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Steve Holmes
12-05-2012, 12:23 AM
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OK, this is the big one! Warwick Farm no longer exists as a race track, at least, not for race cars. The car race track was built on the site of a horse track, and horse racing still takes place there. But the glorious sounds of high revving race motors haven't been heard at 'The Farm' for nearly 40 years, with the last race having taken place in August, 1973.

But prior to its closure, Warwick Farm was one of the most significant race tracks in Australia, and in its relatively brief career, which began in 1960, played host to the Australian Grand Prix, the single race Australian Touring Car Championship, plus rounds of the Tasman Series, and the ATCC when it became a multi-round championship from 1969. Furthermore, numerous of smaller events also took place there.

Warwick Farm was the premier motor racing venue in New South Wales, alongside Bathurst, although many more events were held at the Farm, with this being a permanent venue. Its eventual closure prompted promotion of other tracks, such as Oran Park, but prior to that happening, it was a place of great significance, in which many of the worlds top racing drivers competed.

Bruce Wells, being a NSW resident, attended many races at the Farm, and his significant photographic collection spans 1964 - 1967, after which he moved away from the area and quit motorsport photography.

I've split Bruce's Warwick Farm photos into several chapters, this first being of a pair of national events held in September and December 1964.

Steve Holmes
12-05-2012, 12:41 AM
The term 'rubbin's racing' isn't a new one! Just check the panel damage in this opening shot. I'm pretty certain the leading EH Holden is that of Brian Muir, with Pete Geoghagan giving chase in the Cortina. But who is that in the Cooper S? Also, note the couple of spectators watching the racing without paying the admission charge!

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Steve Holmes
12-05-2012, 12:55 AM
More touring car action, including the Anderson Customline.

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neale
12-05-2012, 12:04 PM
Great pics as usual. I cant wait to see the rest of them!

The pic of the guys in the tree reminds me of a story that dad told me of when he used to watch the races at "The Farm".

He said that there used to be a guy that would ferry people across the Georges River in a small boat for a small fee that would be cheaper than paying to get in through the gate. At some race meetings he would ferry hundreds of people across & they would all climb the trees like you can see in that pic. At one meeting there was so many people in one tree that it couldnt handle the weight & fell over.

Steve Holmes
12-06-2012, 08:58 PM
Neale, thats a great story! Glad you're enjoying the pics. Getting to post these amazing Bruce Wells photos on here is a real highlight for me.

Steve Holmes
12-06-2012, 09:05 PM
Next batch, same event. That appears to be Glyn Scott in the #12 Lotus, but who is he chasing?

I believe the last two photos are of the very adaptable Greg Cusack, as he seemed to favour #7 on his race cars.

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Steve Holmes
12-06-2012, 09:06 PM
Last group from this event.

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Steve Holmes
12-07-2012, 03:57 AM
The following photos are all from a December 1964 national meeting. kicking off with the AM DB3, the only info I can find of this car is that it was raced by an A. Pucket.

The Peter Manton Cooper S that heads up this chapter, Bruce has really captured the car well, especially where it cocks the inside rear wheel. And note the amount of lean Pete himself applies into the corner! He just about disappears under the dash.

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Steve Holmes
12-07-2012, 04:01 AM
Pretty sure this is Brian Foley chasing Geoghegan.

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Steve Holmes
12-07-2012, 04:45 AM
Bit more touring car action, with the EH Holdens of Norm Beechey and Brian Muir, plus Bob Janes Jag.

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Steve Holmes
12-07-2012, 04:57 AM
OK, single seaters. I think the opening two shots are of Doug Ferris in the Lotus 20B.

Then we have Lex Davison and Frank Matich.

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Steve Holmes
12-07-2012, 05:09 AM
Bob Jane can't have done a lot of single seater racing, but this is him in the Elfin.

Following pics are (I think) Rocky Tresise in the Cooper, Bib Stillwell in the Brabham, and Matich again.

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Dale Harvey
12-13-2012, 10:28 PM
Steve, I hope we have not come to the end of the photos, and the reason for not seeing more is that you are too busy to post them.
Dale.

Murray Maunder
12-14-2012, 10:34 PM
Second that sentiment Dale. Really excellent photos and interesting to see how Bruce seems to favour rear end shots of racing, not all that common. It's very effective in showing styles and lines. Love it Steve, keep them coming!

Steve Holmes
12-16-2012, 10:36 PM
Hi guys, yes there are loads more to come. I've not been on here much lately, as our beautiful big 8 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback had been diagnosed with cancer and we'd been trying to have him fixed.

Will be posting more photos today.

Steve Holmes
12-16-2012, 10:50 PM
OK, update time. Here are the next batch from the December 1964 meeting, and showing Norm Beechey in the EH giving chase to Bob Janes Jaguar, and Brian Muir's EH.

Can anyone help ID the FX Holdens? I think the #45 car in the first shot could be that of Bo Seton. How about the others?

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Dale Harvey
12-17-2012, 07:37 AM
Great photos!! Notice, Brian Muir and the bloke in the Lotus formula junior #16 both wearing short sleeved shirts. That's the way it was in the good old days!!! I can remember some drivers racing in singlets.

Dale.

Steve Holmes
12-17-2012, 09:37 PM
Yep, amazing isn't it! certainly more casual times.

Steve Holmes
12-17-2012, 09:51 PM
First two shots show Bob Jane and Frank Matich again. Any thoughts on who the other drivers are in these photos?

The FX is Bo Seton again.

Any ideas on who is driving the AM? Looks like the car Tom Sulman raced several years earlier.

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Steve Holmes
12-17-2012, 09:57 PM
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Steve Holmes
12-19-2012, 12:50 AM
Next batch:

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Steve Holmes
12-19-2012, 12:54 AM
Any thoughts on whose is the light coloured EH Holden? It obviously wasn't as quick as the Muir and Beechey cars, which were at the front battling Bob Jane's Jag.

I'll take a punt on the FX Holden with the vertical side stripes as being Warren Weldons, while the Cortina in the last shot is that of Jim McKeowns, which I always thought was the best looking of all the Aussie MkI Cortinas.

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Dale Harvey
12-19-2012, 09:36 PM
The only thing different about that 48-215 with the vertical stripes is the number. Warren Weldon always raced with #119.

Dale.

Steve Holmes
12-31-2012, 03:54 AM
Thanks Dale, I did manage to find a photo on Autopics of Warren racing under the number 33. This may have just been something forced upon him at this event: http://www.autopics.com.au/item.mibiznez?id=6859

Steve Holmes
12-31-2012, 04:00 AM
OK, next batch. First up is Frank Matich in the pretty Lotus 19B. Next is another shot of what appears to be the Warren Weldon Holden FX. Last two are a couple of absolute ripper touring car shots of first Bob Jane leading Pete Geoghegan and Peter Manton, then a second shot with Brian Foley also in the mix.

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Steve Holmes
01-09-2013, 02:18 AM
Bout time I updated this thread.

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Steve Holmes
01-09-2013, 02:27 AM
Would that be Kevin Bartlett in the TVR Grantura? KB, you had a bit of an association with assembling TVR's in Australia didn't you? I have a road test from (I think) 1965 on a V8 Griffith that had been assembled by you. Did anyone ever race a Griffith in Australia?

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Greg Mackie
01-09-2013, 03:33 AM
If not K.B., it could be Peter A [Pedro] Owen, he drove a TVR.

My affordable 'race' tyres came from 'Pedro'....S/H Michelin X for 30/- [$3] each. They sometime needed to be re-grooved, to pass srutineering.:rolleyes:

Steve Holmes
01-09-2013, 03:39 AM
Thanks Greg, love the story about the tyres! You're right about the TVR, I think Bartlett and Owen shared the same car. As well as his tyre company, Owen also owned Motor Imports Ltd and was the Aussie agent for TVR, which I assume is why Bartlett assembled his demonstrator V8 Griffith road car.

Steve Holmes
01-11-2013, 02:04 AM
This first shot is a ripper! Pete Geoghegan in the Lotus Cortina leads the Mini Coopers of Peter Manton and Brian Foley, while Jim McKeown tucks in behind Foley. And to the left of shot appears to be Leo Geoghegan in the Cortina GT.

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Steve Holmes
01-29-2013, 01:36 AM
Time for another batch from the farm. Can anyone help to ID the driver of the Porsche? Both Harry Firth and Eddie Perkins ran 356's, but both of those cars appeared much earlier than when this photo was taken.

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Steve Holmes
01-29-2013, 01:38 AM
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dennis tobin
02-01-2013, 07:37 AM
The second last photo on page 1 - car number 42 (the Turner is behind) ... What is it? It looks a bit like a Lister left out in the sun! Does it still exist??

thunder427
02-01-2013, 01:42 PM
Would that be Kevin Bartlett in the TVR Grantura? KB, you had a bit of an association with assembling TVR's in Australia didn't you? I have a road test from (I think) 1965 on a V8 Griffith that had been assembled by you. Did anyone ever race a Griffith in Australia?

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...Steve, Picture #2 is a Haines Hunter, built by the Sydney Boat builder by the same name,I worked on one for Dick Bates of ACT/Canberra fame, Father to the Bates 'Rallye' boys....quite possibly the same car!!..thunder427/MJ

Greg Mackie
02-01-2013, 10:21 PM
Thanks for jogging my memory, thunder.....that is a Hunter. I just couldn't think of that name.

The Porsche, #88, could be Graham White in Bill Townsend's car, perhaps?

Steve Holmes
02-03-2013, 09:30 PM
...Steve, Picture #2 is a Haines Hunter, built by the Sydney Boat builder by the same name,I worked on one for Dick Bates of ACT/Canberra fame, Father to the Bates 'Rallye' boys....quite possibly the same car!!..thunder427/MJ

Thanks Myles, like Greg I was trying to solve that one, I'd seen it before, but couldn't come up with a name. Did it have a fibreglass body?

Steve Holmes
02-03-2013, 09:31 PM
Thanks for jogging my memory, thunder.....that is a Hunter. I just couldn't think of that name.

The Porsche, #88, could be Graham White in Bill Townsend's car, perhaps?

Thanks Greg, good work!

Steve Holmes
02-05-2013, 12:54 AM
Just winding this thread down towards its conclusion. Here are the next stunning batch of shots from Bruce.

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Steve Holmes
02-06-2013, 11:10 PM
Next batch:

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Ellis
02-07-2013, 09:49 AM
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The Red Brian Muir EH S4 (later Terry Allan and Dave Price)
There is another pic or 2 of it in later posts

Steve Holmes
02-08-2013, 01:43 AM
Thanks Ellis, yep thats right, and it was one of the very fastest touring cars in Australia at the time.

Steve Holmes
02-11-2013, 12:31 AM
Here are the last three pics from this chapter. More from Warwick Farm to come in a new chapter.

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Dale Harvey
02-11-2013, 05:47 AM
I would guess that this last shot is George Garth in the FC Holden.
Bring on the next batch please.
Dale.

Kevin Bartlett
02-15-2013, 03:43 AM
Steve, I think that pic of the TVR has Pedro aboard. The helmet type is my indication, as that was one favoured by PO. True we did share drives, I drove in the more major events for Pedro at Catalina Park and Warwick Farm. I think we ventured further afield on more than one occasion, but the memory dims.

Greg Mackie
02-15-2013, 09:36 PM
That's Kevin Fisher in the Fiat 1500.

John Uren
02-16-2013, 06:44 AM
Ron Thorp bought Tom Sulman's DB3S, Ron is better known for the Cobra that replaced it

Greg Mackie
02-16-2013, 10:31 AM
Dr John Uren?, NSU Prinz?, Lotus Cortina ?

Steve Holmes
02-18-2013, 09:42 PM
Steve, I think that pic of the TVR has Pedro aboard. The helmet type is my indication, as that was one favoured by PO. True we did share drives, I drove in the more major events for Pedro at Catalina Park and Warwick Farm. I think we ventured further afield on more than one occasion, but the memory dims.

Thanks KB. Did you ever race a Griffith?

Steve Holmes
02-18-2013, 09:43 PM
Ron Thorp bought Tom Sulman's DB3S, Ron is better known for the Cobra that replaced it

Thanks for that John. Ron has good taste in cars!

John Uren
03-07-2013, 11:16 PM
Hello Greg, sorry, this is ''young John'', used to be the kid who trailed around as 'pit crew' for the NSU and Lotus.
Dr John died last December, in Bowral, still talking cars

Greg Mackie
03-11-2013, 10:04 AM
That is sad news.

I helped John with some suspension mods. on the NSU, in the early '60s. He was a pretty handy driver.

John Uren
11-07-2013, 12:41 PM
Thanks Greg.

re: the Hunter, #41 on the previous page: perhaps this is one of the Hindmarsh cars? Husband and wife, one black and one silver.