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    More Harold Plimmer photos from 1956. 73744...

    More Harold Plimmer photos from 1956.
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    Ross Jensen in his Austin Healey # 18 making his way to the starting grid.
    Ahead of the Fordy Farland Singer Special # 41 powered by a Buick 8 cylinder...
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    Some of the Specials and unusual cars at Levin in...

    Some of the Specials and unusual cars at Levin in 1956.
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    Doug Lawrence racing away at the back of the field in a Citreon 15 # 32. (Perhaps leaving the spare wheel on slowed him down !)

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    Bruce McLaren took the family 1954 Austin Healey...

    Bruce McLaren took the family 1954 Austin Healey 100-4 # 19 to the 1956 Levin Meet.
    He got in driving experience driving up Auckland's One Tree Hill as shown in this Bruce McLaren Trust photo....
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    Poor George was racing amongst a very talented...

    Poor George was racing amongst a very talented field. His accident happened right in front of Stirling Moss on that fateful day in 1960.
    I Danmarks Grand Prix
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    Circuit...
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    Some of the saloon car racing at the Levin Meet....

    Some of the saloon car racing at the Levin Meet.
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    # 47 W. Watt in his Javelin leading Tom Doherty's V-8 Ford coupe and George Lawton in his Mk1 Zephyr # 45 coming through the Hairpin.

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    Some more Harold Plimmer photos of Ron Roycroft...

    Some more Harold Plimmer photos of Ron Roycroft at Levin. Oct. 1956.
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    Leading the field through Cabbage Tree Corner.

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    Drifting the "Bug-Jag" through the Cabbage Tree.

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    Out...
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    I might be in trouble for this ! " Further...

    I might be in trouble for this !
    " Further tweaks to the car involved the importing of a C-type cylinder head and D-type pistons, resulting in the car, with Ron driving, taking that sixth place in...
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    Roger, The Jaguar and Bugatti engine info. is in...

    Roger,
    The Jaguar and Bugatti engine info. is in that attached Herald site.
    Could you open that ok ?
    I see Ralph Watson was involved, was he the one who built the Lycoming Special ?
    Ken
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    Ron Roycroft arrived at the 1956 Levin event with...

    Ron Roycroft arrived at the 1956 Levin event with his 1925 Bugatti Type 35A now fitted with a 3.4 liter 6 cylinder Jaguar XK 120 engine and gearbox instead of the wornout original French straight 8...
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    In 2017 that same P3 chassis # C50006 was sold at...

    In 2017 that same P3 chassis # C50006 was sold at an auction in Paris.
    1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3
    VIN:50006
    Status; SOLD
    €3,920,000 ($4,180,680)
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    An interesting read.

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    In another race the crowd enjoyed the battle...

    In another race the crowd enjoyed the battle between a 1934 Alfa Romeo # 21 driven by John McMillan and a new Austin Healey 100S #18 driven by Ross Jensen.
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    Thanks Ray, That is a sad memory of a wonderful...

    Thanks Ray,
    That is a sad memory of a wonderful driver and the Theodore Team who let me hang around as a "Gofer" for two race meets with Tony.
    At Riverside. Oct. 26 1975.
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    Rather ironic that...
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    On the newly sealed track, the sports car race is...

    On the newly sealed track, the sports car race is about to begin.
    The front row L-R Jim Boyd in the Buckler, Ross Jensen in his Austin Healey 100 S and R. Crowther in a beautiful Lotus 11.
    In...
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    jellywrestler; Yes, Mr. Frost did have some...

    jellywrestler;
    Yes, Mr. Frost did have some challenges.
    "The track surface broke up badly during the first meeting due its relatively poor construction and, despite a turnout of some 15,0000...
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    October 1956. Second meet at Levin. Some photos...

    October 1956. Second meet at Levin.
    Some photos of Jim Boyd driving his Buckler-Ford # 23.
    The first one is on practice day before the crowds arrived, coming around "Cabbage Tree Corner". The...
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    Speaking of Bathurst and Tom Clark, this is what...

    Speaking of Bathurst and Tom Clark, this is what happened to Tom two years later at the Mount Panorama Circuit, near Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia on 6 October 1958.
    As described in Eoin...
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    So this source is a poor research ? ...

    So this source is a poor research ?
    https://www.racingcircuits.info/australasia/new-zealand/levin.html
    " The Levin Motor Racing Circuit was New Zealand's first permanent motorsport facility, small...
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    Ray, Tell me what, where and when, you took...

    Ray,
    Tell me what, where and when, you took that photo of the late Tony Brise driving the Hill / Embassy # 23. (In 1975 )

    (Ken H)
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    I guess I was loose with my wording but I have...

    I guess I was loose with my wording but I have read in some sources that Levin was "New Zealand's first permanent motorsport facility."

    (Ken H)
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    Thanks again to John Climo for allowing me to...

    Thanks again to John Climo for allowing me to share these images of the early events at Levin. The second Levin meeting was in October 1956.
    One of the entrants there was Auckland business man and...
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    The first event held at the Levin circuit was in...

    The first event held at the Levin circuit was in January 1956. It was well attended and a busy race schedule kept the crowd entertained.
    Here are some clippings from that day.
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    Ray, I still think it was amazing that from the...

    Ray,
    I still think it was amazing that from the mid sixties when F1 had 3 liter engines and the Tasman limit was at 2.5 liter we had all the teams such as Lotus, Brabham, BRM, Ferrari etc build...
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    Ron Frost created New Zealand’s first permanent...

    Ron Frost created New Zealand’s first permanent international car racing track here in 1956, foreseeing the need to move on from our temporary circuits on open roads and aerodromes. His vision,...
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    Ron Frost was a major force in elevating New...

    Ron Frost was a major force in elevating New Zealand motor racing to a place of world renown through the 1960s and 1970s. After racing motorcycles in pre-World War II England, then converting to...
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    Another nasty-looking accident at the Cabbage...

    Another nasty-looking accident at the Cabbage Tree Corner (Hokio Bend ) that can be briefly seen in the film clip happened in 1964.
    Fortunately, no one was injured.
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