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|In about 1951 Eric Hayes, member of the MGCC of NSW owned this attractive but well used black Aspinall bodied P type registered AGB.389. This car may have started out with cycle guards and a competition history as many of the Aspinall P types did. Does anybody recognise this car, particularly the distinctive 'speed stripes' on the sides?|
Here is young Roy Bulcock sitting in his pretty English bodied J2
registered Q178.887. Roy from Queensland won the Mytletown Sprints
in 1934 and is thought to have owned the car until WWII, but what
became of the J2 after that? During WWII he joined the RAF and
became a Flight Lieutenant before being captured by the Japanese in
Java when trying to put a Spitfire back together. He was very lucky
to survive and later wrote a book "Of Death But Once".
From the Bulcock family collection via Richard Croston of the MGCC Qld.
|Taking off with a mighty roar (from those unmuffled exhausts) is John Barraclough. He competed in NE 0516 at the 12th Rob Roy held on the 20th April 1947 achieving a time of 36.95 seconds. Later that same year Derry George added a Spitfire blower to supercharge the engine and painted the car blue for John.|
Awaiting their turn at the Rob Roy start line are John Barraclough
and his mechanic 'Bib' Stilwell. John was a regular competitor at
Rob Roy after the war in this NE 0516 as well as the K3 3030 (Bradey).
In their quest for greater speed John and Bib removed the
streamlined aluminium Ulster TT body at the 14th Rob Roy on 2nd
November 1947 to achieve a time of 33.37 which was a 3.6 second
improvement on last time. After competing in a TC and a L type
special, Bib went on to become one of the legends of Australian
motor sport. Research from Leon Sim's book "A History of Rob Roy
Sitting in a Sydney back street in the early '70's is Robert
Clarke's K1 Magnette chassis 0420. This one and sister car 0421 were
imported bodyless by Lanes Motors of Melbourne in 1934. 0420 recieved
this rare coupe body possibly by Martin and King and was later owned
by Otto Stone who campaigned K3 3016. I would not be suprised if the
K1 was raided for the occasional Magnette part just before one of
Otto's races. The sister car 0421 was sold to Brittania Motors and
had a nice tourer body. This car is believed to have been
driven Norman Putt in the 1934 AGP at Philip Island. Norman was a
director of Brittania Motors. Both cars will be wearing K3
look-a-like bodies the next time we see them.
Jeff Newey collection.
Here is a car that is well known to me for I used to ride to
kindergarten in this one. Dropping down through the esses at
Templestowe Hillclimb in 1972 is my late Mother, Alison Magilton. TA
2581 is one of twelve complete TA's imported by Lanes Motors and the
last one sold as war loomed. The first owner was W.B.Carter,
followed by J.A.Ophear, D.W.Hayes, Greg Rowlands and Alison in
1967. She competed at both Templestowe and Lakelands hillclimbs,
Sandown and numerous other club events before selling the car to
Tony Yencken in 1980. Following owners are Kevin Armstong and now
Graeme Steinfort who keeps the TA in top shape and very active.
Registration numbers include: 155.984 '39, GLU.179 '56, JDS.926 '65,
LBZ.508 '72, BEL.259 '81 and TA.1938 '83. And what was I doing when
this photo was taken? Probably looking for frogs down by the creek!