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    Ardmore in the Pukekohe Era. The Classic Motor Races of 1989

    Ardmore Airfield was the site of the New Zealand Grand Prix from 1954 to 1962, when the event moved to Pukekohe.
    Auckland Car Club and Northern Sports Car Club used to run events at Ardmore called " Little Ardmore " in January February annually and when the Races at Ohakea Air Force Base and Airfield were cancelled because of Military requirements an additional event was run at Ardmore - the " Ardmore 50 ".

    In 1983 an event was held at Pukekohe called the Ardmore - Pukekohe Reunion meeting.
    - in January 1989 a real Reunion Meeting was again held at Ardmore.

    Photos have been posted before but in response to my photos being put on Old New Zealand Motor Racing, Mike Courtney of Austin Seven and RA Vanguard fame -
    [ he owned the RA Vanguard as bits in the 1980's as a running machine but not restored ]
    posted these images.
    The List of Entrants and Notes from the " Historic Racing and Sports Car Club, and a montage of photos that appeared in a Newspaper - not named.

    The HRSCC list
    Many great names on there, sadly some of them have gone to the Race Track in the Sky.

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    The HRSCC notes

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    The Montage of photos ;

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    The Car Sticker from the meeting archive of Ross Hollings who was racing that day in his Mini-Cooper.

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    One of my photos from the Day - the Sports Cars on the dummy grid - with the three Austin Healey entries a BN2 100 Mark Donaldson, who still has the car and two AN5 Sprites Steve Hill Red AN5, Anthony ' Tony' van de Water AH5 758, the white Sprite that he also still has.

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    Pukekohe - A Wings and Wheels meeting 1980's - Tony Growden archive photos

    Photos from a Wings and Wheels meeting at Pukekohe - remember attending one of them, main sponsor was an Auckland Radio Station.
    This set of Sports Cars from one of the events.

    The Peter Bruin restored Lotus X1, now with the Sharp / Ganley family - was Howdens car back in the 1960's with the Motordrome Team.

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    The Dave Silcock XK120

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    The Paton Ford Special, that was owned by Jim Short at one time, he had it at Ardmore in 1989 - the Reunion meeting.

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    Facing the other way.

    The Tony Herbert Ginetta, now in Europe with Richard Bauz.

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    Buckler - the MGA powered Ian Hallet car

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    Another photo of the Lotus XI

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    The other cars feature are in the background of some of the photos, the Buckler and also another Buckler the Green / Yellow car that is now in Europe.

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    Rothmans - the Hill - you better move .. just thinking !!

    A photo that had apparently been lost for a while - a Mini hitting the Bank at Rothmans, people scurrying away from the edge of the track.
    - All looks OK but look up high.
    Distinct lack of fencing along Rothmans, just the men in White Coats - did that job myself with NSCC many times.

    Photo from " Ethel de Aardvark " - correct name not known, but a friend of " JohnB " E de A - now lives in Australia.
    Date of photo not confirmed 1966 is a guess

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    Lost a front myself back in 1967 in Titirangi, came a round a corner and the nose dropped as the wheel had torn away from the stud holes.
    Early Mini wheels were known to have this issue.
    They, the " 10 x 3.5 inch " with 5.20 x 10 tyres got replaced by later Mini wheels widened by Dave Jolly to " 10 X 5 " and had 5.90 x 10 Firestones fitted, as seen here.

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    Quote: Date of photo not confirmed 1966 is a guess

    It was at the November 1965 meeting at Pukekohe.

    The Motorman report of the incident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milan Fistonic View Post
    Quote: Date of photo not confirmed 1966 is a guess

    It was at the November 1965 meeting at Pukekohe.

    The Motorman report of the incident.

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    Thanks Milan,
    can detail the photo.

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