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  1. More of the October 1965 entrants for the 3 hour...

    More of the October 1965 entrants for the 3 hour Challenge Race at Pukekohe.
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    The Daimler SP 250 certainly had much more range than Ford Mustang.




    The week before on October...
  2. Almost 60 years old. The original Pukekohe...

    Almost 60 years old. The original Pukekohe circuit. ( Image from Oct. 1965. race programme.)

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    For those of you who drove the whole original track, how were your times ?


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    The Pukekohe promoters certainly advertised Paddy...

    The Pukekohe promoters certainly advertised Paddy Hopkirk's name very well in the 1965 race day programme.
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  4. Here are some quotes of Slick Gardner and the...

    Here are some quotes of Slick Gardner and the Green Monster speed attempts in1978.

    " Slick Gardner never set a land speed record, but in 1978 he announced that he would attempt it driving Art...
  5. Gardner's need to go fast took a big step in 1978...

    Gardner's need to go fast took a big step in 1978 when he purchased the jet powered "Green Monster" from Art Arfons.
    Slick wanted to be the fastest man on wheels on earth! At least he is still...
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    RIP Paddy Hopkirk

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Paddy Hopkirk, a wonderful driver who made the Mini Cooper famous.
    I only saw him once at Pukekohe in October 1965.
    This short clip shows him in action on...
  7. To tell of racing folk from Buellton would not be...

    To tell of racing folk from Buellton would not be complete without mentioning the aptly named "Slick" Gardner.
    He purchased the off-road Cutlass from James Garner and then he crashed it heavily at a...
  8. As I mentioned earlier some things don't change...

    As I mentioned earlier some things don't change much here in the Buellton and Los Olivos area.
    Although Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos is being renovated for the first time in 100 years the Garland...
  9. Thanks Roger. I think it might have been Jim...

    Thanks Roger.
    I think it might have been Jim Boyd in the Lycoming that almost went up the front steps of that church at one of the Matamata meets I was at.
    Perhaps Rhys has the correct story to...
  10. Jack and Mark Mendenhall also liked to build cars...

    Jack and Mark Mendenhall also liked to build cars and enter into "acceleration meets" across the dry lake at El Mirage and then later they moved on to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
    They had a...
  11. Jack Mendenhall would compete in the Cutlass in...

    Jack Mendenhall would compete in the Cutlass in desert and other off-road races until about 1975.
    The Cutlass looked a bit out of place as it checked in amongst the VW desert specials.
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  12. The other modern day clip is of Jay Leno having...

    The other modern day clip is of Jay Leno having fun in the restored off-road 1972 Olds Cutlass known as the "Banshee"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmfdNrolRDg&t=871s





    (Ken H )
  13. Now it is time for a bit of a movie interlude...

    Now it is time for a bit of a movie interlude from YouTube.

    The first shows Garner in both the 1970 Cutlass # 25 and the 1972 Cutlass "Banshee" # 30

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFrNbifXrLI...
  14. As can be seen from the previous shots that the...

    As can be seen from the previous shots that the Mendenhall Cutlass could be refueled from either the left or right side depending on how the gas pumps were set up whereas the Garner car just had...
  15. Jack Mendenhall prepared his Olds Cutlass for...

    Jack Mendenhall prepared his Olds Cutlass for desert racing in Southern California, Baja Mexico and Nevada at his Buellton garage.
    it may not have been the best looking machine and looked a bit out...
  16. During his Baja racing episodes Jack Mendenhall...

    During his Baja racing episodes Jack Mendenhall became friends with movie actor, James Garner. James had enjoyed racing and the filming of the movie, "Grand Prix" but his contract stated he was not...
  17. The boys from Buellton had a need for speed....

    The boys from Buellton had a need for speed.
    Jack Mendenhall appreciated the Andersen family sponsorship and the Andersens enjoyed the advertising on what became known as their
    "Pea Soup...
  18. Just past the old raceway one can still see the...

    Just past the old raceway one can still see the Buellton sign that has also been there for over 70 years.
    With the famous sign on it for the well known Andersen's Pea Soup showing "Hap-pea" standing...
  19. The Buellton Speedway didn't last long and was...

    The Buellton Speedway didn't last long and was closed by 1953, partly because of crashes like the one shown here.
    The flat oval made the top-heavy coupes more prone to rollovers, creating liability...
  20. Not one of the prettier cars on the track, but...

    Not one of the prettier cars on the track, but local garage owner, Tommy Garland had his? machine # 2 running well.
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    Another young man who is featured in this thread was the popular Jack...
  21. A 1950 photo shows the race winner with the...

    A 1950 photo shows the race winner with the checkered flag behind the winning car # 38 a 1934 Ford Tudor.
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    My 2022 photo of the same area where some of the same trees are growing on...
  22. A "Jalopy" is defined as an old and unreliable...

    A "Jalopy" is defined as an old and unreliable automobile. After WW2 there were many of these to be found in the US and so the local lads made good use of them at raceways such as Buellton.
    Here are...
  23. I will try this once again. Buellton is a small...

    I will try this once again.
    Buellton is a small town about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara and 10 miles from Los Olivos. ( https://www.istockphoto.com/photos/los-olivos-california)
    I saw recently...
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    (Excuse me Ray) Roger, This may be of interest...

    (Excuse me Ray)
    Roger,
    This may be of interest to you.
    https://www.dkeng.co.uk/ferrari-sales/1371/blue_chip_competition_cars/austin_healey_100_s.html

    Ken H
  25. Roger, Masterson Motors was a VW dealership in...

    Roger,
    Masterson Motors was a VW dealership in Ventura. CA. that did have a racing division.
    https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/dealers/mastersonmotors_ventura_ca.php
    (That looks like a...
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