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#1051 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 23:09

Not for his Alfa Romeo period?

I never saw him race because he went to America before I ever went to a race meeting.

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#1052 D28

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 23:49

Link for Horst Kwech is here:

 

https://racer.com/20...tar-dies-at-82/


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#1053 E1pix

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Posted 31 December 2019 - 05:57

Not for his Alfa Romeo period?I never saw him race because he went to America before I ever went to a race meeting.


The video indeed is about his Alfa period.

#1054 GreenMachine

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 01:25

A belated report of FF racer Gerry Witenden death in August 2019, from cancer.  Gerry will be remembered firstly as nice bloke, one of nature's gentlemen, and for his second place in the 1978 Driver to Europe series.  Competing on the proverbial smell of an oily rag, Gerry finished one point adrift of that year's winner, John Wright.  Compounding his loss, his 'spanner' in that effort, Gos Cory, died the previous month of undiagnosed coronary heart disease.  Gos was a NSW club racer for many years, before stepping away after a big shunt in an Elfin FF at Amaroo.



#1055 Ray Bell

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 04:21

Yes, he made up for that oily rag smell with a lot of determination...

 

One very nice guy. I can't say I knew Gos Cory, but I think he hillclimbed didn't he?



#1056 GreenMachine

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 08:57

A little Ray.  I suspect he holds a record for the Lakeland climb outside Bungendore, set in the Voodoo-Datsun at I think the last meeting there, may have run Silverdale also.  He ran the Elfin 600(?) FF, a TC-engined Europa and I think the TC Escort from which the Europa's engine came when it was sold with (from memory) a cross-flow.  The Lotus was only sold a few years ago when he moved to Noosa, though it hadn't been used in anger for a long time. 

 

Members of this forum may also be interested in another of his projects, the Polaris, an aluminium bodied Buckle, which was nearing completion when he died and has now been sold.  For those interested: http://www.bucklecou...m.au/nota01.htm  One of the photos there also shows the Lotus.



#1057 Ian G

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:50

Yeah,not that it matters but Lakeview,we had several great years competing there in the 1970,Social side of things were great as well.

I can't say i know Jerry but i remember the 'Voodoo',created a lot of interest back than.



#1058 Ray Bell

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:56

The 'Voodoo' you're thinking of might be a different car...

 

Well, was it a car? A go-kart would be a closer description and definitely not something that would hold a Datsun engine.

 

At least, that's the one that ruffled a lot of feathers. Was it Dick Shoebridge?



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:34

Dick campaigned the original gokart Voodoo, then (I gather) build a successor as a more conventional two seater(?)sportscar.  Started with a VW engine/transaxle and FS, with a spaceframe in between.  By the time Gos got it, it had a L16 out of a Datsun 1600.  He campaigned it for a while then, experimenting with aero put it into the wall at Oran Park.  The frame was bent, the VW front suspension was bent, but all he had was abrasions where his arm had rubbed on the concrete of the wall.  Lucky.  After that I think it was sold off for parts.



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#1060 Wirra

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:40

I knew Gerry Witenden as a good friend when he raced Vees and I remember him as a really decent chap.

 

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My belated condolences. 



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Posted 04 January 2020 - 14:08

I don't believe that this passing has yet been mentioned. 

 

Longtime Foyt team member Cecil Taylor recently passed away. He was a familiar face in the Foyt pits from the mid-1960s. Condolences to all the team along with friends and family. 

 

https://meyersfunera...8/cecil-taylor/



#1062 ReWind

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 17:41

It should be noted that John Paulson who is mentioned in Taylor’s obituary as Parnelli’s chief mechanic was in fact John Pouelsen who sadly died in a plane crash in September 1967.



#1063 cooper997

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:32

I see it recorded elsewhere that New Zealand racing driver, Kerry Grant has passed away.

 

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Shown here during the 4/1/64 Levin Tasman meeting. If memory serves correct this LC ran minus its twin cam with a pushrod Cortina lump filling the engine bay in that era..

 

My condolences to his family and friends.

 

Stephen



#1064 ReWind

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 21:45

Strangely his homepage says Kerry Grant was born in 1942 while his obituary states he was 79 years old. Is anyone able to clarify this?

#1065 cooper997

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 05:31

Within our TNF community perhaps Ardmore might be able to assist on this. Or wait until the family have Kerry's funeral out of the way and contact his daughter via the email address posted in his New Zealand Herald death notice.

Another means might be via Allan Dick and his Classic Auto News facebook page.https://www.facebook...classicautonews

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#1066 Ray Bell

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 09:21

This note...

 

Please contact myself (Andrew) on 021 309448 for more info. Text or phone call is fine.

 

...was in the Roaring Season thread when Andrew (his son) notified that Kerry was in a coma and he wanted people to contact him.



#1067 GMACKIE

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 09:59

Sad news. Former owner/driver of the Nalla, Henry Walker passed away last night at Bowral.
 
 
Henry will be missed.



#1068 wenoopy

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 21:31

Strangely his homepage says Kerry Grant was born in 1942 while his obituary states he was 79 years old. Is anyone able to clarify this?

 

Kerry Grant's age would appear have been 79. In a "Local Personalities" profile of him in Donn Anderson's (NZ) "Motorman" magazine of February 1965 Grant gave his age as 24 years. This would tally with the obituary.

 

Stu Buchanan 



#1069 Wirra

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 07:20

I wouldn't normally post without absolute assurance but I fear this is 'DanTrac'.

 

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#1070 Tim Murray

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 08:12

The photo certainly shows ‘our’ Daniel Tracey driving the ex-Spike Jones SM Special, which he said he had to sell to finance the purchase of an engagement ring.

Sad news - condolences to his family and friends.

#1071 cooper997

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 08:51

I recall the photo of Daniel posting that and him in a Cooper S being towed on an A Frame. However it was probably a decade ago and that means it's highly likely they're long gone from the otriginal host site and hence TNF.

 

It's been a while since I've seen a post on TNF from Daniel, but I do recall his name appeaaring on the FB site wirra has re-posted from.

 

My condolences to Daniel's family and friends.

 

Stephen



#1072 Ray Bell

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 13:48

Indeed, I sent him a PM a while back and got no reply...

 

I'm guessing he's been ill for several months.



#1073 rasimmo

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 08:57

Ray, Danny has been fighting Cancer ( skin Cancers ) for several years. His funeral is tomorrow the 29th. January at Hansen & Coles rooms at Kembla Grange at 2.30 pm. The photos that Cooper 997 mentioned and Wirra posted are mine. I posted them on this forum way back before Photobucket turned to crap.



#1074 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 15:25

I think his loss will be felt here, Simmo...

 

He didn't say a lot but he'd been around and knew people in many corners, he had some experiences.



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Posted 03 February 2020 - 17:41

I've just been told that Ian Briggs, aka "Briggo" has died recently. He was extremely quick in anything he drove - Minis, F4, Formula Atlantic etc. I couldn't get close to him in F4 but I do remember one race in 1979 at Lydden where I made a great start but spun at the end of the first lap. Briggo was heading straight for a head-on collision with me. His eyes were like saucers but he skilfully avoided me and went on to win the race... RIP Reading's fastest newsagent.



#1076 JacnGille

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 18:54

Sad news



#1077 E1pix

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 19:35

I wouldn't normally post without absolute assurance but I fear this is 'DanTrac'.
 
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Very sorry to read about Dan.

A good friend here is friends with Dan, so heartfelt condolences to him and everyone else that Dan knew.

#1078 Jerry Entin

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 17:10

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Bill Fuller the ex D Jag Chevy racer has passed away at 94.

 

 In 1956, Bill became involved in Sports car racing with the Sports Car Club of America. This career took him across the United States, the Bahamas and El Salvador. He followed his racing career for 42 years and was an avid Indy car fan, attending Indy 500 for 49 years.

 

Bill leaves his loving wife of 50 years Judy and daughter Ann. Family and Friends.


Edited by Jerry Entin, 15 February 2020 - 00:48.


#1079 JacnGille

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 19:10

Sad news



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Posted 14 February 2020 - 19:56

I've just been told that Ian Briggs, aka "Briggo" has died recently. He was extremely quick in anything he drove - Minis, F4, Formula Atlantic etc. I couldn't get close to him in F4 but I do remember one race in 1979 at Lydden where I made a great start but spun at the end of the first lap. Briggo was heading straight for a head-on collision with me. His eyes were like saucers but he skilfully avoided me and went on to win the race... RIP Reading's fastest newsagent.

That's sad news. Remember the Mini and F4 when I was a marshal. He was quick but fair and didn't crash a lot :)



#1081 bradbury west

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 23:19

Coming to this a bit late, but I am sorry to hear of the passing of Daniel Tracey. He always struck me as one of the good guys.
My condolences to his family and friends, from someone over here
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Posted 16 February 2020 - 16:55

The recent death of Bill Fink in a house fire does not seem to have been mentioned on TNF. He modified and raced Morgans and his ingenuity in getting past US regulations helped the MMC to survive. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford (where he was a rowing Blue), he was probably the most highly educated car dealer in history. R.I.P. a fine man.



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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:10

Holden.

 

 

 

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#1084 GMACKIE

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 01:14

It wasn't me!

 

 

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