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    THE ROTARY VALVE ENGINE.

    The late Ralph Watson stands as the only engineer, let alone individual, to have designed a truly successful rotary valve internal combustion engine. To have also produced, evaluated and tested his...
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    Good news. If it stays within the family it is...

    Good news. If it stays within the family it is likely to remain preserved. It has been sculptured very well and there is certainly sufficient excellent detail. I have a single copy of my book waiting...
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    Absolutely Remarkable Tribute.

    You have done Ralph proud.

    Please post detailed information concerning the construction of the model as well as your plans covering its upkeep. It comprises everlasting memorabilia beyond its...
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    In respect of the BSA photos, it is significant...

    In respect of the BSA photos, it is significant that the first photo shows the car in its original form, with poppet valve engine and nineteen inch wheels, whereas the following photos show the the...
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    R I P, Ralph Watson, our Very Special Kiwi...

    R I P, Ralph Watson, our Very Special Kiwi Engineer.

    23/07/1918 — 23/08/2006

    http://ralphwatson.scienceontheweb.net
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    I competed in this event driving the Ralph Watson...

    I competed in this event driving the Ralph Watson Le Mans Singer which I owned at the time and I recall some of the cars listed, but unfortunately not the Edwards Special.

    It is interesting to...
  7. "In their Riley at Helensville Hall at the end of...

    "In their Riley at Helensville Hall at the end of a Trial [ think Ken Hemus in the Singer ]. the 1949 Winter Trial"

    Definitely the late Ralph Watson driving the four seater Singer shown in the...
  8. Ostrich Farm Road was definitely a NSSC hillclimb...

    Ostrich Farm Road was definitely a NSSC hillclimb and to the best of my knowledge and recollection was never used by the ACC.

    Wairamarama I am certain was an exclusive NSSC venue.

    During this...
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    A Sincere Tribute

    All will be deeply moved by this tribute and sincere thanks to the university team for their very special effort. Those who do not view the video will miss something truly inspiring, even though...
  10. The first car in the photo is captioned, "The...

    The first car in the photo is captioned, "The Aitken-Ford 10 Special No. 2." at Muriwai 1954, reportedly having made its debut at Seagrove in 1951 and at a later date was fitted with a Ford V8...
  11. As far as I am aware, Jock Aitken built only one...

    As far as I am aware, Jock Aitken built only one car but drove a Dodge Special owned by Clarry Irwin and may have had some hand in its construction.

    PS After having located the photo on on page 2...
  12. "Note 3, Colin McGregor drove for Cowper - this...

    "Note 3, Colin McGregor drove for Cowper - this would connect with Trevor Sheffield recalling that Colin McGregor had or built a Ford 10 Special - would seem it was Jocks car that passed to Cowper...
  13. Please read again:- "Furthermore as mentioned in...

    Please read again:-
    "Furthermore as mentioned in the extensive article appearing in previous posts 299-300, the two-speed Ruckstell rear axle would have positively identified the Gordon Brown car."
  14. I have been searching my brain in order to recall...

    I have been searching my brain in order to recall the owner of a Ford ten based special, current at the time of the GBS and Collin MacGregor has rung a bell. The car was simillar to that of Don...
  15. Damn it you old fart, check your eyesight. LOL I...

    Damn it you old fart, check your eyesight. LOL I bloody well built the Fiat 509 Special as a very young fella. LLOl+. Plenty of gas @ 91!
  16. Gordon Brown Agaain @ 100+

    A worthshile read here:-

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12229192
  17. Gordon Brown

    [QUOTE=Roger Dowding;72971]The GBS - Gordon Brown Special - notes I have indicate Gordon did build more than one car as stated here by Graham Vercoe [ without getting into a discussion on the...
  18. The Gordon Brown car always had a streamlined...

    The Gordon Brown car always had a streamlined frontal aspect and therefore I can not see the car that you acquired being the same vehicle.

    Furthermore as mentioned in the extensive article...
  19. Wairamarama (N.B. Spelling) was the exclusive...

    Wairamarama (N.B. Spelling) was the exclusive venue of the Northern Sports Car Club for several years. It was originally a short section of a metal road which became sealed due the surface becoming a...
  20. I am quite sure that three of the group of four...

    I am quite sure that three of the group of four photos show Gordon Brown’s GBS.
    Car number 11 is also in fact the GPS and the second of the pair of photos, would appear to show Gordon Brown driving...
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    Thanks for that. In the interim I have...

    Thanks for that. In the interim I have ascertained that both MSNZ and the AA are separate members of the FIA and therefore there is no way of bringing the AA into any motor sport issue .
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    "and AA is still a member." Is this documented...

    "and AA is still a member." Is this documented as a fact? If so where can I find the evidence? It could indicate the train of authority I had envisaged.
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    As I understand it, motor racing in NZ was...

    As I understand it, motor racing in NZ was originally organised under the banner of the NZ Automobile Association, who were affiliated to the FIA. I have a suspicion that the AA did not in fact...
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    I am quoting the above for the very good reason...

    I am quoting the above for the very good reason that it explains the exact situation I was well aware of, but had hoped could have improved somewhat over the last 5-6 years as a result of amendments...
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    As I understand it motor racing can not legally...

    As I understand it motor racing can not legally take place unless under the jurisdiction of the FIA and as a result MSNZ holds the trump card. Speedway competition within NZ could provide an avenue...
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