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    Ohakea

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    1956 top pic..1955 bottom Name:  Ohakea Trophy 56.jpg
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    John McMillan's racing car, a Jackson Special 4024cc.
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    Loved the movie, Bry. From the 1952 race, I think. Frank Shuter in George Smith's Allard, Smith himself in the GeeCeeEss and I think Ron Roycroft in the XK120

    And of course McMillan and the Jackson Special were winners of the first Ohakea race, the 1950 NZ Grand Prix

    I said on another thread that I'd ID the cars in the grid shots. I've made a note to do it within the next two or three hours

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    thanks David.... I found these links
    1955 Grid Row 1:
    Roycroft, McMillan, Smith, F Shuter, McDonagh, V Shuter, Simpson, Stafford, Frost, Jensen, Stanton, Harrison, Lee, Freeman and Petersen.

    Row 2:
    Caldwell, Palmer, McCutcheon, Seabrook, Cowie, L McLaren, Powell, McInally, Drew, McDougall, Orr, Aitken, Harris, G Brown and Edwards.

    Row 3:
    Bern, Clements, Weaver, Buchanan, L Brown, Culver, Buckthought, Jonathon, Long, Bransgrove, Tilsley, Gilroy, Wells and B McLaren.



    Result

    Driver Nat Car / Engine Laps Time
    1 George Smith NZ GeeCeeEss / Chrysler 5600cc V8 15 23m 26.8s
    2 Frank Shuter NZ Cadillac Special / Cadillac 5200cc V8 15
    3 Syd Jensen NZ Cooper Mk VII / Norton 498cc 1cyl 15
    4 Ron Frost NZ Cooper Mk VIII / Norton 498cc 1cyl 15
    5 George Palmer NZ Jackson-Mercury / Mercury 4118cc V8 15
    Other starters, not listed in finishing order.

    Ret Ron Roycroft NZ Alfa Romeo Tipo B / Alfa 2905cc 8cyl s/c Axle
    John McMillan NZ Alfa Romeo Tipo B / Alfa 2905cc 8cyl s/c
    Arnold Stafford NZ Cooper Mk VIII / Norton 498cc 1cyl
    Bill Lee NZ Cooper Mk VI / Norton 498cc 1cyl
    Allan Freeman NZ Cooper Mk IV / JAP 497cc 1cyl
    Snow Petersen NZ Cooper Mk IV / Norton 498cc 1cyl
    Ret Peter Harrison NZ Cooper Mk II / Matchless 498cc 1cyl Fire
    Dave Caldwell NZ JBS 52 / Norton 498cc 1cyl
    Gordon Brown NZ Buckler Mk VI / Ford 1172cc 4cyl s/c
    Graham Wells NZ Riley 9 Brooklands / Riley 1098cc 4cyl
    L Brown NZ Brown Special / Ford 1172cc 4cyl
    Paul Simpson NZ Lestone Special / JAP 497cc 1cyl
    Bill Culver NZ DeSoto Special / DeSoto 3368cc 6cyl
    Morrie Stanton NZ Stanton Special / DeHavilland 6124cc 4cyl
    Reg McCutcheon NZ Normac Special / Chevrolet 3870cc 6cyl
    Des McDonagh NZ Thomas-Mercury / Mercury 4100cc V8
    Herb Gilroy NZ A40 Special / Austin 1200cc 4cyl
    Don Tilsley NZ Singford / Ford 1496cc 4cyl
    Jack Weaver NZ Austin 7 Special / Austin 747cc 4cyl
    Jock Aitken NZ Dodge Special / Dodge 3600cc 6cyl
    Russell Buckthought NZ Ford 10 Special / Ford 1172cc 4cyl
    Ian Buchanan NZ GBS / Ford 1172cc 4cyl
    Dave Long NZ Watson-BSA / BSA 1095cc V2
    Jack Edwards NZ Ford 10 Special / Ford 1172cc 4cyl
    Laurie Powell NZ Ford V8 / Ford 3622cc V8
    Barrie Jonathan NZ Ford 10 Special / Ford 1172cc 4cyl
    Bruce McLaren NZ Austin 7 Ulster / Austin 747cc 4cyl
    Dave Bransgrove NZ Wolseley Hornet Special / Wolseley 2215cc 6cyl
    John McDougall NZ Triumph TR2 / Triumph 1991cc 4cyl
    M Orr NZ Triumph TR2 / Triumph 1991cc 4cyl
    Wally Bern NZ Triumph TR2 / Triumph 1991cc 4cyl
    L Clements NZ Singer SM / Singer 1500cc 4cyl
    Peter McInally NZ Austin-Healey 100 / Austin 2660cc 4cyl
    Graham Cowie NZ Austin-Healey 100 / Austin 2660cc 4cyl
    John Seabrook NZ Austin-Healey 100M / Austin 2660cc 4cyl
    Les McLaren NZ Austin-Healey 100 / Austin 2660cc 4cyl
    Brian Harris NZ Allard PB / Ford 2262cc 6cyl
    Vic Shuter NZ Allard J2 / Ford 3662cc V8
    Ray Drew NZ MG TF / MG 1250cc 4cyl
    DNS Phil Neill NZ Austin-Healey 100 / Austin 2660cc 4cyl
    DNS Tom Newton NZ Allard PB / Ford 2262cc 6cyl
    DNS Ivan Cranch NZ Riley / Riley 1860cc 6cyl
    DNS Bruce Webster NZ Alfa Romeo 8C / Alfa 2300cc 8cyl s/c
    DNS G Vaughan NZ RV8 / Ford 3622cc V8
    DNS Ted Thompson NZ Bugatti-Ford / Ford 4071cc V8
    DNS Fordy Farland NZ Singer-Buick / Buick 4074cc 8cyl
    DNS Fred Parker NZ Sunbeam Talbot / Sunbeam 2267cc 6cyl
    DNS Anne Fox NZ MG TF / MG 1250cc 4cyl
    DNS Olly Cottrell NZ Cotti Special / Ariel 1000cc 4cyl
    DNS Peter Wormersley NZ A40 Special / Ford 2262cc 6cyl
    DNS Don Rumbles NZ Austin 7 / Austin 747cc 4cyl s/c
    Fastest Lap: George Smith

    1956 Grid
    Row 1:
    Frost, Sulman, Stafford, Hugill, Palmer, Syd Jensen, Roycroft, Petersen, Drew, Webster, Clark, Caldwell, Gilbert and McMillan.

    Row 2:
    Lawrence, Culver, McCutcheon, McDonagh, McLaren, Buckthought, Freeman, Wells and Moorhead.

    Row 3:
    Hobbs, A Thompson, Cowie, Ross Jensen, McDougall, Bailey, Fearon, Dawson and McWhirter.

    Row 4:
    B Harris, Wigmore, C Harris, Kerr, Cottrell and E Thompson.

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    Mori Proctor of Wellington with his Brooklands Riley car 1089cc. .
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    Your first pic is from 1956, and you have it correctly identified (though I haven't checked it car by car)

    The second pic is 1955, picking up from V Shuter on the front row, McDougall in Row 2 and Gilroy in Row 3

    You last picture has the car right, but that's not Morrie Proctor with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by David McKinney View Post
    Your first pic is from 1956, and you have it correctly identified (though I haven't checked it car by car)

    The second pic is 1955, picking up from V Shuter on the front row, McDougall in Row 2 and Gilroy in Row 3

    You last picture has the car right, but that's not Morrie Proctor with it
    1855 pic - #9 Paul Simpson Lestone - jap Special, #14 Arnold Stafford Cooper Mk Vlll,

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    Wow, great footage Bry! Where do you find this stuff? Love the Allard.

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    Ohakea - other stuff and some early programmes - thanks to Bruce Dyer " Spgeti "

    Bry3500,

    Haven't really seen this thread before, but interested in Ohakea - attended the Reunion Meeting in 1983, and have some old programmes - courtesy of Spgeti...
    In the the listing posted above is Don Tilsley - who with Herb Gilroy - had a Team called " Ecurie Drambuie " - Don in the Singford, one of several and Herb Gilroy in an Austin A40 Special - he had a few other cars.
    Not Ohakea but a photo of the Singford Mk 3 and Gilroy A40 Spl at Muriwai in 1955 - from Don's archives.

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    Ohakea programmes ; 1951 and 1954 ..

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    Cheers Roger. Growing up in Wanganui and Dad taking me to Ohakea for the first time when I was 4, plus summer holidays at Tahunanui made sure I was hooked for life. Love your input here

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    Ohakea 1953 and other events ..

    Quote Originally Posted by bry3500 View Post
    Cheers Roger. Growing up in Wanganui and Dad taking me to Ohakea for the first time when I was 4, plus summer holidays at Tahunanui made sure I was hooked for life. Love your input here
    Ohakea and the " Singford "
    Don Tilsley in his Singford - the Mark II version at Ohakea- same photos appears in the Graham Vercoe book Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand noted as 1952.
    Don states it was 14th March 1953 and had a short story with the photo, " Don broke the steering arm on lap 24 of the 25 lap trophy race and was a DNF but he did get 10 pounds for completing 23 laps-was running second at the time "

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    Tahunanui -the Beach races - There is a great photo collection on the events that appear in the " Nelson Photo News " - from late 1950' into the 1960's - well worth a look online.

    I actually downloaded a lot of the pages - have never attended Beach racing, but my Uncle and Dad did back in the late 1940's Orewa and Muriwai, into the early - mid 1950's.

    Here is a page from the " Nelson Photo News "

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    Ohakea, The Specials..and the programmes ..

    Been going over the Ohakea events as Don Tilsley ran his Singford Special for several years 1953 1954 and 1955, In 1954 the Edwards Special also ran / was entered,I should say, in the Sports car Handicap Race 2 and the main event the trophy race Race 10.

    There is quite a bit on the Ohakea events - entry lists from " sergent " and programme extracts on the thread entitled
    " 1953 Edwards Special " as K W Martin was trying to find out more on the car.

    Go to this thread #2618..

    " http://www.theroaringseason.com/show...dwards-Special "

    Don Tilsley has sent me information on the Singford including many events he entered it, mainly around Auckland with Northern Sports Car Club and also Auckland Car Club, but his trips to Ohakea must have been great even though he had a couple of DNF's.

    Have the programmes for Ohakea for 1951 and 1954, plus copies of covers of other years.
    First event was in 1949 and they went into the 1960's and then there were reunion meetings starting in 1982.

    The 1954 Programme - thanks to " Spgeti ".

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    A reunion programme that has the 1949 - 50 Programme Cover incorporated. Actual event March 1950.

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    The 1951 Programme also from " Spgeti ".

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    Ohakea 1953.

    Don Tilsley - has Ohakea programmes for 1952, 1954 and 1955, where he competed, he was also there in 1953 but does not have the programme.
    Does anyone on TRS have the 1953 Ohakea Trophy race programme ?.

    Would like to get scans or a copy for Don, as well as scans for my own archives.

    " I know " jellywrestler " does. "

    PM me or if scan Post on TRS.

    Reminds me - Must have a check of other threads especially the Motoring Memorabilia ones

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    Sorry Don, thought I had it but only the 1954 issue.

    I remember the very long, rubber burning sweeper back section and Ron Roycroft coming past in the Bug with rubber dust streaming off the rear wheels. The car tended to skip from one large concrete section to the next. With the markers far between, the back section required a certain amount of navigation and cars tended to come at you from unexpected directions. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    Don Tilsley - has Ohakea programmes for 1952, 1954 and 1955, where he competed, he was also there in 1953 but does not have the programme.
    Does anyone on TRS have the 1953 Ohakea Trophy race programme ?.

    Would like to get scans or a copy for Don, as well as scans for my own archives.

    " I know " jellywrestler " does. "

    PM me or if scan Post on TRS.

    Reminds me - Must have a check of other threads especially the Motoring Memorabilia ones
    i have copied it just needing an email address to sort getting it too you please

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    i have copied it just needing an email address to sort getting it too you please
    " Jellywrestler " Graeme, have sent an Email to your " nzmc....... " Email address as well.
    Here is my Email [Gmail ] " racerrog47@gmail.com "..

    Thanks for that

    Roger

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    I have found programs for the Ardmore Grand Prix of 1957 1960 1961 and 1962. Not perfect copies, a little tatty in fact the cover is loose on the 1960 but all are complete. I anyone wants them (no charge) PM me. First up best dressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    I have found programs for the Ardmore Grand Prix of 1957 1960 1961 and 1962. Not perfect copies, a little tatty in fact the cover is loose on the 1960 but all are complete. I anyone wants them (no charge) PM me. First up best dressed.
    Allan, sent you a PM.
    Also saw your comment about Mt Wellington - will pass on Don Tilsley's notes about the Track. I knew very little about it.
    Turns out is not at the Mountain itself..

    Will put the details on the NSCC thread.

    Roger

    Cheers
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