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    This is a 2 door Toyota in a rather strange 1970 race - the "Lucky Strike Trial". As far as I can remember it consisted of dirt road stages followed by a few laps of Kyalami. There were some quite interesting vehicles in the "race". (It might have been a time trial). Pat Hinde was a major Toyota dealer on the East Rand in the 1970's.Name:  img05042019_087 (Small).jpg
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    In respect of the Fiat/Lada debate, this is a Fiat 124 in a saloon car race at Kyalami. Possibly 1971.Name:  img05062019_136 (Small).jpg
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    The "Boer Ferrari".
    Australian Holdens were on sale in SA in the 1970's. There was the 4 door "Premier" - available with a V8 of 5.0 litres and 2 speed automatic - or the 2 door "Monaro", presumably built on the same platform. The V8 Monaro's were very popular as racing saloons, even if the handling was a bit tractor like. They also sounded excellent. Transvaal Motors was a long time entrant of this Monaro. Note the vinyl roof - very period. 5 litre V8, 240bhp and 0-100kph in 7.7 seconds. Decent figures for 1970 for the standard machine. This one was a little quicker! (A "boer" is Afrikaans for farmer).Name:  img05032019_018 (Small).JPG
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    Thanks Charles, this is fascinating. Big Aussie sedans were assembled in South Africa for a few years during the late 1960s and early '70s. And they included some of the top performance machines, but they carried different names. The XY Falcon GT was one of them, but it was branded as a Fairmont GT, and the Holden Monaro, as below, was called a Chevrolet SS. I believe the Monaro had 4 headlights? There were a few changes on the Falcon too.

    In the last decade or so as values of Falcon GTs and Monaros have gone nuts people have been finding examples in SA and importing them to Aus and NZ.

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    The "Boer Ferrari".
    Australian Holdens were on sale in SA in the 1970's. There was the 4 door "Premier" - available with a V8 of 5.0 litres and 2 speed automatic - or the 2 door "Monaro", presumably built on the same platform. The V8 Monaro's were very popular as racing saloons, even if the handling was a bit tractor like. They also sounded excellent. Transvaal Motors was a long time entrant of this Monaro. Note the vinyl roof - very period. 5 litre V8, 240bhp and 0-100kph in 7.7 seconds. Decent figures for 1970 for the standard machine. This one was a little quicker! (A "boer" is Afrikaans for farmer).Name:  img05032019_018 (Small).JPG
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    Hi Steve - these were quite popular at the time as a relatively inexpensive way of competing with the exotics - hence the nickname. I remember the "Fairmont GT" being demo'd at a Kyalami race meeting, while the Monaro GTS was rebadged in 72 or 73 as a Chevrolet SS - fitted with a more powerful US sourced GM V8. GM played quite a few name games with their Holden, Chevrolet, Opel and Vauxhall brands. In 1972 I bought the car pictured here new from a GM dealer as a "Chevrolet Firenza GT". In reality it was a Vauxhall Viva 4 door fitted with a 2.5 litre cast iron, 4 cylinder engine from GM USA ("Iron Duke") that was effectively one bank of cylinders from a GM 5 litre V8. It had enormous pistons and loads of torque, but hydraulic tappets limited the engine revs. I only ever really needed 3rd and 4th on the open road although top speed was only 95mph before the lifters pumped up. Incidentally the Vauxhall Firenza was actually a two door coupe. Funnily enough the 2 door bodyshell surfaced later in the 1970's in the Chev Firenza Can-Am, fitted with a Z28 V8 motor. At the time Ford supporters had the Ford Capri Perana as their fast car, but the Can Am offered better performance in a better handling car. This was mainly due to a trailing arm, coil spring rear suspension rather than the Perana's cart-spring rear axle.Name:  img05042019_051 (Small).JPG
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    Here's another Monaro with what appears to be two headlights. Clearly not a race modified version judging from the body roll and squat!Name:  img05042019_062 (Medium).JPG
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    The Mazda Rotary M10A of Jody "sideways" Scheckter and Spencer Schultze at the 1970 nine hour. Although 1st in class and 11th overall, the car finished 85 laps down on the winning Ferrari. This means it was being lapped roughly every 9 laps with a huge speed differential. Scheckter was only 20 at this event and had already gained a formidable reputation driving a standard Renault R8 that had been fitted with a Gordini motor and had then been supercharged. The choice of the Renault was largely because his father owned a Renault dealership in East London, South Africa. About 18 months after this photo was taken, he was driving an F1 McLaren at Watkins Glen.Name:  img10312019_214 (Small).JPG
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    Bob Vincent's GT40 turning into the paddock at the 1968 Oulton Park 1 hour sports car race.Name:  Bob Vincents GT40 (Small).JPG
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    Brian Redman driving a Chevron B18 in a South African F1 championship race at Kyalami in 1970 or 71. This particular car was auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival in 2014 with a full description including the following comments: "..The B18 had first appeared in the summer of 1970, and the following winter the car offered here was driven by Brian Redman in two rounds of the South African Formula 1 Championship, presumably as a development exercise. Chevron's works driver and winner of the inaugural European Sportscar Championship in 1970, Redman had retired to South Africa at the season's end. It would turn out to be a short sabbatical, lasting only four months.Entered by Richter Motors Racing, fitted with a Cosworth FVA engine and driven by Redman, '71/4' finished 2nd in the opening round of the South African Formula 1 Championship at Killarney on 9th January. Redman drove the car again in the second round at Kyalami on 30th January, posting a 'DNF' (engine)."Name:  img05042019_089 (Medium).JPG
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    Another wonderfully interesting photo Charles. Its rare to find images of Scheckter racing this car. I love the look of the little R-100 in Group 2 spec, with the big flares. I bet it was loud!

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    The Mazda Rotary M10A of Jody "sideways" Scheckter and Spencer Schultze at the 1970 nine hour. Although 1st in class and 11th overall, the car finished 85 laps down on the winning Ferrari. This means it was being lapped roughly every 9 laps with a huge speed differential. Scheckter was only 20 at this event and had already gained a formidable reputation driving a standard Renault R8 that had been fitted with a Gordini motor and had then been supercharged. The choice of the Renault was largely because his father owned a Renault dealership in East London, South Africa. About 18 months after this photo was taken, he was driving an F1 McLaren at Watkins Glen.Name:  img10312019_214 (Small).JPG
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    Here's an unusual little car - the Mini Marcos, a fibreglass/GRP Monocoque body which utilised the subframes and motor/gearbox unit from a normal Mini. This is an original car built by the Marcos company. It's rounding Old Hall corner at Oulton Park in the late 1960's. Unfortunately I have no further information on what is now quite a rare car. Name:  img05032019_042 (Small).JPG
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    This is a bit of a mystery car to me. It's not a Lotus 7 as the rear suspension appears to be quite sophisticated, while the front mudguards seem to have been designed to work as air-brakes. If anyone know anything further please post comments below.Name:  img05032019_037_02 (Small).JPG
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    A Gold Leaf Lotus team mechanic working on a 1968 Lotus 49, fitted with the high rear wing. Photographed in the paddock at the 1968 Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting. Imagine trying to get a shot like this today! This was the first F1 car to use the legendary Cosworth DFV engine as a stressed member of the chassis and also the first to be fitted with an aerodynamic wing. Wikipedia says "Lotus was the first team to use aerofoil wings, which were introduced at the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix. Originally these wings were bolted directly to the suspension and were supported by slender struts. The wings were mounted several feet above the chassis of the car for effective use in clean air, however after several breakages which led to dangerous accidents, the high wings were banned and Lotus was forced to mount the wings directly to the bodywork." It is interesting to note that while the oil tank of the car in the foreground is painted black, its sister car in front (which I think is Graham Hill's 1968 F1 championship winning car), has a polished alloy tank.Name:  img05042019_063 (Medium).JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaswin View Post
    This is a bit of a mystery car to me. It's not a Lotus 7 as the rear suspension appears to be quite sophisticated, while the front mudguards seem to have been designed to work as air-brakes. If anyone know anything further please post comments below.Name:  img05032019_037_02 (Small).JPG
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    Charles,
    I believe it is one of the many versions of a Mallock U2, about a Mk 7 or 8 ?
    Note the quote from this site about Arthur Mallock and his cars.
    " One of the wonderful features of Arthur's designs was that it was nearly always possible to upgrade from one MK to the next through relatively simple changes to item such as body panels and suspension pick up point or parts. This enables customers to enjoy many seasons of competitive racing by developing their original cars. A great example of this is the Norrie Galbraith MK8, originally built in 1969m which by 1977 was up to MK16 specification and fast enough to win the Scottish Hillclimb Championship that year. "

    https://www.arthurmallock.com/arthurs-cars

    Forgive me if I have it wrong.
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    Hi Khyndart - I think you may well right. My guess would be a Mk 8, the timing is about right and the car was designed for Clubman's events, which seems to be the case here. The Mk7 seems to have been a one-off for FF racing. I've blown up the photo for a bit more detail, although it is not sharp enough for really detailed observations. But the hole in the bonnet for the engine, the left side exhaust and rear suspension setup seem to be the same. The mudguards front and rear could be unique to this car. Name:  img05032019_037_02 edit (Small).JPG
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    Hans Wängstre's Ferrari Dino 206S in the Oulton Park paddock in 1968, complete with its Swiss transporter.Name:  Hans Wängstre's Ferrari Dino 206S (Small).jpg
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    A heavily modified Gold Leaf Lotus Europa heading down the Avenue, away from Old Hall corner at Oulton Park - late 1960's.Name:  img020 (Small).jpg
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    Hart Ski racing team Porsche 906/10.
    Only raced for one season. The US sponsor actually made ski equipment. Name:  img233 (Medium).JPG
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    The John Willment entered Escort Mk1 of Mike Crabtree that appears in my post #44 in action exiting Knicker Brook corner at Oulton Park.Name:  img466_01 (Medium).JPG
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