Garry Baker of Victoria,(Garry is involved in suspension development engineering)- (motor racing)
who has been a great help to me with my Vintage Speedway websites, also has a wealth of knowledge, material and contacts in the Australian road racing scene. Garry has agreed to help with some material for 'Aussie Road Racing' ....thanks Garry.
In the 1940s, Victorian automotive engineering guru Eddie Thomas sits in the same car with his wife. The Ballot has a different body and powered by a V8 engine.
American midget ace, Paul Swedberg ran his dirt track Offenhauser speedway midget on the Mount Panorama , Bathurst race track on 25th March 1940. Midgets run an outside hand brake hooked up to the rear wheels only and in this pic Paul has his right hand on the hand brake lever as he brakes the Offy. For this meeting he had handbrake levers mounted on both sides. Paul was the first American Speedcar driver to tour Australia with his own car in 1938. ..Photo by Byron Gunther.
Victorian car owner and driver, Reg Hunt ( at rear of car ) and mechanics work on the fabulous 250 F Maserati GP car.These cars were only of 2.5 litre capacity and had the most beautiful exhaust note of all time. A 250F accelerating up Mountain Straight at Bathurst was a sound to behold in the 50s.
Alf Beasley of Victoria in the Ford V860 midget gets away with the wheels spinning in a hill climb start. The timing device can be seen at the LF wheel.
Alf Beasley lifts the LF in the little Lea Francis powered midget at Rob Roy Hill Climb.1953.
This little car went on to have a colourful and successful history in Australian Speedway eventually running a REPCO Holden engine as 'The Little BERCO' # 65 and driven by many greats in Australian Speedway.
Arthur Wylie again in action at the Hawkesbury Lookout NSW, hill climb.
circa 1950...Byron Gunther photo.
On to the Ian Sagaris Collection Page 11.
Arthur Wylie with his very inovative Wylie Javelin # 4 at Gnoo Blas circuit, Orange NSW.
Arthur Beasley in his 1928 Singer arriving at the Sydney GPO - after his record 1932 Brisbane to Sydney run.
Arthur Beasley in MG # 18 - kneeling is Bob Leewright.
Alf Beasley with his Singer 9 - Mt Panorama - Bathurst - 1938.
Cec Warren - three wheeler Morgan - Fisherman's Bend - Melbourne.
A young 24 year old Jack Brabham - Rowley Park Speedway - S.A. - 1951
Ern Seeliger - Itala -Rob Roy Hillclimb Vic - 1945