PRE-WAR MG ARCHIVES REGISTER
Matthew Magilton - Editor
 
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Mathew Magilton mbmagilton@msn.com

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Here is Russell Bowes in his N type Magnette at the Australian Grand Prix at Lobethal in January 1939. The body could be an Australian copy of an English body as the doors do not look 'factory'. I would love to find out more about this car. Russell was unable to finish this race and soon aquired the K3 #3030 off Colin Dunne but he war apparently prevented Russell from using the K3. Russell enlisted in the RAAF and was a Flight Lieutennant with 79 Squadron when he was killed in Burma in 1943. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
...And the limit men are away! The start of the Australian Grand Prix at Lobethal in January 1939. This view from in front of the grandstand shows Russell Bowes of S.A. in the N type Magnette (#24) getting the jump on Dr Robert Manser of Melbourne in the NA #0281 (Walter Magilton's car). Close behind is the Morgan Special of Jack Boughton (#25) and the TB of Raymond Curlewis (#20). Raymond was planning to drive an N type in this race, but he rolled over in the previous race at that event (The 75 mile South Australian Grand Prix). Raymond who was born in Warwick, Qld, enlisted in the RAAF and was a Sgt with 75 Squadron when he was killed in 1941. What became of the TB?
Here is a line up of very historic cars taken at the time of the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert park. Outside Otto Stone's home in Glenhuntly we have from left to right:
- John Sawyer who was apprenticed to Otto and lived next door with K3752 registered BJ.371
- Otto Stone who entered for the Grand Prix but was unable to start, with K3016 registered GAG.131
- Les Murphy, winner of two Australian Grands Prix and Q0256 which he has just bought, registration OD.437. He came fourth in the 1953 A.G.P.
- Jim Gullen, an engineer from Yorkshire with K3004 registered YT.256. His car was unable to finish the 1953 A.G.P.
Rod Murphy Collection
Here is Otto Stone and K3016 which he owned from 1947 to 1973. Otto always kept this car in immaculate shape and top mechanical condition and competed in major events in Victoria and N.S.W.
Tim Shellshear informs me that this photo was taken at Oran Park, Sydney, at the first Historic event in 1967 or 1968. Otto led a parade of T types around the circuit.
Rod Murphy Collection.
Here is Otto Stone with his recently acquired K3-K3016 on the start line at Rob Roy in March 1948. Registered JF.020. It is a credit to the MGCC of Victoria and a huge volunteer effort that Rob Roy has been rescued from oblivion and once again echoes to the sounds of O.H.C. MG's. This photo is from the Leon Sims collection and I highly recommend his book on the history of Rob Roy.
Here is Raymond Curlewis from NSW in his TA or TB at the A.G.P. in Lobethal in 1939 where he finished in 9th place. Raymond was born in Warwick, Qld and during the war he was an RAAF Sergeant with 75 Squadron when he was killed in October 1941. What became of the car?
Here is Selwyn Haig driving an 18/80 chassis number 6409 in the Stock Car Championship which preceded the A.G.P. at Lobethal in 1939. This Australian bodied car is now owned by Ian Curwen-Walker who would love to find out more of this cars history.
Here is Peter Vennermark in his Q type #0256 rego number OD.437. He competed at Rob Roy hillclimb in 1948 and 1949 before passing the car on to Stan Jones, who in turn sold it to Les Murphy in time for the 1953 A.G.P. at Albert Park. Peter later purchased a Maserati 4CL monoposto which he co-drove with Ces Warren.
Leon Sims collection.
At the 1936 Victor Harbour South Australian G.P. we have all the cars apparently gathered for practice or a parade lap (as they are not in handicap order). On the left is Lyster Jackson in K3016 who was to retire only a few laps from the end. Next is Les Murphy in his square backed P type (now owned by Graeme Steinfort) who came home first for his second G.P. win. And on the right is Alf Barrett in the supercharged Lombard. Hear those engines roar! - Alan Griffin collection.

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