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    From post #379 I see Cliff Knight winning class in his Standard 10, road driven from Kaitaia and di the whole lot of meetings, then drove home. He told me they camped everywhere, canvas tent in the car too.

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    The NZ Grand Prix meeting and in the small Saloon class a big spin at the top of Rothmans.
    Cyril Hyde in his Anglia hit a patch of oil - a sequence of John Larry Lawton photos.

    Appears to have caused an issue for Roy Harrington in his Imp - did they hit ?

    Cyril and the spin -close to a Marshalls Post.

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    The Harrington Imp is close - did they hit ?? Looks like it !! First photo no damage to the rear

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    The Anglia getting loaded up and the Imp on a rope tow.

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    The Motorman report of the incident.

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    Milan, The story is complete,
    Thank you for the article from Motorman.

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    Pukekohe 1963 - 2023 ..a few memories

    A short story about a Track that lasted 50 years ..

    Worth reading again !!.

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    A photo from 1968
    Barry Keen The BEGG CHEV 4.7 ..

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    Photo from the first time I went and took photos - 1965 Wills Six Hour Meeting in October.

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    First Time that car was at the track too !!.

    The Book published in 1983 about Ardmore and Pukekohe - the track was 20 years old

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    2004 Did a Track Day with the MX5 Club and had competed in Sprints in the 1970's and finally a Le Mans Relay Race in 1983.
    Last time I went to the Track was 2019..as a Spectator for the V8 Supercars - September 2019.

    All memories are welcome, of Motor Racing around Auckland,- Ardmore, Pukekohe and other Tracks or events.

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    This is from the August 1990 Auckland Car Club Bulletin

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    Fleetwood Mustang on the trailer

    Series of photos of the Fleetwood Mustang of Ivan Segedin.. from its first Race - the Gold Leaf 3 Hour Challenge Race for Modified Cars..

    On " The " Trailer - Rhys Nolan photo
    The car is standard compared with later events. Race Number 22

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    With Bonnet Scoop - Straps and the Grille in place.
    [ Photographer /Archive not known - seen recently ]
    November or December 1965 probably. Race Number 194
    The Fleetwood had #194 at the Auckland Car Club December 1965 meeting

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    April 1966 now with Stack pipes and no grille - my own photo - Race Number 82

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    Steve Twist photo with Stack Pipes and the Grille fitted - Race Number 82
    Believed to be the January 1966 Grand Prix meeting - the car had the number #82, and the crowd looks big.

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    Another Steve Twist photo - same meeting

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    Note ; some photos posted before - some time ago
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    Pukekohe - 1964 Magazine photo article Bruce McLaren wins and Bruce again

    1964 - A photo page the New Zealand International Grand Prix ..
    Bruce McLaren Cooper - Climax - the winner.
    Bruce won and Wigram and Teretonga that season, was second at Warwick Farm and Longford, Australia
    Two 3rd placings at Levin NZ and Lakeside QLD ..

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    The year before 1963 Bruce had also raced this Mini Cooper

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    Pukekohe 1964 - at the end of the back straight - no chicane

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    Have the Programme for this meeting and the cars entered in the event seem different - Rod Coppins in a Chevrolet and no Spinner Black ..Was this the first event for the Zephyr Corvette ? and Spinner was a late entry - Thanks John Hatton for the Programme.

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    Jack Nazer in the 1300 - 2000 class.

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    The 2001cc and Over Entry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    Comments on the image -

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    Have the Programme for this meeting and the cars entered in the event seem different - Rod Coppins in a Chevrolet and no Spinner Black ..Was this the first event for the Zephyr Corvette ? and Spinner was a late entry - Thanks John Hatton for the Programme
    That's not the April 4, 1964 meeting. Coppins was definitely driving the Chev Coupe at that meeting - photo in Motorman of him leading the field into The Elbow.

    I reckon it's the December 12, 1964 meeting. Nazer with number 105 and Coppins in the Zephyr were close throughout their race.

    Black was not on the entry list but could have been a late entry. Or the black Mark 1 could be Ivan Cranch's Consul-Jaguar.

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    Milan, thanks,

    I initially thought the date was wrong - The December 1964 meeting must have been on of the first events for the Zephyr Corvette in the White and Blue colour scheme - the Motordrome Team .

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    Porsche Le Mans Pukekohe 1986

    Those Le Mans Relay Races - run originally by Jaguar Drivers Club and later the Porsche Club - in 1983 at least both Clubs ran their events. Think the first Jaguar Drivers event was in 1981.

    This from later on - in 1986.

    " Porsche Le Mans Pukekohe 1986.
    Paul Walbran passing the garter to Steve Whitren for his stint in the MG Magnette for the MG Car club.
    Tony Sturm getting into his MGB in the background, able assisted by Ed Vaughn.
    Those were the days.... full grandstands too.
    Great photo by Donn White, full of the occasion. "

    Notes and photo Steve Whitren.

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    Photos from the Jaguar Drivers 1983 event in February that year appear on the Austin Healey thread..

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    Pukekohe 1963 - The Wills Six Hour Endurance Saloon Car Race October 1963

    The Typed Results from the Wills Six Hour Race in October 1963.

    The " Confirmed Results " are dated 26th October 1963.

    The event started that year with only the Six Hour Race and the same in 1964, by 1965 however it was joined by the
    " Gold Leaf 3 Hour Challenge Race " for modified production cars - and in the first event featured Sports Cars and Saloons in 1965.

    Unsure of the actual date of the Race, but the Programmes I have from 1964 to 1967 were all early in the months.

    These from the archives of Mark Joblin, which I was given some time ago but had forgotten about.

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    Shows the result for Allan Woolf and J Hayes in a Triumph Herald of 1147 cc .

    Raced on this track ... image from the Rothmans Book of Motor Racing - published in 1963.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
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    Here is the car, described as the Lotus-Ford Mini, or any variation of the three names, only ever saw it once at this quickfire Televised club circuit meeting in 1968, same meeting as the single seater photos, Ted Thomson was an Engineer of some note, and I believe was deaf [ others may be able to confirm ], grafting a Lotus Twincam onto a Mini gearbox final drive was some feat.

    The club circuit part of Pukekohe was deceptive as I found out in the 1978 NSCC Motorsport Day, a five event motoring day, in a Triumph GT6 Coupe
    [ Gymkhana, Trial part 1, Club Circuit Sprint, Trial part 2, and Hillclimb at Cosseys Farm ], got wide at the top of the loop off the track and on the grass which was cambered, kept going 'til I got back on the seal again. No pictures though sigh !!! .
    Yes you are correct as I saw Ted machining the crankshaft at the start then half way through machining and then the next time he had just got it from having oil ways drilled he built it with the clutch extention on shaft the carbs faced forward he was a very smart cookie I had quite a bit to do with him. He built a reasonably hot ford 1500cc gt motor for Mike Miers Standard 8 that I used to own.

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    Yes you are correct I was at Ted's workshop when he was starting to machine the crankshaft then half way through and next time he had just got it back from getting oil ways drilled he built a great ford 1500cc gt motor for Mike Miers Standard 8 that I owned and I help Mike to fit motor. Ted Thompson was a great engineer and motor tuner and yes he was hard of hearing but tuning was done on vibration. We had many trips to Kumeu from Hamilton.

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    Ted was the balancing wizard for a very long time. He only sold on that business in the early 90s.

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    Ted wound up becoming an expert on go-cart motors and worked on one for my grand daughter..

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    Pukekohe 1970's - Fiat 124 in the BNSW Championship event and recently

    Bruce Dyer put some photos on the Historic Vintage Racing Assn, NZ page of Glen McIntyre's Fist 124 Coupe.

    3 photos from Pukekohe in the 1970's.

    On the grid - in colour..

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    On the track in Monochrome ..

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    On the trailer - to go with post #486 ..

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    The Team Odlin Sticker - sponsors of the car.

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    The car in recent times with Andy Greenslade - it is fully restored.

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    Pukekohe 1965 - the Grand Prix meeting - some Saloons

    More John Larry Lawton photos -
    3 from the 1965 GP meeting of the main Saloon Car Race.

    Bob Jane was the Overseas Driver in his 4.2 litre Jaguar - when the motor was usually 3.8 litre, up against the Allcomer
    " Corvette " powered cars and the Lotus Cortinas.

    Bob Jane in 2nd place before he was out with mechanical issues.

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    Big Car Big Motor - Colin Lumsden in the De Soto..

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    Another photo of the De Soto, this from the Auckland Car Club meeting April 3rd 1965.


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    Robbie Francevic in the Anglia in 3rd place at the time of the photo.

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    1963 Wills Six Hour Race - October 1963 - the First Long Distance Race at Pukekohe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    The Typed Results from the Wills Six Hour Race in October 1963.

    The " Confirmed Results " are dated 26th October 1963.

    The event started that year with only the Six Hour Race and the same in 1964, by 1965 however it was joined by the
    " Gold Leaf 3 Hour Challenge Race " for modified production cars - and in the first event featured Sports Cars and Saloons in 1965.

    Unsure of the actual date of the Race, but the Programmes I have from 1964 to 1967 were all early in the months.

    These from the archives of Mark Joblin, which I was given some time ago but had forgotten about.

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    Shows the result for Allan Woolf and J Hayes in a Triumph Herald of 1147 cc .

    Raced on this track ... image from the Rothmans Book of Motor Racing - published in 1963.

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    John Windelburn with Vic [ Don ] Simpkin competed in the Simca Etoile see Entry List not an Aronde 1290 cc Saloon, and did rather well, [ Placed 3rd ] as seen in the results - Car #16.

    A photo from John's collection, which he sent me recently.

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    Still looking for the Entry List book for the 1963 Race - the First of the Wills Six Hour races held, and the 1966 Race - have the 1964 1965 and - 1967 Entry Lists
    - [ Have only the Supplementary Regulations for the 1966 Events ].

    For 1963 and 1964 there was only the Wills Six Hour Race, from 1965 onwards there was the Gold Leaf Three Hour Challenge Race added for factory modified cars - later called the Wills Three Hour Challenge which became the Benson and Hedges Events in the 1970's
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    Quote - Unsure of the actual date of the Race, but the Programmes I have from 1964 to 1967 were all early in the months.

    The date is shown at the top of page 1 of the results - 26th October 1963

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