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    I like all of these suggestions but wonder what...

    I like all of these suggestions but wonder what you/the publishers would think about 'expanding' the concept of racing cars. For example - what about Garth Hogan's Capri bodied Funny Car or the Pete...
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    I chanced upon this site after googling 'Bandag...

    I chanced upon this site after googling 'Bandag Bandit' yesterday. For a start Howard wondered if the car coming over the hill in post 35 was a Ralt. I am 98% certain it is the Tullen sponsored Ralt...
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    Re the photos of Amon, McLaren, Miles and Hulme -...

    Re the photos of Amon, McLaren, Miles and Hulme -

    Any indication as to if they were taken before, or after, the race?
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    He handed that steering wheel to me once and said...

    He handed that steering wheel to me once and said 'there you go boy, see if you can straighten that?' It hung on the wall of his study that was clearly a 'working office.'

    Never meeting your...
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    Nigel - unbelievable! Street number 136 I think...

    Nigel - unbelievable! Street number 136 I think

    Ken - absolutely.
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    Regarding the Racing Car Show - in 1983 I lived...

    Regarding the Racing Car Show - in 1983 I lived in Sinclair Rd, right behind London Olympia. In fact I walked past the place almost daily and imagined days gone by of racing car shows that I'd been...
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    Eric was a one-off. Motor sport cannot exist...

    Eric was a one-off. Motor sport cannot exist without administrators and Eric was in a class of his own in that regard.

    He took a fair amount of flack but he handled it all because he knew the...
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    Coincidentally, I've just been writing about the...

    Coincidentally, I've just been writing about the V16 BRM, and the noise it made, this afternoon.

    I saw/heard Tom Wheatcroft demonstrating his museum car at Donington in June 1983
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    Not sure about car but my first ever race meeting...

    Not sure about car but my first ever race meeting was the Wills Six Hour in late 1965 when I would have been seven. I can certainly recall the Mk2 Jags - in which case Shelley strikes again!
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    Chapman conquered F1, F2, F3, Junior, FF for a...

    Chapman conquered F1, F2, F3, Junior, FF for a bit, Indianapolis, small engine sports cars (i.e. up to circa 2.5 litres), the Tasman series and of course contributed to the iconic Lotus-Cortina....
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    If it was the 11th of April '66 then it was...

    If it was the 11th of April '66 then it was Sidney Taylor.

    Denny was at Goodwood. Both finished second
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    Thank you Ray. Having guessed wrong with the...

    Thank you Ray. Having guessed wrong with the Elva, what about the #34. No badge there so my stab is either a BT5 or BT8 Brabham, if it's not a Lotus 19!.

    You are quite right about the Lotus 23...
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    Felday was a very interesting 4WD device wasn't...

    Felday was a very interesting 4WD device wasn't it. Maybe even driven by Jim Clark.

    Please don't apologise for repeats! #19 - is that a Merlyn?
  14. 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.
  18. 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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