Motor sports journalist, magazine editor , commentator , race car owner and driver, Max Stahl has enjoyed his journey through the pages of the Aussie Road Racing website to the extent that he wishes to share photos from his collection with us...Thanks Max.
Mt Druitt Photos by Clive Turner .
Mt Druitt Motor Racing Circuit - west of Sydney - 1950s
Max, on the perfect line, RF wheel on the grass, leads Bob Jane at Warwick Farm... 1962.
Max in his dark green 48 series Holden and Bob in the white 3.8 Jaguar.
Max in the 48 series leads Bruce McPhee in the FE Holden at Catalina Park Raceway, Katoomba, NSW,
The battle of the Appendix J ' Humpies '.
Max, running the # 1, leads rival Spencer Martin.
George Pearse in the # 16, MkIV 995 cc. Cooper and Jack Brabham in the silver blue Cooper HRD 1000 # 8 get flagged away in what looks like a handicap start.
Mt Druitt 1953.
Dick Cobden in BRG Cooper 1100 leads Jack Brabham Cooper 1000, along the start / finish straight under the Redex banner.
Ron Tauranac in his early self designed Ralt.# 46.
In later years Ron went on to a career in building many very successful Formula cars with Jack Brabham in England.
Assembling on the Mt Druitt grid for a racing car heat.
Ron Tauranac in # 46, Lloyd Hirst in # 6,
Dick Cobden in # 9, #29 Arthur Rizzo in the Rizzo Riley
Ron Tauranac in the Ralt gets waved off in a
Dick Cobden in the British racing green Cooper 1100 # 9 comes off Castle Corner and heads down the hill at Mt Druitt.
Cyril Nichols and the fabulous 1928 Sampson GP 1130
# 86. Cyril and the Sampson were regulars at Mt Druitt.
Bill Clarke in the Monoposto ' Bathurst ' HRG # 88. Bill & 88, regular winners at Mt Druitt, had just taken the win in the 6 lap All Powers Racing Car event. Bill always appeared to have a smile on his face.
A great profile shot of Bill Clarke and his magnificent HRG # 88.
Lloyd Hirst in his Cooper 1100.
Peter ' Pappy ' Lowe gets the tail out in the 6 cylinder Holden engined Bugatti # 13.
Peter was later very successful in a Raymond Mays headed Ford Zephyr MkII in sedan racing.
.......and when they ran Sprints on the Airstrip..
( which was the bottom straight of the circuit .)
Dick Bland in the Dixon Riley negotiates the Hairpin on to the airstrip straight.
John Ralph in the Alta Special # 12.
Barrie Garner, another Mt Druitt regular, in his Frazer Nash # 30, gets the checker on a wet looking airstrip.
Tom Sulman in the 4C Maserati rounds the Hairpin turn. After a fabulous career, driving many different race cars,Tom was to lose his life in 1970 at Mt Panorama, Bathurst in a Lotus Eleven on Con Rod Straight.
Right : Digby Cooke in the 1497 cc. # 77, Aston Meadows Sports gets flagged away in a handicap race. The handicap races were well timed and quite exciting at this circuit. Quite often one would see very close finishes between the slower cars and the faster cars on the line.
Eric Senior in the Woodside HRG # 18 on the airstrip..
The Woodside HRG of Eric Senior under acceleration. This car was the first HRG to be imported into Australia by Brown & Dureau and was raced by the agent's representative, Tony Gaze. It originally came in with a streamliner body and the above interchangeable body was made and named after the Woodside circuit where it first raced in South Australia. The car is now under restoration.
Thank you Max for these fantastic photos.
On to page two of Max's Collection..
Mt Druitt Sedan cars of the 50s.