Historic Win­ton

Pre-1960 rac­ers head for the 41st run­ning of Oz’s big­gest historic meet

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The 41st run­ning of Aus­tralia’s big­gest historic race meet­ing placed em­pha­sis on pre-1960 rac­ers, prompt­ing re­stor­ers of some very eclec­tic ma­chin­ery into ac­tion, de­liv­er­ing a com­bi­na­tion of Euro­pean ori­gins and home-grown engi­neer­ing.

Chan­dler Lan­cia Ford V8 Spe­cial

‘I got the car just this year; we rushed to get it ready in time for Historic Win­ton – and just made it,’ said War­wick Bean­land of his un­usual Lan­cia Lambda-based racer. ‘it had been sit­ting in a barn in Mil­dura for many years. ‘The owner before me had the car for more than 40 years. The car – as a 1927 Lan­cia – be­longed to my fa­ther’s boss. It was con­verted into a hill climb spe­cial in 1946 with the Ford V8, some­thing he helped to do as a 16-year-old.

‘It com­peted quite a bit in the pe­riod and even held a record at Rob Roy hill climb for about six months in 1951. It’s got a good power-to-weight ra­tio – it’s only 900kg.’

Cooper-mg

‘This is this car’s first out­ing in 22 years,’ said Graeme Louk of his 1948 Cooper-mg spe­cial. ‘I’m lucky, I’ve only had to do a bit of sort­ing – a new camshaft, a bet­ter cylin­der head gas­ket, new wiring and plumb­ing.

‘It was one of the first in Aus­tralia. Orig­i­nally pow­ered by an 880cc JAP en­gine in the back. Arthur Wylie used it to smash the record at Rob Roy. Keith Martin also won the 1950 Aus­tralian hill­climb cham­pi­onship with it.

‘Af­ter that it was sold to Ge­orge Pearse. The en­gine blew in at the 1953 Aus­tralian Grand Prix, and it would’ve cost him too much to re­place, so he put a su­per­charged MG TC en­gine in the front with the driver sit­ting in the back where the JAP en­gine used to be. His great­est per­sonal vic­tory was to beat Jack Brab­ham at New Bluff in 1955. In 1956 Ge­orge rolled the car badly at South­port.

‘The wreck was bought and re­built by Ray Rev­ell who had quite some suc­cess at lo­cal speed­ways with it. Then it was owned by Lionel Ayres who in­stalled an XPAG en­gine and big­ger su­per­charger, which made it fast but frag­ile – it would fin­ish on the podium or on a tow rope. The car was res­ur­rected by Greg Smith, who sold it to me, and I think we have it pretty much sorted now.’

Jo­lus

‘When I got the car it was a pile of parts in a trailer, only 20 per cent of it was left,’ said Ge­off Fry of his re­cent­ly­completed Jo­lus. ‘Over the next 20 years I col­lected the rest of the parts to re­store it.

‘It was one of the first rear-en­gined For­mula Ju­niors, but it only raced for two years, 1961-2. Its con­struc­tor’s sur­name was Joas and it copied the Lo­tus 18, hence the name Jo­lus. It’s num­ber two of three cars built.

‘In 1962 it won a tro­phy for the best per­form­ing lo­cal FJ at Wake­field Park, and later that year it placed fourth be­hind three Lo­tuses. But af­ter that it was bro­ken down by its owner who planned to turn it into a sports car, this never hap­pened, hence the state I found it in.

One of three Jo­luses was found as a pile of bits

Italy meets US via Aus­tralia with Chan­dler

Cooper-mg last saw ac­tion in 1995

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