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    Otaua Hill Climb ..

    Quote Originally Posted by ERC View Post
    The Speedex was a Jem Marsh creation -Jem of Marcos fame. This one has a supercharged Austin engine. Run by Hamish Andrew. Hamish's parents both used to marshal, race and rally, for NSCC and I know them both well, as Liz was a tutor on knitwear when I was also tutoring at ATI/AIT/AUT (and I think, was at Glengyle Knitwear, part of the Bendon Group - unless my memory is playing tricks again.)

    Kevin runs either a J2 MG or the Wolseley Hornet Special and was scrutineering. As mentioned on Nigel's thread, I bought a basket case Singer Bantam (off Kevin), but it was beyond my somewhat limited skill set, so I sold it on - as a basket case.

    As regards Otaua, when the MGCC took over from Austin Healey, Derek Prior and his helpers did the permit side of things and I did the timing (radios and three or four watches, no telephone wire) and results - in the early days of a laptop and Star NX10 printer, so results all done by 3pm!

    The Otaua Tavern which we used as our base is closed and somewhat run down.
    ERC Thanks for the information about the Speedex and your involvement at Otaua too !!.
    Otaua Hill Climb
    Our timing system was very basic - small club with at the beginning very enthusiastic helpers which did fade over time affiliated Club Northern Sports and was horrified with some of their events - kids in cars at Gymkhana, as passengers, No permits they didn't realise a permit gave you Liability Insurance.

    Will be part of my archives of events ..
    I do hope to make the 2020 running .. Also looking at being at C and C in April,- with a bit of planning .. we can have another chat !!
    Cheers

    P S your post #2780 - can only see one of the six photos - the MG Midget " OPLOCK ".. others missing
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    Still hospital visiting... Earlier post updated.

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    MGCC Otaua Hillclimb - Sunday 10th March

    ERC, Thanks for the photo's - Almost like being there.

    Good selection of vehicles - including the Roycroft Bugatti ..

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    Hospital visiting over, but bogged down sorting out slide dating.

    1987 February
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    John Billington's MG Montego Turbo. December 9th 1989. Thanks to Milan for confirming the date.
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    MGCC Puhoi Hillclimb November 1990. MG Montego Efi number 1.
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    Hamilton 1994 - Remi should see his Ginetta behind the Paton Ford.
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    This is what you call ugly... Goodwood FoS display of old futuristic cars.
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    I managed a fair few photographs on this weekend and thankfully, the weather was kind.
    1987 - February 1st - I think...
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    In terms of the most photogenic action pics of single seaters, the Cooper Bristol would be in my top 5.
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    2003 Sadler
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    Spotted in a front garden in Queenstown. I have asked before if anyone knows exactly what it is - or was, but zero responses, so reposted now there is a larger audience.

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    Auckland Domain Hillclimb 2009
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    Hi Ray, Your Queenstown car looks to be a Puma.


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    The Special .. Puma !! I see the name " Cantwell Cars " on Paul B's post - was that Frank Cantwell ?? - a racer of some note too !!

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    Thanks Paul. That looks to be correct. Interesting the ad says '100mph', so what underpinnings? May give google a burst, though I'm sure there was a Puma produced in South America (Brazil, not Argentina!) I saw at the London Racing Car Show, must have been around 1965/66.

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    According to Patrick Harlow's book, the chassis was a bespoke unit. The only engine mentioned is the prototype's A35. Bear in mind that it could also be a Tiki or Falcon as they were all derived from the UK Ashley. I went with the Puma because of the distinctive sidelights on the Puma brochure matching the Queenstown car. There is a bit more info on the NZ Cars - A Cottage Industry thread on this site.

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    100mph from an A35 engine would be a little ambitious, without a little more than the twin carb kit offered!

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    Apart from the other Legends, such as Bryce Platt, Dale Mathers, John McKechnie, Ray Williams, John Tomlin, Chris Watson etc. (and Melissa Morgan!), I was delighted to meet someone I have been looking forward to meeting for ages. A first time catch up with Milan Fistonic. When people start digging into the history of cars or drivers, Milan's work is invaluable and he has made a huge difference to speeding up my filing.

    Just a couple of pics from Sunday. A very sensible move, mixing the front-engined or non-disc braked Formula Juniors, with the Hooters Vintage series.

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    Are those wings really period correct?
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    Struggling to upload pics at the moment. Will return later.

    Presumably a sprint at Pukekohe. Not sure of the date but could be 1988?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ERC View Post
    Struggling to upload pics at the moment. Will return later.

    Presumably a sprint at Pukekohe. Not sure of the date but could be 1988?
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    Certainly no earlier than 1987 when the Aluminium numbers on Black number plates were replaced by the Black Numbers on White Metal [ Tin ] plate staring at NA .. My new Fiat Uno purchased in later 1987 had an NG plate NG4909 ..

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    My thoughts too Roger. When trying to date the slides, you have to grab every clue that you possibly can.

    Can anyone confirm the dates here? Given that it is the same race number... Pictures 2 & 3 I'm guessing at September 1986 but is picture #1 1983?
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    Mr Grimwood trails an Alfa
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    2019 Took some time to sort out the make here...
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    Steve Day grabs a snooze on the way back down the Leadfoot hill.
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    Roger Williams fails the audition for a remake of the Dukes of Hazzard
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    Dating Photos and Slides..

    Ray " ERC "
    Re ; ' My thoughts too Roger. When trying to date the slides, you have to grab every clue that you possibly can. '

    Yes indeed, I know that a lot of my Pukekohe photo's were the incorrect meeting - and as I had given all my Pukekohe programme's 1966 - mid late 1970's away and all my Motorman Magazines 1964 - 84 was unable to reconcile pictures with events.
    -some were Ok as had written on the back of the prints when the film was processed - somehad dates on the packets too, a few had process dates on the negs and prints - mainly when I borrowed my grandmothers Leica camera and took Colour pics.

    Thank Goodness for people like Milan Fistonic on TRS and Facebook pages [ Milan's archives are amazing ] and Graham Woods on a couple of facebook pages too.

    TRS is a bit disjointed with all the threads but it is a great collection of information.
    Graham seems to have programme's from late 1950's through the 1960's and on - and Motorman Magazine back into the early 1960's

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    Whenuapai 1990. Car needs no introduction.
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    Icebreaker 2002
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    2019 The programmeless Hampton Downs January meeting.
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    James Watson's Swift gains a bit of much needed colour. All black cars don't appeal photographically
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    More legends
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    Date required for these three please. A TACCOC meeting, possibly end 1985, or the beginning of 1986. I was a spectator and took my wife to be and her number 2 son, but no programme. Fixing this date will also fix several other pics from that annoying undated folder.

    Had I had my accident back then, avoiding the upturned TR6 in the middle of the track, I would have escaped with the car totally intact, as concrete barriers situated so close to the inside of such a fast corner are not really necessary.
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    Mike Westall's Jag NOT carrying #99, which may help.
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    Another Leadfoot pic 2019
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    2019 Legends
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    Sports cars seem to have changed... Identification isn't as easy as it once was, or maybe as you get older, you need stronger clues, not badgeless lookalikes?
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    Re-posting these pics - because I felt like it...
    Mallory Park 1956. I was 10. Dad's pics.
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    Racing Car Show 1966. I was 20 - almost. Borrowed a friend's TLR camera.
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    Mallory 1966. I was just over 20 and borrowed Dad's camera. Denny Hulme in Syd Taylor's Lola.

    Little did I know then, that 46 years later I'd be having a deep conversation about Denny, with Greta Hulme, sitting on the steps of The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Paris!
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