Sunday, 06 May 2012 02:45

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. 
Thursday, 26 April 2012 01:12

Autumn Rob Roy 2012

            Cool hill - hot times - Rob Roy 22nd April 2012
Nigel Gray - just after turn 1
 There used to be a guy who sang on the wireless about how terrific April showers were because they made the flowers bloom in the Spring. Some classic car drivers in Victoria didn't have the same seasonal instinct, and didn't seem to be all that chirpy about the prospect of rain on the VHRR Hillclimb scheduled for April 22. Ron Simmons resorted to the web; coaxing members to send in entries. “If your Mum turns up with her shopping trolley she will probably get a run,” he wrote.  “Scrutineering commences at 8am on Sunday morning, and we will be accepting entries onthe day." Apparently that did the trick. There was a turnaround, and it looked as though it was going to be a good day after all.