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    Dunedin Street Races - Festival 1962

    A couple of images from Dunedin.

    Copy of a track map with some notes and the programme - can't read the date on the programme. notes by Graeme Staples.
    Can confirm that the track was as used in 1959 and 1960.
    There are even notes about the gradients on part of the circuit.

    Have found several version of the tracks used over the period 1954 to the 1980's.
    posted before but will group them in a new post.

    Name:  Dunedin 1958 #007 Dunedin Street Circuit Track Map with notes Graeme Staples.jpg
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    Cars having fun at a corner - two going ahead, and two spinning around. Year not sure !! Late 1950's *** ??.
    Just checked my notes ;
    *** " Dunedin 1962 - Stan Prestige in the Ford V8, VW and Minor spin - Allan Dick archives. "
    Hard to read the plates - which if 1962 will be the last of 5 yearly issue 1961 - 66 - actually finished in the 1965 -66 licencing year. Black Numbers on a Yellow Plate..
    The corner is, I presume " Service Station Corner " where Wilkie Street meets King Edward Street.

    Name:  Dunedin 1955 #011 1955 Q Saloon cars Ford V8 Morris Minor and VW pair Graham Woods.jpg
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    Entry List for the Saloon Car Race - from Graham Woods archives.

    Stan Prestige ran the two tone Ford V8 in 1961 as well.

    1962 Entry List.
    S Prestridge

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    1961 Saloon Car Entry List;
    S Prestidge .. - different spelling -

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    Should put all the track maps - various versions of the circuit in one post.
    Last edited by Roger Dowding; 12-14-2022 at 12:56 AM. Reason: Track details Entry list added ###47

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    Dunedin - The Tracks..

    In year order ;

    The Track 1954.

    Name:  Dunedin 1954 #002 1954 Street Circuit map  Programme Page 9 arch Bruce Dyer CCI22122015 (700x455.jpg
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    The 1959 track same as the the one posted in previous post.
    This from the Otago Sports Car Club magazine.

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    The track in 1961 - from the programme. with notes about the 1960 event.
    The same as the 1959 track but the comments mention the Oval Circuit.
    As seen in the details from the OSCC Magazine about the Track in 1959 - it ran around " the Oval " which was the cricket ground in Central Dunedin.

    Name:  Dunedin 1961 #006 1960 - 61 Track Map Programme page 10 - 11 with 1960 review CCI15092016_0005 (.jpg
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    The 1964 track. Proposal for an event in October.
    The Festival Road Races were usually in January or February.

    Name:  Dunedin 1964 #121 1964 Dunedin Street Circuit Proposed Track for October event Graham Woods  (2).jpg
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    The 1984 Track for " Revival " meeting.

    Name:  Dunedin 1984 #020 1984 Dunedin Street Circuit Road Race 29 Jan 1984 VCC and OSCC Graham Woods (2.jpg
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    Ryal Bush 1956 - Southland Centennial Races.

    Ryal Bush 1956 - Southland Centennial Races.

    The event entry list the Main Race ;

    Name:  Motor Racing Ryal Bush #002 1956 Entry List Southland Centennial Race Giller AH 100 Ross Jensen .jpg
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    Cars at the start of the Centennial Race

    The unusual bodied Connaught on the front row;

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    Had this photo from Graham Woods archives.

    Some interesting photos from this event;
    Not even at the track, but were they going to ? or coming from ?

    Car - Race #1 Aston Martin finished 2nd

    Name:  Motor Racing Ryal Bush #023 Aston Martin Reg Parnell 2nd off the train  Classic Autonews Allan D.jpg
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    Car - Race #3 The Peter Whitehead Ferrari finished 4th

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    Note that it has the roundels on both side of the nose - presume for left hand or right hand tracks depending on where the timekeepers were ??
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    There are other pics in that sequence which I've seen somewhere else - maybe TNF ? Pretty sure they're loading post race.

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    I had forgotten the days when if you wanted to road freight on a route served by the Railways you had to get , and pay for a permit!
    A relative living in Wanganui (note carefully the spelling) had to get a permit, in person, to take his stockcar to race at Palmerston North, and apply every week. No season ticket available.

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    Ryal Bush 1956 - Southland Centennial Races. and 1957 Southland International Race

    Programme Covers for the two Ryal Bush events - these were recently acquired by a TRS member [ not me though ].

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    Would like to see the inside pages where no doubt there was some non - PC advertising ..!!!
    Also note the price went up " sixpence " - whereas the Magazines mentioned on the NZTT thread only went up " half a sixpence "- just thinking !!
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    Added a couple of Entry Lists to post #321 above -Dunedin Festival Road Race -Saloon Car Race -for 1961 and 1962 - where Stan Prestidge ran his postwar Ford V8 Sedan. in two tone Orange and Grey. Car looks like around a 1948 model and has a 3600 cc Ford V8 - side valve motor.

    Cover of the 1961 Programme Saturday January 28, 1961.

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    Paritutu 1965 .. An Island away from Dunedin..

    A couple more John Larry Lawton images from Paritutu 1965.

    A certain Holden features in both photos.
    Notes " .. " by J L Lawton
    Dave Simpson in his fast front but not yet Fastback " Anglia ahead of McPherson in the FJ Holden and Innes " in a Mini - presume Brian Innes.
    Dave Simpson won all his races that day.

    Name:  Motor Racing Paritutu #049 Paritutu 25 Oct 1965 Dave SimpsonAnglia -pre fastback leads McPherson.jpg
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    " McPherson Holden swerves to avoid R C Grace Mini."

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    Last edited by Roger Dowding; 01-18-2023 at 11:53 PM.

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    looks like Waka Kotahi prepared the corner in the last piccie

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    Dunedin 1950's - 1960's

    A couple of photos - one from Allan Dick archives of a line up of cars at a South Canterbury Car Club event around 1952.
    Godfrey Paape, and his Austin A90 Atlantic, that had a few Austin Healey type mods amongstagroup of Sports Cars and Midget style racers .. the cars in the background are interesting too a dark Vauxhall,- but what is the light coloured car in front of the group of saloons on the right ??

    Photo was shared by Jonathon Paape one of Godfrey's sons recently.

    Name:  Godrey Paape Austin A90 Atlantic with sports cars and Midget racers c 1952 Sth Canterbury CC arc.jpg
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    Also seen recently with a Dunedin connection is this photo of the main streets in Dunedin 1960's with a Mistral and Austin A40 Sports convertible a Triumph Herald and others..

    The Mistral has a strong " Dunedin "connection as " Emslie and Flockton " took over the manufacture / kitset provision of Mistral cars, making both Chassis and Body from Weltex Plastics in Christchurch, the business of Bob Blackburn who raced Mistral's and other cars in the South Island in the late 1950's..

    Name:  Mistral #019 Dunedin 1960's Mistral - A40 Convertible - Herald arch John Newman  (2).jpg
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    The Booklet and Brochure issued by both Mistral manufacturers from the late 1950's - given to me by Lloyd Gleeson.
    A VCC and Morgan guy I know..

    Name:  Mistral #123 Mistral Specifications Book Weltex Plastics Microplas Ltd UK advert Emslie and Floc.jpg
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    The image also includes an advert from " Microplas "in England who first created the Mistral body and was made in NZ under licence.

    If any Mistral owners would like copies of the brochures, please let me know.

    Cheers
    Roger

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