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    Bob- here you are...Robert Homewood tied for victory with E Sheldon in Anglias in the under 2500 class doing a standing quarter in 16.4 secs.Puke club day Sept 1969..
    Snoopy was riding with Jim Boyd..
    On August the 31 Bob Homewood 43.6 sec, 2nd in 1301-1600 at ACC Bombay Hillclimb. FTD was Allan Boyle 37.9. Ross Hollings 40.2
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    Remember Cossey's well, competed there several times, first time 1971 in a 1966 850cc Mini, then in 1975 in a 1965 Austin Healey Sprite, 1978, NSCC Motorsport Day in a 1971 Triumph GT6, placed 6th in class and as it was a day of four events, Gymkhana, Sprint [ club circuit Pukekohe ] 2 part trial and finally the Hill .. overall placed 9th equal, one Peter Levet won the day in his Cooper S, followed by Rod Peat in a Mazda RX2 probably.
    Ran my Triumph TR4A in the event that was part of the Bardhal series 1979/80.
    Attached if I do it right is an article from the NZ Herald in 1967, I think, sorry Guys, my skills aren't that good, suffice to say it shows " A competitor comes over the top during the last meeting of the season " the competitor, Rob Williams in his 1938/9 Ford Coupe, with a Morris Minor front widnscreen, one piece. and a second photo with a drawing of the road Colin Waite Cortina GT and Paul Adams Cortina 1500 were fastest in second meeting in April.

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    Interesting you should mention Rob. He has entered the very same car in the Pre 61 Saloons at Roycroft 8/9 March.

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    Rob has also run a mid 50's Allard V8, sports car a K2 from memory, and in recent years a Formula Junior along with NSCC guys Allan Woolf, and Colin Waite, Allan was my neighbour in New Lynn in the early 60's, running a Ford 10 back then pre the Vitesse and the Capri, Woolfy ran at Cossey's many times

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    Allan Woolf - what a legend !

    As patron of Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club he had a hell of a sense of humour and it still shows now.
    I saw him interviewed on t.v within the last few years while racing and he was asked " What does your doctor think of you racing at this age ?" ( he's 80-something )
    He replies quick as a flash - " for christ's sake, don't tell my doctor ! "

    Amazing guy / amazing family
    Last edited by Jeff; 02-06-2014 at 01:33 AM.

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    Not wrong Jeff, last phrase sums them all up.

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    Alan Woolf - what a legend !

    As patron of Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club he had a hell of a sense of humour and it still shows now.
    I saw him interviewed on t.v within the last few years while racing and he was asked " What does your doctor think of you racing at this age ?" ( he's 80-something )
    He replies quick as a flash - " for christ's sake, don't tell my doctor ! "

    Amazing guy / amazing family

    The Woolf family are just amazing, and I love meeting and chatting with them, never changed, and never will, just the best.

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    Have just found the entry list for the Cossey's round NSCC for the Bardahl Hilclimb, Round 2 dated 2 November 1979, there were 85 entries FTD was H Daniels form Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club in a Eureke [ Eureka ? perhaps ] in the 1601 to 2500 class, at 52.39 seconds, my best was 60.42 in the TR4A, two weeks later 18 November 1979, the round was Auckland Car Clubs, at McLachlan Road, Kaukapakapa. again a big entry list 68 cars HCMC again doing well as there was club team prize as well as FTD and class wins in the Bardahl, I have the results from the MG round 6, venue not stated but beleive , it could have been Bald Hill Road near Waiuku, a metal road. and finally some results form another round undated but the entry list is dominated by HCMC members including Allan Woolf who did practice and only one run at 49.50 seconds and came second to Max Irwin from Pukekohe, in class E - over 2500 cc, so not sure if the Vitesse or the 3.0 litre Capri, the Allan did the Heatway in and had a spectacular off !!. believe / think the round was near Silverdale. Interesting there is a Robert van Gisbergen running from Auckland Car Club in an Escort, will get these scanned and find some way to get them into the Roaring Seasons archives

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    Jeff, thanks for the nostalgic drive, brought back memories, the stright at the bottom, used to line up, have a " nervous one " into Cossey's hedge, then helmet on belts done up and ready to go

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    What a shame that funds were not found to acquire the venue for posterity like Prescott is owned by the Bugatti Owners. I am told they were not wealthy people when they bought that either.

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    Thanks Steve / Roger for that newspaper article.
    Now I see a map of how the hill was I realise just how much it has been altered.
    Auckland motorsport sure owes a debt to the Cossey's for allowing it to be available for so many years.
    The view was always superb

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    This thread came up on Facebook today as a connection to " The Roaring Season " .. Have posted more photos from the Hill on the
    " Northern Sports Car Club - the Early Years " thread ..
    Maybe time to put a few here - as we know Michael Clark - who writes for N Z Classic Car - is now a resident on the new version of the farm road ..

    The place looks like this on more modern maps ..

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    Wish I still had my " Lands and Survey " Maps that were used for Car Trials in the 1960's - 80's
    You had to have the correct Edition as used by the Plotter - like John Crombie - who used changes in roads between Editions to catch you out..
    Who remembers John and his Mini Clubman .. Trialling with the Roof Rack on to carry the Kayaks he made
    More on this soon.

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    Cosseys Farm Hill Climb the article from March 1967 NZ Herald the first meeting

    Posted on the NSCC thread but should be here.

    An article about when the Hill was first used - the Cossey's were great people and their farm track was used from 1967 into the 1980's.
    [ Steve Holmes posted this for me back in 2014 - as noted in an earlier post on this thread ]

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    The Guy in the Ford V8 Coupe also ran this on the Hill .. this time 1975 - Ross Cammick photo.

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    The NSCC " Club Torque " article on the event.

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    Some of the cars at the first meeting.

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    Lots of names in the results and the photos.. the article from Bob Homewood archives [ correct spelling of his name too ].
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    there was a motorcycle road race in 1964 that used part of cosseys road, waihoehoe and fitzgerald rd's too.

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