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(NZ) Skope Classic
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Mike Bell
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1 Feb 2019 to 3 Feb 2019 07:30 to 18:00
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1st of the three NZ race meetings with added interest from Formula Juniors, shipped from Europe and elsewhere.....
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Iain is'nt remaining simple the sign of great champions? Have fun and thanks for sharing what a pleasure it is to read about your aventures!
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Iain is'nt remaining simple the sign of great champions? Have fun and thanks for sharing what a pleasure it is to read about your aventures!
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Howden joined us for bbq this evening, left when the conversation got a bit too robust even for an antipodean🤣 Charming guy who listened patiently to our tales of derring do but who must have so many stories of his own to tell, much too modest to interrupt. Gave us some good pointers for places worth visiting, you'd think he would know these islands inside out but he's still discovering places he hasn't been before. A real gent of the old school.
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OK, joking apart, Iainís pic. Over to him for the story....
I have teamed up with Tony Olissoff this trip he has the F3 Brabham . This is photo of his engine . We were just going off to collecting area and his throttle is sticking . We both have a look and I find the nut is missing from the far end of the Down draft Webber that holds throttle spring . Iím sure you all know Webberís have there own thread pitch and any hope of us having a nut were non excistant . Brain wave and I had a couple of plastic number plate nuts . Wound this on and we just got to collecting area on time and both had a good race . Now checking cars over after the race preping for next and Tony calls me over . Have a close look at photo the nut is resting right next to rocker cover . So the nut came of on last race Saturday .Ended up there and stayed all through first race Sunday . Miricle or what .
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Howden joined us for bbq this evening, left when the conversation got a bit too robust even for an antipodean�� Charming guy who listened patiently to our tales of derring do but who must have so many stories of his own to tell, much too modest to interrupt. Gave us some good pointers for places worth visiting, you'd think he would know these islands inside out but he's still discovering places he hasn't been before. A real gent of the old school.
You read Howden's book, Colin? Its brilliant, he signed my copy at the HSCC DD a few years ago. One of the best racing books I have!
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Sorry Dan, missed your post. Not read Howden's book yet, currently on Tony Goodwin's story, Howden's next!


As the season is kicking off over here I reckon I ought to post some of the pics from my early start in NZ. To get you in the mood while I rummage through my phone here's a bit of in-car footage from Ruapuna viewed from Michael Sexton's Stanguellini which was 1 of 3 front-engine cars involved in a midfield tussle for the first half of the race. I started at the front of this scrap, and finished at the back handicapped by having to hang on to the gearstick to stop it jumping out of gear through the corners. Driver's Excuse book page 24 number 6 Robin Lackford in his Elva was the other participant.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1bmYvLjqG4
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Juniors to start, left to right:


1. The Junior camp at Ruapuna
2. Alex Morton and his immaculate Lightning Envoyette won every race at all 3 meetings

3&4. Kevin Andersen's battle worn T52, ex Denny Hulme
5. Nigel Russell's splendid Stanguellini. He generously offered me use of the car after the Gemini's demise in qualifying at Teretonga, but I know what it costs to fix these......
6. One for Bauble - inventive motorhomes abound in NZ, this elderly Bedford CF benefits from a 3 litre Holden straight 6, it was the noise that first attracted me!
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Ah! The Bedford CF ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holden_straight-six_motor

Apparently the CF was available with 2 versions of the straight six in Australasia. Something I was not aware of before but hardly surprising given it was an Oz build.

More surprising (perhaps not to bauble) is that there was an electric version of the CF manufactured between 1982 and 1987

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedford_CF

Scroll down some way for a paragraph about it if interested.
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