Australian Muscle Car
Welsor Waggott Mother Tucker Restaurant
Back in AMC #114 we published a rather random photo in the ‘Seldo on Sunday’ Muscle Man feature on David Seldon. As recalled in the yarn, Seldon had considerable success punting Welsor Clubmans in 1972‘73. However, that was less so with the Waggott-engined and Welsor-built Datsun 1000 sports sedan of the following year, which explains the rst two words on the teeshirts of our models in the photo.
The ‘models’ were (left to right) Nev Winley and Bob Mills, who helped out Colin Wear building and maintaining the various Welsors in circulation. The striking blonde is Margaret Lander, then wife of racer Peter Lander (in the natty cap, standing behind). Like Seldon, Peter Lander was a Welsor Clubman racer and pretty quick with it. He made seven Bathurst 1000 starts between 1973 and 1982 all in smallfry class cars, winning his class twice in Minis (‘74 and ‘75) and seeing out his days (unsuccessfully) with Chris Heyer in his VW Golf and Audi 5+5. What about the Mother Tucker Restaurant? Let Seldon, who had never seen the photo before, take up the story:
“Nev (Winley) was Ian Kiernan’s (of Clean Up Australia fame) manager and friend of Col Wear, myself and Peter. Ian Kiernan (who passed away in 2018) was a big property developer around the Woolloomooloo area and also had a restaurant up near the (Kings) Cross called Mother Tucker’s, and gave us some sponsorship, hence the T-shirts.” Welsor Waggott Mother Tucker Restaurant. It’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?