On Sunday 22nd Feb a group of guys went down to the Frankston control line field to run some old style slow fun Tether cars. It all started when a guy in Geelong, Bill Hunter built 2 old style Tether cars for fun, he has been building them over the last 15 years, but needed somewhere to see them run. He contacted Ron Savage our speed chief timekeeper. Ron has been trying over the last 10 years to get a track in Victoria, there are tracks, one in Sydney and the other in Bribane at Tingalpa, site of the next MAAA nats, but the track in Sydney will not allow you to practice the day before, only allowing 30 minutes total practice for all interstate entrants. You get 3 runs then go home, no way to encourage entrants, it is ok for the Sydney guys they have a practice day 2 weeks before the monthly comps. View video on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/william.hunter.50702769
As the popultion of Australia grows, its cities are booming. Immigration is astronomical. Old colonial attitudes are changing. A bright, sunny Australia Day in Melbourne 2015 drew cheerful crowds to the Kings Domain to admire the display of the motor cars that have been part of our history for over a hundred years. Motormarques spent the morning mingling with the crowds, and offers its own welcome to well-wishers all over ther world.
Here are today's photos of my Tethercars. They are both now funtional - the green one having been run successfully during December 2014, and the blue and white car is just waiting for me to getr permission to use a suitable smooth 'pad' on which to run it. This posting is dated 20 December 2014.
Have tethercars been forgotten?
At the conclusion of the meetng at Rob Roy on November 23, 2014, a special tribute was given to a veritable National Treasure, Trevor Cole.In the 'Community' section of Motormarques, under sub-heading Drivers and Cars, you can read Trevor's story (under Cole, Trevor)
Sheltering from the heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in one of the old pit boxes during the Six hours race on Saturday-evening, the 22nd edition of the Spa Six Hours reminded me of the same race four years ago. Also in 2010 the clouds bursted open just before eight o’clock. On Sunday these reminiscings were even strengthened as the weather turned out to be the same as the Sunday four years ago.
Wings and Wheels!
Text and photos by Guus Docen After the successful first two editions of the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort, the third edition was also a huge success. Over three days 50.831 visitors witnessed a stunning racing festival, where the rich racing history of Zandvoort stood central. Matches with historic formula, touring and sports cars from the period 1948-1985, formed the main part of the program. There were also lots of demonstrations and presentations, autograph sessions with prominent (former) drivers and a parade on Saturday with racing cars from the circuit to the historic center of Zandvoort.
On Saturday, at 16.00 hrs. the Coys auction started in the big tent in the middle of the Grand Prix circuit. Fifty classic cars were noted in the Coys catalog, but around twelve 12 extra cars were added. To sell these so-called late entries is sometimes difficult as there’s no chance for interested bidders to inform themselves about the cars, they are forced to bid spontaneously. Despite some of these entries got a new owner, like the Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato 1300 for 29,900 euros or a 1926 Fiat 509 MM, which was upgraded in the 30s with a compressor, for 72,900 Euros. Most of the cars were sold under the estimated price. A Fiat Dino Coupe 2400 went for 26,450 Euros or a 1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1 4.2 litre for 123,500 Euros. Particular interesting were the four Mercedes SLs with extremely low mileage. The 1978 450 SL with just 3464 miles on the clock found a buyer for 65,200 Euros. The even more attractive 380 SL with only 12,721 miles from new, went for 55,200 Euros.