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    Wouldn't something like this this add to HMC?

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    Ha! Fred Courtney STILL tows the Northland Special on a A-frame.......it used to be behind whatever Jag he had handy, but now it's behind his Falcon.
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    The old primitive A frame towbar served many people well in frugal times...



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    Nothing like towing it with something thats suitable for spares in the event of problems



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    I would take any of these....dirt and all


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    It was not uncommon to see a single seater on the back of a VW. must have been a slow trip with 40 hp

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    Bob Anderson was a F1 privateer in the 60s - I am pretty sure he transported his Brabham Climax around on a VW Kombi 'ute' like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoreboy57 View Post
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    Always a favourite at Goodwood. Looks like an early Tyrrell transporter in background
    I can only dream in 1/43rd


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    How about this one?

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    One for McLaren CanAm fans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoreboy57 View Post
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    One for McLaren CanAm fans
    When I went to Indy with McLaren in 1973 we still used these slope backed trucks.

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    They must have made a great sight on the freeway

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    Note the spare 5 slotters....needed to have a few spares of those

    Wonder where the car is now...


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    VW Kombi Transporters

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Clark View Post
    Bob Anderson was a F1 privateer in the 60s - I am pretty sure he transported his Brabham Climax around on a VW Kombi 'ute' like this.
    I'm sure you are right Michael. Bob was an ex-motorcycle racer from what was then Rhodesia, who was killed in a testing accident at Silverstone in 1967. I recall photos of the VW with the Brabham on it, quite a tight fit.

    Closer to home, here is Peter Hughes' VW transporter from 1969, with friends and family helping him to unload the Daimler V8 engined Lotus 25/33 at the NZ GP at Pukekohe.




    The Kombi tray has been modified by the addition of a (?hinged) extension piece, with rope-cleats, for a canvas cover, presumably. The attitude (?altitude) of the front end of the Kombi is a bit alarming, I wonder how badly it handled on the road.

    Stu Buchanan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm McLeod View Post
    Ha! Fred Courtney STILL tows the Northland Special on a A-frame.......it used to be behind whatever Jag he had handy, but now it's behind his Falcon.
    And he got pinged for towing "an un-registered vehicle" on the way home from Leadfoot. Still no legal decision on this. The legislation states that you can temporarily tow an unregistered vehicle. Argument goes like this. It is not always on the back of the Falcon which would be permanent, so it must be temporary. This was suggested by LTSA as a defence. As I said, no decision so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellis View Post
    Note the spare 5 slotters....needed to have a few spares of those

    Wonder where the car is now...

    Hi Ellis,65E must surely be out there somewhere.I presume this was the car that hit the wall at A.I.R. and the damage was certainly repairable.It is always going to be the one that got away.

    Pete.

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    Is this for Real?!
    Quote Originally Posted by Matty Dog View Post
    Stuart Lewis-Evans and Tony Harris lowering their Cooper 500 Formula 3 racing car from the roof of a Land Rover at the Crystal Palace race circuit in September 1953.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoreboy57 View Post
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    One for McLaren CanAm fans
    Spark Models plan to produce a 1:43rd model of this McLaren transporter.

    Pre-orders accepted at www.spr-models.co.nz

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    These two classy Italian transporters were constructed on Fiat 642RN bus chassis by Bartoletti in Modena. They sold them to both Maserati and Ferrari in the late 50's and early 60's.

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    1:43rd models of these two are available from SPR Models

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    These two classy Italian transporters were constructed on Fiat 642RN bus chassis by Bartoletti in Modena. They sold them to both Maserati and Ferrari in the late 50's and early 60's.

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    1:43rd models of these two are available from SPR Models
    Pretty sure one of these Fiat transporters sold last year at auction in the US. It had been fully restored, and fetched a whopping US$990K!!..

    http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...ds-to-auction/

    http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1053041

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Holmes View Post
    Awesome thread Terry. This is going to be great! And its not just transporters that are cool to see, any tow wagon from the period, be it a car or truck etc of interest. Great thing about old race car haulers was that the race car was almost always on display, unlike todays modern transporters.

    Here is a more basic tow rig, HR Holden wagon hauling Rod Coppins' '67 Camaro, as part of Team Cambridge. Photo is by Terry Marshal..

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    I love this photo of Norm's Impalas. So typical of 50's & 60's to use big American V8's as tow cars

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    My father has many photos of the 50s racing in VIC,one day i will upload onto the net,as a teaser he has a photo of his Studebaker Golden Hawk towing by tow rope his Lago Talbot T26 to the 1956 Albert park AGP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Clark View Post
    Bob Anderson was a F1 privateer in the 60s - I am pretty sure he transported his Brabham Climax around on a VW Kombi 'ute' like this.
    Bob Anderson's Brabham Climax at 1966 Dutch GP

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