Posts Tagged ‘1939 SA Junior GP’

lobethal 1939

Terraplane Special at Lobethal in January 1939, with three enthusiasts watching from the ‘Grand Stand’ whilst sheltering from the hot summer sun…

Some of these older shots blow me away and take me back to a time of racing well before my own…It’s not possible to identify actually which car this is. The shot is more about the ‘atmospherics’ of the most challenging ‘race track’ in Australia than the car in any event.

It’s a photo i found in the State Library of South Australia Archive marked ‘Terraplane Lobethal 1939’. Ace researcher/historian Stephen Dalton reckons its the AGP meeting held at Lobethal on 1 January 1939, ‘The SA Junior GP’ had 3 Terraplane Specials entered for Les Burrows, H Beith and Bob Lea Wright..take your pick…

Terraplane Spl…

Terraplane was a car brand built by Hudson between 1933 and 1938 and were ‘rich pickings’ for special builders throughout the world as the 8 cylinder cars were supposedly the highest power to weight ratio production cars of the day…and favoured transport of US Gangsters John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.

lobethal cicuit

From AMS December 1947

Photo Credit…

State Library of South Australia, Stephen Dalton research