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  1. If it were to run as 'in period' in Australia,...

    If it were to run as 'in period' in Australia, bumpers would be a non-issue...

    Barry Gurdon ran such a car with a supercharger, he did retain his bumpers but bored it to 2857cc (this was prior to...
  2. Jeep will fit? I think not... The Austins have...

    Jeep will fit? I think not...

    The Austins have a 5" PCD, Jeeps were 5.5" in period, they came down to 4.5" some time in the eighties I think. I don't know of any 5".

    Rover were 5", I think some...
  3. They ran a lot better in 3-litre form... And...

    They ran a lot better in 3-litre form...

    And if you want to cheat (depending on how 'loose' the rules are) you can get a bit more out of a 1962 or later head. Better yet, out of a Healey 12-port...
  4. Sorry, I missed that conversation... And I...

    Sorry, I missed that conversation...

    And I think the photo I posted was about the second one I've ever seen in my life. And I have been around for a while.
  5. I just had to look up some details, this is all...

    I just had to look up some details, this is all new to me...

    They were built from '53 to '61. That they were built beyond about 1956 was a surprise. I knew they had the A40 engine, but over the...
  6. And you can see the reason, can't you? They...

    And you can see the reason, can't you?

    They upset the balance of the car by removing the spare.
  7. You make me wonder now what sort of chassis was...

    You make me wonder now what sort of chassis was underneath them...

    But I could never relate it to a Sprite.

    Here's a similar one in its native habitat:
    ...
  8. I suppose stranger things have been raced... ...

    I suppose stranger things have been raced...

    Somewhere.
  9. That isn't a Nash Metropolitan with a racing...

    That isn't a Nash Metropolitan with a racing number in the background of that Okahea photo is it?
  10. My friend Michael raced one of those about ten...

    My friend Michael raced one of those about ten years ago...

    He reckoned it was a good thing.
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    Here's a little video... ...

    Here's a little video...

    https://youtu.be/zWa9gvLygng

    And another interesting one:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZlKY5oALVU

    And from there you'll get the 'Circuits of the Past' videos...
  12. This one is far-removed from such stuff: ...

    This one is far-removed from such stuff:

    https://i.postimg.cc/0yxKSnCt/0120healeyatdam.jpg
  13. why not? Maybe we all don't remember it...

    why not?

    Maybe we all don't remember it...
  14. Not off-topic at all... in fact, completely...

    Not off-topic at all... in fact, completely on-topic.

    From that site I found this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCQD24K34x0&feature=emb_rel_pause

    All South American Specials, mostly with...
  15. Meanwhile, chapter and verse on the twin-engined...

    Meanwhile, chapter and verse on the twin-engined things... or at least this bloke's twin-engined things (he wasn't alone!):



    And a web page with the pics above plus two more:
    ...
  16. Perhaps the front engine was there to drag it...

    Perhaps the front engine was there to drag it home if the rear engine failed?

    Here's a page with a lot of inline 6 devices. Argentinian F1 in the early seventies, just click on the thumbnails for...
  17. Madness!

    Madness!
  18. It probably was, of course, harder to graft Fiat...

    It probably was, of course, harder to graft Fiat 1100 drums onto the swing axles...

    Or maybe an earlier Fiat 1100 drum was used or perhaps drums from another Fiat. I'm well aware that the 1100...
  19. Unbelievable! The Corcel was a Renault 12...

    Unbelievable!

    The Corcel was a Renault 12 redesigned by Willys and taken over by Ford when they bought that company! That engine is pure Renault 12 1300cc. Whether the Simca V8 was the Esplanada...
  20. Unfortunately he'd left Australia before I saw...

    Unfortunately he'd left Australia before I saw him race...

    But I certainly remember reading of his giant-killing Trans-Am drives in the Alfas.

    82... way too young.
  21. I have to say that this particular race turned...

    I have to say that this particular race turned out to be pretty lousy in the end...

    Yes, I was there witnessing it first hand. I was outside the spectator fence not far past Dandenong Road corner...
  22. So where did the brake drums come from? ...

    So where did the brake drums come from?

    There's still digging to be done...
  23. Oh yes it is... Shirtsleeves and skinny tyres,...

    Oh yes it is...

    Shirtsleeves and skinny tyres, those were the days.

    Can anyone find the sites which contain all the cars they used to run in their National series, I think it was for sports...
  24. Not quite that early, but early enough: ...

    Not quite that early, but early enough:



    Later many Jeep engines were used.
  25. The racing hybrids and specials of South America

    This is one really huge subject and it would be nice to see what pics people can come up with here...

    Like this one:

    https://i.postimg.cc/JnRsHkRN/0120frblogdojovino-blogspotvedetteongrid.jpg
    ...
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