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  1. Very fine shots Ken Damn shame we never bumped...

    Very fine shots Ken

    Damn shame we never bumped into one another!
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    David Piper might have had quite a different life...

    David Piper might have had quite a different life - I think he was about 7 or 8 when he and his family arrived here from England.

    He owns, and has owned, some fantastic sports cars.
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    Steve I also heard your interview on RNZ National...

    Steve I also heard your interview on RNZ National on Sunday morning and wanted to commend you on how you came across.

    I am not sure if anyone at NZ Classic Car is reviewing the book but I will be...
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    Laurence Brownlie RIP

    I am very sorry to report the passing of 'LRAB' - I believe Laurence was born in October 1943 and if that is correct, he would be 75.

    He was as talented as an artist as he was a racer.
  5. I recall Leonard/Hawes won in '68 - who won in...

    I recall Leonard/Hawes won in '68 - who won in '69?
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    If we ignore the chassis that was 'set-aside' on...

    If we ignore the chassis that was 'set-aside' on account of being too tight, then there were two complete McRae twin-cams.

    The 'red car' was built in the garage of GM's parents - I believe that...
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    Ken, best wishes for your daughter. You are about...

    Ken, best wishes for your daughter. You are about to discover exactly how the word besotted actually feels!
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    Wally collapsed waiting for his luggage at...

    Wally collapsed waiting for his luggage at Auckland Airport in July 2016. He spent three weeks in Middlemore before being flown back to Invercargill with the full medical assistance. He was told...
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    So that's the first car - the red one

    So that's the first car - the red one
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    As I recall the story, it ended up with an Alfa...

    As I recall the story, it ended up with an Alfa Romeo engine. It was spotted on a site described as something like 'Alfa Romeo Special' purely by chance by an observant Kiwi
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    Great photo Milan. That is the car that GM...

    Great photo Milan.

    That is the car that GM raced in the 69/70 National Formula. Dexter Dunlop replaced the Twin-Cam with an FVA.

    This chassis was built when the GM discovered he'd made the...
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    Not that car. GM built three NF cars but only...

    Not that car.

    GM built three NF cars but only two ever raced - this is the first one that was built for the 68/69 season. For ease of reference, I call this the red car. Vercoe's book refers to it...
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    Ray, a lot of publications published stories...

    Ray, a lot of publications published stories about Brendon if there was a wiff of him getting sacked. I was amazed at how infrequently any of them ever had the author's name attached.

    You also...
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    #74 is actually Paul 'Mr Avon' Dold - still...

    #74 is actually Paul 'Mr Avon' Dold - still running FF today...as of course is Grant Campbell
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    You might not believe this but I was...

    You might not believe this but I was multi-tasking - on the phone, checking TRS/emailing the above photo to Howard Wood and re-arranging a couple of books on my shelf - one of which is called 'A...
  16. My opening words to Dave Simpson at Taupo were -...

    My opening words to Dave Simpson at Taupo were - 'I've been trying to track you down for years'

    He seemed quite surprised that people had remembered him but I described as being like a comet - he...
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    I've entered!

    I've entered!
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    It's not Roger Lister's is it?

    It's not Roger Lister's is it?
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    We've been out to Hampton this afternoon to check...

    We've been out to Hampton this afternoon to check out the venue for our 50 years of FF dinner on Wednesday the 9th of January.

    The response from the 'original Formula C and Formula Ford drivers'...
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    From memory, a Valour and a Titan Mk6 had quite a...

    From memory, a Valour and a Titan Mk6 had quite a bit in common...
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    You are correct Allan - it is Pierre Phillips. I...

    You are correct Allan - it is Pierre Phillips. I have forwarded these onto Pete and David. Great shots.
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    I keep getting calls from people claiming not to...

    I keep getting calls from people claiming not to know about our HFF dinner but if anyone of the 100 plus people who have viewed this thread are interested - we have at least half of the drivers from...
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    50 years of FF in NZ

    The first Formula Ford race in NZ was in October 1970. Actually it was called Formula C and FF wasn't officially a championship until the 71/72 season.

    However, with eight FFs coming from Europe,...
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    Great shots Ray

    Great shots Ray
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    Mike Goth?

    Mike Goth?
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