After reading the article about Alan Hamilton ( AMC #88), I was prompted to tell a story from 1972 when my world renowned architect brotherin-law, Barrie Marshall (DCM), was starting out and going to England to work. He took the opportunity to buy a new 911 T as, in those days, he could order and purchase in Australia, and pick up in Stuttgart Germany, duty-free, provided he stayed with the car and kept the car out of Australia for three months prior to bringing it home.
At the end of three months he sent the car home by ship, asking me to pick it up at the Port Melbourne docks as he and his wife were staying in England for a further six months. I arrived at the wharf as it was being unloaded, only to find it wasn’t that simple, and the car had to go into a bond store, and was going to sit on the wharf amongst the cranes, forklifts and wharfies until the issues were addressed. How naïve was I!
I knew Alan Hamilton from motor racing, and so went straight to ‘Hamiltons’ as it was called, in Chapel Street, South Yarra, and told Alan about the predicament. He immediately took charge and by the end of the day the car was in ‘bond’ at Chapel Street.
When brother-in-law Barrie returned to Oz six months later, we went straight to Hamiltons to pick the car up. And here it was, serviced, detailed and registered, ready to go, and apart from the registration fee, there were no charges.
Barrie went on to buy a further five new 911s over the following years, with his partners also buying Porsches.
Alan Hamilton is pretty well revered among the Porsche community.
PS: That 911 T has been fully restored (owner unknown). Phillip Beatson Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC