‘It is not common for racing cars to be photographed from the rear- more usually from the side or front.
Here are a few rear views (or views of rears) from my archives’ – Bob.
Jack Saywell, above, in his only appearance at Bathurst in his 2.9 Alfa Romeo P3, Easter 1939.
He could do no better than 6th when his engine was reluctant to start after a pitstop to adjust the brakes. The photo below is from ‘The Magnificent Monopostos’ by Simon Moore- this pitstop one of several during the very hot 1939 AGP at Lobethal, the heat caused major tyre problems for the heavier cars which did not afflict winner Allan Tomlinson’s nimble, light MG TA Spl s/c, Jack was 6th again.

(GP Library)

My anal side, not dominant at all in normal life kicks in with a wonderful selection like this- I feel the need to pop in chassis numbers where I can- but I am going to resist given the time required to do so! Good ole Google works pretty well- ‘Jack Saywell Alfa Romeo P3 chassis number’ will give you anoraks a path to finding what you want, otherwise just enjoy these magnificent photographs from Bob’s archive, Mark.


Paul Swedberg drove John Snow’s Delahaye 135CS to 2nd place at the Bathurst 1939 meeting, in John’s absence overseas. Paul’s own Offenhauser Midget, in which he was virtually unbeatable on the on speedways, was not entered.


Ted McKinnon finished 13th in the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in his Maserati 6CM. Doug Whiteford won that day aboard the first of his two Talbot-Lago T23C’s.

(S Wills)

An unknown car exhibiting the disadvantages of a swing rear axle system. Something tells me that this is DW Stephenson in his DWS? Templestowe Hillclimb in outer eastern Melbourne, September 1954.

(S Wills)

Maserati’s chief mechanic Guerino Bertocchi is leaning into the cockpit of Moss’ victorious Maserati 250F at Albert Park during the AGP weekend in 1956.
Having debuted as a riding mechanic with Alfieri Maserati in the 1926 Targa Florio and subsequently being riding mechanic in thirteen Mille Miglias as well as the 12 Hour of Pescara, it has always saddened me that he should die in 1981 as a passenger to an American during a trial drive of a modern Maserati. Car enthusiast Peter Ustinov told an amusing story concerning Bertocchi. Guerino delivered a new Maserati road car to Ustinov in Switzerland and said to Peter “I don’t know who you are Senor Ustinov, but you must be important to have me, Bertocchi, delivering your car”.

(S Wills)

Reg Parnell enters Jaguar corner in his Ferrari Super Squalo during the same wonderful 1956 AGP weekend.
The 30mph sign would not have deterred him. It also serves to remind us that ridiculous speed limits are not a new phenomenon – this sign was at the start of Albert Park’s main straight.

(S Wills)

This photograph shows the large SU required to feed the highly modified supercharged Vincent engine in Lex Davison’s Cooper. Phil Irving was the designer and the modifier of this motor – still labelled H.R.D on its timing cover. Templestowe 1957.

(S Wills)

Stirling Moss in the Cooper T45 Climax FPF 2 litre, Melbourne Grand Prix, Albert Park, November 1958.
This photograph is taken during practice – the race was held on a hot day and the Cooper was denuded of much of its rear body work in an endeavour to keep the driver cool. The long shadows show that the photograph was taken in the early morning – I seem to recall that practice was at 6.30am.

In spite of the hour, note the huge crowd at Jaguar corner. In a previous post I have mentioned that Moss really only showed his sublime skill during the 1956 AGP when it began to rain with just six laps to go. On this morning Stirling was struggling with locking brakes and again demonstrated phenomenal car control – I was crowd marshalling at about the point from where this photograph was taken.

(S Wills)

Almost a rear view – note the missing engine cover to cope with the heat. Moss won the 32 lap, 100 mile race from Jack Brabham’s similar Cooper T45 Climax FPF, Doug Whiteford’s Maserati 300S and Bib Stillwell’s Maserati 250F.

Sadly this was the last race meeting at the ‘Park until the modern AGP era.

(S Wills)

Len Lukey (5th) in the Lukey Bristol tailing Bib Stilwell in the 250F Maserati through Jaguar corner in 1958.

(S Wills)

Ted Gray in the Tornado 2 Chev- again at Albert Park of course in 1958, Ted retired the Lou Abrahams car after completing only 4 laps.

(S Wills)

Len Lukey in the eponymous Lukey Bristol at Templestowe 23/3/1958 – or was it still called the Cooper T23 Bristol until it got its Vanwall inspired body?

(S Wills)

JW Philip in an Austin Healey at Templestowe on 20/04/1958. We know nothing of this car and driver.

(S Wills)

Jack French in a  Cooper Norton of only 499cc, but still good enough to break the magic (to me) 30 seconds. His time 28.15 Rob Roy, 1959. Coopers with various power plants were ‘King of the Hills’ in those days.

(S Wills)

At Templestowe in 1958; Bruce Walton in his Walton Cooper. Six times Australian Hillclimb Champion from 1958 to 1963.

(N Hammond)

And lastly, me at Rob Roy in my Type 35 Bugatti in 2008.
Bob King Collection
References: ‘AGP – Howard et al’, Bathurst: Cradle of Australian Motor Racing John Medley, ‘ The Magnificient Monopostos’. Simon Moore. ‘Bugattis in Australia and New Zealand, 1920-2012. King and McGann
Tailpiece: Spiro (Steve) Chillianis, Rob Roy 1960, with some work to do …

(S Wills)

Car is the ex-Eddie Perkins rear engined Lancia Lambda Special, now fitted with an Austin A70 engine, or should we say ‘was fitted’. He recorded a time of 80.88 seconds- perhaps the ambulance broke the timing strip?
  1. Hi Mark & Bob,

    Another Great Article Guys, just a correction on the text under the Stirling Moss’s 250F pic @ the 1956 AGP @ Albert Park, sadly Guerino Bertocchi was killed in 1981 whilst a passenger in a De Tomaso Deauville (4 door saloon) a prospective client was testing the car on the Autostrada between Mirandola & Modena, Guerino Bertocchi had been working for the De Tomaso factory as test driver, he was 75,

    Best Wishes,

    David Zeunert / Melbourne 24/10/18.

  2. Shane Bowden says:

    Thanks Bob & Mark, fantastic photos

  3. DIDIER says:

    extrémité arrière ? what does it means ? in french, it means nothing !
    I suppose that it means “incredible oversteer”….

  4. DIDIER says:

    great bum ? so “beau cul” in french !

    I understand !

  5. DIDIER says:

    and you know that Bugatti and this sort of car are named “cul pointu” in french….I don’t know the name in english…sharp bum, perhaps…i don’t know…

  6. DIDIER says:

    “cul pointu” in french means not a chunky bum…the opposite….sharp bum or this sort of thing..I don’t know exactly

  7. DIDIER says:

    when you say in french “gros cul” (big bum), it’s means that you don’t like it.
    for instance, a lorry is a “gros cul” on the road because it’s speed is low and it is big.

    But when you say “beau cul”, butifull bum, it’s means that you like it…

    So I think that “beau cul” is better for these cars

  8. DIDIER says:

    as you know :

    beau cul for “one” bum
    beaux culs for many bums

  9. DIDIER says:

    as you know ‘cul’ is slang….
    ‘Derrière’ is more correct….but never say that thing to a woman, of course !!!!

    For the back side of a car, we can say “train arrière” or “partie arrière”
    For an animal, we say “arrière-train”

    So it’s impossible to say “arrière-train” for a car, it’s not correct, except for joke….

  10. DIDIER says:


    so funny ! I agree !

  11. DIDIER says:

    can you give me the correct translation of “cul pointu”, please ?
    thanks !
    didier (of France)

  12. DIDIER says:

    For a horse, for instance, we say “croupe”. a beautifull croupe…

  13. Rob says:


    I have a feeling that the image above captioned “Reg Parnell enters Jaguar corner in his Ferrari Super Squalo during the same wonderful 1956 AGP weekend” should read “Arnold Glass enters Jaguar corner in his Ferrari Super Squalo during the 1958 Melbourne Grand Prix weekend”

    My reasons for suggesting this are:
    * The light coloured helmet
    * The Ferrari shield just forward of the rear view mirror
    * The relatively small font of the No 2

    Please see [https://primotipo.com/tag/1956-australian-grand-prix/] and [https://autopics.com.au/58556-a-glass-ferrari-super-squalo-albert-park-1958-photographer-peter-dabbs/]


    Rob Bartholomaeus

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