Mid­get power

Old Bike Australasia - - IAN BOYD COLLECTION -

Cob Smith’s col­umn (OBA 49) de­tailed the re­mark­able mid­get speed­car built by Jim McMa­hon util­is­ing Tri­umph 3T top ends. Midgets us­ing mo­tor­cy­cle-de­rived power units were plen­ti­ful at the time, and this one (above & be­low right), built by Syd­ney en­gi­neer Ron Ward in 1959, is a beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple. Raced in pe­riod by Nev Do­herty, Peter Cun­neen and oth­ers, ‘NSW 3’ was a well known and very suc­cess­ful car – in fact one of a long line of ‘NSW 3’ cars built by Ron. Th­ese pho­tos sup­plied by Rob Lewis show Brian Wal­dock (left) who re­stored the car, and Don Pol­lock. NSW 3 now re­sides at Moruya with its owner Guy Fluke. An­other in­ter­est­ing car with a very strong mo­tor­cy­cle con­nec­tion is this mid­get (be­low), shown at New­cas­tle (NSW) Speed­way circa 1946. It shows driver Max Grosskreut­z, the for­mer solo star who rep­re­sented Australia on many oc­ca­sions and en­joyed a highly suc­cess­ful pre-war in­ter­na­tional ca­reer, with English­man Bill Reynolds, who raced both mo­tor­cy­cles and cars af­ter em­i­grat­ing to Australia. The car used two Rudge en­gines, one in the front and one in the rear, with all four wheels driven. Thanks to Brian Darby for the photo.

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