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Steve Holmes
10-23-2012, 05:10 AM
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Continuing with our series of photos from Bruce Wells, and this is the next instalment from Oran Park. The following photos are from two OP events held in 1965, being July and September. Again, the machinery, the crowd, the lurid angles of the cars, are all incredibly portrayed here, and stunningly captured by Bruce. I'll ID as many cars and drivers as I can, but, as always, any input is appreciated.

Steve Holmes
10-23-2012, 05:14 AM
Several of these cars appear in earlier OP collections, but still the number of Humpy Holdens continues to astound me. There can be a dozen events held in a single year, all at OP, and rarely does the same car ever appear twice! And don't you just love those Peugeots.

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Steve Holmes
10-23-2012, 05:20 AM
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Ellis
10-23-2012, 09:15 AM
Excellent quality again as his pics normally are...Thanks

Steve Holmes
10-23-2012, 09:07 PM
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Dale Harvey
10-23-2012, 10:30 PM
Great stuff!!

Dale.

Steve Holmes
10-24-2012, 07:19 AM
The brilliant portrait shot of Leo Geoghegan was in this folder, and I was going to only post it in the portrait chapter that will come at a later date, but I figured it really deserves to be here too.

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Steve Holmes
10-24-2012, 07:33 AM
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Dale Harvey
10-25-2012, 01:14 AM
Leo Geoghegan in the Lotus 32. That car is returning to Australia for the Tasman revival meeting next month. The mini #76 is John Harvey and the black GT Cortina is George Garth (ex Geoghegan).

dale.

Steve Holmes
10-25-2012, 01:18 AM
Dale, where is the Geoghegan Lotus currently?

Steve Holmes
10-25-2012, 01:30 AM
The last batch form the July event, including Frank Matich in the beautiful Lotus 19B.

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Ellis
10-25-2012, 02:28 AM
Geoff Smedley of Launceston was employed by Total Oils and looked after the team cars.
This is a pencil drawing he did in the period of the Lotus

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/falcongtho/MatichLotus19Smeddwg.jpg

On the demise of this car Geoff went to Elfin and machined and installed some of the suspension and other useful bits from this car for the Matich Sports Car build.

Steve Holmes
10-25-2012, 02:51 AM
Wow, that is stunning! It even appears to be at Oran Park. Thanks Ellis.

Steve Holmes
10-25-2012, 03:27 AM
OK, this is the first batch from the September 1965 event. Is anyone able to ID who might be driving the fantastic looking Studebaker? Roger Ward and Warren Weldon drove a very similar looking car in the Sandown 6 Hour race in 1964. Is this the same car?

Check out the crowd and the lines of spectator cars in the first two photos.

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Steve Holmes
10-25-2012, 03:37 AM
Note the Pete Geoghegan Mustang pictured above. My understanding is, this car made its raced debut at Calder Park, August 29. That being the case, and with these Oran Park photos being from September, this must have been one of the first events for this car.

Dale Harvey
10-25-2012, 05:21 AM
Dale, where is the Geoghegan Lotus currently?

The car is currently owned by a Mr. Peter Studer from Switzerland.

Dale.

Steve Holmes
10-25-2012, 09:26 PM
Thanks Dale.

Steve Holmes
10-25-2012, 09:31 PM
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10-25-2012, 09:32 PM
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Shano
10-26-2012, 01:39 AM
Huge crowds. Huge diversity in the types of cars being raced. I wonder if the two are related?

Oldfart
10-26-2012, 02:07 AM
Huge crowds. Huge diversity in the types of cars being raced. I wonder if the two are related?

Probably a very high co-relationship!

mid-year
10-26-2012, 06:13 AM
The wheels on the Lark are interesting,they appear to have knock off centre nuts ? I guess judging by the other cars including the modified FE Holden ( Bruce McPhee ? ) they may be competing in the old Appendix K formulae.

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Steve Holmes
10-26-2012, 07:06 AM
Yeah I wondered the same thing Pete. They look a little wider than standard too. David Blanch has this photo over at Autopics, and I wondered if it might be the same car.

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mid-year
10-26-2012, 10:21 PM
That is a better angle,if I were to hazard a guess I would say they are a rare set of Halibrand " kidney-bean " centre lock wheels similar to what was used on the 1957 Sebring Corvette SS racer.

Pete.

ERC
10-26-2012, 10:29 PM
Huge crowds. Huge diversity in the types of cars being raced. I wonder if the two are related?
In my book, yes!

However, if you look at crowds at many sporting events 40/50 years ago, they were huge because most events were affordable and there were fewer events anyway. UK soccer crowds for example in the mid 1950's, even for a second division game, were also huge, but the entry fee was pocket money. Nowadays, it is a luxury spend!

We went to Mallory Park for Bank Holiday meetings by coach, as we didn't have a family car, so entertainment options were fewer, but the variety of cars was amazing - with the singular exception of the up to 1300cc sports/GT class, which was often 13 Lotus Elites and a solitary Turner! Not sure about the relative levels of car ownership in Australia and NZ, but from what I have seen of Ardmore pics and even 1963 Pukekohe, many of the crowd must have arrived by public transport.

Steve Holmes
10-27-2012, 03:50 AM
That is a better angle,if I were to hazard a guess I would say they are a rare set of Halibrand " kidney-bean " centre lock wheels similar to what was used on the Sebring Corvette SS racer.

Pete.

You could well be right Pete. If that were the case, they're incredibly exotic for the period.

Oldfart
10-27-2012, 04:02 AM
In my book, yes!

However, if you look at crowds at many sporting events 40/50 years ago, they were huge because most events were affordable and there were fewer events anyway. UK soccer crowds for example in the mid 1950's, even for a second division game, were also huge, but the entry fee was pocket money. Nowadays, it is a luxury spend!

We went to Mallory Park for Bank Holiday meetings by coach, as we didn't have a family car, so entertainment options were fewer, but the variety of cars was amazing - with the singular exception of the up to 1300cc sports/GT class, which was often 13 Lotus Elites and a solitary Turner! Not sure about the relative levels of car ownership in Australia and NZ, but from what I have seen of Ardmore pics and even 1963 Pukekohe, many of the crowd must have arrived by public transport.

Well I do know that there were special trains to Puke from both North and South. I also know that there were major traffic jams for the Ardmore meetings so there must have been pretty significant private car use.

mid-year
10-27-2012, 04:33 AM
You could well be right Pete. If that were the case, they're incredibly exotic for the period.

Fascinating car,it has N.S.W. on the back guard as was done in the period but it is impossible to make out the drivers name on the front guard,maybe Dale could shed some light on it ?

Pete.

Steve Holmes
10-27-2012, 05:10 AM
Pete, I went and did a bit of digging and found the results for the race the Stude appears in above at Sandown. Drivers were Roger Ward and Warren Weldon. It was the Sandown 6 Hour race in 1964. Weldon was a regular in Studebakers in the early/mid 60s, but his were standard production cars. I actually get the feeling this car was owned by Roger Ward, as his name appears first in the driver pairing. But I can't seem to find any reference to any of his other racing activities.

Steve Holmes
10-27-2012, 05:12 AM
Results here Pete: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Sandown_6_Hour_International

mid-year
10-27-2012, 06:11 AM
Results here Pete: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Sandown_6_Hour_International

Great detective work Steve,I wonder if it had the factory supercharged engine ? it certainly had special wheels so it must have been a pretty trick car for the day. love the Davidson/Baillie 427 Galaxie that went thru the fence at the end of the straight during that race!

Pete.

Steve Holmes
10-28-2012, 02:22 AM
Thanks Pete. I'm sure I've seen aftermath photos of the Galaxie after it went through the fence. Did it run out of brakes?

mid-year
10-28-2012, 05:52 AM
Yes thats right the big drums could not cope with the hot pace of the race and Lex Davidson had no choice but to go straight ahead thru the wooden fencing at the end of the straight. Apparently the car was picked up direct from the wharf and with several motoring journalists on board driven ( unmuffled and unregistered ) straight to Sandown and on to the track with everone onboard to give the class lap record a shake up ! Great Car.
Pete.

mid-year
10-28-2012, 06:01 AM
Bert Needham,s 2 Dr. Commander at Catalina Park also sporting centre-lock wheels plus factory disc brakes.LSD.tacho and R4 race spec engine. I wonder if it is the same car as the Roger Ward 2 door.

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Steve Holmes
10-28-2012, 09:17 PM
Wow, nice photo! It really clearly shows those wheels. The Needham Stude appears to be a later model than the one(s) shown earlier, it has the more simple nose with headlights and grill all integrated.

Steve Holmes
10-28-2012, 09:49 PM
More from OP, September 1965.

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Shano
10-29-2012, 03:16 AM
I just love those specials. Maybe part of my dna is held together with number 8 wire because they appeal hugely.

Steve Holmes
10-29-2012, 03:19 AM
Yeah I agree Shane, just fantastic looking cars, and loads of character.

Dale Harvey
10-29-2012, 07:42 AM
I would say that #31 is a Jolus and in the last shot #73 is the Nota Din. Holden grey engined special that was used a lot for hillclimbing.
I hope the supply of these photos doesn't end.
Dale.

Steve Holmes
10-29-2012, 08:41 AM
Thanks Dale, great stuff!

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10-29-2012, 08:43 AM
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10-29-2012, 08:44 AM
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10-29-2012, 09:41 PM
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10-30-2012, 10:55 PM
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Steve Holmes
10-30-2012, 10:57 PM
This is the last post for this chapter from Oran Park. One more Oran Park chapter to come.

Thanks again to Bruce Wells for allowing his amazing collection to be shown here.

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Dale Harvey
10-31-2012, 06:03 AM
Thanks very much Bruce Wells and of course thanks to Steve for posting.:)
Dale.

Steve Holmes
10-31-2012, 06:50 AM
You're welcome Dale, glad you enjoyed them.