Living colour…

Posted: August 17, 2021 in Fotos
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I guess most of us have marvelled at technology which has recently allowed the colourisation of monochrome images from the earliest days of racing to more recent times.

Adam Gawliczek is one of the better practitioners of the art, his early stuff was a bit how’s-yer-father, but like everything, practice makes perfect.

I’ve chosen a few shots of Australian relevance, checkout Adam’s Facebook page Colorize Auto Moto archive, there is enough to keep you going for days.

Good ‘ole Adam slaps his watermark on the images to indicate his work (ok) but he is the usual intellectual property thief otherwise; no acknowledgement of the original photographer to respect his/her art anywhere. I recognise some as Getty Images material, some will be out of copyright of course, but it’s still good form oulde bean to acknowledge the snapper I reckon. Not saying I get it right all the time either. End of rant.

The first shot above is Doug Whiteford on the way to winning his second Australian Grand Prix at Bathurst in 1952, car is the first of his two Talbot Lago T26C’s. The trees are a bit euro-green rather than Oz blue-green but let’s not get too pernickety, I think Byron Gunther took this shot. ‘Fill Her Up Matey’: Talbot-Lago T26C, Melbourne 1957… | primotipo…

From Stephen Dalton pointing out that Motor Manual had a crack at hand colouring this photograph in the mid-fifties

The shot above is of a 1.5-litre, straight-eight Grand Prix Talbot Darracq 700 taking shape in the Suresnes, Paris, factory in 1926, read about ‘Australias’ example here; ‘Australia’s’ Talbot Darracq 700: 1926/7 GP car… | primotipo…

TD 700 chassis #3 was brought to Australia by Jack Day in May 1949.

Two of the more exciting cars raced in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s were the 2-litre Ballot 2LS and 4.8-litre straight-eight 5/8 LC raced by Alan and Harold Cooper (and later others) in New South Wales and Victoria. The shot above shows Jules Goux’ 2LS during the French Grand Prix weekend at Le Mans in July 1921.

He finished an amazing third in the 2-litre, DOHC, 16-valve Ernest Henry designed machine behind Jimmy Murphy’s Duesenberg and Ralph de Palma’s 3/8 LC Ballot – both 3-litre cars; I’m not suggesting this 2LS came to Australia.

Peter Whitehead had a several successful visits to Australia in the thirties and fifties including a win in the ’38 AGP at Bathurst in his ERA B-Type, and the South Pacific Trophy at Gnoo Blas in a Ferrari 500/625 in 1955.

This beautiful shot shows Peter on his way to third place in his supercharged Ferrari 125 V12 during the 1951 GP International de Rouen.

Chassis #114 was sold to Aussie, Dick Cobden, and raced by him for a bit, fitted with a Chev V8, it was an early acquisition by Tom Wheatcroft’s Donington Collection. 1955 South Pacific Championship, Gnoo Blas… | primotipo…

Lex Davison (in blue above) beside his Aston Martin DBR4 3-litre in the Longford paddock during the 1961 March long-weekend.

He was fifth in the Longford Trophy won by Roy Salvadori’s Cooper T51 Climax. One of Adam’s earlier efforts, the colour of the racer isn’t close nor is the Holden behind, but better than nothing.

See here for the DBR4; Lex’ Aston Martin DBR4/250’s… | primotipo…

One of the more exotic cars to reach these shores in the fifties was Bira’s Maserati 4CLT-48 Osca 4.45-litre V12 – quite a mouthful.

He brought it as a spare for his Maserati 250F on his Summer of ’55 NZ-Oz Tour. Both were tired shit-heaps, poor Alf Harvey bought the Maser, he had a couple of runs in it between bouts of complex mechanical carnage. I’d love to see a decent shot of that car in action in Australia if any of you has one.

The photograph of the Thai Prince is on the Richmond Trophy grid at Goodwood in 1951. He won the 12 lap race from two ERA B-Types of Brian Shawe and Duncan Hamilton #28. Car #34, another ERA, isn’t listed on either of the results sites I use.

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Another regretful purchase was Jack Brabham’s acquisition of Peter Whitehead’s Cooper T24 Alta (above) when he arrived in England in 1955. He was later to say he would have been far better to have taken his highly-developed Cooper T23 Bristol with him from Australia.

The shot above shows Whitehead at Goodwood in April 1954 – he only completed a lap of the Lavant Cup before throttle problems intervened. More on the Cooper Bristol here; The Cooper T23, its Bristol/BMW engine and Spaceframe chassis… | primotipo…

Credits…

Photographers unknown, Stephen Dalton Collection

Tailpiece…

French derriere to finish. Louis Wagner’s Ballot 3/8 LC at Le Mans during the 1921 French GP weekend – seventh. One of the most beautiful racing cars ever built.

Finito…

Comments
  1. robert king says:

    Not for publication as a comment

    First mention of Ballots ” one of the’ – and then describes both cars.

    Not so keen on the colourization – but interesting, Though.

    B

  2. Lynton Hemer says:

    I think you’re being kind to say that ‘colourising’ is interesting, Bob.

    Apart from the presumptive attitude that someone else’s photos are your playthings, and that if you remember, you may put yourself out to acknowledge the photographer, and the gall to think that you can choose the colours and play god (small g, you’ll notice), the distraction of knowing that the picture has been colourised completely distracts the viewer from taking in the scene as originally intended by the photographer.

    It’s a bit the same as silicon enhancement of the upper reaches of human female anatomy….
    You know immediately that there’s been an addition.

    And from that moment on, all you are thinking about is whether the change was worth the trouble……and you wonder what was all that wrong with the way it/they looked originally…..and you can’t concentrate on the ‘image’ as a story telling anymore.

    On behalf of ‘offended’ photographers everywhere,

    Lynton.😉

    • markbisset says:

      Hi Lynton,
      No offence intended, monochrome works well for me!
      M

      • Lynton Hemer says:

        Morning Scribe,

        From what I could see, you were already doubtful about the idea.

        I purposely wrote ‘offended’ in parenthesis to mock my own outrage.

        Any ‘offense’ I may pompously feel is directed at ‘colourisers’.

        And besides, I tend not to shoot the messenger……

        L

  3. Roger Clark says:

    No. 34 ERA in the picture of B Bira at Goodwood is R2A, driven at the meeting by John Green and Edward Martin who were joint owners of the car. Neither raced in the Richmond Trophy so this is probably the Chichester Cup (Formule Libre with Green at the wheel.

    • markbisset says:

      Thanks Roger,
      I went with the existing caption without thinking of an alternative race. Shall pop up a photo of the car racing in Oz next week – they are thin on the ground unfortunately.
      Go well.
      Mark

  4. David Thompson says:

    The whole world was black and white then. I know; I was there, and all I remember is black and white photographs.

  5. bill hollingsworth says:

    Love the colourized pictures. Golly, is that the art police knocking on my front door?

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