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    Team Cambridge Monaro

    Team Cambridge Monaro lives.
    Last edited by John McKechnie; 10-23-2017 at 03:47 AM.

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    I can't help with the whereabouts of Howard Harris or John Stone but I do have a complete set of Wide Wheels.

    The first edition was dated May 1969 and ran through to April 1972 when it changed its name to Driver - not to be confused with Allan Dick's New Zealand Driver magazine.

    The 35th and last edition came out in October 1972.

    The magazine was not published in June & December 1969 and January, April, July, September and October 1970.

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    I have a couple of those too. Would need to check but I think mine are towards the end of its life as Wide Wheels.

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    John, I've got December 1970, and January, February, March 1972 of Wide Wheels, and also have a July 1972 of Driver, but nothing in any of the Monaro. Might get a mention in one of the race reviews, but no photos sorry.

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    Smile Wide Wheels photo of Black, Thompson, Bunce Monaro

    Quote Originally Posted by John McKechnie View Post
    Steve- thanks so much for doing this research for me
    Hi John. Just checked my archive of Wide Wheels mags as I was certain there was a photo of Johnny Riley driving the Black, Thompson Monaro. There is a photo on page 27 of the April edition, which was the transition Wide Wheels/Driver issue. It isn't a great pic, but it shows the whole car with Riley driving it in practice. It has number 222 on the doors and Spear Racing preps signwriting on the front panel. Riley didn't race it as it was under prepared. I could scan a copy of it to your e-mail address if you like.

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    You're a legend Milan! The March 12 meeting was Round 8 of the 1972 NZ Saloon Car Championship. I think Riley also tried out the Monaro at Bay Park but again decided the Mustang was the better option.

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    What was the date of the Bay Park event Milan?

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    Steve: February 27 1972

    John: As well as Richards and Brocklehurst, Patrick Smith and Bruce Anderson were entered in GTHOs.

    Torana XU1s were entered by Alan Carter, Merv Neil, Richard Young, Neville Brickley, Jim Palmer and Roy Harrington.

    Charlie Conway and Bill David had Monaros while Rod Coppins and Jack Nazer drove Chargers.

    Two smaller cars were Tim Bailey's Porsche 911T and Peter Lewis's Alfa Romeo GTV.

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    Now that is something we never did coming home from Bay Park, how naughty of them.

    John "Twitch" is in shed not far from here.

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    Thanks Milan, hey I remember reading that when I was at the event. The Falcon GT Grady trailered in to race had apparently never been road registered, according to the commentators at that event. Not sure how true that was. That 69 Camaro he said he was building never did surface!

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    Sorry John, I don't recall much at all about it. Can't even remember the colour! I'm sure you're right though, there will be more to it.

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    Interesting to see that. Red had already built up a good points tally at this early stage. But once Rod got to steer the Camaro, and started notching up the points, Red began having quite a few dnf's as he ramped up the horsepower in the Mustang to stay ahead.

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    I think Donn sold up and went overseas, or something, around that time? Someone here will know better than me.

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    I notice a Tim Slako in the programme Mailan posted in Post29 above. Is this the same Tim Slako who raced the Pink Walky in OZ? If so was he a Kiwi who moved to Oz or a Strine who visited here?


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    I spoke to a guy this afternoon, pretty much in the know at the Monaro/Camaro changeover. Rods words in relation to the Monaro: `that thing belongs on a leash'

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    Looking at the period photos there were a lot of cars poorly set up. Nose high in particular. Further development saw the Monaro become a reasonable handler. Rod had the Camaro behaving to his liking, with regular tail out cornering, and the Monaro isn't that much different in basic design.

    Quote Originally Posted by fullnoise68 View Post
    I spoke to a guy this afternoon, pretty much in the know at the Monaro/Camaro changeover. Rods words in relation to the Monaro: `that thing belongs on a leash'

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    This is from Autonews Vol 3 No 14 in the Teretonga report.

    Thompson has bought the [Monaro] from Spinner Black. He bought it minus motor and installed the 350 mill from his brand-new road-going GTS350, shoved in a cam, added a set of side draught Webers(!) and has gone motor racing. "There's a lot of work to be done before I do any winning."

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    Mr McKechnie sir,
    If it's the John Stone I'm thinking of, then he is the chief photographer at The Northern Advocate newspaper in Whangarei, you should be able to get him at: . He still competes on occasions in the Classic Trial events, in fact was champion a few seasons ago. That's if I'm thinking the right person....

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    great archive photo John, I know how hard that was to get. In some ways it is good taht it did sit for so long and not actually get totally demolished on the road.


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