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New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Bob Hilditch

Hav­ing re­turned to Aus­tralia af­ter a visit to at­tend the Kenny Smith trib­ute meet­ing at Hamp­ton Downs, I sat down to read your lat­est pub­li­ca­tion and was in­trigued to read Donn An­der­son’s re­ply with re­gard to a Mini Cooper. He re­ferred to Mini Cooper– spin­ning guests Paddy Hop­kirk and Timo Mäki­nen at the 1965 Wills Six Hour pro­duc­tion meet­ing.

I thought you might like this pic­ture of them taken in 1965. I sub­se­quently bought the grey car (DA8464), which I used as my road car. My race car was EX6448, which was the car that Kenny and Mor­rie Smith raced in the 1966 Wills Three Hour Group 2 event (they fin­ished sev­enth), which can be seen in Kenny’s book, The Kenny Smith Scrap­book, by Michael Clark. I would like to know if this car still ex­ists!

The other pho­to­graph is EX6448 on the grid at Pukekohe in 1966. Stand­ing in the back­ground are, I think, Doc Lan­g­ley, Andy Buchanan, and Brian In­nis.

Great pho­to­graphs, Bob — thanks for shar­ing. AFW

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