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John Ingeg­neri


of us – and our fa­thers – can re­late to John’s rec­ol­lec­tions of his first car, age 17. “This was my Dad’s VJ Valiant hard­top with 770 op­tion. He didn’t stand a chance [of driv­ing it much] af­ter I got my mitts onto it,” John writes. “It had 14x7” US rac­ing rims with Kle­ber V12 ra­di­als, front spoiler, stock 265 hemi auto with ex­trac­tors, air­craft land­ing spot­lights, tacho on top of the dash and a fash­ion­able (at the time) white sun­stripe across the front wind­screen! How lucky was I; this car was a real tyre smoker!” John says it was sold to a Chan­nel Seven pro­ducer in the early 1990s with an orig­i­nal 41,000km. “I wish we still had it! This photo was taken in Lilyfield in Syd­ney in 1978. The car was pur­chased new from a Chrysler dealer on Par­ra­matta Road in 1973. I re­mem­ber clearly that my Dad wanted a beige VJ Ranger sedan with a 318 V8 but we man­aged to talk him out of that and into this gor­geous VJ hard­top which was af­fec­tion­ately known around Syd­ney as ‘Big Val’.”

War­ren Martin


never cease to be amazed by the num­ber of read­ers who snapped off pho­tos from the early Bathurst 500s and who still have those images. War­ren Martin kindly sent us th­ese Stude­baker shots, but couldn’t re­call the year ex­actly. “The #7D Vic­to­rian Po­lice club en­try was kept from rolling off the side of the moun­tain, back to the pits, by the ‘safety’ wire fenc­ing,” War­ren ad­vises. This is the Jim Fer­gu­son/ Ian Wright Lark which crashed out of the 1963 af­fair, leav­ing the brake­less #2D Bert Need­ham/ War­ren Wel­don ex­am­ple to battle gamely on to 27th place. War­ren’s ac­tion shot shows #2D be­ing lapped by the Harry Firth/Bob Jane race-win­ning Cortina.

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