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Speedweek for Motormarques

The Geelong Speed Trials for 2016 were held on Richie Boulevard, bordering Corio Bay, Where the event has been held for 50 years from 1956 until 2016.

Each year the event has attracted a collection of rare and historic competition vehicles to race against the clock over the quarter mile sprint.

It has always included an impressive display of unique, rare. and sometimes priceless automobiles and motor cycles from all aspects and all eras of motor sport.

Geelong's Speedweek trials was one of the rare occasions in Australia where you could see such an array of awe inspiring vehicles in action, hear and smell their engines at full chat while experiencing the time-honoured but carnival atmosphere of classic sprinting.

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Monday, 30 October 2006 17:12

Prescott - The Vintage Sports Car Club’s Hillclimb Meeting - August 2006

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Every year vintageants in the U.K., flock to Prescott in their thousands.  Why?  Possibly because the array of both competitors and spectators cars are of a quality and variety unmatched at any other venue.  The venue is perhaps the most attractive regular motorsport course in the country and the timing means that it can be a family occasion.  With a huge camping area within yards of the course, families can park their cars by their tents/caravans and barbeque in congenial company over the weekend.  You can tell by the expression on the face of ex-President Peter Glover just how much he enjoys it.
Wednesday, 23 August 2006 15:51

Peter D'Abbs - Motorsports photographer

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Peter D’Abbs - Motor Sport Photographer, 1921-2006 By Martin Stubbs with the assistance of his widow, Judith D’Abbs. Peter’s career in the photographic industry and his passion for motor sport photography probably started quite by accident early in 1948 when he met Dacre Stubbs who likewise had recently migrated to Australia after the war. Dacre was just establishing his commercial photographic business and had a shared interest in vintage cars and motor sport. He encouraged Peter’s growing interest in photography and in the possibility of combining this with motor racing. Peter soon mastered the necessary skills to eventually become a leading motor sport photographer starting in 1956 with the Melbourne Olympic Grand Prix at Albert Park. Over the subsequent 40 year period he amassed approximately 180,000 images, mostly shot at Victorian events including what has probably become his most famous image, the start of the 1958 Melbourne Grand Prix.