New Zealand Classic Car - - Motorsport Flashback -

An­other de­cent-sized book I’ve been wad­ing through is — the story of the Crossle rac­ing-car man­u­fac­turer, from just out­side of Belfast. I was sur­prised how much John Crossle had in com­mon with our own Ge­orge Begg — both were born within a few months of one an­other, and came from farm­ing back­grounds. Both had be­come in­volved with agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery, both raced mo­tor­cy­cles be­fore mov­ing on to build­ing a rac­ing car. At about the time Ge­orge was in­stalling a Daim­ler V8 into the back of a Brab­ham-es­que sin­gle-seater, Crossle was putting to­gether a big-en­gined car of not dis­sim­i­lar ap­pear­ance. Both built pukka F5000 cars in 1969.

How­ever, whereas build­ing rac­ing cars was only ever a hobby for the re­doubtable South­lander, Crossle be­came a ma­jor player in For­mula Ford from 1969 un­til the early-to-mid ’80s. I haven’t seen this book for sale here, and at £60 [about $120] it is ex­pen­sive.

How­den Ganley

Speak­ing of good-qual­ity books, it’s in­ter­est­ing to note that How­den Ganley be­gan work on his long-awaited au­to­bi­og­ra­phy — — on Jan­uary 8, 2005, the 50th an­niver­sary of what How­den calls, “The day that changed my life.” Ten years later we vis­ited Ard­more, and I cap­tured New Zealand’s lat­est sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian au­thor pho­tograph­ing the very spot where he, his fa­ther and brother De­nis had watched the run­ning of the 1955 NZ Grand Prix.

How­den Ganley at the launch of his new book

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