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Before being brought to Australia by John Snow, this car had been raced extensively in Europe by Thai (then known as Siam) Prince Bira. Its first Australian outing was at Victor Harbor in 1936, when Lord Walerin retired early. The car changed hands several times before the Second World War but competed in the 1939 and 1940 Australian Grand Prix’s. In the hands of John Barraclough it took the 1949 Australian Hill Climb Championship and broke the 1500cc record. Up and coming racing driver Andy Brown came third in it at the1953 Australia Grand Prix held at Albert Park, heading off many later model cars. The car competed in the 1955 Australian Grand Prix at Port Wakefield, but did not place. In 1958, Tom Brady purchased the car. After an extensive rebuild, he campaigned it through the 1960s and early 1970s before passing it on to his then ten year old grandson.
Photo Above by Matthew Magilton