Archive for the ‘Compound curvature’ Category

image

Jack Brabham willingly takes his go-faster pill from the lovely Goodyear fräulein…

It’s just before the 1966 German Grand Prix, Jack won the race in his Brabham BT19 Repco on 7 August from John Surtees and Jochen Rindt aboard Cooper T81 Masers.

Jack was right in the middle of the mid-season purple patch which gave him the title; from 3 July to 7 August he won the French, British, Dutch and German GP’s on the trot.

Goodyear were a very important part of Brabham Repco’s win that year. Jack was in F1 with them from their start in F1, 1965, and was still winning races with them in 1971.

Brabham’s last race win was aboard a Goodyear RR12 shod Bowin P4X Formula Ford ‘Race of Champions’ victory at Calder, Australia…

image

Bob Jane was always a clever promoter, the champion racer/entrepreneur and Calder circuit owner decided upon a ‘Race of Champions’ amongst the Australian aces of the day to get a few more bums on seats at his 15 August 1971, cold and chilly winter meeting. Look at the crowd!

The just retired, for a while anyway, Jack Brabham was happy to accept the invitation to compete. It just so happened his Ford Dealership in Sydney sponsored Bob Beasley in a Bowin P4 in that years ‘TAA Driver to Europe Series’, the national Formula Ford championship.

The field included Kevin Bartlett, Alan Hamilton, Allan Moffat. Pictured here is Bib Stillwell in the car in which Larry Perkins won the 1971 Driver to Europe title, then Jack and Frank Matich in Elfin 600, Bowin P4X and Aztec FF respectively.

Whether or not Jack did a few laps in the Bowin at Warwick Farm in Sydney before the car was popped onto the trailer for Melbourne is unclear, ditto Bib, the owner of the Perkins Elfin 600! It was a fun race but their were plenty of guys keen to win, Jack prevailed in the short scrap, Goodyear shod of course…

Credits…

ullstein Bild, Classic FF FB page

Ps: ‘Drink it Freddy!’…

Was the catchy slogan or tagline of a popular sweet drink called ‘Quik’, the notion being that the additive made cows milk more drinkable at a time such milk was a good thing. I think it still is, but who knows? Anyway, the line was stuck in the back of my head, which is full of useless shite and popped out when i saw Jack and his Goodyear friend…

Pps: Love the neato Repco Brabham sticker on the cockpit screen of Jack’s car!

 

 

 

 

 

 

image

‘If she would just ease her grip a smidge it really would be perfect’…

Seems to be the look on Jackie Oliver’s face. He and the delightful young lady are aboard Jackie’s ’74 Can Am Championship winning Shadow DN4 Chev. It’s the London Olympia ‘Speedshow’ on 2 January 1975.

By 1974 the heyday of the greatest motor racing spectacle on the planet was over, the Porsche roller-coaster effectively did that in 1972/3 as well as some poor decision making by officialdom which drove the likes of Jim Hall from the series. Sans Chaparral the show was never quite the same.

Longtime Don Nichols driver Oliver didn’t have an easy time of it in 1974 though, his teammate and ’72 Can Am champ George Follmer gave him a serious run for his money. Oliver won 4 rounds, George followed him home in 3 of them. Scooter Patrick won the other round in an old McLaren M20 Chev.

image

Road America 1973. Oliver DNS in the championship race after an engine failure in the sprint event. Compare and contrast the 1973 DN2 with the 1974 DN4 below. Donohue won in a Porsche 917/30. #47 is Ed Felter McLaren M8E Chev DNF and #51 is not on the results data-base i have if anyone can assist (unattributed)

New cars for 1974, the DN4 design (below) was fundamentally smaller than the ’73 DN2 (above) and built around fuel cells of only 45 gallons, the legislators reaction to the oil crisis of the time. Track, wheelbase and overall width were less than the DN2. Southgate used some DN3 F1 hardware in the DN4, ‘the last great CanAm car’, but the layout-aluminium monocoque, Hewland LG ‘box and ally-block Chev, which still gave a reputed 800bhp were all CanAm standard issue. Albeit a brilliantly executed one which was driven mighty well by a couple of Group 7 veterans in Ollie and George…

Credits…

J Wilds, nwmaracing

Tailpiece: The ole DN4 one-two. Oliver from Follmer at Mosport on 16 June 1974, they finished in that order with Scooter Patrick 3rd in a McLaren M20 Chev…

ollie-mosport

(nwmaracing)

 

 

image

Great to see Innes Ireland maintain focus AND have the head space to follow Sirling Moss home in the  1960 US Grand Prix…

Bit of a tight fit in the cockpit of his 18, it would have been a bit more comfy in his 19 Sportscar, albeit not as much fun.

He  won the USGP in his Lotus 21 Climax the following year, the Scots only championship GP win. His talent deserved more but life was for living, he was a champion with joie de vivre!

Innes took Team Lotus first GP win in the process so ’twas a big weekend for Innes, Chapman and the Lotus 21.

The photo below is Ireland leading Dan Gurney’s Porsche 718 and Graham Hill’s BRM P48/57 Climax on his way to victory in 1961.

image

(unattributed)

 

Credit…

Dave Friedman, Getty Images

Tailpiece: Innes, Silverstone, circa 1961…

image

(Getty)

 

lotus boys

Nina Rindt keeping a close eye on Jochen, Jo Siffert and Graham Hill all doing their best to focus on their Loti and need for speed rather than the black booted babe…

A famous Rainer Schlegelmilch shot at Monza in 1969, i don’t think its ever been established exactly who ‘boots’ is? Quite a tidy unit.

Jackie Stewart took the race, the best placed Lotus 49 was Rindt in 2nd. Siffert was classified 8th but withdrew with engine failure, Hill retired his 49 the lap before Jo with driveshaft failure and was classified 9th.

Photo…Rainer Schlegelmilch

image

This photo of the ‘Lady in Red’ was originally published in the UK’s ‘Picture Post’, but the caption is devoid of all the information we want; car, driver, place. The date of the pic is 20 September 1952…

It’s a C Type Jag, it looks like Stirling Moss, maybe some of you Brits can help with the meeting place and date?

Credit…

Zoltan Glass

 

 

image

Jenson Button and David Richards, BAR Honda 005 and friends on the beach at St Kilda, close to Albert Park and the 2003 Australian Grand Prix…

Joint in the background is the Stokehouse Restaurant which burned to the ground a few years back, somewhat of a local icon but i’ve never had a decent feed there.

image

Button was 9th in the race won by David Coulthard’s McLaren MP4/17D Mercedes, Jacques Villeneuve 8th in the other BAR. It was a tough season for the cars, Button the best placed of the two drivers, 9th in the championship won by Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari.

Credits…

Robert Cianflone

 

judy dent

F C Gundlach is a celebrated German photographer, he took a series of shots of British Model Judy Dent at the Avus in 1962…

Gundlach is regarded as the German’s most important fashion photographer in the post war period. His work is highly rated for its craftsmanship, technical finesse and staging. For the technically minded photographers, he normally used a 28mm wide angle lens as it ‘allows closer proximity to the models, a sharper perspective and higher depth of field’.

Formula Junior XIV International Avusrennen 13 May 1962…

A little bit of fossicking aided by the ‘F2 Register’ shows, i think, these photos were taken at the Avus, Berlin in May 1962, a round of the German FJ Championship won that year by Kurt Ahrens Jnr. Jo Siffert won the Avus round in his Lotus 22 Ford.

The first shot below is, i think, the Lotus 22 Ford of Ahrens Jnr, he actually raced a Cooper T59 Ford, but he and his father raced both Cooper T59 and Lotus 22, so my guess is Kurt tested the Lotus but elected to race his trusty Cooper.

avus 1

Judy Dent again in  a lovely ‘Saga’ fur coat. Car below is the Cooper T56 Ford of Gunter Schramm, 7th in the aggregate of 2 races, and 4 th in the Championship.

avus 2

The Ahrens Jnr Lotus 22 Ford again, below

avus 3

Lotus 22 Ford of Kurt Ahrens Snr. He was 10th in the race on aggregate and finished 3rd in the Championship.

lotus 21

Photo Credit…F C Gundlach

image

Mrs Cook’s Cooper is fettled at Brands Hatch during 1957…

Clearly an inspirational woman for the teenagers with the cameras looking on. All information about the driver gratefully received.

Credit…

Charles Hewitt

Mountain Women…

Posted: October 2, 2016 in Compound curvature, Fotos
Tags:

image

A couple of young fillies making good their Bugatti, at least I think it may be a Bug but it’s no more than a guess…

Another magazine shoot by Heinz von Perckhammer whose photographic speciality was mainly nudes, nice work it is too. Google away.

This series of photos was published in issue 14 of  ‘Sieben Tage’ in 1935. There are no caption details about date, place, car or models names sadly, all input in relation thereto gratefully received.

image

Credits…

Heinz von Perckhammer

Tailpiece…

image

 

image

Blondie surrounded by World Champs; Messrs Hulme, Hill and Clark, Melbourne, 1968…

Ford Australia’s 1967 ‘XR’ Falcon was a big step forward in its market competition with General Motors ‘Holden’ who had a dominant position.  The XR GT packed a 289cid V8 and started the trend of local pony cars which provided wonderful road cars and iconic Bathurst racers for years.

image

Barry Cassidy, Ford Falcon ‘XR’ GT, Newry Corner, Longford March 1968 (oldracephotos.com)

This photo is no doubt part of Ford’s ongoing repositioning of their product, ‘Going Ford is the Going Thing’ was FoMoCo’s ‘tag line’ of the day.

‘Blondies’ car is the 1968 ‘XT’ Falcon 500 ‘poverty pack’. A 302cid V8 was cranked under the bonnet to create the GT, a 4 speed box, slippery diff and front disc brakes with firmer springs and shocks completed the performance makeover. This was the only one of the ‘Big Henrys’ which didn’t win the Bathurst enduro classic. An ‘HK’ Holden Monaro 327 coupe driven by Bruce McPhee took the ’68 win.

‘Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday’ is the adage…

image

The Spencer Martin/Jim McKeown XT Ford Falcon GT auto!,Bathurst 500 1968. The pair were 42nd, the highest placed Ford was the XR GT driven by McIntyre/Stacey which was 7th (unattributed)

The local ranges of Ford and Holden were full of mundane stodge in 1966, perhaps the Cortina GT the ‘highlight’. Times ‘were a changin tho’, by 1970; Ford offered the Falcon 351V8 GT/GTHO, Lotus engined Escort Twin-cam, Capri GT V6 and 1600GT and Holden the Monaro HG 350V8 and Torana XU1 which sported a 186cid ohv triple-carbed straight six, all wonderful cars for 13 year olds to dream about…

ford

Ford Oz ad for the 1972/3 ‘XA’ Coupe GT; 351cid 300bhp V8, 4 speed ‘top loader’ box, slippery diff, disc/drum brakes, great cars!

Ford provided some support to Team Lotus who campaigned Lotus 49 DFW’s for both Jim Clark and Graham Hill during the ’68 Tasman Series which Clark won.

The Falcon shot at the articles start has Victorian plates so the shot was probably taken in the week of 25 February to 4 March 1968. Clark took the Sandown, Victorian round. The world champs were then in Melbourne for a few days before heading to Longford, Tasmania for the series ending race won by Piers Courage’ McLaren M4A FVA F2 car in a stunning wet weather drive.

image

Clark ahead of Graham Hill, slices into The Esses during the ‘Warwick Farm 100’, another win for the Scot’s Lotus 49, he took the ’68 Tasman (oldracephotos.com)

Credits…

Ford Australia, oldracephotos.com