George Hetrel was bitten by the car bug since before he can even remember. It was not until 1984 that he bought his first old car, a 1914 Fiat. After considerable restoration, it was entered in the Bicentennial rally of 1988. This was an international rally with 1100 cars converging on Canberra from all States of Australia. A concourse was part of the rally and Fiat was the outright winner.
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Carol is a life-long “Petrol-Head”. The fascination began at a very early age with an interest in anything on wheels. Initially sitting on a roller skate and breezing down the steep path and landing fairly regularly in the large rose bush which grew on the corner. Because of this habit of shooting around on anything that moved, the family nickname of Fangio developed, later shortened to Fan.
When the Second World War ended the main BMW factory at Eisenach was in the Eastern Sector and was nationalised. Nevertheless, construction of BMW automobiles continued unchanged. But instead of BMW, the EMW badge was now used for the vehicles. EMW stands for Eisenacher Motorenwerke – or Eisenach Motor Works.
The Peugeot Types 172 were part of the famous “Quadrillette” range, launched in 1920 and belonging to the class of cyclecars (less than 350 kg and 1109 cc and reduced taxation) Very economical and quickly popular, the “quadrillettes” attracted a clientele of young drivers but also seasoned motorists using it (already) as a second car.
Ian Tate is a Melbourne driver, who as a youngster, was taken by his uncle to the Albert Park Grand Prix in 1953. He has been hooked on motor racing ever since. He grew up near well-known racing driver Harry Firth's garage in Melbourne. He used to walk past the shop and stand looking through the window. Harry Firth noticed him after a while, and invited him in to the workshop to have a look around. Soon afterwards, he started doing odd jobs on weekends, and ultimately became part of the Harry Firth team from 1955/1956. It's a friendship that continues to this day.
SCAT (Società Ceirano Automobili Torino) was an Italian automobile manufacturer from Turin, founded in 1906 by Giovanni Battista Ceirano. The company was active from 1906 to 1932., The first produced models were the 12 HP, the 16 HP and the 22 HP of 1909.
From their beginnings in 1875 until their disappearance in 1970, Singers have earned a reputation for producing innovative, tough, and inexpensive sporting cars. One of their earliest successes was a motor tricycle with the engine fitted within the driven wheel. By 1905, they had moved up to four-wheeled horizontal cylinder engined cars.
Nota has been producing successful sports and racing cars since 1952. Guy Buckingham set up Nota in 1952, bringing expertise from English racing car development and the aircraft industry to Australia. Guy, an aircraft engineer, used aircraft technology to build triangulated multi-tubular space-framed racing cars, which, until this stage, had only been seen here in imported racing machinery. This innovative type of design brought Nota many successes and firsts in new car concepts - Nota probably building Australia's first space-framed cars.
The Chamberlain brothers were the first to design, build and race an Australian racing car. Built in 1929, the Chamberlain Special (picture) with its spaceframe design and 2-stroke 1 litre engine, probably has the longest development and racing career of any race car. Now owned by John Hazelden it is still exercised at special events and is slowly being un-restored back to its heyday of 1948.