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    Doghouse Owners Club - Womans Motor Racing Associates Club

    I thought I would share a little something that I found on a local trading web sight it is a plate made for the Doghouse Owners Club this is the name given to the Womans Motor Racing Associates Club a charitable organization founded in 1962 by the wives and girlfriends of the F1 racing drivers at that time. the organization raised funds for charitable causes such as supporting burns beds in hospitals and medical research and was also a way to keep the wives occupied. this plate seems to be one of the first of 200 made to raise funds in 1962-3 and includes the facsimile signatures of many drivers of those years including Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill, Innes Ireland, and Sterling Moss and others. it seems an odd thing to turn up 60 years later in New Zealand. I purchased it for a very reasonable price and it will be added to my collection of racing memorabilia and books. it would be interesting to see how many others are still out there.Name:  IMG_20210819_151332 (2).jpg
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    What a great find, A Club known as the " Dogbox Club " I believe, fund-raised for safety equipment and other items at Pukekohe in the 1960's 70's and maybe on from then.
    It was the wives and families of Racing Drivers and racing event Officials of the day, and not just the big names.
    Maybe the same group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    What a great find, A Club known as the " Dogbox Club " I believe, fund-raised for safety equipment and other items at Pukekohe in the 1960's 70's and maybe on from then.
    It was the wives and families of Racing Drivers and racing event Officials of the day, and not just the big names.
    Maybe the same group.
    Replying to my own comment;

    The New Zealand " Dog Box Club " was indeed based on the " Doghouse Owners Club " in the UK.. A note that I recently found stated that the Dog Box Club raised funds that helped with a Fire Truck for Baypark.

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    Cheers Roger

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    Wow, what an amazing discovery! Thanks so much for posting.

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    Was it the DBC that used to put on a BBQ after race meetings to raise funds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    Was it the DBC that used to put on a BBQ after race meetings to raise funds?
    Allan, yes believe so - at the end of the race meeting - the ladies gave their drivers a feed, and a beer !!.

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    I remember it at Pukekohe but can't comment on Baypark.

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    Heres a full list of the drivers signatures on the plate clockwise from the top
    Jim Clark
    John Surtees
    Bruce Mclaren
    Stirling Moss
    Jack Fairman
    Graham Hill
    Innes Ireland
    Roy Salvadori
    Ian Burgess
    Trevor Taylor
    Jack Sears
    Jack Brabham

    one of these early plates just turned up on Ebay for 500 British pounds so there must still be a few around. price seems a bit high mine was just a fraction of that. lucky me

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod1 View Post
    Heres a full list of the drivers signatures on the plate clockwise from the top
    Jim Clark
    John Surtees
    Bruce Mclaren
    Stirling Moss
    Jack Fairman
    Graham Hill
    Innes Ireland
    Roy Salvadori
    Ian Burgess
    Trevor Taylor
    Jack Sears
    Jack Brabham

    one of these early plates just turned up on Ebay for 500 British pounds so there must still be a few around. price seems a bit high mine was just a fraction of that. lucky me
    Well done,

    A good score then !, ;
    - So was a certain book you sent me and it turns out there is a family connection in the book - an Uncle of mine is mentioned in the " Where are they Now ? " section of " Flat to the Boards ".
    Jack Boot, who passed away in 1945, was the brother-in-law of my Dad's brother Ed Dowding, both Jack and Ed were part of the group that formed the Northern Sports car Club in 1942/43. Jack owned Bugley the Bugatti T32 chassis and Riley engine that Arthur Dexter created from the ex- Roycroft [ A J Roycroft ] Bugatti, and son Ron drove Bugley for Jack in 1944/45 before he moved on to the Rubber Duck Austin 7 around 1948/49. Good memories.

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    Glad to hear you are enjoying the book the family connection is great. the book should be on every ones shelf I see prices on trade me are up around $75 the book could do with a reprint I'm sure there would be a demand for it.

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    Hi, It looks like we have the same plate, I've had mine for around ten years. Cheers, Richard.

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