Motormarques talks to John LawsonRob Roy August 19, 2012.
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Motormarques came into being over 10 years ago. A site containing thousands of brilliant images and stories of automobiles that stand out from bland, mass-produced transport that you see every day. We now move forward with a complete overhaul of the website to serve our growing fan base and all classic car lovers worldwide!Come along :)
The site contains thousands of brilliant images and stories of automobiles that stand out from bland, mass-produced transport that you see every day.Our home team of 5 photographers come from Europe, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.We mainly feature cars that have distinguished themselves in competition - from Goodwood and Nurburgring to local club-run sprints and hillclimbs.
For ten or more years Motormarques has been presenting photos of Classic Cars from all over the world. In resuming the 'Bill's Corner' section of the great, but now discontinued, UK site Motorsnippets, the objective of Motormarques was to revive and preserve images of classic cars and their drivers that might otherwise fade from view if not from memory. That objective still holds. Following on from the Richard Abey, Bill Hunter report of the VHRR Trident Cup meeting at Rob Roy on 22 April 2012, I have chosen part of a set of Motormarques photos taken at Rob Roy, Victoria, Australia, on 10 February, 2002.Readers, locations, machines and drivers are clearly not what they used to be. But the life of them will be preserved for as long as we're able.
As always - click on the small images to get the enlarged image.
|Few drivers in the world of classic car racing can match Trevor Cole's ability and success that have been admired for over half a century.|
|This is how Rob Roy used to look.||Even in drought it was magic.||I don't know the names of drivers||Nor even of their cars.|
|Some cars - everyone remembers.||But not always the modifications||My photos were/are not always brilliant.||But many people in them will remember.|
|Rob Roy is often cold and damp.||The personalities always cheerful.||I guess this is Leo Bates' car||It held the hillclimb record|
|Straight out competition cars||Or road-registered sports cars||They always have been magic||Like Norm Beechey they just keep on going.|
|I need help here||There was a Lotus Exige at the VHRR meeting on 22 April 2012||I think this is a Berkeley||Mini near turn 1|
|I think this is the Lancia Ford Splthat Bill Redpath drives||And I think this is Bil Redpath||Holden driven by Webster - I'mjust going on the signwriting||Don Kinsey (with microphone) is oneof the everlasting personalities andcompetitors.|
|Photo from Jean-Pierrre Bush. Note the old-style of French number plate - the last 2 figures - 75 - indicating that it was registered in Paris|
|Marie-Jeanne & Jean-Pierre Bush||Richard's photo of Simca||Carlos' Citroen C3 in Italy||Salmson in Melbourne|
|Peugeot shown in Melbourne||Peugeot 201 in France||Delage||Citroen ?C3 in Melbourne|
Excitement that recalls the style and class of older times.
Eddington is 142 km out of Melbourne - 40 km from Bendigo. It's not very easily found. That needs to be understood. The neighbouring places are Baringhup West, Laanecoorie. Neereman and Waanyarra. Many road maps and sat nav systems don't even tell you how to get there. But the true believers manage to come from all over the country. Amongst others, author John Medley from NSW - as you will see in a forthcoming Part 2 of this article, featuring Richard Abey's classic photos.Despite the remoteness, there are full amenities, of course, and there's always plenty of room to walk about, admiring the competition and other cars. And you see people you've known about over many years, who are not necessarily rich and famous - just people who compete in classic machinery, without sponsors or extravagant teams of engineers.
Whilst the meeting is conducted under strict CAMS rules, there is a freedom from many of the constraints and interferences that are imposed on many modern big meetings. Country Fire Authority motor vehicles outnumber the official cars you see around higly publicised events.
You can look the cars over, talk to the drivers. There are no huge concrete blocks or walls of safety netting obscuring your views of the quarter-mile sprint. (see what I mean? Miles - in the older style of things) And there's no endless chatter over the PA system either that you get at big-crowd circuits round the place. Nor are there rows of stands flogging model cars,'memorabilia', or old magazines.
The cars were magnificent. The drivers were brilliant. And that's what everyone had come to see.
|Maserati smoking its wheels as it sets out on the quarter mile sprint|
|Jim Russell||The Kieft||Maserati Replica||Betty Lowe's Alta|
|Chatting to owner-drivers||Standard Special||Austin 7||Self-governed informality|
|Graeme and Betty Lowe|
|Mackdonburg Special||Clear view of the track||Keith Roberts Riley Special||Robert Sales' Fiat Ballila|