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Tuesday, 10 July 2012 23:44
Published in Editorial

'New' Cooper MK5 from South Africa

From 'Loose Fillings' Historic air-cooled racing cars in Australia.'Loose Fillings'From Garry Simkin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)Loose Fillings' is a Newsletter - Historic air-cooled racing cars in Australia and beyond. Garry Simkin sent an email copy to Motormarques - complete with excellent old photos and stories.It is circulated in print or by E mail on requestLead item in the current issue refers to the dozen or more Coopers that went to South Africa and Southern Rhodesia during the 1950s. One of the finest of the few that remained in Africa - a 1951 Mk5 -has now come to Australia courtesy of Derry Greeneklee who has bought it from Richard Baker of Johannesburg.As well as news about the Mk 5 Cooper, the current issue contains Graham Howard's fascinating article and photos of 'Sydney's Pioneering Hooper 500' This car appeared in January 1948 at Hawkesbury Hillclimb.  It was not quite the first Australian built 500. But it was the first "real 500" in that it was the first East Coast car to use purpose built chassis and suspension unlike the naive, almost clumsy cars which had appeared earlier.
Monday, 18 June 2012 08:42
Published in Melbourne Desk

Winton 2012 - Part 3

Around the garages - 36th Historic Winton 26th & 27th May 2012 Please note that all these images are subject to Copyright. Please Contact us or Register with us for further information.
Friday, 15 June 2012 17:14
Published in Editorial

Introducing the new MotorMarques.com v2 website!

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 :)
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 09:28
Published in MotorMarques.com

About Us

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.
Sunday, 06 May 2012 02:45
Published in Melbourne Desk

Motormarques revisits Rob Roy 2002

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. 
 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.
                                               As always - click on the small images to get the enlarged image.
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 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.
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 Some cars - everyone remembers.  But not always the modifications  My photos were/are not always brilliant.  But many people in them will remember.
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Rob Roy is often cold and damp.  The personalities always cheerful.  I guess this is Leo Bates' car  It held the hillclimb record
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 Straight out competition cars  Or road-registered sports cars  They always have been magic Like Norm Beechey they just keep on going.
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 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
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 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. 
Monday, 09 April 2012 21:48
Published in Melbourne Desk

French Cars from 3 Countries

The idea for this fascinating story was originated by Richard Abey, who recently attended a display in Melbourne, Australia, of classic French cars.   At about the same time that Richard's  photos arrived, Carlos wrote to Motormarques from Italy, with photos of his very pretty Citroen C3.He wrote that he liked the Motormarques website, and that he owns the C3 shown in one of the photos below. It has a new engine, and frame. He invited interested viewers to contact him by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  +39 346 3773614. At about the same time long-time friend, Jean-Pierre Bush sent some photos of Citroen cars he had seen recently at displays. Jean-Pierre'sweb page is a site for sore eyes. http://bushjp.free.fr/index.htmSo - it's what Motormarques sets out to be - something off the beaten track, where people who admire and respect the old and classic style ofmotoring and motor racing can find enough articles and photos to fill an encyclopaedia.
  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
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  Peugeot shown in Melbourne   Peugeot 201 in France  Delage    Citroen ?C3 in Melbourne
Monday, 02 April 2012 02:35
Published in Melbourne Desk

Eddington - 2012

    Excitement that recalls the style and class of older times.
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 Maserati smoking its wheels as it sets out on the quarter mile sprint
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.   
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