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Yogi 1

Ican as­sure you Brian Muir is not for­got­ten by those of us old enough to have been around in his hey­day. That red EH S4 was a stand­out at the time and a NSW an­swer to Vic­to­ria’s Norm Beechey.

I have fond mem­o­ries of a day spent with him in Eng­land in 1973. It was just a so­cial call to his work­shop in Per­shore, but we were soon caught up in racing gos­sip about mu­tual ac­quain­tances, ex­pe­ri­ences at Lake­side and so on.

Soon, a me­chanic came in to tell Brian that a Mk2 Jag they had been re­pair­ing was now ready for de­liv­ery to the rail­way sta­tion for the owner to pick up later. Brian asked if I would follow him and give him a lift from the sta­tion back to the work­shop. “Are you driv­ing that E-Type?” Brian asked. “Yes.” “Good, I won’t have to wait for you, then.” And with that he leapt into the Mk2 and thun­dered off down the road at max­i­mum revs. It was es­sen­tial I keep up as I had no idea where the rail­way was or even its di­rec­tion. Soon we were go­ing hard along nar­row English roads and lanes, tall hedgerows on ei­ther side and who knew what traf­fic ap­proach­ing. Al­ways the boot of the Jag was vis­i­ble just about to flash around the next cor­ner as I hung on grimly. We weren’t likely to break the Land Speed Record in the coun­try lanes around Per­shore, but Brian’s at­ti­tude was we should at least try!

Pulling into the sta­tion yard both E-Type and self were gasp­ing and breath­less but, of course, I did my best to ap­pear non­cha­lant. Nei­ther of us said any­thing. But, af­ter a mo­ment, he gave me a sly smile and we both burst out laugh­ing. The test must have been passed, as we then ad­journed to the lo­cal pub for lunch.

A nice mem­ory of a good bloke.

Yogi 2

HHere is a photo of Brian Muir in Pa­trick Mo­tor­sport’s Rover 3500 at Brands Hatch in July 1980. I was there for the Bri­tish GP, which Alan Jones won and Muir was in the sedan sup­port race. As an Aussie I recog­nised his name in the pro­gramme of course and just had to take the photo. It was a great ar­ti­cle ( AMC #92) which I en­joyed im­mensely. I was on a two months tour of Eng­land and Scot­land with my wife and Bri­tish in-laws. My wife (Eileen) and I man­aged to ‘pop’ over to Le Mans for the 24 Hours and wit­ness Jean Ron­deau win in a car of his own de­sign and name, a bit like ‘Our Jack’ win­ning the World Cham­pi­onship in a Brab­ham. An­other great mem­ory.

Yogi 3

Re­gard­ing the Brian Muir story, thank you very much for the great mem­o­ries of a very com­pet­i­tive and equally nice guy. Well done! I’m sure it has been well re­ceived by the en­thu­si­asts. Very best to you all.

Rob Switzer Email

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