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Old 9 Feb 2012, 18:33 (Ref:3023786)   #46
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Hi, No idea, and haven't heard from the new owner. I check you tube for historic F2 video from time to time. Cy
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Old 20 Mar 2014, 17:29 (Ref:3382359)   #47
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A talk with Fred Opert

I talked to Fred Opert the other day, he was gracious enough to return my call and relate what he remembered. He says he bought four cars and had them flown over along with a T70 and all the spares they could fit by Rupert Keegan's father's service. Two cars went to Chicago to a single team and suggested locating the wife of one of the driver's who worked at Carl Haas'. He thought her name may be Judy but I think he may have meant Vicky O'Connor. He went on to explain his high regard for Ron Dennis who has accomplished so much without having much in the way of formal education. Fred went on to tell how Ron's support of a new hire during those Rondel years came back to him as the former employee became the liaison/Press Officer to Phillip Morris and we know what that helped accomplish. So Fred suggested that anyone who wanted to know the most about Rondel in '73 locate John Hogan who may have the best knowledge of the driver lineup.
Mr. Opert finished up by saying he did not run the cars himself but he knew them as being a bit heavy but sturdy with good characteristics that drivers had no complaints with. (Bertil Roos once commented to me that the cars had a not so good turn in but it looked as if I had that fixed(!)) Fred also said that starting money had everything to do with the revolving chairs in the cars, as a French driver in France got the team more cash and so forth so he had drivers he'd call to put in his cars each year at specific events.
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Old 10 Sep 2014, 18:26 (Ref:3451919)   #48
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more Rondel mystery

Hi, At the Glen Vintage the past weekend, the subject of Rondel came up and today I was going over all the info I had.
I dug out the number plate and started looking closely.
The 20 looked fine but the 1 is not done in the same manner.
Looking at the back side, it looks as if it was a wide number originally, like anything other than a 1.
This would explain the two number one's claimed here and mine isn't it.
Any ideas?
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Old 11 Sep 2014, 07:18 (Ref:3452068)   #49
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The 1 looks fine,same as the 1973 script,the 20 appears to have been done at another time.
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Old 12 Sep 2014, 01:54 (Ref:3452344)   #50
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Thanks Chris for the note.
The 1 is beat into the plate,
the rest of the script looks milled/cut.
Not sure how they did it back then but the 1 is different.


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Old 17 Sep 2014, 03:31 (Ref:3454162)   #51
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Maybe the plate was made for a potential future as yet unmade (at that time) chassis? I notice that the month of production is also missing. It is always interesting trying to figure out these mysteries! :-) Hope you are keeping well Randy.

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Old 10 Aug 2015, 21:35 (Ref:3565187)   #52
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I'm thinking the Rondel needs a new home.
I'm taking it to the Glen for the Mazda-featured vintage street days in Sept.
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Old 27 Nov 2018, 14:25 (Ref:3866327)   #53
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I got a message from what appears to be a new Rondel owner. more news as it becomes available. Steve, check your spam folder for my reply.
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 18:09 (Ref:3873655)   #54
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Hi randy Happy new year!
Would really like to catch up with you and
Yes have sent you a couple of emails To the contact emails you put on this site so hope you recieved them.
We have aquired chasis 6 via Martin Donn in the Uk.
Still in its orange paintwork and totally unrestored.
Thanks steve
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