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    Pukekohe Car Club Hill Climbs - a few more and an FTD to Woolfy at AUCC

    Small- er cars than the Chevs.

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    Bardahl series Hill Climb of PCC.

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    Tribute to Allan Woolf from Milan Fistonic - FTD to Allan Woolf in the Vitesse at Andersons Farm,
    Invitation event but unsure if a Bardahl series event.

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    See an A Denney in a Mini at 848cc
    - I went to school - Kelston Boys High with an Arthur Denney, who left school and became a mechanic, around 1965/66. - In late 1968 I sold Arthur my Austin Se7en Mini - complete with widened front wheels twin SU carbs and the Rob Williams modified Cooper manifold and Massey Ferguson Tractor Muffler system ..
    Wonder if the same guy and my old car ??
    .. Arthur rebuilt the motor and when taking it apart found that the crankshaft was cracked .. too much " Jandal " ...

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    Hill Climb venues in New Zealand.

    On this very Wet day in Omokoroa, BoP, was going back over this thread and the list that Ken H posted.
    - A very long list and I thought that the " Car Clubs " or " Groups " running the events need to be known.

    Hill Climb venues refer Post #126

    -From this thread - story " No. 165 - New Zealand Hillclimbs "

    " This information was found at this site;
    http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/ausnzhc.html

    (Ken H) "

    and Post #127 by;

    John McKechnie

    " Ken....you must really be having a slow day to do this long list....................
    Well done though, do you want to add -
    1- Millens Leadfoot Hillclimb .
    2- Lower Domain Road, Auckland Domain.
    3- Chelsea Sugar Refinery
    4- Pinchgut Rd, Kaukapakapa "



    Had gathered a lot of information on the events run by Northern Sports Car Club on the NSCC The Early Years story.
    Starting with Taylors Bay, Hillsborough in 1945 to the permanent venue [ well it was for over 20 years ] of Cosseys Farm, Drury in March 1967 until the late 1980's.

    An image from Taylors Bay - that day - 20th May 1945.
    Have had the copy of this photo since the mid 1970's - given to me by the late Eddie Dowding [ 1919 - 2018 ] and it appears with half a dozen others from the event in the Arthur Siddall Album of NSCC events from 1942 to 1949, which I am in the process of restoring - and recovering to protect the images. Then the images will be scanned and put on the NSCC thread - they will be better [ larger versions ] of photos published in groups previously.

    Taylors Bay - showing the Manukau Harbour behind and many of the club in Graeme Wells Bentley.
    My photo had Graham Wells - as written by my Uncle, but Anthony Wells, Graeme's son corrected that.

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    Ron Roycroft got FTD that day in his Riley 9 at 43 and one fifth seconds
    Graeme Wells was 2nd at 44 seconds
    and
    Vern Clark in his MG PA third at 50 seconds.

    NSCC Cosseys Farm in 1967 - a well known car that is still with the then owner - Rob Williams 1939 Ford V8 Coupe.

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    Photo was part of the page in the Newspaper on the First Event at Cosseys in March 1967
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    John Windelburn and a 1958 De Soto Firesweep V8 Sedan

    Notes from Milan Fistonic and the Results, Photos from John Windelburn.
    An earlier De Soto to the one that Colin Lumsden raced in the early 1960's.

    " I asked John Windelburn what the De Soto was that he drove in this Pukekohe Car Club Straight Sprint at Hullbright Road in October 1967.He sent me this photo of the car. It was a RHD 1958 De Soto Firesweep, one of only 2 in NZ.The B&W photo is John having a go at the "Braking and Acceleration Test" at the Auckland Railway Station The Auckland Car Club's Hepolite Trial competitors had to complete that test at the end of the event. John hadn't done the Trial but if there was a gap between competitors arriving the officials would let various club members have a go. John set the joint fastest time with a 3.8 Jaguar. ".

    The Entry List for the Pukekohe Car Club Straight Sprints at Hullbright Road, I believe the road was used also for Hillclimbs using more of the road in the Hills.

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    Alan Grout in his DKW, and a friend J [ John ] Trigance in a 1200cc Anglia.

    Colour photo of the Car. Plate 337.873 is the 1961 - 64 plate, Black on Yellow, and looks like same plate in the following photo.

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    John driving the car at the Brake and Acceleration Test at the Auckland Railway Station - must bde an Acceleration and Braking Test actually.

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    John was also here in 1956 in his Morris [ a Minor ]. posted on the Dennis Marwood page too RIP Dennis.

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    Austin Healey Team were out in force at this event 5 in their class, including John Seabrook, Ross Jensen and a young Bruce McLaren.
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    Here are 4 photos I have just purchased from Trade Me they are from the Houghton Bay hill climb in 1968 they may have been taken by a amateur photographer his name and some details of the cars are on the back but I can't make out his name. Name:  IMG_20240104_175404.jpg
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Size:  28.3 KB the photos are quite large at 305mm x 250mm I had to buy all 4 but I am only planning to frame and display the Lycoming Special and U2 ones due to lack of wall space.

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    " Houghton Bay hill climb in 1968 they may have been taken by a amateur photographer his name and some details of the cars are on the back but I can't make out his name. "

    Does " B G Glover " look right, Feb 1968.

    Wellington Car Club archives may have a clue.

    Have had a look and they do have their Magazines digitised but in 1968 very few photos.

    " http://www.carclub.co.nz/default.aspx?Page=105 "

    There is a Movie on Youtube about the Houghton Bay Hill Climb run by Wellington Car Club from 1954 to 1984.

    " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY6Hqq4ACyk "

    Good photos Hotrod1, The Lycoming has those very wide strengthened wheels, with the reinforcing straps - looks mean.
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    Hi Roger yes the Lycoming photo is pretty cool, not so many good ones about with it wearing the strengthened wheels I don't think they were on the car for long, it will look good framed along side the original Lycoming boot panel hanging on my dining room wall.
    The Meridian U2 will also find its way on to the wall but I don't have room for the Graham McRae or the other one so they may go to a good home at some stage.

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