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Thread: SCCA regional events in Texas etc. 1960s-70s through the lens of Jerry Melton

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    More regarding Greenwood Corvettes.

    " In 1977, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) opened up the rule books to allow full tube-framed cars to compete in their North American Road Racing series. That prompted some of the front runners to opt-in to this new potential, John Greenwood being one of those from Corvette’s camp.

    He joined forces with Bob Riley and the team that would later make a name for themselves as Protofab. The chassis was built by Charlie Selix and Gary Pratt (later Pratt and Miller) from large two-inch chrome-moly tubing, using extensive triangulation for strength." (Andy Bolig.)

    I always thought this was a good looking machine with heaps of grunt but with few results even though it raced until 1983.

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    Greenwood leading the Mancuso Corvette.

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    The same Corvette C3 # TF 001 now raced by Greg Pickett in 1978 - 1983

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    The second Greenwood tube frame Corvette has just had a beautiful restoration by the Bruce Canepa shop and is for sale.
    Check the workmanship in the photo gallery at this site.
    https://www.corvetteonline.com/news/...eady-for-sale/


    Here you are folks with an opportunity to have some fun even if you may have to sell the farm to get it !

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    In 1972 at Waterford Hills the Austin Mini Cooper seemed to have a slight handling advantage over the Ford Pinto !

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    (Jerry Melton photos..)


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    Some of the sedans racing in 1972.

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    A Volvo P1800

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    A TVR and an NSU competing in the rain.


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    A Yenko Stinger. (Jerry Melton photo..)

    More can be read about the Stinger at this site which also includes the Yenko Stinger Tech Manual.

    http://www.calconnect.com/cars/66yenko/66yenko.htm

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    Waterford Hills is a 1.5 mile long road-racing circuit located just north of Detroit, the circuit map below gives us the picture of a circuit many of us are unfamiliar with.
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    Some of Jerry Melton's photos showed a Peter Quenet in a Lotus 51 during 1968.
    Peter was Ford America Competition Manager who lived near this track.
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    (Jerry Melton photos)

    Peter also liked the driving skills of a young Allan Moffatt who often raced at this track in the 1960s.
    Peter in his Anglia which I'm sure had some hot Ford components.
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    Allan Moffat in his Lotus Cortina leading the Anglia of Peter Quinet in 1966.


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    This Greenwood Corvette was on display last year in the McLaren Trust at Hampton Downs

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    Allan Moffat enjoyed his Lotus Cortina drives at the Waterford Hills circuit as seen in these 1965 photos of him driving and winning there.
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    Allan considered Peter Quenet one of the main reasons for his career to be advanced from this stage, and I think Peter was able to arrange for Allan to be part of the 1965 Indy 500 winning team as a helper to Jimmy Clark and his Team Ford Lotus 38.
    Allan is 2nd from the right in this team photo.

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    Allan drove in the Formula B Class in 1966 and again in 1967.
    He did not have much success in 1966 with the Lotus 35 and this is a sad looking Allan Moffat at Waterford Hills in 1966.
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    He did much better with his Brabham BT 16 in 1967, Winning a number of races.
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    But he seemed to do much better with a roof over his head such as in a Lotus Cortina.

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    The caption with this picture. " A couple of young ‘Australian’ roosters going for it at Riverside in September 1966- Horst Kwech in the Alfa Romeo GTA and Moffat in one of his Lotus Cortinas.

    Allan also drove a Lotus Cortina in the 1967 Trans Am race at the Green Valley Circuit in Texas.
    Captured by this Jerry Melton photo.

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    I did not cover the Jerry Melton photos much earlier of this Trans Am event so as this is the time to catch up and present these photos on this thread.
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    'Young' Australians?

    Horst Kwech raced at Bathurst in 1958, obviously somewhere else earlier than that. You can't race at Bathurst without a full licence, you see.

    I think Moffat's first race in Australia was about 1962 in a Triumph TR and he brought the Lotus Cortina here in late 1964.

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    Ray,
    Allan was 26 yrs old and Horst was 28 in Sept. 1966.
    That might be young by US standards !


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    " A couple of young ‘Australian’ roosters going for it at Riverside in September 1966- Horst Kwech in the Alfa Romeo GTA and Moffat in one of his Lotus Cortinas.

    Was waiting for a mention of Horst Kwech - he stayed in the USA, having come from Australia whereas Moffat [ Canadian Ehh !! - ?] became an Australian !! Both great racers.

    Thanks Ken H,

    Would like to see some early pics of Horst racing - before he went " Stateside " - Ray do you have of know of any ??

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    Roger,
    You might get some info from this thread.
    http://www.theroaringseason.com/show...ht=horst+Kwech



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    Reading that thread, it seems that Paul Newby is the boy who'd know where the pics can be found...

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    Quote Originally Posted by khyndart in CA View Post
    Roger,
    You might get some info from this thread.
    http://www.theroaringseason.com/show...ht=horst+Kwech



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    Cheers Ken H,

    Should have had a better look on here .. !!
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    Allan Moffat driving a MK 1 Lotus Cortina at Sandown in Nov. 1964 and then driving a RHD Lotus Cortina at Waterford Hills in July 1965.
    Both Allan and Horst seemed to prefer RHD sedans wherever they raced.
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    Sandown Park. Nov. 1964

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    July 1965.

    A Jerry Melton photo of Horst Kwech leaning out the right side of his RHD Alfa Romeo with the signature Kangaroo and Australia on the door.
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    At Green River Valley. 1965


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    This one, however, which lives in Alice Springs (you don't get any more Australian than that!) is left hand drive:


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    Ray,
    That is a great looking 1965 Lotus Cortina.
    There must be a story to go with that LHD beauty.


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    There is, I'll have to dig it up...

    Bearing in mind that a very small number of LHD Lotus Cortinas were ever built.

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    One more of Horst Kwech in 1966 in an RHD Alfa GTA driving in a US Trans Am race.
    Head leaning to the right shows the Kangaroo on his helmet and the door.
    He was proud to show his ties to Australia. A cool dude.

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    Ken, I've been unable at this stage to contact the owner...

    I have ascertained a couple of things. It has a modified version of the head made for Strombergs (from Lotus Europa Twin Cams, possibly etc) done by Ken Duclos in America. He's made up a twin-Weber manifold to adapt to those heads after machining off the Stromberg cast-in manifold.

    The present owner is at least the second Australian owner, he bought it from a collector in Sydney. I saw the car both at his place in the urban part of Alice Springs and also out on this rural property, it gets around a bit.

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    There was, apparently, no specific reason for the LHD car being purchased into Australia by the collector other than that he wanted a Lotus Cortina and that was the one he found...

    And later, I guess, he fell out of love with it and the present owner bought it and took it to Alice Springs.

    I was really expecting to learn that a US Serviceman stationed at Pine Gap (just outside The Alice) had brought it with him and left it behind when he went home. I know of one 1958 Plymouth 2-door station wagon that stayed here like that, and there are others.

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