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    looks like the photo was taken when it was raining. could explain the blurred look.

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    This is Frank Gardner. He finished 3rd to a trio of Falcon Sprints, and yes, it was wet. Round 9 of the 1968 BSCC.

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    One of the famous Alan Mann Ford Escort MKI's. No idea who and not as sharp as I would like. I think I was experimenting with creating a "fast" image by using a slower shutter speed than normal in order to create the blurry background. Similar to the one featured in Steve Holmes' latest book. Attachment 70310

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    This was apparently one of the seven Rootes works rally cars. When its rallying duties ended it became a Modsports circuit racer, as pictured, driven by Malcolm Sears. Sadly it was later crashed and wrecked.

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    A rather nice highly modified Sunbeam Tiger in the paddock at Oulton Park. Basically a Sunbeam Alpine fitted with a Ford V8. Initially the engine size was 260 cubic inch (4.3 litre), but later models had an engine of 289 cubic inches (4.7 litre). The engine was a tight fit and Sunbeam had to provide inspection holes in the footwells to allow access to the rearmost spark plugs. Only 7,083 cars were built and today they are much sought after. (And am I the only who thinks that "Sunbeam" sounds as though it should be a modern Chinese brand?)Attachment 70289

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    The Escort class was highly competitive in 1968. Graham Hill had qualified P1 for the BSCC race in a supercharged Escort, but failed to finish the race due to "accident damage". This is another of the main contenders, the John Willment entered Escort Mk1 of Mike Crabtree, which finished eighth overall.Name:  img05042019_052 (Small).jpg
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    The other big team in BSCC Escort racing was Broadspeed. This is the Escort 1300GT of John Fitzpatrick which retired with throttle slide issues.Name:  img05042019_081 (Small).JPG
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    From the 1971 South African F1 GP at Kyalami in glorious black and white - Chris Amon in his Matra. He finished fifth.Name:  img05062019_107 (Small).JPG
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    This is an amazing photo capturing the debut of the Willment Racing Escort. Mike Crabtree also raced this car in 1969 before it was purchased by New Zealander Jim Carney for the young Jim Richards to drive. The car is still in NZ, and has been owned for many years by Rayden Smith.

    Thanks for posting Charles. This is a really special photo.

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    The Escort class was highly competitive in 1968. Graham Hill had qualified P1 for the BSCC race in a supercharged Escort, but failed to finish the race due to "accident damage". This is another of the main contenders, the John Willment entered Escort Mk1 of Mike Crabtree, which finished eighth overall.Name:  img05042019_052 (Small).jpg
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    A couple of Formula Fords (or F3's) waiting in the Oulton Park paddock in 1968, in front of a rather battered Triumph TR2. Visible in the background is the rather exotic rear of a Marcos, as well as a couple of MGB's.Name:  img05042019_072 (Small).JPG
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    This photo is from a historic car race at Kyalami in 1971. I have no idea who the driver is nor do I know the car. It has been suggested that this is a Bentley from the early 1930's, either a 3.5 or 4.5 litre with a 6 cylinder engine based on a Rolls Royce unit. Can anyone offer an expert opinion on the car? Name:  img05062019_106_01 (Small).JPG
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    1971 SA F1 GP - Graham Hill in his Brabham Ford. He finished ninth. Name:  img05062019_115 (Small).jpg
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    The 2 single seaters post 48 aren't Formula Fords, the clue initially is the tyres. Maybe F3 which mandated single carb? I'm sure about the non F F, but the other comment is pure guess!

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    Thanks for that. I was making a guess based my photo of the mechanic working on a Gold Leaf single seater, which has a similar carb setup but has an OHV system. I can't remember what F3 cars of the late 1960's used as an engine.

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    A one-litre Formula Three category for four-cylinder carburetted cars, with heavily tuned production engines, was reintroduced in 1964 based on the Formula Junior rules and ran to 1970. These engines (a short-stroke unit based on the Ford Anglia[1] with a special 2-valve Cosworth or Holbay OHV down-draught head, initially pioneered by Brian Hart, being by far the most efficient and popular) tended to rev very highly and were popularly known as "screamers"; F3 races tended to involve large packs of slipstreaming cars. The "screamer" years were dominated by Brabham, Lotus and Tecno, with March beginning in 1970. Early one-litre F3 chassis tended to descend from Formula Junior designs but quickly evolved.
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    From that I would guess my previous photo was also a F3 car.

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    A general view of the crowd at the 1970 Kyalami 9 hour race. Temporary structures like these were often erected a couple of days in advance of the race and spectators effectively "camped out" (on beer and braaivleis) for 2 or 3 days. Some interesting cars as well. (Braaivleis = barbeque).Name:  img10312019_219_01 (Small).JPG
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    Left to right: Mercedes, VW, Datsun, Fiat 1500, Alfa Romeo, Escort, Lada

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    Allan,
    You missed the Mini with the door open in front of the white Alfa Romeo, but I forgive you.
    Are you absolutely sure about the Escort and the Lada ?
    Is that an American vehicle on the right side ?

    ( Ken H.. who is really enjoying this thread, thanks Charles.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by khyndart in CA View Post
    Allan,
    You missed the Mini with the door open in front of the white Alfa Romeo, but I forgive you.
    Are you absolutely sure about the Escort and the Lada ?
    Is that an American vehicle on the right side ?

    ( Ken H.. who is really enjoying this thread, thanks Charles.)
    Big American -mid 1960's GM Product Chevrolet or Pontiac .. I think

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    I've had another good look and maybe not an Escort. Also the Lada could be a Fiat 124 Special. Sorry I missed the Mini and yes the car on the extreme right looks American. Is that a Mini Countryman behind the Lada/Fiat and a VW behind the questionable Escort?
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    Its probably a Fiat, which are sold in SA, whereas Lada's are not. Back in the 1960's some US models were sold here, but today the supply is limited, although the latest Mustang is available. I did get to drive a base model 1969 Camaro on one notable occasion. 5litre V8 and 2 speed automatic. Owner was terrified in the passenger seat as it was left hand drive and South Africa drives on the left. So he had the traffic coming straight at him! The questionable Escort might be an early Toyota Corolla. Regards to Ken H - pleased to hear you are enjoying the posts.
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