|Nigel Gray - Singer||Dick O'Keefe - Photon||Ted Geermans - Lagonda Rapier|
Photos by Richard Abey and Bill HunterTape recordings by Bill HunterText adapted from Wikipedia and the Official Program.
From: Warren Evans I first saw tether cars run In Melbourne in the mid 1950’s at the Exhibition Building in Carlton at a model fair . The cars were run In The Great Hall.The sound stayed in my memory until 10 years ago when I read an article in “Rod And Custom” Magazinethat triggered my memory .Since then I have taken on the tethered car hobby and now have over 30 cars that inlude Doolings. McCoys, Bunches, Kings, Morrisons, B.B.Corns, Satans, Dallaires, Rowells, Popp and several customs and one-offs.I find It an Interesting hobby and tried to get a trrack going in Melbourne .But to no avail The only people interested had nomoney or were not prepared to put up any. as I was.They have no real Interest in the hobby but only want to make a quid out of it. Here are some photos of my collection of tether cars .and my 1938 Hinman Sprint Car.I also have a half built tether car portable track, 35 foot In diameter.I will keep In touch as I hope to have the track running later this year.
Above: The 1938 Hinman Sprint Car.
Photos by Lucas and Bill Hunter
The Darracq company was founded in 1896 by Alexandre Darracq. In the early years of automobile manufacture Darracq was prominent in automobile design and manufacture. The company also built a 200 hp V8 Special that set a land speed record of 168.22 km/h in1904. and again in 1905. at 176.46 km/h. In 1906 at Daytona,it reached 197.06 km/h.The car shown here is clearly a 4 cylinder car. It was specifically here for the AGP and PI as a bonus. In fact Grant Campbell (VHRR) knows the lady owner - Anne Thompson - quite well. She comes from NZ. The car was the first ever to win a Grand Prix and Anne took Grant for a ride in it at the Australian Grand Prix. He describes it as "Quite an experience!" It is definitely a 4 Cyl - 14400cc. A restoration. Grant believe Anne has owned it for some time. She said she would have liked to stay for Historic Winton but the carnet didn't extend that far.
Grant Cowie - 1934 Frazer Nash
The 1500 cc car displayed here is owned by Grant Cowie (Up the Creek Workshops)
Ah. Yes. There were some more familiar classics as well. Thanks for watching Motormarques !
|Anne Thompson's (NZ) 4 cyl Darracq .|
|Archie Frazer Nash had developed a chain-driven sports car as early as 1924. It had a dog clutch, separate chains for each of the three forward speeds driving a solid rear axle. Quarter elliptic springs, and very highly-geared steering were another inheritance from the 1924 car. In its day, the Frazer Nash could "carry on all day at 40 m.p.h."- althoughin fact it could cruise between 60 and 65 m.p.h. Considering its fairly low price of £315, the "Nash", though distinctly crude in places, with almost solid suspension at low speeds, represented very good value for money. The chain drive and very smooth plate clutch gave an exceptionally rapid gear change and the solid rear axle made the car stable under the most difficult conditions, although with some tendency on greasy surfaces to go straight on. The steering was always of the highest quality, absolutely accurate and devoid of play, rather heavy, and very high-geared (usually less than one turn from lock to lock)|
From Chris Terdich
|The 1924 Wanderer still compeitive (at Rob Roy) in 2010||Martin Stubbs (left) has a word with Chris Terdich (driver) Wanderer W6|
see Wanderer W6
Rob Roy - 29 November 2010 Martin Stubbs and Bill Hunter
|Lineup of three Leo Bates built cars|