis design (Bob Brittain even lent them his jig) and had some success. Looked very much like a scaled down F1 car of the early 80s, even had full length sidepods. The Concept F Vee was an interesting car with the driver sitting so far up the front with his knees apart and a big nothing between the seat and the engine (about 1 foot of nothing) and the ground effect sidepods! Very different!
5 (maybe) x GS82 Concepts out of 6 chassis. As far as I know 3 survive as cars. 1 currently racing as FV1600 in Queensland.
What to look for "looks like a Williams FW08" top rear body looks like it's laid up from a baby's bath tub.
1 x GS83 Concept currently under restoration as an Historic Vee
What to look for "looks like a Williams FW09"
3 x FVG88 Concepts + 1 Chassis to replace one Greg McCombie wrote off at Winton.
What to look for "looks like a Williams FW11"
Dolphin Don Baker
Don Baker built these Brabham replicas. 'Dudder' (as he's known) worked for Qantas and I think he had some advantage there when it came to bringing various bits and pieces into the country.
Car 1; Sold new to Tony Stewart from Melbourne (no relation to Max as far as I am aware), then to Werner Rodkin and is the car I referred to previously that I am unaware of its whereabouts.
Car 2; Sold new to Chris Farrell, then to Ray Hanger, both of whom are currently racing in Australian historics. In the post contemporary period it passed through several owners before being restored, but not raced in historics by Ken Miller. As previously mentioned it is now owned by Dean Hefren and has always been known as the Dolphin 732 and is believed to have a genuine chassis.
Car 3; My car, After trying to sell it for several years it was eventually acquired by Paul England, noted Australian hillclimber, engine builder etc. it was fitted with a BDA and a wide March type nose and driven by Peter Larner in the NZ Stuyvesant series in 1978, but without much success as it was well and truly outdated by then. After that it went to Queensland but was not raced again until Bryan Miller rescued it c. 1992. I have some recollection, that, during Paul England's ownership it was sometimes referred to as the Braham England.
Fielding Roger Fielding
Galloway Harry Galloway
Gard, Gardos Jaime Gard
Jaime Gard built the "BMC" F junior, like a very low shark-nose Ferrari c. 1962. Then the Gard 27, a few years later - 1969? He then built the two Gardos.
The Gardos were a sports car and a F5000. The McLaren copy originally started life as the Don O'Sullivan Gardos sports car, I believe. The Gardos had rather angular, affective looking dark blue body work but looked rather ugly. The Gardos McLaren eventually went to the U.S. where it was converted to full big-block configuration and painted in Team McLaren colours.
Graduate Derek Vince
Another special was the Graduate M8F from W.A. which used a McLaren look alike body and chassis by Derek Vince. Anyway I (Aaron Lewis) bought that one and rebuilt it and then sold it to Phillip Jewel in Sydney. Looks and sounds great but a bit primitive in the suspension and brakes. The engineering was pretty poor and we improved that car significantly before selling it. 5 litre Cleveland with a big Holley and ZF transaxle. Interestingly it has a genuine GT40 bellhousing so the ZF and bellhousing must have come from the Matich which Kostera had over there I think. The corners were all Matich SR3 on that car too, Bobby Brittain stuff. We painted it orange but it was originally Blue which makes me think someone has confused it with the Gardos car.
Hardman Jim Hardman.
Hargal Harry Galloway
HTG Hugh Gartley
Cars that Hugh Gartley built for AF2. Three cars were built. One now resides in New Zealand and two in Sydney.
Hocking, Chris Hocking.
Hocking 911 Formula Brabham. Two made?
IDS sports cars built by Ian Davis - one a rear engined one and then a clubman style car with a Datsun 1600 engine and possibly an earlier one?
Jacers Jason and David Cutt's
Very neat Vees with some inspiration from the USA's "zero roll" cars. Jason is now only building Formula First cars - with the bigger 1600 engine and disc brakes.
K & A Engineering Dale Koennecke, Harry Aust
From South Australia. They were responsible for the awesome Veskanda that John Bowe used to win the 1986 Australian Sportcars Championship and set outright lap records which stood for years. K & A also worked fairly closely with Elfin and built Tony Edmondson's Alfetta GT sports sedan amongst others. Three, 2 race cars, 1 road car of which I think is still un-finished by the owner.........
Kestrel Greg Mobbs
South Australia. Formula Vees of which I think about 4 were built. Clubmans sold in kits from memory. He also had a hand in building the Shrike Formula Brabham/Holden/....
KingFischer Andy Fischer with help, from Max Bonney.
They built a batch of 3, and perhaps one or two more.
Liston Fisher Brett Fisher and Paul Liston.
Mawer - Dave Mawer. Built by Dave Mawer with much help from Elwyn Bickley in the FF project, but the Clubmans were Dave's own doing.
Mildren Mildren/Britton: the first Mildren was built by Britton and based on Brabham's BT23C spaceframe F2 car (or possibly based on a BT23 (Hulme's 1968 NZ GP wreck) rather than a BT23C? - Yes, Brabham BT23-5, (in Sydney). FVA powerplant). Mildren/Bailey: the second Mildren was a monocoque car designed by Len Baileyand built by Alan Mann. Mildren/Palliser/Franklen: the third Mildren was originally Frank Gardner's Ford-powered 'Franklen' F5000 project taken over by Palliser and later sold to Mildren for the 1971 Tasman season.
MJM Roadrunner Vees built by Maurie Miller. (two of)
Nola Alan Nolan
The name was from the eldest of the Nolan boys, Alan Nolan, who first (or first that I know of...) built a Clubman style car with a Holden engine. This could well be the car Howard had, as the second Nola was the Nola Chev, built around parts from the John Leffler Bowin P8 F5000. Alan Nolan still has the Nola Chev which he ran quite often a few years ago.
Norax sports cars Ian Davis
3 built by Ian Davis
Polar Peter Verheyen
Peter made copies of NG Elfins then he built cars of his own design. There were 4 PJV's (one became an electric car, David Cutts can correct me on the numbers) and as far as I know Mark McHenry bought the moulds and jigs and made an updated version the designated the RW05 and 3 of them have made the track with one kit under construction in Queensland.
RALT Ron Tauranac
Ratchet Jason Ratsch
Jason Ratsch of SA has made two of these cars so far.
Revell Vee Aub Revell
Two only, I think.
Who make FVee, but I don't know their output - two or three probably
Richards Ian Richards
Richards 201, I think there where 3 built in the end, a 201, a 201B and a 201C, drivers included Richards, Steve Noble, Michael Lock and Craig Sparks, I’m pretty sure Sparks took over the 201 of Steve Noble. The 201 model won the 1983 F2 Championship.
Robin Rob Medcalf
RPB Rob Bennet
Scorpion Keith Poole
Built by Keith Poole.
Schazum (Clubman and openwheelers, early sixties) - Lyle Gray
SHW, Barry Sharp, about 6 produced.
Simmons, Tony Simmons, Hustler name, from the pen of Tony Simmons, which gave way to the Seca (a kind of a breakdown of SC, for Sports Car). There were two Hustler SC1 Clubmans and a Seca 3, while in between came the Formula Ford. Emerging from all of that, which kind of grew out of importing U2s anyway, is the Simmons Wheels business.
Sirch, Chris Ahyee. Were always a neat device, first the little Renault Sportie in the mid 80's then some neat F2's in the 90s.
Spa, Formula Brabhams
Stan Brown An Australian constructor? English and emigrated from the UK AFAIK but constructed some chassis similar to the Lotus Mk 6 in Australia? Another of his cars, the Slotus, was running at the Festival of Speed on Tweed in September 2006.
Stinger Steve Butcher
Formula Vees. Steve is up to Stinger No.11 at the moment and before that there was the one off pre-Stinger car the "Dice" built by Gary Ward.
Totem Two Formula Fords were built and raced in the early eighties and a spare chassis was floating around but not complete. The Totem FF's were the product of Tony Boot and Steve Moody of Geelong they built one each, I (Fred R.) have Tony’s car and Steve Moody has his again and to my understanding the spare spaceframe was never completed.
TRE (Tulip Racing Enterprises), Kees Koppenal
Welsor , Colin Wear
Adams Graeme 'Lugsy' Adams
The GA1 was a one-off F5000 built by Graeme 'Lugsy' Adams. Graham was given the LOLA parts for his car by K.B. and Max Stewart.
Ajay - Formula Vee, Western Australia (current)
Crabtree David Crabtree
BMW powered F2
Croston-TRE Richard Croston, Kees Koppenol, Noel Tuckey
Constructed by Richard Croston from design by Kees Koppenol and chassis fabrication by Noel Tuckey. The remains of this car still exist in Queensland.
Galloway Harry Galloway
GWG & Corsair Graham Gilbert
1967 GWG ANF2 car and 1969 Corsiar Formula Ford. Both cars were built by Graham Gilbert of (then) Victoria. He was assisted in part by Bill Reynolds of Reynolds Engineering who built the Wren brand or racing cars. Both cars still survive today and are still being campaigned. The GWG here in Western Aust & the F/F is still in Victoria.
Hardman Jim Hardman.
Hargal Harry Galloway
A FVee.... wasn't it the Tom Brickley/Brian Morrow thing? Originally with a VW engine or something silly? Barry Lock had something to do with the Jabiru.
'84 C2 sportscar:
Kestrel Greg Mobbs
Koala John Joyce
I think he was a Qantas mechanic or something like that and he apparently built it. As Leo pointed out it was a one off, went to Karl, and is now in QLD.....
Liston Fisher Brett Fisher and Paul Liston.
Barry Lock also built one (as far as I can tell only one) sedan type car, and that car survives in Queensland as well as the Leyford GT.
Run by Ray Hadlow, i think in the 90's one of the Zampatti's had a few runs in it. The Lowhad has two WA Sports Car Championships to its name. Ray Hadlow won the title in it in 1982, Ross Zampatti (son of Bernie) in 1991
Magnolia Sanford Morgan and others
Built by Sanford Morgan and others. A front engined Coventry Climax 1100, MG Magnet gearbox and what looks like a Lotus elite Diff carrier. What we call over here (US) a sports racer. I don't know if there were more made.
PBS Peter Beehag
Piper Don Hall
Clubman built by Don Hall for John Piper in Western Australia. Later raced as RE Ford. Originally had a beautiful Peter Lyon body built by Peter Lyon which was junked for a fibreglass body similar to a Dutton clubman. The car raced all over Australia including. -I think- the last "normal" Mount Panorama meeting. Won last race ever at Caversham Front end is Morris Minor torsion bar with the ever popular Triumph uprights- had Sprite front brakes and Ford rears. 1500 GT Cortina engine and box- BMC rear end. Herald uprights to Morris Minor Torsion bars at front-rear end. Has R8 front discs fitted which Ashley has rebuilt. Compatible with vintage of car. Still has same engine -in bits- box and rear end. with it- It's nickname is Taffy. Don Hall also built an openwheeler.
Bought by Realty Enterprises for Warren Matthews to drive 1968.
Won Under 1500cc WA Sports Car Championship in 1968 and was later raced by Ian Hill all over Australia including
Now owned by Warren's son Ashley who hopes to restore one day- all complete except for original beautiful alloy body by Peter Lyons which was scrapped by Ian Hill in favour of fibreglass body similar to Dutton clubman.
Baffling F5000 car - was it a Lola T332?
Porter Jack Porter.
Anyone else remember the Porter? So bad only one ever made it to a race track and it was sent home by the scrutineers. A total of six were sold. The chassis jig was a pair of saw horses. The body mould was a hole in Jack Porter's backyard lined with concrete. The fibreglass bodies actually had indentations from the bits of blue metal in the concrete. The steering wheel was oxy-cut from a piece of steel plate, and then trimmed with split garden hose. Apart from that, it was terrible.
Proctor Climax Ted Proctor
Surely it was one of the Manx cars built by Ted Proctor. One of them had a little Climax in it.
Robin Robin Medcalf.
A clubman initially as a hillclimber
RPB Rob Bennet
SHW Barry Sharp
Simmons Tony Simmons
Tasma & Atom Climax Ken Hastings
The Atom Climax sports car of Ken Hastings. This car was actually built by Bob Wright and was named a 'Tasma' but was renamed an Atom after it was sold to Hastings. I believe this car held class records at most Victorian tracks at the time. A second Tasma sports car was built, based on a Wren 2.5 ANF1 car which was modified to accept a 'John Goss' sports car body. The 2.5 Climax engine from the Wren was soon replaced by a 2.5 Repco (760?)V8. The car was sold to the mainland (NSW?) minus engine, in about 1975 and competed with a leyland (olds?) V8. The last Bob heard, the car is now in S.A. where it was apparently being restored and reunited with its Repco engine. (IIRC, it came to QLD from Tassie, bought by ...(brain fade)... He secured sponsorship from Hanimex? Film for it. The car was nicely presented and featured in various displays and even did exhibition laps at the Exhibition Speedway. However, for some reason it made only rare appearances in races at Lakeside.
TRE (Tulip Racing Enterprises), Kees Koppenal
Welsor , Colin Wear
Wren Bill Reynolds of pre-war speedway fame.
Bill Reynolds of pre-war speedway fame. Wren was originally the plaything of Bill Reynolds, whose history goes back pre-war as I recall.
Wortmeyer SCV Jack Wortmeyer
Currently a hillclimber.
Road cars & Badge engineering
Arbyen the first one having been the WDC1 Clubman formerly raced by David Booth, the second being a March that was imported in some dodgy way that required a renaming. 'Arbyen' was actually 'RBN'... Russell Norden's initials.
Another that wasn't built as a race car
MRC (Motor Racing Components) Lionel Ayres
A sports racer and single seaters. The first MRCs were Lotus 22 and 23 copies. Many of the Ayers MRC cars were Rennmaxes with another name. 'MRC' stood for ‘Motor Racing Components' and I think it was all a tax dodge for Lionel. Bob Britton was happy enough to supply the cars under these arrangements. He still got paid, and anyone that mattered knew he built them... The later car was a genuine Britto design from the ground up, of course, the 5-litre sports car that won Lionel the Australian title.
Ausper (Competition Cars of Australia) Tom Hawkes and Adrian Gundlach. Formula Juniors
BrabhamRon Tauranac, Brabham
Ralt Ron Tauranac
RT series of cars. F2, F3, FA, F3000
Van Dieman Ralph Firman, Ross Ambrose
Ralph Firman and his partner, Tasmanian racing driver Ross Ambrose
Car was the McLaren copy
Bee CeeBernie Cashin
Bernie Cashin in Qld built Bee Cee's (NG Elfin copies) and also builds the Jabiru's. Not sure what happened but I'd heard Barry Lock and Bernie both involved at the start of the Jabirus, some form of falling out leaving Bernie building them.
Elfin Formula Vee replica
Elliot originally Paul Elliot made copies of Elfin NG's then made his own car the Elliot 03 three off were made.
Were a licensed arrangement from Elfin , authorised copies if you will.
Orion Gordon Glynn
Two BT31 replicas
AGD Alan George Docking
His original race car.
Bingham Cobra Murray Bingham
I recall a hillclimber that appear at Collingrove in 1971 called the Bingham Cobra from memory. Murray Bingham was the driver. I recall he came from Newcastle in NSW. Bingham Cobra was a re-bodied Porsche chassis with a Ford V8 grafted in
It was basically an open sports racing car that loosely resembled the Elfin 300/400s. Fitted with a Ford Windsor 289 motor as I recall. As a young teenager I thought this was an impressive car. Have slide of it somewhere.
Boral-Ford & Olympus Ford Ralph Boord and Barry Hall
Sports car which I believe was designed and built by a couple of blokes in SA. I can only remember the surnames as Boord and Hall which is where the cars name comes from (I think). Eric Boord won WA Sports Car Championship 1974 in the Boral Ford McLaren M6/8.
The Boral Ford with 5 litre Boss Ford engine on webers and Elfin 400 suspension was raced by Ric Bertschinger until he sold it after the AGP in 2000 to Peter Griffen. In usual style Griffo ran it once and then parked it never to be seen again. A pity as it was a good weapon. Someone should buy it and run it as there are too few Group A sports cars out there. The last I heard Rick Berschlinger had it, was quite successful at state meetings.
The Olympus Ford was constructed in 1966 by Ralph Boord and Barry Hall in Adelaide. Driven initially by Eric Boord, Ralph's brother and later by Laurie Cousin, who bought it in 1970. Laurie on sold it to Tony Pulford in 1972, only to buy it back in 1977. Richard Knox purchased it from Laurie in 2002 and has raced it with a tremendous enjoyment since with the HSRCA. The Olympus was very successful at Mallala in the late '60s and early '70s and Laurie won the under 2 litre class at the Australian Sports Car Championship at Phillip Island in 1970. (Any leads on the history of this car would be greatly appreciated by Richard Knox)
Buckleused a Ford Zephyr engine, some with Mays head, was a road/race coupe of some ferocity.
Buchanan Horst Kwench
"RM Spyder" Buchanan Repco-Holden special built 1958 by Horst Kwech and Ian Rowe of Region Motors in Cooma, NSW. Inverted Singer 9 chassis with a Repco Holden Grey motor and special lightweight body. Body had driver's headrest, single dash cowl, fold down doors and no boot lid. Raced by Horst who later became USAC TransAm champion in USA. Owned by Bill Reid, Canberra.
Chamberlain Special Built in Melbourne
The Cooper - the original race car built by Garrie Cooper (Elfin)
Gremlin FJ. I don't know too much but a search on the AFJA site may produce results. I believe it was built in QLD. It is currently under restoration in Albany.
Rodkin Tracco which belonged to Werner Rodkin and the other is a
Sceptre which was a open wheel hillclimb car with a Leyland P76 engine
Sidney Special. Len Sidney's race car.
Stewart MG or Wheeler Fortune Gordon Stewart
Was built by Gordon Stewart and his helpers of Sydney in the early 1950's to the order of chemist, Les Wheeler at a not inconsiderable expense, hence the nickname. It was noted for its revolutionary and advanced design with its highly modified MG TC engine located behind the driver and all independent suspension by Morris Minor torsion bars. Its sleek alloy body initially featured a cut down MG radiator shell on its long nose.
Its first competition appearance was at Mt Druitt in March 1955 and it raced there and at Bathurst and Orange in 1955/56 in the hands of Les Wheeler. Frustrated by reliability problems and on advice from his bank manager Les handed the car over to Gordon Stewart on the understanding that Gordon would eventually purchase it but this never eventuated. Gordon continued to develop and race the car and from 1957 to 1964 the Stewart MG was a regular competitor at NSW races and hillclimbs but because of the rapid pace of development of racing cars in that period great success eluded it. Highlights however were clocking 142 mph at Bathurst in 1957 and lapping in 2.58.9 there in 1963, fastest ever by an MG Special. In all it appeared at Bathurst 14 times.
As several TC engines had been destroyed by 1957 am MG A engine was then fitted along with a huge Gordon Stewart built vane type supercharger and the car has continued to use this powerplant ever since. Gordon moved to Coffs Harbour in the late 1960's and the car finally achieved some success there taking an FTD in a local hillclimb in 1971.
With the popularity of Historic Racing in the late 1970's Les Wheeler again took over the car and attempted to run it at the 1979 Amaroo Historic meeting but various problems prevented it from starting. Shortly afterwards Bernie Leimeister, then of Dapto, learnt that the car could be for sale and subsequently purchased it taking it to Queensland when he later moved there and later passing to his son but neither had even started the famous old car. To their credit it had always been kept under cover and intact but its condition was quite tatty and run down.
I had known Gordon quite well and for years had harboured a desire to own the car but this only became possible just on a year ago, unfortunately a couple of years after Gordon's passing. I had it on display "as bought" at the MG feature at Wakefield Park last November and subsequently got stuck into a full restoration to its 1960 format. Pity Gordon wasn't able to lend his advice but I'm sure he is looking on with approval from "up above"
The Roberts and its 'friend' the Nola(s) were built for owner use only. As such, I reckon they are virtually Specials.
Speedway, Off road [/B]
Have recently stepped up in speedway and are now building Sprintcars under the brand label 'Razor' and a cheaper rival to Nathan Macdonalds 'Cheetahs' or John Cooley’s ‘Cools'.
Cool John Cooley
John Cooley of Warnambool. His Cool Chassis sprintcars are very successful and have won at least one Australian Championship.
Sascar EngineeringMark Peacock
Sascar Engineering have built at least half a dozen Speedway Sedans, most notably Brad Scotchers Aust1 car of 91 92 and John Hughes Panteras. He has done a lot of rebuild/ maintenance work on speedway cars, Clubmans [Has kept Jim Doigs ASP alive for a lot of years] and these days trucks and Nascar.
ScorpionKeith (and Mark) Poole
Scorpion Buggies and Formula Vees.
Southern Cross Off RoadBob Strawbridge
Southern Cross Off Road have built dozens of off road buggys and rebuilt a couple of midgets for Dud Lambert and plus does quite a few roll cages for most categories.