‘Fazz on Tight? She’ll Be Jake Matey!!’…

Posted: April 26, 2015 in Obscurities, Who,What,Where & When...?
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(The Roaring Season/Gearbox Grinder)

Pat Hoares’ Ferrari 246/256 V12 being towed into Ardmore for the 1961 New Zealand Grand Prix, open trailer towed by an ‘FB’ Holden…

I blew my tiny mind when sent through this post of another time and place on ‘The Roaring Season’, check it out!  One of the wonderful things about blogs and websites is how amateur shots which would never see the light of day like this ‘cache’ can now be shared for all to see.


The Ferrari is a 1958 works F1 Dino ‘0007’…

It was raced by Gendebien, Von Trips, Gurney and Phil Hill who won the 1960 Italian GP in it.

It was converted at Maranello to 3 litre V12 ‘Testa Rossa’ power, re numbered ‘0788’ and raced successfully in NZ amongst the ‘mid-engined hordes’ and ultimately restored to its original specs by Crosthwaite and Gardiner many years ago.

NZ GP start

(Gearbox Grinder/The Roaring Season)

1961 NZ GP start, Ardmore January 1961. Jack Brabham won from Bruce McLaren and Graham Hill in works Cooper T53 Climax x 2 and BRM P48.

pat hoare nz 61

 (The Roaring Season/Gearbox Grinder)

Pat Hoare on his way to seventh and first of the front engined cars in the ’61 NZGP. Ferrari 246/256.

In an interesting sign of the times ten front engined cars failed to qualify, the first six finishers were mid engined, other front engined finishers were ninth placed Malcolm Gill in the amazing aero-engined Lycoming Spl, eleventh Frank Shuter Ferrari 625 and twelfth Bib Stillwell Aston Martin DBR4-300. Three Maser 250F’s DNF’d.

1961 Ardmore programme


The Roaring Season/Gearbox Grinder, Barchetta, Stephen Dalton Collection

    • Heather Smale. says:

      Loving these 1960s flashbacks. My brother John Nicholson, also known as Johnny Nick, would have been 20, and into the world of engines. I believe John was still with Les Hayter (of Les Hayter Engineering) in Palmerston North, N.Z. Possibly/probably nearing the end of his apprenticeship. The perfectionist who went on to a life dedicated not only to engines, but also competitive motor racing and power boat racing along with Nicholson McLaren Engines. John passed away in 2017 and is sadly missed. R.I.P. previous brother. Heather Smale, née Nicholson.

      • markbisset says:

        Great to hear from you- most of us remember John’s achievements as both an engine builder and as a racer- a champion in Formula Atlantic/Pacific and he lived the dream by racing in F1- must admit I didn’t realise he raced offshore boats too. Rather a successful and fulfilling life for sure.

  1. graham64 says:

    A very, very historic car – the last front-engined car to win a Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix.

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