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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 01:44
Published in Melbourne Desk

Introducing Lucas Hunter

   Lucas Hunter at the Melbourne Festival of Speed 4 March 2012
The Melbourne Festival of Speed is an event that reminds you why you love motorsport so bloody much, and so it did for me. I was debating on whether to bring the camera or not - could I really be bothered taking photos? Eventually, I convinced myself that taking a few photos would be a good idea. I was lucky (or unlucky) enough to snap this sequence of shots. The driver (Ivan Thompson) and co- driver, (Karl Francis) are ok; sadly the $500, 000 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is not. Ouch. A crash was almost inevitable as the British super car clipped the grass, sending it into a 180 spin off. Still, a huge credit to the Thomson team for rallying an Aston Martin. Pictures are exclusive to Motormarques.Lucas Hunter   (Note: the above image is sized at 800 x 545 pixels. The original is 3 times that size (2569 x 1440 pixels) For further information, use the 'Contact Us' function on the left hand side of the front page.)
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Friday, 03 February 2012 05:47
Published in Melbourne Desk

Winton in May

Sat 26 & Sun 27 May 201236th Historic Winton, Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, Vicwww.historicwinton.orgConducted by the Austin 7 Club with assistance from theHistoric Motorcycle Racing Association Vic.Australia’s largest and most popular all-historic motor race meeting, presents a weekend of non-stop racing featuring over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s.   Sat 26 & Sun 27 May 2012 36th Historic Winton, Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, Vicwww.historicwinton.org Conducted by the Austin 7 Club with assistance from the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association Vic. Historic Winton, Australia’s largest and most popular all-historic motor race meeting, presents a weekend of non-stop racing featuring over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s. Celebrations in 2012 include plenty of birthdays:110 years of Cadillac.90 years of Austin Seven, Lancia Lambda, Austin 12/4. 85 years of A Model Ford. 80 years of Austin 10 and Hillman Minx. 75 years of Volvo, Cadillac LaSalle. 60 years for the Austin Healey 100, Renault 8, Austin Champ. 50 years of Ford Cortina, AC Cobra, Austin Freeway, Triumph Spitfire, Morris 1100, Lotus Elan, MGB, Chrysler Valiant. Historic Winton highlights are: The ever-expanding Shannons Classic Car Park featuring car and bike club displays, including Pre-War sporting Rileys. Spectator access to the Competition Paddock where all the fabulous old racing machines are on open display. If you have a classic or special-interest car or bike, you’re welcome to join the spectator car park display on the Saturday or Sunday. Raceway entry fees: Sat $20, Sun $30, competition paddock $5, children 14 and under n/c. Public enquiries: Noel Wilcox ph 03 5428 2689 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sunday 27 May 2012Invitations are extended to join in a special display on Sunday 27th May incorporating: Historic Commercial and Military Vehicles - the older the better - free entry for commercial or military vehicles 50 years and older. U Bute Aussie Ute gathering for pre-1975 vehicles - with a giveaway pack for the first 200 utility entrants, and great trophies awarded to Aussie Utes of special interest. Friday 25 May 2012As part of 2012 Historic Winton weekend activities, invitations are extended to join in theBenalla & District Classic Car & Motorbike Tour assembling 9am on Friday 25 May at the BenallaArt Gallery. Red plate vehicles welcome. The tour concludes with a 'Shine & Show' display outsidethe Benalla Civic Centre from 3-5pm. Further information, please phone David Lidgerwood on03 5764 4291 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proudly supported by the RACV,Benalla Rural City Council and The Austin 7 Club, organisers of Historic Winton.   
Friday, 27 January 2012 04:22
Published in Melbourne Desk

Australia Day 2012

Kings Domain, Melbourne. January 26, 2012. Photos & Story:  Bill Hunter 
 
Australia day 2012.  A bright and sunny morning in the King's Domain, Melbourne. Youth and freedom are required of us in our national anthem. (1st verse, 2nd line)  Motormarques set about doing its patriotic duty.The RACV organised the event reported in this article. In Sydney, the NRMA staged a similar display, where amongst other treasures was the midget speedcar originally driven by Sir Jack Brabham back in the 40s and 50s.    
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Speed cars and motor bikes, street sweepers, jeeps, old European champions and luxurious American coupes - they were all there to be admired.
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One particularly interesting car was the little black tourer shown above (2nd row from the top - to the right of the old motorcycles.) This is a 1915 Italian SCAT. The marque was successful in racing, having won the 1911 and 1914 Targa Florio.Next pictures to the right of the SCAT are the Singers - about 998 cc engine capacity. The Club had its usual brilliant display. Just returned from the Mornington Fly the Flag rally, they were, as always, sparkling and irresistable.The little ivory-coloured car next to the Singers is the rear-engined Renault 4cv from the immediate post World War 2 period. They were tiny. They had small engines (760 cc). They were made by the millions. Anybody who has ever owned one will be quick to tell you that they were 'adorable'.  To the right of the Renault is the massive Cadillac. It too seats 4 people! And right of that again is the Ford Anglia tourer with a 4 cyl (1172 cc) side valve engine. The tan and beige tourer (above, left) is a Graham Paige. Then the Alfa Romeo, and next to that is a lime green 'Scammell' street sweeper - a  utilitarian machine intended to clear Melbourne streets of horse dung.Last photo in that row shows a couple of admirers of a pre World War One Minerva - a Belgian machine with a famously large engine.
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Since the cars were placed more or less in random order, the photographer just went with the flow. Most  readers will identify the little grren tourer top left of this group. It is an Austin 7. The sky-blue two door car next to it is a Studebake from the early 1960s, and right of that are two photos ofthe magnificent little blue Senechal of the 1920s - noted for winning the Bol d'Or 3 times in succession. Its tricky front suspension and shock absorber arrangement are worth a close study! Getting it sorted was a puzzle for the present owner (it was his late father's car)In the next row, below the Senechal is the red, racy-looking Jensen, then another Austin 7, and the beige-coloured Standard tourer. The sporty red two-door car, last in this row is a Bristol probably from 1946, with an engine derived from the BMW 6.
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Top left: a line up of Jeeps.  From my admittedly slight knowledge of what classic car enthusiasts do or don't admire, I sense that American World War Two military vehicles, having played such an important role in the War in the Pacific, don't get the kind of respect that many Australians give to the great classics of Europe. The photo at the top left of this set suggests otherwise. To the right of the column of Jeeps is the bright red Prince A200 with its bonnet up, flashing its internal magnificence to all who knew what they were looking at. This car, this engine, provoked a generational switch from the reverence given to European performance cars in Australia, to admiration of the brilliance of Japanese design and engineering. Since the model of the Porsche shown in the photo to the right of the Prince, Porsche are no longer seen as suburban racers, but one of the most successful auto racing teams the world has ever seen. The photo top left of the above set is of a Lanchester from about the 1950s.  By the time this car was produced, the company had been acquired by Daimler, but this car still still carries the Lanchester badge. Then the white (ivory, surely) Thunderbird. Left hand drive, chrome, buttons and switches to dazzle any beginner, headrersts to show how up-with-it the car was, and a couple of Australian flags to let everyone know that the Americans were not getting this one back.Finally, a benevolent dragon, powered by feet, appeared - bells and cymbals - cheer and goodwill.  Farewell Australia Day 2012. See you all next year!   
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Friday, 21 October 2011 06:22
Published in Drivers and Cars

Dacre Stubbs - 1935 Aston Martin Ulster

Dacre and Martin Stubbs Collection Page 27 - 1935 Aston Martin UlsterFrom Martin Stubbs:- "1935 Aston Martin 'Ulster' LM20 (CML720)    I remember this car distinctly, it was 1953 and I was 10 at the time and at an age when some cars left a indelible impression never to be forgotten. Peter Dale arrived at our home at 55 Wills Street, Kew to have LM20 photographed to record its restoration and for advertising in Australian Motor Sport. We drove down to The Boulevard, Studley Park nearby, one of my father's favorite locations for photographing Peter Dale's various cars at that period.   LM20 was one of the four 1935 'works' cars. It won its class, the 'Rudge Whitworth Cup' and was third overall in the 1935 Le Mans driven by Charles Martin and Charles Brackenbury. It returned to Le Mans in 1937 and won its class again. After the factory sold the car, it passed through a number of hands in the UK until it was purchased by Henry Dale and it started its years in Australia. Alan Puckett purchased it in Melbourne and he owned the car for a number of years in Sydney before selling it to America. It is my belief that LM20 has returned to the UK but would be grateful if anyone could confirm this."
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  Aston Martin 'Ulster' (AUG898)   My father also bought an Ulster in 1935 and I quote:  "I retraced my steps and contacted the Central Garage where the car was being kept. Immediately I set eyes upon it I knew this was what I wanted and after an examination by an engineer as to its condition, I purchased the beauty. The Aston seemed perfect in all respects, but required more ‘running in’. I wasted no time in a visit to Brooklands where I obtained a room, or rather Bertram didthis at the Queens Head.   On the way down I visited the Aston Martin factory which was on my route from London to Byfleet to have the car checked over. In the course of this visit I met Gordon Sutherland the joint director of the company as well as the other direc­tor, Cesare Bertelli, the actual designer of the 1 1/2-litre Aston. All this was veryreassuring and gave me confidence that I could not have chosen a better vehicle for my particular purpose". Later in this 'Ulster' my father had a bad accident, the original body from the scuttle back was beyond repair and the factory suggested that they rebuild it with a new Mk11 sports 2/4 seater body by transferring all the original 'Ulster' components. My father comments that after the rebuild the cars performance seemed not to have diminished. I often wondered wether this car is still about? The last photo of this page is the only one I have of this car and shows the replacement bodywork at the time he sold it.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 23:30
Published in Melbourne Desk

Martin Stubbs - Photographer & Driver

       Vintage Sports Car Club of  Victoria Rob Roy Hillclimb August 21, 2011 Being a competitor at a motor racing event takes much time and effort.  Apart from having to meet all the requirements for entry, your first bigtask is getting the car to  the circuit. That means an early start to the day putting the car on its trailer, driving to the circuit - which may be a long distance away, parking and getting the car back back off the trailer again, waiting to sign in, getting through scrutineering and driver briefing, waiting on to the starting line, and then pouring what is left of your energy and skill into doing the event itself.It is much easier being a photographer at these meetings, but it still involves expense, time, skill, and patience.  You have to find the bestpositions, get the light right, set the camera/s up, and make sure of getting good shots.  Then when the event is over there is the business of selecting the photographs for an article, and editing wherever necessary.Writing an account of the meeting takes time and patience.  You need to have kept good records - talked to people to ensure that you're getting your details right, and decided what sort of information your readers will be interested in.  You have to do this on the run, as there is no desk to lean on, and your papers tend to fly away in the breeze. And it is not the sort of thing you would do if you were wearing, say, a driver's helmet and gloves.Martin Stubbs (driver of the Austin 7- Car N0 82 in the photo above) did all of this single-handedly at the Vintage Sports Car Club of Victoria Rob Roy Hillclimb on Sunday, August 21, 2011.  
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Above: Daniel Morling - 1950/60Austin 7 'Tyrrell'. Above: Michael Hipkins, 1926 Vauxhall 30/98 with Peter Holbeach 1925 Vauxhall behind. Above: John Pickford - 1929LanciaLambda Special. Above: Bill Morling - 1930 Austin 7Ulster Sports Replica.
60 cars competed, including 12 Austin Sevens, 7 MGs, 7 cars from group K. Racing (with old favourites Jim Russell, Ray Sprague, Lyndon Davey-Milne). John Nash competed in this group, driving a spectacular 1948 Indy USA Ford),  5 Vauxhall 30/98, 4 Bugatti, and the one air cooled driven by John Coffin.With such illustrious company, the VSCC noted that the Rob Roy Hillclimb evolved from Clinton's Pleasure Grounds and avoided putting too serious a tone to the day by conducting a Billy Cart race, and by making provision for drivers to take passengers for a timed run up the hill.   They also paid compliment to the master chefs who provided gourmet sausages, roast beef, and brewed coffee.  Hurrah.It was a long day and everybody seemed to have enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Above: Allan Tyrrell, Austin 7 Sports, supercharged. Above: Neil Murdoch, MG TB Special. Above: Andrew Cannon - 1928 Bugatti. Above: Lucas Morling, 1950/60Austin 7 'Tyrrell'.
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Above: Michael Farrell, 1926Vauxhall 14/40. Above: Robert Sales - 1933 Fiat 508. Above: Unknown owner/driverFiat Ballila display car. Above: Ian Barber, 1932 AlvisSilver Eagle.
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Above: Graeme Lowe, 1936 AltaSports. Above: Phillip Hallo - 1930 Austin 7Ace Special. Above: John Noble - 1946 MG TC. Above: John Nash - 1948 IndyUSA Ford.
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Above: George Hetrel - Bugatti Type 35 - Display car. Above: Trevor Cole & Bob Booth discuss water pump drive problemon the 1936 Austin 7 Special, S/c. Above: Andrew Cannon: 1928 Bugatti Above: Mark Burns - 1924 Alvis 12/50; Michael Farrell - 1926 Vauxhal 14/40; Andrew Green1924 Alvis 12/50
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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:31
Published in Melbourne Desk

Belles voitures françaises

D'un bout du monde à un autre - Salut les amateurs de voitures de collection - en France, en Australie - et partout.De la France - J-P Bush nous a envoyé de belles photos, y inclus celles d'une journée à Savonnières, (Indre et Loire)dans l' arrondissement de Tours, France...De l'Australie - Richard Abey et Bill Hunter apportent des images d'une journée passée parmi de belles voitures françaises dans un grand parc près du centre de Melbourne                                                             Au dessus - En voici quelques unes assemblèes au bord de la Loire.                             Au dessous -  et voici quelques unes assemblées à un French Day meeting à Melbourne (Australie)P5010169                                                                     Dessous - deux trèsors à la meeting à Savonnières. 
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Hotchkiss Roland Pilain (1906 - 1931)
                                                            Dessous - d'autres trésors à Melbourne,  Australie. 
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My name is Buttercup. I am 100 years old.Je m'appelle Buttercup. J'ai cent ans. Renault 4cv Citroën Maserati
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1972 Maserati  Indy Peugeot 302 (francaise)
Ci- dessous - Déjà assez rare dans le monde  - une autre Peugeot 302 en Australie. La Matra vient aussi de Melbourne
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Peugeot 302 à Melbourne  Simca Matra
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                                           Et finalement  - cette belle 407 de Richard Abey a gagnê 1ère dans sa classe.