Friday, 24 February 2006 14:38
Ausper T2 Formula JuniorWritten by Dick Willis
Auspers were built in London by Australians. Ausper is a name concocted from 'Australian Performance Cars'. From Dick Willis
AUSPER T2 Formula Junior
Auspers were built in London by Australians, Tom Hawkes and Adrian Gundlach, the name Ausper, being an abbreviation of the name of their company, Australian Performance Cars.
The Auspers, were built for the Formula Junior category, a class designed to provide lower cost racing for up and coming drivers by using volume production based 1000 or I 100cc engines, production transmissions and brakes, combined into a single seat body/chassis, similar to, but smaller than the Formula One cars of the day.
For their first season Auspers built two cars, in 1961 three known as T3's, then four 1962 T4's whereupon production ceased. Our 1960 T2 Ausper was run as a works entry during 1961 by Australian, Steve Ouvaroff with moderate success, and then laid aside until purchased by Rhodesian, Gordon Littleford in 1963. In Rhodesia it was passed on to Mike Wesson who re‑engined it with an Alfa Romeo 1500cc unit and raced it in local events until 1969. We have had contact with him about the Ausper.
Passing through several other owners who progressively cannibalised it until all that was left was a derelict body/chassis unit, the Ausper was eventually rescued by expat Rhodesian now living in Australia, Ivan Glasby in 1995. Coffs Harbour enthusiast, Dick Willis acquired the remains in 2001 and immediately set about restoring this significant car to its original Formula Junior formal with a view to competing in Historic Formula Junior events.