Keep­ing the ‘old’ spirit alive

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You may or may not al­ready have had cor­re­spon­dence on the ar­ti­cle on John Ab­bott’s Es­cort, how­ever, as a ‘ his­to­rian’ and mo­tor sport fan from way back, I feel that there is need for correction with ref­er­ence to John War­den. Firstly, he was a Kiwi who, with Rod Cop­pins, was in busi­ness in Gis­borne when, while on a mo­tor rac­ing trip to Aus­tralia, he was fa­tally in­jured at Catalina Park in Blue Moun­tains, NSW.

Se­condly, his name was John Ward, and at that time I knew his par­ents, who lived in Waihi. I did a his­tory on this car many years ago for John Ab­bott, as over the years I have built up a data­base for both New Zealand and Aus­tralia of ev­ery re­sult of any mo­tor sport event (apart from speed­way, drags or non–mo­tor­sport New Zealand events) start­ing from the early 1900s to 1990. I have a web­site, cab­bage­treecorner­me­dia.com, and am on Face­book as well, so have a look, as I have heaps pics on Levin as I used to live there. In­ci­den­tally, I was in­volved in help­ing start Mini7 in New Zealand back in late ’60s, and built the Rod Cop­pins replica Ze­phyr Corvette, along with a few other cars. I am now re­tired in Bris­bane, but still have a pas­sion for keep­ing the old spirit alive by do­ing my data­base. I am not look­ing for any praise, but wish to see the record straight re. John, as I was a great fan. Keep up the good work. John Climo, Bris­bane Many thanks for the correction, John. Love the web­site … keep up the great work. AFW

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