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    Laguna Seca Revisited.

    During this Carona shutdown I have had a chance to check some old photo cards, thumb drives etc. and found some that did not get entered the first time around.
    Forgive me if I do repeat but some scenes of Laguna are better than no racing events at all.
    The first one reminded me of the day in September 1972 that I had gone to Trojan Works in Croydon, London, to be interviewed for a job as a "gofer"and as we ate lunch a truck pulled out with a brand new blue McLaren M8F on the back on it's way to be sent to the States. It turned out to be the last McLaren vehicle to be built by Trojan.
    At Laguna Seca in August 2016 I once again saw this car for the first time. It was in a different shade of blue but it was chassis numbered 9-72 which stood for that September 1972 production.
    It is still a magnificent machine as are all Can-Am cars from that era.
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    Nothing quite compares to the thunder of early Can-Am cars on the front straight at Laguna Seca.

    This trio led by NZer Roger Williams in his 1971 McLaren M8 E/F
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    Ken H photos..

    (Oh for a lens like Nigel, Ray and Milan etc..)
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    The quickest Can-Am cars at Laguna Seca, August 1916 were the Shadow UOP machines.
    Shadow Team founder, Don Nichols, attended at the grand age of 91. Sadly he passed away exactly one year later.
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    Don Nichols can be seen at the rear of this 1971 Shadow Mk. 2, wearing a black cap.

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    Another view of the car.

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    Craig Bennett leading his team mate, Dave Handy, in their 1974 Shadow DN 4 cars.

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    Craig Bennett roaring along the front straight.
    (Ken H photos.)

    Some movie action of these Shadows in action around Laguna Seca. 2018 (Turn up the sound !)

    ( Note the speed in MPH. is flashed above the walk bridge at the finish line.)
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    Historic Trans-Am also created a magnificent sound in 2016.
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    Ken Epsman leads the group out in his 1971 AMC Javelin # 2

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    Walt Brown in his 1971 Camaro leads another group that includes Chad Raynal in his 1969 Z28 Camaro # 64

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    Nick DeVitis in his 1968 Mustang # 28

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    Steve Link in his 1969 Camaro # 72

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    The late popular Vic Edelbrock in his 1969 ford Mustang # 16


    (Ken H photos.)
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    More from the front straight. 2016.
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    Mike Joy in his 1966 Mustang # 89.

    Then the Tran-Am cars were underway.
    Ken Epsman leading the 1970 Boss 302 # 61 of Jim Halsey.
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    Chad Raynal in # 64 ahead of the 1970 Dodge Challenger # 77 of Richard Goldsmith and the 1964 Pontiac Tempest/GTO# 49 driven by John Hildebrand.
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    (Ken H photos )
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    In the Class 3 A Class for GT cars 1955-1962 this car was not in the programme.

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    (Ken H photos..)

    This 1962 Ferrari GTO # 112 has ties back to a driver that some of us remember in the beginnings of F5000 in NZ, Ulf Norinder.

    Do check this site.
    https://www.carsinvasion.com/ferrari/1962-250-gto-blue/




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    More of Class 3A vehicles.
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    A 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ Coupe # 7


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    1961 Ferrari 250 GT. # 173

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    I enjoy this class. Here is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB # 74 being chased down by 2 Porsche and a
    1958 Turner 950S # 718
    ( Ken H photos..)
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    One of my favorite small sports cars was the Chevron.
    Here is a 1969 Chevron B 16 # 23 followed by a 1970 Chevron B 16 # 114

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    (J. Adams 2016 photos.)

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    The 1954 Porsche 356 # 23 driven by Australian, Ron Goodman, certainly was entertaining as it came though the field from 36th (last ) place to finish in 9th place.
    Here is Ron moving up to pass the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette # 91.
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    Another view of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB # 173 entering the pit area.
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    A Group 4 A 1980 Ferrari 512BLM # 7
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    (Ken H 2016 photos )

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    It always helps me when there is a description of the actual vehicle.
    Such as these two vehicles beautifully restored by Bruce Canepa.
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    (J. Adams 2016 photo.)


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    Do check the Bruce Canepa site as it has so much to view and if you are in the area try to arrange a visit. It is on my to do list.

    https://canepa.com/canepa-difference/canepa-museum/




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    A bit of Australia content at Laguna Seca in 2016.
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    Roger Andriesse taking his 1965 Lotus Cortina to the starting grid.

    This badge on the front of the 1971 McLaren M8E of Australian Duncan MacKellar brought back memories for me.
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    When I went to Europe in 1972 the Ferrari 312 PB cars were very dominant in the World Sportscar Championship.
    Here is some information from Laguna Seca. 2016.
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    Here is the actual car # 15 driven by Ernie Pribe. 1971 Ferrari 312 PB.
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    There was also a 1972 Ferrari 312 PB # 87 driven by veteran driver, Bob Earl.
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    (Ken H and J. Adams photos..)

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    ( Fine photo of both on the track from Tam's Old Race Car site.)


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    This 1971 Ferrari 512M would have been a nice investment back at this auction in 1973 !
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    ( Ken H 2016 photo.)

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    This 1971 Ferrari 512M would have been a nice investment back at this auction in 1973 !
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    ( Ken H 2016 photo.)
    There is a great story about it on Dont Wash Mine, by Kirk F White.

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    April 1972. I was getting ready for my big OE in June that year.
    You may have to magnify them but I found these Kirk F. White Auction prices pretty interesting.
    I think the 1969 McLaren coupe is one of the three that Trojan built.
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    It would have been nice to have tucked that 1965 Ferrari 250 LM away and sold it at one of last year's
    Monterey Car Week auctions. (Not sure of what is happening there this year yet.)

    https://www.hagertyagent.com/apps/va...Ferrari-250_LM

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    Something for everyone who can afford it.

    https://whatsupmonterey.com/article/...-week-overview


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    In these uncertain times we must remain optimistic !

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    Austin " American " Bantam

    Austin " Bantam " - 1938 2 Door, tudor !.
    Would be the Americanised Austin 7, actually made in the USA, by the Bantam Company - looked a bit different to the English 7's which by 1938 would have been a Ruby.

    Short video of an Austin American Bantam club gathering.
    " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bkdwxnVjhU "

    a 1938 2 Door Roadster [ small photo ]. Whitewalls and Wheelspats - very American.

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    an earlier Bantam, more like the English cars.

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    English Austin 7, around 1930 model

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    English Austin Ruby 7, 1934 model as the title says " like Dad's "
    - my father was an Austin Man, Austin Seven's 1930's - 1950's , Austin 1800 1968 - 1978 Austin Allegro " Aggro " 1978 late 1980's in between the Fords, Prefect late mids 50's to 1967, Zephyr 6 1963 -68 and a Festiva 1990 - 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    Austin " Bantam " - 1938 2 Door, tudor !.
    Would be the Americanised Austin 7, actually made in the USA, by the Bantam Company - looked a bit different to the English 7's which by 1938 would have been a Ruby.

    Short video of an Austin American Bantam club gathering.
    " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bkdwxnVjhU "

    a 1938 2 Door Roadster [ small photo ]. Whitewalls and Wheelspats - very American.

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    an earlier Bantam, more like the English cars.

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    English Austin 7, around 1930 model

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    English Austin Ruby 7, 1934 model as the title says " like Dad's "
    - my father was an Austin Man, Austin Seven's 1930's - 1950's , Austin 1800 1968 - 1978 Austin Allegro " Aggro " 1978 late 1980's in between the Fords, Prefect late mids 50's to 1967, Zephyr 6 1963 -68 and a Festiva 1990 - 1999.

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    Used to be a bantam in TeAroha back in the 50s/60 neat little car. Bantam also won the contract to build the WW2 jeep to their design but could not produce enough so lost the contract

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    The 1969 McLaren GT did not sell at the April 1972 auction for $ 9500.00 so at the next auction which was held on my 24th birthday, November 25th 1972 the asking price had been lowered to $ 8000.00 (US). I wonder what happened to that car ?
    Is this the car. ? Well worth the $ 8000.00 ! (WOW )

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    Some good McLaren M6GT. information at this site.
    https://www.supercars.net/blog/1969-mclaren-m6-gt/



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    McLaren and Laguna Seca revisited

    Mclaren - There was a Roadcar at Laguna Seca in 1982 - so touching both bases .. off to the right of Allard .. and of course Ken H - that Hill !!

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    You could say I am a " Patched Member " at Laguna Seca from that time !

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