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    Quote Originally Posted by John McKechnie View Post
    Roger...see #155 for my DeJoux in 1975 as a comparison Sold it for $2500 to get a brand new house in Pakuranga-no. not Nappy Valley- for $25,000-no garage, no driveway , no letterbox,Mr Stripes carpet for $5 per metre from Joes Bargain House in Ponsonby- you would remember that place.
    Would be great to see you and Donn again.
    Still have the pix of the Packard to show you as discussed 6 (? ) years ago
    John and Bruce, yes knew Joe Adams quite well, he was a customer of ANZ bank in the 1970's 80's and i worked there 1978 -80, was known as the "unofficial Mayor of Ponsonby " a real character and a generous bloke !!
    John the Packard photo - was on Bribie when you mentioned that .. we must try to gather .. us TRS guys
    Cheers

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    Alan Boyle the Mini Peddlar Violet and Tomato

    I took a photo of Alans Mini " Violet " race # 51 back in 1967 or 68 at Pukekohe GP meeting.

    Alan posted a couple of photos of his cars which I thought I would share - with a few details from Alan - who featured in an article in Classic Driver by Allan Dick a couple of years ago.

    My photo ;

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    Alan was a signwriter graphic designer who worked for "Coca Cola " the sponsors of his Mini later on and his Viva - some of those products beside the car

    Alans colour photo of Violet - looks like Pukekohe
    Alans notes on Violet : " genuine 1964 Morris Cooper S 970 cc .. painted with many coats of translucent metallic Violet coloured lacquer.. ‘the violent Violet’ "

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    Tomato his other racing Mini ;

    Name:  Mini Race # 89 Alan Boyle Tomato 850 with 997 engine A Boyle .jpg
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    Notes on Tomato ; " ‘Tomato’ was the first mini, a standard 850 early model.. into which we grafted a 997 short block assembly, I worked on the head porting and valves, twin SUs, manifolds, cam, suspension etc etc
    It was a very smart car with its custom upholstery trim and mahogany Dashboard and Chromium plated reverse rim S steel wheels..
    it acquitted its self in many events Hillclimbs, Circuit racing, Club events, often beating Cooper and S models ".
    Alan got FTD at the NSCC's first Hill Climb at Cosseys Farm in February / March 1967.
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    1965 Morris Cooper S - a 1275 car in White with Black Roof.

    The Alan Boyle Mini " Violet " at Pukekohe - in the photo is another Mini Race number 4 Registration CZ9567 - which is still around under that Registration; a 1965 1275 Cooper S.
    " Year: 1965
    Make: MORRIS
    Model: COOPERS
    Colour: White
    Second Colour: Black
    Body Style: Saloon
    Plate: CZ9567
    Engine No: 36501
    Chassis: F659435 "
    " Plates History

    Plate Effective Date
    CZ9567 26-Mar-2014
    PT8422 22-Mar-1991
    HIFI 17-Apr-1989
    NZ6728 11-Nov-1988
    EC1631
    Registration

    Registration Status:
    Plate: CZ9567
    Plate Type: Special Issue
    Origin: NZ New
    Used as: Private Passenger vehicle
    Cause of Latest Registration: New
    NZ First Registration: 21-Jun-1965
    NZ Last Registration:
    Was Registered Overseas? No"

    Would seem that the car has gone back to it's original plates

    Wonder if it is the Hugh Kettelwell 1275 which was one of the first in NZ. now to find some other photos and info.

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    CY4440 " Violet " and BL 60 " Tomato " Registrations are no longer listed - would that that BL 60 Plate would be a Personalised plate for some BMC / BL owner.

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    Mini's and Imps Racing - not this one..

    Canadian version of the Mini introduced there in 1974 and later had even more " Safety " features fitted, not quite the USA rules.
    This from "British Leyland Chronicles " recently - there was an article and this and other photos..
    seen in comparison with the UK 1976 Mini 1000.

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    Link to the article ;

    " https://jalopnik.com/canada-had-its-...nt-1833924950? "

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    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...?id=1995023526

    Rough shell of a racing Imp for sale on Trademe. Wonder if it has any interesting history?

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    The only Imps I know of in white/blue were Murray Hart's, but I suspect that his may have gone to Japan. He has moved away from just around the corner, so I can't verify it.

    There was another blue and white car racing at Hampton Downs two years ago but that seemed in perfect condition.

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    The Rush Imp is now down south with Tony Mann in his Imp collection.

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    Mini's Chamberlain Road Hill Climb 1970

    An Auckland Car Club event - their Hill for many years ; some photos by Graeme Lindsay which I " borrowed ".

    First the Support Ute from Dominion Motors - where Ron Brown worked for many years - he is in the photo as is Lynton Ryan Alan Boyle and Rons Mechanic back in the day !

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    Some known and unkown or lesser known drivers here !!.

    Peter Batten Morris Cooper S
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    John Crombie in his Cooper 998
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    A Morris Mini-Minor the original name for the Morris Mini, known as the 850 in Australia, meanwhile in New Zealand and the UK the Austin version was originally an Austin Seven .. or is it " Se7en "
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    My Mate Barry Moon - before I met him [ that was around 1980 ] - in an Austin Mini.
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    The set of photos of the event had Fords, Anglia, Escorts and Cortinas, Glen Jones in his Chev Coupe a Torana, a Humber 80 or two and some Specials - have a look at " Old New Zealand Motor Racing " Fb page for Graeme's photos.
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    Morris 850 with twin SU's -SCW Road Test October 1961

    Sports Car World - the Australian Motoring Magazine - a Road Test of a slightly modified Mini 850 in the October 1961 Issue
    Car was good for 79 - 80 miles per hour.
    ..
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    The car in Standard form was available at Pounds 630 - plus Sales Tax at the time.

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    Fitted Twin SU's a freeflow manifold and straight through Exhaust - pipe out the middle -not kinked to the left, mods done by Rob Williams of " Allard " " Ford V8 coupe " and Formula Junior fame
    - as well as Wide " Jolly Wide " wheels to the front of my Austin Seven 850 Mini a 1960 model in 1967.
    Don't think it had this performance - just used more Petrol !

    Petrol / Gasoline / at less than 5/- = 50 cents a gallon NZD currency .. 10th July 1967.. D C Day !!

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    To come a Test of a Highly Modified Mini 850 from the era that had a top speed of 105 miles per hour in old money !.
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    Paritutu 1965 - 1966 some Mini's well three

    Alan Boyle #6, Ron Brown #73, John Fahey a bent #42

    Paritutu Circuit, New Plymouth, Taranaki - a tight small course.
    John Fahey hit the drums seen behind Alan in Tomato - first photo

    Alan 1965 The Mini a twin carb 850 ..
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    John Fahey - after. 1965
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    1965 - the entry list - Graham Woods archives
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    Alan again 1966 #28 now running a 997 Cooperised motor in the Mini
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    Evweld racing Team - Alan Boyle and Ron Brown - think Ron was in the 1000 and over class
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    The Donn White " Bathurst Clubman GT " a 1973 Australian built Car.

    a bit of a story - from Donn White who still has the car, but it did have a break in his ownership - as seen in the quote ;

    " I renewed my NZ motor racing and rally licences yesterday and going thru the log books I noticed that it's 30 years ago exactly today that I started racing the Mini Clubman GT (for the second time). I repurchased the car in a very shabby state back in July 1990. 21 months later the car - with much help from Roger Payne who rebuilt a great engine and gearbox was race ready - more or less! A couple of weeks earlier I had entered to race in the BMC Classic Car Series heats at Taupo held at a National race meeting there on 05 April 1992 - but it was a close thing. The morning of the official practise day still saw me in Tauranga fitting bits and pieces and modifying things to work properly at the last minute. I then ran the car in on the road going to Taupo and after quickly performing an oil and filter change in the pits I just made it by a few moments to compete in the final qualifying session. The car immediately showed potential and I remember instantly being very happy with it - the only problem was brake fade as the correct competition brake pads were temporarily unavailable. Things became rather a handful after 10 or so laps! Anyway the strategy was to change the pads before each heat and I managed to win the Category One or Production Class first time out. A couple of weeks later there was a repeat performance at the Baypark Raceways Easter National meeting and the rest is history. Even when performing challenging jobs on this little car at 2.00am in the morning on race day - I've not had Buyer's Remorse. I've had a ton of fun and met some great people along the way (sadly some of them are no longer with us) but here's to a few more years of enjoyment!😄

    " GM4679 ".

    A few photos.

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    before restoration - a small image ;

    after restoration - a bigger image ;
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    Photo from the Baypark Meeting - 30 years ago, with as Donn noted
    " 30 years ago taken at Baypark Raceways.
    - Shown here leading the Late Tony Sturm -MGB Roadster and the Late Jim Chrystall - Wolseley 1500. There's also another driver tucked in behind me but I can't make out who it is. "

    The photo;
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    Another photo of the Car - Holland Road Sprints - Hamilton Car Club in 1973 - car was New .. Richard Armstrong photo.
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    Minisprint - the Frank Hamlin cars ..

    Knew about the Minisprint that Frank Hamlin of Hamlin and Charles Garage built and raced in 1967 - 68 but didn't realise there was a second one built.

    My photo of the Original at Pukekohe Grand Prix meeting 1967 I think..

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    Front view of the nose ..

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    Another - colour - photo of the original - photog not noted.
    Now with stick on number plate

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    The second Minisprint with standard bonnet - nose.
    from Bruce Dyer archives .. SPgeti.

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    Owned by Marvin Turton in Wellington. Marvin has a very interesting Mini collection, a historic Mini Clubman Australian Sports Sedan, an ex Bob Gibbons Australian Cooper S totally restored and a Clubman GT racer. Lot of cool Mini speed equipment as well.
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    Twini - Mini

    John Cooper built one, or several, he had a bad incident in one of them.
    One competed in the Targa Florio.

    This is article about 8 Cylinder Minis, - 2 times 4 cylinder Motors. I mentions several versions including the BMC and the John Cooper versions - Targa Florio car

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    Interesting that it appeared in a Magazine called " Worlds Fastest Sports Cars " but it is a Saloon - then again, in the 1970's there was at an AGM of Northern Sports Car Club a remit to change the name of the Club and drop the word " Sports " as most members had saloons - It was defeated, and the comment that was made was the the cars of Club Members were used in " Sports " - Motorsports
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    Minisprint - the Tony Gilbertson car #55

    Some new photo have emerged of the Gilbertson Minisprint - a genuine UK version, which was copied by Frank Hamiln - posted earlier.

    These from Bruce Dyer SpGeti archives .. and in colour - a couple of them.
    Unsure of the location of the track - not Pukekohe ??

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    From Pukekohe - the Grand Prix meeting 1967 [ I thought it was 1968 as marked on my photo - but that was done many years later ] - just before the his big offf !! - John Larry Lawton photo B and W - JLL says 1967.

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    Car has the shrouded headlights - not just reversed headlight bowls like many did - the Sabrina look !!
    A few interesting cars in the background Morgan Lotus Cortina and one of the A40 Farina's - is it the Ron Rutherford car

    A bit later in the day - my own photo..

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    The Mini-Ford - post #313, Club Circuit 1968.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    Found another photo of the Ted Thompson Mini-Ford at that meeting, must have taken two cameras as this is an old 3.5" square one.

    Attachment 30024

    The dummy grid was on the curve just before the left hander by the stables. cropped photo.

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    Car has been mentioned again and a couple of " Engine " photos have emerged. - well from a post on an Fb group back in 2017.
    Putting it all together in one post.

    Thanks to " Peter Levet " for this image - posted by Robyn Levet, also in Bob Homewood archives.

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    Bob Homewood archives - the Engine on the gearbox, a Ford 1500 Cortina Motor on the BMC/Mini transmission - this on the subframe - out of the car.

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    Another photo showing the 42DCOE webers with trumpets - again out of the car.

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    The car - as posted before - my photo.

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    A Special - special !!

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