Rennmax (Renn German for race, Max from maximum) was an Australian racing and sports car marque built by Bob Britton in Sydney between 1962 and 1978. The first Rennmax chassis had running gear from a 1959 Cooper. It was fast and agile, and was capable of beating such machines as Lotus 20B, Cooper Climax and BRM. The first output was six Formula Junior and 1.5 litre cars. Then followed nine Formula V cars during 1965 – 1966.
The introduction of the J2 Allard to the Australian market was due entirely to the energy and enthusiasm of Rube Gardiner. In 1950 Gardiner traveled to the United Kingdom where he was appointed New South Wales distributor for The Allard Motor Company. Gardiner, through his Gardiner’s Motor Service at Stanmore Road, Petersham, in the inner western suburbs of Sydney, had been a supplier of Ford spare parts since 1935. After taking up the Allard distributorship, Gardiner acquired a new facility on the Princes Highway at Carlton in the Southern suburbs of Sydney. Philip Stanton Tracks the Australian J2 Allards as shipped to Australia by The Allard Motor Company
Charlie Whatmore, born in 1910, was a sports store owner in Brisbane with a penchant for motor racing, he made his road racing debut at Phillip Island in 1937 with a Ford V8 Special, also racing it at the inaugural Bathurst meeting, the 1938 AGP, and again at Bathurst in 1939 and 1940.Post war, he raced a Midget Speedcar at Brisbane's Exhibition Ground and then, again turned his attention to road racing, with the midget now powered by a Studebaker Champion motor and modified for the circuits, Charlie again made the trip to Bathurst in 1950 and also ran the car on Queensland circuits and hills.
Richard George (Dick) Willis was born October the 29th 1940 in Coffs Harbour, lived there at various addresses ever since, apart from 12 months in Sydney 1966/67. Married to Joan since 1973, 4 children ; mine/hers/ours. Dick Willis gives us an insight into his life as a racing driver of some of Australia's greatest historic cars.
Philip Stanton is the owner of a J2 Allard, and has compiled a history of Allard cars imported into Australia, included under Marques (Allard J2) in the Table of Contents.
John Hazelden is a well known collector of 'Great Australian Specials' and writer. His book on the Chamberlain Special gives a complete insight into a rare and unusual machine.