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Old 17 Apr 2006, 16:27 (Ref:1585861)   #1
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After 40 years of watching motor racing, I still come across cars that I have never seen before and just occasionally one I have never even heard about before. Coming in the latter category, a couple of weeks ago at the HSCC meeting, were 2 1961 Ausper T3s, one, No.76 driven by Vernon Williamson, and the other no.66 driven by Alexander Morton, entered in the Historic FJ race. Pictures of both below:-







The country of origin of these pretty little cars is obvious, but how many were built and what is their background and history. Would someone kindly enlighten me, please?
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Old 17 Apr 2006, 17:36 (Ref:1586873)   #2
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Built by Competition Cars of Australia who were based in Goldhawk Road, London W12 (and not Australia at all!)

Steve Ouvaroff and John Rhodes drove them with some success in 1961 and 1962 respectively, but very few cars were ever built.

Ausper also planned to enter F1, using the Clisby V6, but the shortcomings of that engine (a porous block being the main one!) meant the car never progressed beyond the planning stage.
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Old 17 Apr 2006, 17:42 (Ref:1586880)   #3
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Two out of three

I understand that just four cars were built. One car was crashed heavily in period and might have been written off. The final car is I believe in the States.
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Old 18 Apr 2006, 11:43 (Ref:1587518)   #4
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For the full story on Auspers, visit the Formula Junior site, www.formulajunior.com and search "Ausper". Vern Williamson of Scotland and I did a lot of research on the marque a few years ago.
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Old 18 Apr 2006, 16:24 (Ref:1587725)   #5
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Fascinating stuff, from all of you; many thanks. From the website referred to by Dick, we learn that there were 8 Auspers built in all of which 3 were T3s. Vernon Wiliams car (T303) was the 'works' car. The other two, T304 and T306 finished up in the States, but since there were 2 at Donington, one has come back. Since the website says that T304 was up for sale in 2004, I'm guessing that this is the car that was entered and driven by Alexander Morton?
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Old 18 Apr 2006, 22:47 (Ref:1588025)   #6
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The T3 (304) that was owned in the States by Marv Primack was raced by him at Goodwood last year and left in UK for sale being bought by Alex Morton and raced at Donington.

Also back from the States last year was the Type 4, T405 and raced initially by Grant Wilson and then by David Methley at Goodwood last year as was Martin Carter's T4, T407.

Still in the States is the most unusual Ausper of all, the T3, T306, of Brad Balles. Originally a Junior raced by Roy Pike, it was converted to V8 ! power in the sixties and is still a V8. Apparently it is now being restored but still as a V8, the pics I have of it, one of which is on the site referred to above, show it as real "beast", poor little car !
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Old 19 Apr 2006, 05:17 (Ref:1588280)   #7
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I should have mentioned this in the previous post ; if there is anyone out there who had anything to do with Auspers in the early sixties, there are several unanswered questions which we would very much like to have the answers to in order to fill in some gaps in the Ausper Story and we would really like to hear from you.
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Built by Competition Cars of Australia who were based in Goldhawk Road, London W12 (and not Australia at all!)

Steve Ouvaroff and John Rhodes drove them with some success in 1961 and 1962 respectively, but very few cars were ever built.

-Ausper also planned to enter F1, using the Clisby V6, but the shortcomings of that engine (a porous block being the main one!) meant the car never progressed beyond the planning stage.
If anyone wants to view the CLISBY V6 South australian designed & built engine ,it is in the foyer of the south australian sporting car club as a display object....
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Old 22 Apr 2006, 14:31 (Ref:1591796)   #9
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Dick,

I am in contact w/ John Kiner and his nephew Jim, both here in Columbus. In fact, Jim recently showed me some photos of his uncle's car. I can remember being at John's home sometime after 1985, probably '86 or '87, because I needed to borrow a tool while I was restoring my Lotus Eleven. The Ausper was still there, although it was for sale at the time.

Jim was going to scan the photos so that I could pass them off to Duncan and other Ausper lovers. Duncan did tell me what chassis it was, but I'm afraid I don't remember. I believe it is in UK today.

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Old 22 Apr 2006, 22:43 (Ref:1592134)   #10
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Hi Roger,

Do you remember seeing the angle of inclination of the engine, was it slightly inclined or massively inclined which would identify whether it was a T3 or T4 respectively.

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Old 23 Apr 2006, 12:37 (Ref:1592665)   #11
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Dick,

When I corresponded w/ Duncan Rabagliatti about a year ago, after the 1st of the Ausper articles was written in the FJ newsletter, he knew which car I was talking about, As Mr. Kiner is part of the known history he and the current owner have.

When I was at John's shop back in '86, I looked at the Ausper, but knew I couldn't afford it, since I'd had to take out a loan to buy the Eleven, and barely had garage space for that. I now wish I'd taken photos or maybe even more seriously considered it's purchase. But I didn't. Plus, I wanted a Lotus Jr.
That desire was filled several years later when I bought a basketcase 20/22 that I spent years putting together, finally reaching the track late in 2001. Hopefully Jim will have scanned the photos for me when I see him in about 10 days, and I will pass them on to you and Duncan.
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Old 24 Apr 2006, 02:49 (Ref:1593348)   #12
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Roger, Are you sure you aren't referring to Clark Hine whose T4, T405 has now returned to the UK, see my previous post.

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Old 25 Apr 2006, 03:18 (Ref:1594264)   #13
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Dick,

I'm not sure who the current owner is. I'll have to find the email from DR. But he did tell me it was back in the UK. I knew John hasn't had the car for at least 15 years, but unsure where it had gone.

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Old 7 Jan 2007, 11:21 (Ref:1808735)   #14
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Taken from the HSCC Silverstone, 21st October, 2006 thread, here:-

http://tentenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=89892

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..... here is the sun glinting off David Methley's Ausper T4 which finished 22nd:-


This is another racer that apparently wasn't there, presumably through the absence of transponder! Roger Woodbridge in the other Ausper T4. I think that both these T4s may have been appearing in the UK for the first time in many years and both pictures will also be posted in the Ausper chassis thread:-

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Old 7 Jan 2007, 11:34 (Ref:1808741)   #15
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I see, from Dick Willis at #6 above that I was wrong about the Methley car having its first appearance in the UK for many years.
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