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    Dunedin 1984 ; Other Events Lost tracks and Specials - a mix of stories

    " Dunedin 1984 ; Other Events, Lost tracks and Specials, and random pictures - a mix of stories and Pictures "

    The Thread Started as the Dunedin Street Races 1984 - with my own and Otago Daily Times photos plus extracts from the " Racing Round the House " Book by Scott Thomson for the Otago Vintage Car Club, and included the Otago Sports Car Street Sprints on Fryatt Street.

    Expansion of the topics of this thread ; Dunedin, Ardmore, Ohakea, Napier and now onto other events more recent, Chelsea Hill Climb, Caffeine and Classics, and recently Greerton Vintage Fayre and Car Show , plus other articles on Lost Tracks and NZ Specials;

    *** October 2019 - a lot of stuff of South Island origin added,
    Nelson Tahunanui Beach Races,
    Peter Leversedge Car #77,
    The Jim Bennett - Furi story - a continuing saga

    North Island events like Ohakea Napier Ardmore and others belong in the Lost Tracks part of the thread as does Chelsea Walsh - No event in 2018, the VCC Boys did get to run at the MG Car Clubs
    [ ex Austin Healey Club NZ ] Hill Climb at Otaua in March of this year - let us hope that continues - was very successful from what I have heard and read.

    I have fortunate to collect [ been given ] various programmes and book on NZ Motor Sport from the 1950's on.

    Will get Steve Homes to rename the Thread ;
    " Dunedin 1984 ; Other Events, Lost Tracks and Specials - A mix of stories ".

    Much of the information has been acquired and credit given to where it came from ;

    Have added some photos from Napier in the early 1960's by Norman Agnew .. maybe the thread need a new name as covers.. " Old Racing Circuits as so far has Dunedin Revival 1984, Ohakea 1982, and some other shots plus now Napier 1960's and have added photos by others and more modern events....

    Adding more photos and details, recently Mount Manganui and Matamata in the early 1960's the items are borrowed though, as wasn't there, almost too young and didn't have a drivers licence or car.

    Dunedin January 1984 This was a two day event.
    Saturday, with straight sprints in the Port Area by the storage warehouses, and the local car clubs, not just the Classic Historics were allowed to run.
    Sunday, the Classic Historic races.
    There was also a Hill Climb at Bethunes Gully, which I was not aware of at the time, and didn't have a
    " Ride " to get there.

    My set of photos I will break into, types, NZ Specials and Open Wheelers, Sports Car saloon, and there is even a couple of Motorcycle shots.

    Unfortunately have lost or given away the programme, probably the latter, so again any help identifying the cars would be appreciated.

    Reshowing the photos from the Otago Daily Times to start with - posted on Yards and Yarns and Minis and Imps threads.
    The Allard J2.
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    thanks for identifying it as Rob Boult's.

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    The Minis and Jaguars, plus something large in the back of the pack..

    The ERA, and a single seater..

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    The Lycoming Special, built by Ralph Watson - powered by, yes I remembered a Lycoming Engine - turned upside down. Trevor Sheffield's article " Ralph Watson - Special Engineer " can tell you much more.

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    And the book that was on sale at the time about the original races; Racing Around the Houses, by Scott Thomson, 1983.
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    Have photos from other Reunion / Revival meetings and Wings and Wheels meetings, only a few photos so will post as a continuation of this thread, First Ohakea 1982

    Have been given some old Programmes by Bruce Dyer " Spgeti " which will post here progressively from Dunedin,Wigram,Ohakea and others ..

    Bruce Dyer has now [ January 2017 ] sent me photos from around Manfield of various sports cars, Bucklers, Fiat Targa, Mallock U2, and others Ralph Watson BSA Special and a Kieft single seater, have posted the Bucklers on the Oldfart Buckler thread.. will post a lot of the others here :

    [B][I]Have added some photos from Napier in the early 1960's by Norman Agnew .. maybe the thread need a new name .. " Old Racing Circuits as so far has Dunedin Revival 1984, Ohakea 1982, and some other shots plus now Napier 1960's .. Have tried to rename it [ first entry re-titled ] so it will be more like ;
    " Images from my Past " - by Nigel Watts,
    " Just a mix of Pics " -by ' ERC ' Ray Green - will include photos from others !!
    edited 25 September 2018
    Last edited by Roger Dowding; 09-19-2020 at 01:41 AM. Reason: new info #### 47

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