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Old 16 Feb 2003, 11:13 (Ref:508427)   #1
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Where Are They Now ????

Over the last few months while watching and re watching all my old, Bathurst Tapes , Touring Car tapes , reading the books for the umpteenth time and looking at all of my memorabillia. I realised there are heaps of drivers who I have not heard about for ages.

Are They involved in Motorsport still ?? - Driving another category, Managing or engineering for someones team, in charge of merchandising ???

Have they quitely Passed away and gone to the Big racetrack in the sky ??

Are they living next door to you ??

Have they just vanished into the wilderness???

or are they posting here under a different name ???

Heres the list I've slowly Put together maybe you can help solve the mysteries.

David and Bill Attard
Alan "Scotty" Taylor.
Jeff Barnes,
John Leeson
Phil Alexander
Mal Rose
Graeme Bailey
Scott (Cousin of Jason) Bargwanna
John Blanchard
Brian Bolwell
Stephen Brook
Bill Sieders
Alan Browne
Brian Callaghan Snr andd Junior
Mike Conway
Keith Carling
Murray Carter
John Connolly
Gary Cooke
Alf Constanzo
Dennis Cribbin
Warren Cullen
Ron Dickson
John Donnelly
Simon Harrex
Laurie and Michael Donaher
Troy Dunstan
John English
Terry Finnigan
Brian Foley
John French
George Fury
Frank Gardner
Bill Obrien
Danny Osborne
Ian "Pete" Geoghegan
Leo Geoghegan
Mark Gibbs
John Goss
Barry Graham
Alf Grant
Ray Gulson
Peter Mcleod
Steve Harrington
Paul Gulson
Andrew Harris
John Harvey
Kevin Heffernan
Don Holland
Peter Janson
Barry Jones
Kevin Kennedy
Jim Keough
Peter Lander
Ray Lintott
Graham, John and Ken Lusty
Tony Kavich
Spencer Martin
Steve Marsteton
Ken Mathews
Bruce McPhee
David "jaguar" McKay
Graham Moore
Joe Moore
Bob Morris
Bob Muir
Barry Mullholland
Tony Mullvhill
Lawrie Nelson
Darren Pate
Garry Willmington
Garry Waldon
Simon Emerzidis
Kevin Waldock
Charlie Obrien
Rohan Onslow
Kevin Bartlett
Ian Palmer
Wayne Park
David Skippy Parsons
David Trucky Parsons
Bob Pearson
Win Percy
Mike Preston
Drew Price
Peter Verheyen
Greg Toepfer
Bruce Stewart
Bob Stevens
Bill Stanley
Michael Quinn
Ralph Radburn
David Ratcliff
Dennis Rogers
Warwick Rooklyn
Geoff Leeds
Ian Love
Tim Slako
Bryan and David Sala
Brian Sampson
Garry Scott
David Seldon
Barry Seton
Ric Shaw
John Smith
Bernie Stack
Mark Poole
Don Smith
Lester Smerdon

Id be really interested to know the answers to these questions.
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Old 16 Feb 2003, 12:09 (Ref:508470)   #2
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I know that Alan Cant Lives less than an hour away from my house. And there are about half a dozen Drivers or close relatives of them in the NSW Mid/ Far North Coast Region.

But all these others Ive been wondering about.
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Old 16 Feb 2003, 12:12 (Ref:508472)   #3
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Jeff Barnes- owns the revolution racegear store on the Sunshine Coast, still does national sports sedans
Mal Rose- fixes mirages
Dennis Cribbin- V8 BRutes
John Donnelly- still working away at it. VP of the QRDA
Troy Dunstan- Speedtech
John English- last October set the fastest ever lap of Bathurst in a Charger, still hard to beat.
Kevin Heffernan- still preparing race cars etc
Barry Jones- fiddles with Geoff Morgan's machines etc
Darren Pate- was he racing a speedcar a while back?
Garry Willmington- Wakefield Park?
Charlie Obrien- Talking him to him today. Wants to make a comeback later in the year. The family property has been turned into a quality golf course, and they have a very popular stakehouse
Wayne Park- Still has work shop near lang park, builds BRutes
Barry Seton- Still races family hairloom Capri in Grp C, building historic grp N Capri, still races hard
Ric Shaw- Improved Production, GTP, V8s etc
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Old 16 Feb 2003, 12:24 (Ref:508481)   #4
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Geoff Leeds now back in sales at a Sydney Holden dealership
Ron Dickson - Was heavily involved with Gold Coast Indy - not sure about now though
George Fury - retired to Talmamo farm
Murray Carter - retired to garage in Melbourne - no longer racing
Garry Willmington - Circuit Manager at Wakefield Park
Brian Sampson - still races historics from memory
Peter Janson - still being the playboy type in the social society of Melbourne
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Old 16 Feb 2003, 12:49 (Ref:508495)   #5
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Tool Man,
Some of this could be a little out of date and is only from memory (which is getting worse by the day), but here goes,
Until a couple of years ago, David and Bill Attard still showed up at times with the Bob Tindal Prepared VS Commodore. This car was also driven in last years Konica series by Ric Shaw, who runs a rotary workshop/dealership in Sydney.
Phil Alexander ran Alexander Rotary in Sydney.
A few years ago John Leeson was running Sports Sedans.
Mal Rose is still around the tracks and is in charge of the Mitsubishi Mirage Series. He also runs a "Ride of your Life" business, where you pay for rides in a V8 Supercar.
Bill Sieders was running the Konica Series and his family owns a business in Windsor NSW specialising in MAN Trucks. They are also involved in Truck Racing.
Laurie and Mick Donaher are still around. Mick has occasional outings in the Commodore as well as running the V8 Brute series. Laurie has a group Nc Mustang that makes very infrequent appearances.
Bill O'Brien owns Everlast Automotive in Canberra, has a couple of the old cars around. His son Peter was running a very quick group Nc XY GT a couple of years ago.
The Geogehan boys are both still around, Leo is with CAMS in NSW. Ian, still one of the greatest drivers I have seen, and Leo Have both been guests of honour at historic meetings at Eastern Creek in the last couple of years, reunited with some of their cars and doing demo laps. The same goes for "Uncle Frank" (Frank Gardner), who still has the dry wit and towelling hat.
Ray Gulson owns Canberras' Alfa Dealership, which nowadays is mainly run by son Graham and daughter Tania.
Last time I heard, "Sluggo" (John Harvey) had a senior position with HSV and you still saw him around at meetings.
Until 3-4 years ago, Darren Pate was running a sports sedan, a Toyota Lexcen (VP Commodore).
Garry Wilmington is (was? I heard there was a disagreement with the owners) manager of Wakefield Park and playing around with a few toys including burnout cars, V8 sedans (Ex Auscar) and Supercars.
Simon Emerzidis was still making millions from his earthmoving and waste bin business. His stable of toys included a Lambo Diablo, Bmw 850, Ex HRT Commodore, Ex GSR Falcon, drag cars, HQ's and Harleys.
Isn't Ian Palmer the one with the Brabham Honda NSX in Nations Cup?
Wayne Park was still preparing race cars in Queensland (along with the odd drive in Porsches and Ferraris until a couple of years ago).
Bob Pearson is running an Rx7 in GTP after recovering from a huge testing shunt at Oran Park which kept him out of racing for aquite a while.
Bruce Stewart is seen occasionaly with a group Nc Torana XU1.
Greg Toepfer had a V8 HQ group Nc last year. "Trophy" has been around in various things like HQ's and previously group Nb EH Holdens for years.
Geoff Leeds was the manager at Oran Park a couple of years ago, but left. I am not sure what he is up to now. He had worked with dealerships in the Parramatta area.
David Ratcliffe was in a VS last year in the Konicas.
As I remember, a few years ago, Barry Seton was working as an engine man with one of the V8 Teams(I'm pretty sure it was not Glens' either).
Warwick Rooklyn won last years Formula 2 Australian Rally Superseries in a Daihatsu Charade. He is also an accomplished yachtsman.
Asell as racing historics, a few years ago Brian Sampson was circuit safety officer with CAMS. Whether he still is or not, I don't know.
Keith Carling was a long time Sports Sedan competitor. I haven't heard of him for a while now.
Jeff Barnes is still a wild man driving a Pontiac Firebird Sports Sedan. He moved from Lithgow to Queensland.
Murray Carter was running a Nissan 200SX in GTP until a couple of years ago. Amazing for a man that Gricey said was "too old to go that fast" in the late '70s.
John English was at Bathurst last year with a group Nc Charger E49.
Barry Jones is involved in race car building and preparation, including preparing Geoff Morgans Viper.
Ray Lintott owns a couple of car dealerships and brings out toys like his 993 turbo Porsche, Viper and ex Carlos Sainz GT4 Celica for the odd race or club day. He finished 2nd in a couple of Targa Tasmania to Jim Richards. His son now rallies.
Garry Waldon was around until a couple of years ago running Vipers and Ferraris in GTP/ Nations Cup.
I was nearly going to say that I thought I heard of Bob Muir running Historics, But I think that was actually Brian "Yogi" Muir, the ex F2 champ.
Hope this helps and I hope my future postings are shorter.

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Old 16 Feb 2003, 12:50 (Ref:508496)   #6
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Ray Lintott - ARC (he still does that, right?)

Bob Pearson - Did Bathurst 2hr GTP race (or is that a different Pearson?, and builds RX7s)

Tim Slako - Runs Slakos West Racing over here
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Old 16 Feb 2003, 12:54 (Ref:508500)   #7
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I'll try to help a bit here but all will not be up to date;
Bill Attard - Earthmoving business (bobcats i think)
Scotty Taylor - Tasmania? (I think still owns a ex Winfield Commodore)
Scott Bargwanna - was rallying in Targa type rallies in Datsun 1600
Brian Bolwell - last heard of on Gold Coast
Bill Sieders - Truck Racing
Keith Carling - Still has a Sports Sedan i think
Mike Conway - Movie Production or something like that
Frank Gardner - On Gold Coast, May still hang around Norwell @ Morris
Alf Grant - Last saw still had Real Estate Office at Logan City
Ray Gulson - I guess still in Canberra with Speed Shop
Paul Gulson - Last i heard on Gold Coast (may have appendix j Mini)
Kevin Kennedy - Last heard driving Torana XU.1 in historics
Ray Lintott - Motor Dealer Sydney and still doing Targa in Porsche
Ian Palmer - Entered in NC at 2003 AGP in Honda NSX
Bob Pearson - Running Mazda RX7 in GTP in 2003
Greg Toepfer - Running HQ Monaro in Historic Tourers i think still
Mike Quinn - Preparing the Ron Searle and Jamie Miller Konica Cars
David Ratcliff - Ratcliff Transport Spares last i heard
Warwick Rooklyn - Rallied Charade last year, was going to run Subaru
Bryan Sala - Historic Racing i think
Lester Smerdon - Last heard driving instructor/trainer Qld Police
Murray Carter - Entered 2003 AGP in Corvette C5 In NC
Not sure all are currently right though
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Old 16 Feb 2003, 20:45 (Ref:508846)   #8
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Garry Wilmington is (was? I heard there was a disagreement with the owners) manager of Wakefield Park and playing around with a few toys including burnout cars, V8 sedans (Ex Auscar) and Supercars.
The disagreement with the owners was between Garry Holt and Michael Spies early/middle of last year (year before? Age is addling the memory cells).

Garry is still well and truly part of Wakefield Park.

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Old 16 Feb 2003, 21:28 (Ref:508878)   #9
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David Attard - mainly trail bike riding these days.
Bill Attard - was at Eastern Creek Historics last year, no plans to race.
Alan "Scotty" Taylor.
Jeff Barnes - runs Pontiac Trans Am Sports Sedan out of Qld.
John Leeson
Phil Alexander
Mal Rose - prepares several Mirages, host drive days in two VS Commodores.
Graeme Bailey - has ex-Carling Nissan 300 ZX now with Chev power.
Scott (Cousin of Jason) Bargwanna - raced Gp Nc Torana at Bathurst last year.
John Blanchard
Brian Bolwell
Stephen Brook
Bill Sieders - oversees son Luke in trucks, another younger son raced HQ at Wakefield Park last year.
Alan Browne
Brian Callaghan Snr - retired.
Brian Callaghan Junior - still competing in the odd longer GTP race.
Mike Conway - won't race V8s any more, was at Bathurst last year, looking into other classes.
Keith Carling - raced John Keen's RX7 Sports Sedan a couple of times before Terry Sheils again had drivers seat.
Murray Carter
John Connolly
Gary Cooke - retired.
Alf Constanzo
Dennis Cribbin - Mona Vale Holden dealer, and V8 BRute driver.
Warren Cullen
Ron Dickson
John Donnelly
Simon Harrex
Laurie Donaher - sold Gp Nc Boss Mustang to Steve Travica, looking at building a Chev Camaro.
Michael Donaher - only one meeting in 2002, driving V8 BRute. Now motor crossing.
Troy Dunstan
John English - driving Gp Nc Charger.
Terry Finnigan
Brian Foley
John French
George Fury
Frank Gardner
Bill Obrien - retired.
Danny Osborne
Ian "Pete" Geoghegan
Leo Geoghegan
Mark Gibbs - won't race again.
John Goss - often at meetings as spectator. Think he may have been a pace car driver at 24-Hour.
Barry Graham - Richard Petty's Driving School.
Alf Grant
Ray Gulson
Peter Mcleod
Steve Harrington - The odd V8 codrive.
Paul Gulson
Andrew Harris - works for John Trimbole, Daily Planet.
John Harvey - HSV exec, also managemnet role with BRute Strength team.
Kevin Heffernan - looks after Jackson family Historic Tourers and races Torana.
Don Holland - retired, did a bit of commentating at Bathurst when Healeys ran there. Was at Oran Park for 40th Anniversary on Saturday.
Peter Janson
Barry Jones - looks after Geoff Morgans Viper.
Kevin Kennedy
Jim Keough
Peter Lander
Ray Lintott - had one stint in the Magna at 24 Hour.
Graham, John and Ken Lusty
Tony Kavich - has two sons racing, currently looking into a Gp Nc Camaro.
Spencer Martin
Steve Marsteton
Ken Mathews
Bruce McPhee - retired, lives on Central Coast.
David "jaguar" McKay
Graham Moore - still racing occasionally in GTP.
Joe Moore
Bob Morris - retired, often becomeing ill whilst racing.
Bob Muir
Barry Mullholland
Tony Mullvhill
Lawrie Nelson
Darren Pate
Garry Willmington - manager Wakefield, raced HQ Oran Park late last year.
Garry Waldon
Simon Emerzidis
Kevin Waldock
Charlie Obrien
Rohan Onslow - not racing due to expanding manufacturing business.
Kevin Bartlett - moved to Qld, does some work on Dave Bowden collection, raced GT40 at AGP a couple of years ago.
Ian Palmer - still racing the Brabham Honda, codrove Magna at 24-Hour.
Wayne Park - workshop Qld, engine work for BRutes.
David Skippy Parsons
David Trucky Parsons
Bob Pearson - GTP RX7s, this year will also race Gp Nc Ford Escort.
Win Percy
Mike Preston
Drew Price
Peter Verheyen - runs a team of Formula Fords.
Greg Toepfer - Gp Nc Kingswood V8.
Bruce Stewart - Gp Nc Torana, GTP RX7 this year.
Bob Stevens
Bill Stanley
Michael Quinn - orchestrates Ron Searle and Jamie Miller Konica cars.
Ralph Radburn
David Ratcliff
Dennis Rogers
Warwick Rooklyn
Geoff Leeds - races Aussie Racing Car.
Ian Love
Tim Slako
Bryan Sala
David Sala - Historic Touring Cars
Brian Sampson
Garry Scott
David Seldon
Barry Seton - Gp C Capri and shortly Gp Nc Capri.
Ric Shaw - RX7 in two hour at 24 Hour.
John Smith
Bernie Stack
Mark Poole - back problems forced him to stop racing V8.
Don Smith - finishing touches on Gp Nc Capri.
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Old 16 Feb 2003, 23:44 (Ref:509008)   #10
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Let's see.

John Blanchard is retired from racing and runs a successful aircon wholesale business in Melbourne. His son Tim races karts and may be seen in FF in a few years.
Troy Dunstan is running an engine preparation business on the Gold Coast. I think he still does some FF engine work.
Spencer Martin is involved in Historic racing. He will drive a Brabham at Albert Park next month.
Bob Morris is well and truly retired but he popped up at Bathurst in the Team Brock pit bunker. I think I saw John Goss there as well but he probably referred to it as a 'temporary ground-based preparation facility'!
Win Percy still lives in the UK and is involved in Historic racing. I believe that he is racing a Jaguar at PI next month.
Drew Price operates DPE in Melbourne, which is the country's largest manufacturer of karts.
Brian Sampson is still racing open wheelers. I think he owns a number of cars and a mate told me he recently raced in a Porsche 944 race at PI.
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Old 17 Feb 2003, 00:36 (Ref:509040)   #11
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I have a few more i'd like to know what they are doing now.
Fred Geissler
Donenic Beninca/Joe Beninca
Jason Wyllie
Jon Finnis/Ben Finnis
Darren MacDonald
Garry Quartley
Daniel Miller
Layton Crambrook
Nigel Stones
Garth Walden
Anthony Robson
Mark Adderton
Wayne Vinckx
Robert Chadwick
Mark Zonneveld
Chris Stannard
Allan Letcher
Steve Newing
Simon Kane/Chris Kane
Iccy Harrington
Darren Edwards
Adam Kaplan
Brenton Ramsay
Stewart Kostera
Rod McRae/Russ McRae
Daynon Templeton
Dwayne Bewley
Jason Liefting
Chris Staff
Craig Dontas
Michael Dowson
Mike Griffin
Mike Stillwell
Rod Stevens
Warrick Brown
John Walker
Bruce Allison
Peter Hills
See what anybody knows about these ones.
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Graeme Bailey - has ex-Carling Nissan 300 ZX now with Chev power.
You're not thinking of Kerry Baily are you. He got the 300zx off Keith Carling.
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Old 17 Feb 2003, 00:59 (Ref:509048)   #13
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Graeme Bailey was supposed to have built new 300ZX which has never appeared. Has son Derek but don t know if he is racing or not.
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Old 17 Feb 2003, 02:56 (Ref:509091)   #14
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Domenic Benica was in NC or Porche cup, I think he will be in Carrera cup this year. Mark Adderton is also Carrera Cup, and Layton Crambrook has moved south of NT, I was only asking about him last week, forgot already.
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Old 17 Feb 2003, 04:19 (Ref:509129)   #15
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Kerry Bailey's Nissan was built by his team, much of it coming off the Supra. Graeme Bailey's car was built originally by Phil Ryall at Blacktown for Keith Carling. It was returned to Ryall to do the Chev conversion and raced by Derek Bailey at Wakefield Park last year.
 
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