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    NZ GTHO Phase 3's that raced in Production Series....

    I have an addiction....HO3's....and especially the race ones...sounds a bit bit like a HO's Anon meeting...

    (I first seen the XW HO's at Bathurst in 1970 and its been ongoing since then.)

    Having said that any pics or stories of these special cars that raced in NZ in their Series Prod mode .... like the Castrol GTX Series.... would be most welcome.


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    Hi Ellis

    Here are a couple of pics of Gary's (I gather he still owns it) P3. I am sure you can tell us more about it. A stunning car.

    I sat in the ex Jim Richards P3 a couple of years ago and it is in great original condition. Both cars a credit to there owners.





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    The ex John Goss Ph3 was sold off to NZ after JG converted over to the XAGT Hardtop,does anyone have photos of this car?

    Pete.

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    Yes, Gary still owns the HO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mid-year View Post
    The ex John Goss Ph3 was sold off to NZ after JG converted over to the XAGT Hardtop,does anyone have photos of this car?

    Pete.

    Norris Miles (an NZer and McLeod employee at the time) bought the car at end of 72. Goss (McLeod) took delivery of XA coupe in Nov/Dec 72 but Goss didnt race it till late Feb / early March 73. Norris ran it (HO3) at Amaroo and rolled it after 3 laps. It was repaired and sent to NZ when Miles returned. It was raced at Bay Park in July 73 co driven by JR and Miles.
    It was driven solo later in 73 by Norris at Pukekehoe where he qualified on pole in the dry but dnf in a wet race.

    Norris is still about and living in Melb and has quite good recall of events re this car.

    pic from JR Book

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    Cool thread Ellis. Here are some of Jim Richards doing some private testing of the McMillen Ford Phase III at Bay Park. This is the car JR won the 1972 Castrol GTX Championship in. I have more from this test session if you're interested Ellis?

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    More, more ,more please ...too many is never enough


    JR had this as his wedding car along with his Escort....Man of good taste


    from JR Book


    Thanks Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Holmes View Post
    Cool thread Ellis. Here are some of Jim Richards doing some private testing of the McMillen Ford Phase III at Bay Park. This is the car JR won the 1972 Castrol GTX Championship in. I have more from this test session if you're interested Ellis?

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    Steve
    Just noticed it hasnt got any factory side stripes and it wasnt a delete options car so they must have removed them early in the piece and put their own version on front guards.
    It was ordered without a radio
    Only options were seat belts and 36 G Tank
    I like the stripes on the side walls...soon would have rubbed them off.
    It was also a Saddle Trim car one of 4 they made in Elec Blue / Saddle...all 4 still survive
    7 with Black trim were also made
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    Haga

    Thanks for pics of Francevic car
    Have you still got your XA ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellis View Post
    Steve
    Just noticed it hasnt got any factory side stripes and it wasnt a delete options car so they must have removed them early in the piece and put their own version on front guards.
    It was ordered without a radio
    Only options were seat belts and 36 G Tank
    I like the stripes on the side walls...soon would have rubbed them off.
    It was also a Saddle Trim car one of 4 they made in Elec Blue / Saddle...all 4 still survive
    7 with Black trim were also made
    Wow, how do you know all this Ellis? I'm impressed. So looking at the options this car was ordered with, McMillan's imported it specifically to race?

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    Note the 12-slots against the pit wall in the third photo. I wonder if these were used during the testing session. I don't think it ever raced with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Holmes View Post
    Wow, how do you know all this Ellis? I'm impressed. So looking at the options this car was ordered with, McMillan's imported it specifically to race?
    Elec Blue and Saddle...one of the 4 ... its in the head...and one in my shed... and yes it would have most likely been ordered on the light side as far as options went.

    I reckon they would have needed a few spare tyres /wheels
    Thanks for extra pics

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    I think Tom Grace owns that car now, its in bits,

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    I found a shot of Norris doing his slow roll at zero feet.

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    Couple more of the Team McMillan car.

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    These are Terry Marshall photos. First up in the Richard Brocklehurst car, which was white when it raced, but I believe it left the factory painted another colour? Was it green?

    Also pictured is another shot of the Richards car, being chased by Robbie Francevic in his Phase III. The Francevic car was originally Yellow Ochre I believe.

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    [QUOTE=Steve Holmes;34123]These are Terry Marshall photos. First up in the Richard Brocklehurst car, which was white when it raced, but I believe it left the factory painted another colour? Was it green?

    The cars that supposedly went to NZ....ex factory
    1 x Nugget Gold
    1 x Jewel Green
    2 x Yellow Ochre ( 1 Saddle Trim)
    2 x Vermilion Fire
    1 x Elec Blue (Saddle Trim )


    Maybe others....
    1 x Vermillion Fire
    1 x Bronze Wine (Saddle Trim)
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    Thanks Ellis, great work! Yes I think the Brocklehurst car must be the Jewel Green one in your list. I believe its been returned to this colour once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellis View Post
    Haga

    Thanks for pics of Francevic car
    Have you still got your XA ?
    Sure do.....our GT Nationals are a month or so away, so will get a decent run then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hart1598 View Post
    I think Tom Grace owns that car now, its in bits,
    The elec blue/saddle trim P3 (who the owner told me was ex JR) was in the lower South Island.

    I know the location and owners name but will not publish them here on a public forum.

    The car was in great original condition and was still being used. I would not think the owner (not Tom Grace) would sell it.

    I am sure Jacmac probably knows whether it is still there, without quoting names/location?

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