AUSTIN 7 JOURNALS
THE MAGAZINE OF THE AUSTIN 7 CLUB OF SA INC
JANUARY 2015 VOLUME 211
AUSTIN 7 CLUB OF S.A. INC
2015 COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT:
RALPH DRAGE,
Ph: 8251 2637 or 0418 846 082
EDITOR, A7 Journals: DAVID SEARLES,
email: [email protected]
Ph: 8445 1444 or 0408 700 047
email: [email protected]
SECRETARY:
MARTIN LEWIS,
The Austin 7 Journals is published quarterly by the
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club and is available on the club web site and at
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meetings in January, April, July and October. Items
for inclusion of each issue closes at the end of the
TREASURER:
LAURIE SUTTON,
previous month.
Ph: 8358 3421 or: 0418 831 974
email: [email protected]
CAMS Delegate:
TONY MORGAN,
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ASST SECRETARY:
MALCOLM LAKE,
LIBRARIAN:
BARRY PANNELL,
ASST TREASURER
RON SCHACHE,
Ph: 8255 1371 email: [email protected]
Ph: 8264 6317 email: [email protected]
The library is open at Monthly Club Meetings. Books
may be borrowed or browsed.
COMPETITION SECRETARY:
TONY MORGAN,
Conditional Registration Inspectors &
REGISTRAR & LOG BOOKS
Authorised Officers
GEOFF STEPHENS,
Scott Appleyard: Southern Suburbs
Ph: 8365 1343 (H) or 0437 061 569
Ph: 0427 243 879
email: [email protected]
Wolf Semler: Southern Vales.
Ph: 8556 6405
SPARES MANAGER & Vice President:
Trevor Clerke: Yorke Peninsula.
Ph: 0428 851 139
DAVID GREAR,
Geoff Stephens; All areas.
Ph: 8296 1689 email: [email protected]
Ph: 0437 061 569
The Austin 7 Spares Shed is open prior to Monthly
Ralph Drage: All areas.
Club Meetings, Austin 7 Technical Nights and other
Ph: 8251 2637 or 0418 846 082
times as notified by the Manager.
Graham Buesnel North Western Suburbs.
ph: 0438 794 979
TOURING:
RICK HOFFMAN,
Ph: 8325 3776 or: 0408 898 736
email: [email protected]
THE AUSTIN 7 CLUB OF S.A. INC IS
AFFILIATED WITH:
TOURING:
BILL GOWER,
CONFEDERATION OF AUSTRALIAN MOTOR
Ph: 8524 6029 or: 0457 157 494
SPORT, and
email: [email protected]
A comprehensive touring programme is conducted
FEDERATION OF HISTORIC MOTORING CLUBS
annually, any suggestions of events or places to
SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC.
visit are welcomed.
FINANCIAL: The Club is able to accept payment
PROPERTY
ALAN BAKER,
of subscriptions, for events or fees by Internet
Ph: 8261 1175 or 0437 428 543
Banking.
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Banking details are: BSB 085-333 A/c 838545354.
Working Bees to maintain the property are held on
When transferring funds to the Club please quote
an "as required basis". Members will be advised of
your name or a reference so that the Treasurer is
any working bee planned at a meeting prior or by
able to identify your payment.
email.
All correspondence to:
The Secretary
AUSTIN 7 CLUBROOMS: 262 TAPLEYS HILL ROAD, SEATON 5023
Annual subscriptions Full: $70.00: Associate/Remote: $40.00
The Austin 7 Club SA Internet address is: www.austin7clubsa.com.au
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COMING EVENTS
January 2015
July 2015
12
Monthly Club Meeting
5
Modern Regularity R4
17
TTM End of Season 2014 Dinner, Royal
6
Committee Meeting
Hotel Kent Town
13
Monthly Club Meeting
26
Australia Day picnic at Walker Flat
19
Social Day Run (Hills Luncheon)
Reserve River Murray.
21
A7 Leisure Run
27
A7 Technical Night
February 2015
2
Committee Meeting
August 2015
8
All British Day - Echunga Oval
2
Modern Regularity R5
9
Monthly Club Meeting
3
Committee Meeting
14
Visit to Sidewinders Speedway
10
Monthly Club Meeting
15
Modern Regularity R1
16
Social Day Run
17
A7 Leisure Run
18
A7 Leisure Run
23
A7 Technical Night & Run
22/23 Pre War Austin 7 Run
27
Quarterly Luncheon
24
A7 Technical Night
26/28 Clipsal 500
28
Quarterly Luncheon
March 2015
September 2015
1
Clipsal 500
1
Old Car Day
2
Committee Meeting
7
Committee Meeting
8
Power of the Past
13
Modern Regularity R6
9
Monthly Club Meeting & BBQ
14
Monthly and Annual General
12/15 Aust F1 GP
Meetings
15
VSCC Display Day at Keswick
15
Leisure run
23
A7 Technical Night
20
Social Day Run
24
A7 Leisure Run
21/25 Mid North Run to Peterborough
30
Committee Meeting
27
Bay to Birdwood Classic
28
A7 Technical Night
April 2015
29
Committee Meeting
3/6 Austins Over Australia - Devonport
Tas
October 2015
12
Modern Regularity R2
11
Modern Regularity R7
13
Monthly Club Meeting
12
Monthly Club Meeting
17/19 Shannons Round Mallala
13
A7 Leisure Run
19
Cruise on PS "Oscar W' at Goolwa
18
Social Day Run
21
A7 Leisure Run
18/25 Solar Challenge Darwin to Adelaide
25/26 Historic Racing - Mallala
26
A7 Technical Night
27
A7 Technical Night
November 2015
May 2015
2
Committee Meeting
3
British Classics Display at Victor
9
Monthly Club Meeting
Harbor- HMVC
14
Bendigo Swap Meet
4
Committee Meeting
17
A7 Leisure Run
11
Monthly Club Meeting
21
Subs & Cond Rego Stat Dec Day
19
A7 Leisure Run
22
Modern Regularity R8
24
Copper Coast Cavalcade of Cars
22
Clayton Bay Invitation Picnic HMVC
25
A7 Technical Night
23
A7 Technical Night & Run
29
Quarterly Luncheon
27
Quarterly Luncheon
30/31 Historic Winton
31
Modern Regularity R3
December 2015
7
Committee Meeting
June 2015
8
A7 Leisure Run
1
Committee Meeting
13
Subs & Cond Rego Stat Dec Day
6-8
Border Run to Penola
13
Christmas Function
15
Monthly Club Meeting
14
Monthly Club Meeting
21
Social Shortest Day Run
22
A7 Technical Night
23
A7 Leisure Run
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Volume 211
January 2015
PRESIDENT’S PREAMBLE
Members of the new committee for 2015 have settled into their positions and it is good to see
that all committee positions and club delegate positions have been filled. In recent years we
have had difficulty filling the position of Federation Delegate, but this year Daryl Byfield has
kindly offered to represent our club at all Federation meetings. I thank him for his assistance
and interest in doing so.
Many months ago we were approached by a local business asking us to hire them our
carpark for their customers to use 2 evenings per week. Initially we made them an offer which
had a financial benefit to us and a limitation on them of not being able to use it the nights we
had our meetings. At that stage they did not accept our offer. Then in more recent times we
were approached once again, this time for more nights than they had originally asked for, but
this time we rejected their request. It was felt that we wanted to have more security over our
property than they could provide (the gates would be open or at least unlocked & with no one
in our buildings for several hours each evening), plus we would like to have our own car park
available to us to use whenever we want to. Having said that, we do hire our clubrooms to 2
other car clubs who meet there each month, but we know which nights they are (they never
conflict with what we want to do) and there is always someone on the property whenever the
gates are open.
As you may or may not know, our Modern Regularity events are held in conjunction with the
Superkart club and the cost of running the events is shared between the 2 clubs which has
worked very well for both clubs for the last 10 years. However, there is now a concern that
this partnership may not be able to continue due to the lack of Superkart entries. They may
no longer be able to afford to run their event which may well put pressure on our club to fill the
void. Tony Morgan & the TTM Marketing group are very aware of the situation and are
constantly reviewing the situation. I am sure they would welcome any thoughts you may have
on how this void may be filled, should the need arise.
Fran Williams, who has been heavily involved with the
organising of our motor sport events over many years
recently advised Tony Morgan that due to her health
she would no longer be able to assist him. Her
resignation was accepted with regret, but her service
to our club has not gone un-noticed. In November the
committee awarded her Life Membership of the Club
which she graciously accepted.
A survey of “Logbook usage” was undertaken during
the recent Subs & Rego days held at the clubrooms.
The last usage survey was done
10 years ago.
Surprisingly the usage has not really changed. Both surveys indicate that the average number
of days a historic car is used per year is 16.
Some very interesting
events
were
held
recently. The run to the
Hindmarsh
Island
International Airfield was
very interesting.
We
were able to get close &
feel a real Tiger Moth and
got to hear some really
good stories about them.
Some of us took
advantage of an offer to
visit
the new South
Australian
Medical
Research Institute building in North Terrace (the cheese grater). It was a well explained tour
& very interesting to see the building from the inside looking out.
It was good to see a number of members join us for a BBQ lunch at the clubrooms on Nov 9.
Brenton & Cyndy Spangler organised a great run & lunch at the Glenroy Homestead near
Sanderson Gorge & a nice end of year breakup (Christmas) dinner was held at the
Buckingham Arms Hotel. There have also been 3 well attended Modern Regularity events
held at Mallala since my last report.
There are some more interesting events being organised, but as always;
The Committee is looking for things to do that would interest members. If you have
something in mind, please share it with me or another committee member
The Touring Coordinators are continually looking for things of interest to include in the
day runs that are held every month. If you think you know of something that may be of
interest to others, please let Rick Hoffman or Bill Gower know.
For those who have been to the clubrooms recently you would have seen that the front walls
of the clubrooms have been reclad with cream foam backed vinyl which doesn’t only look
good, it is also protecting the old cladding which was starting to disintegrate. The committee
has decided to clad both the northern & western walls with the same material.
Sadly, since my last Preamble we have lost some very well known and respected club
members as well as a recent past member. The current members were Joy O’Connell, Dave
Hall
(Life Member), Tony Marston & Laurie Sciberras. The past member was Johnno
Johnson. I know you will join me in offering our condolences to their family and friends at this
sad time.
I would like you to join me in welcoming the following new members & wish them a long &
enjoyable time within the club.
Grant ARCHER
Graham BENNECKE
Ashley BONYTHON
Colin CORNELIUS
Greg COWIE
Michele CUTTS
Andrew KITTO
Robert LITCHFIELD
James NICHOLSON
Marcia SCIBERRAS
Ryan SMITH
Grant SANDERSON
To any member who is currently on the sick list, I wish you a speedy recovery.
Ralph Drage
President
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Dave Hall
12 Sept 1940 to 19 Nov 2014
The following is an eulogy given by past President, Trevor Clerke, at the
funeral of our mate Davo1.
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"Who was David? to me he was tall, friendly, considerate for his fellow
man, generous to a T and would accept all challenges thrown up at him,
be they at work, home or in his interests of scouting and his beloved
Austin Seven Club of South Australia.
When my wife Lynette and I joined the club, Dave was one of the first of a
group of Dave’s (at one stage we had more Daves on our committee than
any other name) to greet us and welcomed us into the fold. When an
event had to be organized he would say I will do that and if none had
been planned he would take on planning a long term event. Some of
these events were the Tasmania Treks in 1995, 1998 and 2001. Three
times the members were asked to place their faith and money into Dave's
hands to get us over, around and back from Tasmania.
If you had been on the planning group as Helen can vouch for, you
would have seen Dave at his best. Ringing up, chasing discounts,
talking to the Government of Tassie and having more front than Myers
in charging ahead. He had the charisma, that made you want to
perform well in order to achieve the best for all. He and Helen even went
to Tassise several times, before anyone else, to produce running sheets
and to make sure nothing had changed from a month or so before.
Working with Dave, one learnt
that he would drive himself
until he was flat before starting
the event and so we would take
a few jobs off of him and send
him and Helen to have a rest.
We never were certain if he/they
rested or what, but they were
certainly smiling at night for
tea. He also was involved in
organizing the Flinders Run to
celebrate
the club’s
50th
birthday,
Austin’s
Over
Australia and participating in the URRS runs mid week. The name
stood for unemployed, redundant, retired and sickies run, but was
changed to the Leisure Run due to not being a good thing to encourage
members to take sickies.
Dave and Helen participated in so many events and helping out but
what amazed me was that he had a swag of Austin 7’s of all models and
never drove them, mainly due to his big feet as the pedals were close
together and in some of the smaller ones he would have had to sit in the
back seat to drive them. In a couple of them, he had the seats moved
back so that he and Helen didn’t end up with crook legs after a day
touring the countryside of South Australia. Dave's interest was in the
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collecting memorabilia, models and of the cars, but they do take up
more room than stamp albums.
One of the funny things that always stayed in my mind was in his helpful
mode David became the spare parts man for the club. Where would you
expect spares to be stored, in a shed? no way! they were so precious that
he kept them in a case inside of his house. It was through the spares that
Dave was well known in Australia but also in Great Britain where the
Austin 7 Workshops still manufacture parts. Through these contacts grew
a nationwide contact group and many of these folks joined us on many
of Dave's organized trips.
So through his energy we all gained friendships throughout Australia
and the world. During these busy years of David’s Touring Company
being in full swing, Lynette and I were on the Committee, me as
President and Lyn as Treasurer. As well as other things we worked on the
trips with David and Helen. We formed a close relationship both formal
and informal with David and the impact he has had on so many with
his personality, planning and performance during his life. He will be
remembered whenever something comes up about his cars, trips, work
and his sense of humour; and just being David Stanley Graheme Hall.
Dave at long last is retired, leaving us , his friends and ETSA behind.
We, your friends, farewell you David as you leave us here and depart on
your final journey.
Happy Austineering, our friend and fellow clubmate."
Life may be a bumpy ride at times, but actively involving yourself in
Austin 7 Club activities will be a rewarding experience.
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Here are some recollections from Brian Moffatt on his times with Dave Hall
written in May 1977.
"In February 1975, I was visiting my friend David Hall who owned a 1929 Austin
7 Chummy. We were talking about books and he suggested we adjourn to his
garage, there is was, the finest piece of engineering on 4 wheels. I forgot about
looking at books, and the Austin 7 became the centre of conversation. The car
was complete in every way, but was much the worse for wear. He told me he
used it as an everyday car for 16 years, but as the vehicles using the roads
became more powerful, and the drivers becoming more impatient, he had to
retire the "baby" (as they were affectionately known) and purchase a more
powerful car.
After much inspection I suggested that we bring the "baby" out of
retirement, and make it roadworthy again. David suggested a coat of paint
would do the trick, but after scraping off 8 coats of different coloured paint,
and not reaching the metal surface. I said "Strip It!" What a statement!. This
was the start of what would be 18 months of back-breaking work. We decided
to go all the way, removing the entire body (to the last nut and bolt) from the
chassis.
Stripping
off
the paint was next
revealing
a badly
battered and torn
aluminium scuttle
panel. This was in
turn spotted on to a
steel panel under the
doors. This was now
a massive task to fix
up. My good friend
Hank Visser with his
vast knowledge of
panel beating, was
the only key to what
was to become a
successful venture.
We purchased a sheet of 18 gauge metal and Hank formed the sides of the
scuttle panel and rivetted them to the top section, all by hammer and dolly. A
tremendous effort.
This type of effort was required throughout the entire venture, best
panelwork, painting, hand polishing, chroming, mechanical and electrical. The
cost was in the vicinity of $1,300, the man-hours 2,000 and the overall time 18
months. All this for a car of such small size.
After entering the finished "baby" in the Austin Seven display Rally, we
took out 1st prize, trophy and certificate for the best produced and most
standard vintage car displayed.
Someone made an offer of $7,000 for the Austin Seven, but money can't
buy her. That was that so i thought, but the Austin bug hit me and now I am in
the process of doing two more, One a 1935 model for me, and a 1937 model for
Dave. Yes he has 2 now, but our aim is to hit the jackpot with these 2 cars at
the next Austin 7 Club Rally."
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22 O.G. Road Klemzig S.A. 5087
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* Car Radio Repairs
* Alarms
* Immobilisers
* Hands Free Kits
* Central Locking
* Speed Alert
* Cruise Control
Phone: 8266 1488
Mobile: 0437 061 569
Fax: 8266 1588
Special Discounts to Austin 7 Club members
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For the attention of members who have conditionally registered historic vehicles!
DO YOU HAVE A HISTORIC VEHICLE CONDITIONALLY
REGISTERED THROUGH THE AUSTIN 7 CLUB?
If so, annually, you must sign a Statutory Declaration in front of a JP stating
that your vehicle has not suffered any modification from both the original
inspection MR334 and the conditions set out in the Code of Practice. (C of P
available from the clubrooms). The Club will not update an existing or issue
you with a new Log Book unless the Statutory Declaration is produced to the
Club Registrar.
Members are advised that if your log book is not kept up to date with your
current membership and annual statutory declaration, your historic vehicle is
not driveable on the road, even though the registration may not have expired.
Members must pay their club subscription before 31 December each year to
ensure continuity of membership and ability to drive their historic vehicle.
When renewing your registration and after payment, endorse the receipt
number in the space provided on the Registration Certificate before the Club
Registrar stamps the Certificate with the Austin 7 Club stamp.
Your Vehicle must be inspected by a Club Authorised officer once in a three
year period. This will ideally be done at the issue of a new log book.
The Club requests that you carry out any Austin 7 log book business at the
many opportunities available at the Clubrooms.
Please do your part to preserve the integrity of this conditional registration system we
are privileged to have through our Austin 7 Club.
Club regalia for sale:
The club has a variety of items of interest to members which are available from the Treasurer
each meeting at the clubrooms.
Austin 7 Club Decal small:
$1.00
Austin 7 Club Decal large
$2.00
Austin script hat/lapel badge:
$3.00
Austin 7 Club Cap
$12.50
Austin 7 Club Hat
$12.50
Austin 7 Club Badge Metal Radiator
$22.00
Austin 7 Club 50th year history book:
$20.00
Austin 7 Short Sleeve Yellow & Blue top:
$20.00
Austin 7 Short Sleeve Dark Blue 3 button top
$30.00 sizes in stock M,L, & XL.
Austin 7 Long Sleeve Polar Fleece Jumpers:
$45.00 sizes in stock S,M,L & XL.
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The Austin 7 Club SA Inc is now on Facebook, search
for Austin 7 Club of South Australia
Austin 7 Club invited to Display and Parade
Members of the Austin 7 Club have been invited to display and parade their cars at the
February 14th meeting of the Sidewinders Junior Speedway meeting. This meeting is their
annual Re-union meeting with lots of nostalgia and many former competitors, including
some from the famous Rowley Park speedway days, coming along to support Australia's
future champions.
The track is located at Eighth Street Wingfield and racing starts at 6.30 pm. Details of when
our cars will arrive, either individually or in convoy will no doubt be arranged at future Club
meetings. Entry is by gold coin donation and the track has an excellent canteen and clean
toilets. You will need to bring your own chair and the usual slip, slop, slap gear.
Both Bill Gower (announcer) and myself (starter) help out at the Junior speedway and we
both get a great thrill helping these young riders and seeing their development. Both boys
and girls compete (around 10 to 12 girls usually) and the racers range in age from 6 to 15.
And some of them are extremely skillful with racing as good as you will see anywhere.
Great opportunity to invite your children and grandchildren down to see a night of
entertainment for a really low cost.
Hope to see many Club members at this meeting. Cheers Laurie O'C.
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AUSTIN 7 WINS BAY TO BIRDWOOD RUN!
In the tradition of the 1928 Australian Grand Prix, a
1928 Austin 7 has crossed the line first (being the first
entrant vehicle to arrive at Birdwood) in the Run from
West Beach to Birdwood in the bienniel event of the
Bay to Birdwood Run held on 28 September 2014.
The trophy pictured left was presented to the driver
at the Federation Meeting on 29 November.
The 1928 Austin 7 Chummy driven by the editor of
this Journals
(and also the Treasurer of the
Federation), was able to sneak past the early starters
by some judicious traffic manoeuvres and managed
the remain ahead, and despite a late challenge from
the Police Historic Chrysler Royal on the final leg into
Birdwood, maintained the lead position. It was noted
that the early arrival at Birdwood caught the Run
Finish Officials napping.
I would like to thank Wendy Seidel for knobbling
Keith in their 1929 Austin 7 Chummy, by threatening
him with dire consequences if he drove past the Police Chrysler earlier in the Run, because if
they had done so, I wouldn't be writing this piece!
Relaxing at the Birdwood Mill after the journey up from West Beach and the Bay.
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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!
Willys Overland DID NOT Design or Build the First Jeep!
I noted in "The Old Man's Ramblings" in the July
2014 "Journals" that he
perpetuated the falsehood that Willys designed and built the first Jeep. Willys
actively promoted this false claim from the outset in the early days of WW2, and
have continued to do so ever since.
In truth, in Butler, Pennsylvania, the small firm of Bantam, originally American
Austin, designed and built the first prototype Jeep, which the US War Dept
accepted, approved and put through rigorous testing.
In the early days of WW2, Bantam had tried to interest the government in a military
version of the Bantam. The military thought it would be a great idea, but insisted
that the project would have to be financed privately. Bantam responded with an
offer to built the car if the government would guarantee expenses - $25,000. The
Army declined.
Meanwhile an ordnance technical sub-committee had been formed to develope the
concept of a midget combat car. The Army had evaluated a stripped-down American
Austin as early as 1933 and several privately financed ventures, such as an Austin
powered machine gun carrier had been tested.
On 27 June 1940 the final recommendations were approved and a formal
specification was drafted and invitations to bid were sent to 135 manufacturing
concerns. A preliminary design was required by 19 July.
Following several weeks of intensive work, the prototype Bantam was ready for a
trial run on 21 September, and on 27 September it was handed over to the testing
section. In the following weeks it received an unmerciful pounding and successfully
passed all tests. The American Bantam was directed to build an initial batch of
seventy vehicles, to be completed in twelve weeks.
A Willys prototype arrived on 13 November, closely followed by a Ford version ten
days later. Both vehicles had a marked resemblance to the Bantams, and both Ford
and Willys had witnessed the Bantam tests and had been given free access to
Bantams blue-prints.
In March 1941, the Army awarded a contract to Bantam for 1,500 vehicles. Some
five months later the government invited new bids, and on the basis of cost and the
limited manufacturing ability of Bantam awarded a contract to Willys for a further
16,000 Jeeps, and shortly after a further order was placed with Ford.
The production of Bantam Jeeps was being gradually phased out over this period,
and the final 2,675th Bantam Jeep rolled off the line just before the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. It was the last automobile that American
Bantam would build. The Bantam factory went on to build thousands of light
trailers for towing behind Jeeps.
In May 1943, the New York Times carried a small article on the back page. It
concerned a paternity suit. The Fair Trade Commission had charged Willys-
Overland with foul play. It seems the Willys publicists had proclaimed in print that
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their engineers had created the ubiquitous Jeep. That, protested the FTC
constituted false and misleading advertising. Willys was making capital out of credit
rightfully belonging to others. Following testimony by the principals, including Karl
Probst and Francis Fenn, the court determined that the Jeep was indeed Bantam's
baby, fostered and conceived by Butler, Pennsylvania, by Roy Evans and a handful
of loyal employees. Willys was ordered to cease and desist. To the men who built
the first Jeep, it was small compensation.
One can only wonder if Willys Overland with their relatively small pre-war car
market would have survived the War without the huge benefit of the Jeep contract.
Model
Year
Number Built
Bantam pilot
1940
1
Bantam Mk II / BRC-60 1940
70
Ford Pygmy
1940
1
Ford Budd
1940
1
Willys Quad
1940
2
Bantam BRC-40
1941
2,605
Ford GP
1941
4,456
Willys MA
1941
1,553
Willys MB
1942-1945
361,339 (335,531 + 25,808 'slats')
Ford GPW
1942-1945
277,896
World War II Total
1940-1945
647,925
L: Bantam No 1 Blitz Buggy. R: Bantam BRC
L: Ford GP R: Willys MA
For the full story, it is worth reading "Whatever became of the Baby Austin" by John
W. Underwood. Heritage Press, Sun Valley. California, 1965, but it is out of print
and pretty hard to find.
Ron Burchett
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PAST EVENTS
Day Run to Glenroy Homestead - 16 Nov 2014
A group of 10 cars left the Tea Tree Gully Hotel at 10.15 and headed to Gumeracha
for morning tea where 2 more cars joined us. Thankfully it was nice & cool, great
travelling for the older cars.
At Gumeracha we had a nice chinwag while we had our morning tea. The Stephens
family got there late, just as we were about to leave at 11.30, so they had a coffee at
the nearby market then had to catch up with the rest of the group.
It was a lovely drive passing through Birdwood & Mt Pleasant and then turning off
onto the Swan Reach road. The countryside is certainly looking dryer - all the green
has disappeared. Just after getting out of the hill and down onto the plains we had
to turn left off the main road & travel about 2km on a gravel road to get to the
Homestead. Luckily the cars did not create a lot of dust because the area had 13
mm of rain the night before.
Once everyone had arrived we had a game involving tossing horseshoes at a peg -
not as easy as it sounds. After a couple of playoffs, Ted Rix was declared the winner
with Nadia Addyman coming second. Brenton presented them a prize each. As
lunch wasn’t quite ready, to fill in some time, Nadia pulled out some Bocce Balls
which some of the attendees tried their hand at. Another bit of fun.
Bill Broughton (who with his wife Jan, own the Homestead) gave a very interesting
talk detailing how they came to buy Glenroy. He also shared with us all the work
that has already been done to the place as well as the work they plan to do. A long
term plan I think.
Jan meanwhile had been busy cooking our lunch which consisted of 3 hot meats,
salads & bread. Dessert was scones, jam & cream, all very delicious.
After lunch we were free to roam around the outer buildings & grounds, including
one of the old cottages they are setting up for bed & breakfast. Once all of the
investigating was over, we were free to head for home.
Once again, we had a really great day with 12 cars & 26 members. Bad luck all the
rest of you who missed out
Our thanks go to Brenton & Cyndy for organising a beaut day out.
Marie & Ralph
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PAST EVENTS
6 Hour Regularity Relay Phillip Island 2/3 August 2014
The day started with Darryl Brigg from Lewiston picking me up from Prospect with
the Peugeot 206 GTi in tow behind the van. We left around 8am. The rain started
just after Mt Barker. By the time we reached Tailem Bend, the temperature had
dropped from 9 to 3 degrees Celcius. An ice warning flashing on the van’s display as
prelude to a downpour of small hail.
The weather provided a myriad of new sights with patches of snow in the rocks of
the Grampians and snow capped hills on the outskirts of Ararat. We got in front of
the weather near Ballarat but not before rain, sleet and a minute long flurry of snow.
To see Melbourne in brilliant sunshine while surround by bad weather was the
opposite of a normal visit.
The stop go traffic of Melbourne’s four lane freeway was an unpleasant change to the
free flowing country roads we had been travelling. The slow crawl allowed the
weather to catch back up to us by the time we looped back South West towards
Phillip Island.
John Tiller from Mallala had left a day earlier and had already unloaded his MX-5 by
the time we had arrived. Jason Smyth, the third member of our team arrived as we
pulled up with his RX7. The blustery weather made unloading an unpleasant
experience.
The fourth member of the team Anthony Verner of Redbanks of was travelling with
Mick Heinrich of Roseworthy. They had made a late getaway with his Torana with
newly fettled engine. Anthony parents John and Helen, John Tiller’s wife Christine
and Jason Smyth supporter Vanessa Comely made up the rest of the support crew
for the regularity.
Friday evening we had a team meeting and sorted out our numbers for the cars. The
Phillip Island 6hr regularity has its own peculiar calculation method. It involves
gaining a point for each lap completed, adding bonus points for getting close to your
nominated time then dividing by the lost points for going faster than the nominated.
Therefore the key to winning is not going too fast.
We had all arrived at the track by 8am for the normal duties of driver’s briefing,
having cars scrutinised and chatting to the adjacent competitors. This event had 49
teams of at least 4 drivers per team, which is the largest briefing any of us had been
experienced. Next to us in the garages were two teams of Ford Mustangs, and had
brought a trailer set up for catering for the teams, including cooked breakfasts.
First practice was for drivers experienced with the track, which meant as first timers
to Phillip Island we had to sit it out. The second practice was for new drivers so we
lined to head out, but we could see rain falling from a lone cloud one to two
kilometres out to sea. As the green flag was dropped for us to head out it started to
sprinkle. By the time we had completed a lap it was pelting down, with rivulets of
water crossing the track in places and the grip level quite treacherous. This allowed
exploratory laps to familiarise ourselves with the layout, but no competitive laps to
determine braking points or lap times.
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6 Hour Regularity Relay Phillip Island 2/3 August 2014 cont:
In the wet conditions Jason Smyth logged a 3.07.95, John Tiller a 2:45.83, Anthony
Verner a 2:39.82 and Brett Watters a 2:39.49.
The verdant green surrounds of the track were causing some issues with cars
getting trapped in the muddy requiring a tow to get them out. First but not the last
to plough the fields was one of the team’s farmers Anthony Verner. One complication
of the off was Anthony blowing a power steering return hose off. This required his
car to be pushed out of the garage for repairs to be made. Luckily it wasn’t on the
track.
Practice for the rest of us consisted of 45 minutes of the track being open then a 15-
minute break. The safety car was used extensively as many drivers were leaving the
tarmac. We roughly split each of the practice sessions between two of our drivers.
By the end of the day Anthony Verner had clocked the fastest time of 2:00.41,
followed by myself with 2:02.85, John Tiller with 2:04.85 and Jason Smyth on
2:05.55. Nominations for the lap times, from which we would loose or score points
on Sunday closed at 5PM. There was much discussion about the best times to
nominate. As Sunday was to be clear and dry we all expected to go faster. Anthony
nominated 1:59, Brett 2:00, John 1.59 and Jason 2.03. John has a habit of having
gaining significant speed on the second day on the track. The speculation is whether
it is an old dog taking a while to learn new tricks, or red mist generated speed gain.
We had a BBQ dinner provided by Jason Smyth & Vanessa Comely and our support
crew. The dinner was moved indoors due to the brisk Southerly blowing over the
cabins at the Cowles Caravan park. More discussion ensued of lap times with the
possibility of amending the nominations in the morning. John and Jason amended
their times to 2:00 and 2:04 respectively.
Sunday morning cars were shuffled and before another briefing. Jason Smyth was
our starter and formed up on the grid, to be serenaded by a gent on bagpipes. The
organisers had been provided with a team grid marker, with being our grid girl
Vanessa. Most of the “grid girls” were men including one who had pulled up his tee
shirt into a bikini top with his beer belly thrust out proudly.
The cars competing ranged from a Datsun 120Y and Holden Gemini, up to Porsche
911, Lotus Exige and Ferrari 308GTB.
The event started with two laps behind a safety car and ran relatively freely through
the day with limited use of the safety car.
The tow vehicle appeared a relative frequently with white flags to notify that it was
on the circuit pulling out stuck vehicles.
Another nuance of the events rules is that you could not do more than 15 laps per
driver stint. This was approximately half an hour on the track. Which meant plenty
of action in the pits all day. In comparison lately we have been doing single drive
stints to reduce off track time and number of laps lost during change over.
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6 Hour Regularity Relay Phillip Island 2/3 August 2014 Cont:
Other event limits were a lowest lap
time of 1:55 which didn’t appear to
hamper the late model Mustang
appearing quickly in the mirrors.
During my stint found I had
difficulty
getting up to my
nominated lap time and was having
to break later to get close.
The Phillip Island pit exit provided
some unwanted entertainment. The
pit lane exit is at the end of the start finish straight and some of the cars entering
the track would either enter at inopportune moments or half commit and slow up
entering turn one. Once I had a Lotus Elise enter the track at moderate speed and
slow. Just prior to turn one and to clear him I went in to turn one at full throttle
carry a little to much speed and subsequently exited turn two on the grass. The
levels of grip on the grass were extremely low and I sat for twenty seconds while
spinning the wheels trying to gain traction. The recovery vehicle had just started to
roll as I gained traction with a little extra mud on the windscreen. If I had an open
differential rather than a plate LSD I may have been stuck for longer.
As this was the team’s first Phillip Island event we were content with our finish in
twentieth out of forty nine entries.
The All Brands team won. We have a friendly rivalry with them and day that have
pipped at several events. They have won the last two Mallala 6hr Regularities.
After the event we all dined at the Cowes RSL before turning in for early returns to
Adelaide.
Brett Watters
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6 Hour Regularity Relay Phillip Island 2/3 August 2014 Cont:
Competitors in the 6 hour Regularity Relay
Anthony Verner Torana No 40A
Brett Watters Peugeot 206GTi No 40B
John Tiller Mazda MX5 No 40C
Jason Smyth Mazda RX7 No 40D
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Fri 29, Sat 30 & Sun 31 May 2015
39th Historic Winton, Winton Motor Raceway
www.historicwinton.org
Conducted by the Austin 7 Club
with assistance from the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association
Vic
Historic Winton: Honouring the Past - Australia’s largest and most popular all-historic motor race
meeting presents a weekend of non-stop racing featuring over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes
from the 1920s to the 1980s.
Celebrations at the 39th Historic Winton include anniversaries:
100 years - Morris Cowley
90 years - Ford Australia, Chrysler, Invicta
80 years - Talbot Lago, Morris 8
70 years - MG TC, Bristol, Riley RM
60 years - Peugeot 403, Fiat 600, Triumph TR3, Citroen DS19, Jaguar Mk1, Sunbeam Rapier,
MGA, Mercedes Benz 190 SL, Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, Karmann Ghia, Toyota Crown
50 years - XP Falcon, HD Holden, Peugeot 204, Renault 16, Triumph 1300
Historic Winton displays:
Shannons Classic Car Park featuring car and bike clubs
a FordFest honouring 90 years of Ford Australia and featuring vehicles produced here between
1925 and 1980
Australian Grand Prix Aussie Specials
Historic Motorbikes: the Big 3 - Triumph, Harley-Davidson and Indian
Historic Commercial Vehicles
Spectator access to the Competition Paddock with fabulous old racing machines on open
display
and if you have a Classic or Special-Interest car or bike, park in the Spectator Display Area.
Raceway entry fees: Sat $25, Sun $35, weekend $50, comp paddock $5, children 16 and under n/c
General public enquiries: Noel Wilcox email
[email protected] ph 03 5428 2689
Media enquiries:
Jo Pocklington email [email protected] ph 03 5593 9277
Friday 29 May 2015 - Benalla & District Classic Car & Motorbike Tour
Be part of the Benalla & District Classic Car & Motorbike Tour assembling 9am on Friday 29 May
at the Benalla Art Gallery. Red plate vehicles welcome. The tour concludes with a 'Shine & Show'
display.
Further information, phone Graeme McDonald on 0417 306 332 email [email protected]
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The following is an extract from the minutes of a meeting held on 18 October 2014 of the Federation of
Historic Motoring Clubs SA Inc
With the death of a member where the member has a vehicle under the Conditional
Registration. There are two scenarios that may arise that members need to be aware of:
The vehicle is solely registered in the member’s name.
The vehicle becomes un-registered based on the fact that he/she no longer exist and is
therefore no longer a financial member of the club. This may be seen as a technicality, but it
would be reasonable to assume that the club has been informed as some of the club’s
members will be attending the funeral.
Additionally, the registration of a Conditionally
Registered vehicle is not transferable.
The family of the deceased need to be advised of this fact, however, should they choose to
drive the vehicle to the funeral, it is unlikely that there will be any repercussion from DPTI or
SAPOL as they will not have been officially informed. The issue will likely come from the
insurance company should the vehicle be involved in an accident.
The vehicle is registered in joint names.
The vehicle remains registered and is able to be used in accordance with the requirements of
the Conditional Registration Scheme.
Important Note Once DPTI has been notified that the person has deceased, they will not
send reminder notices in either case. We understand that DPTI is not normally notified of the
death through the inter-department process for a period of up-to six months or more. It is the
responsibility of the Executor or person handling the deceased’s estate to contact Services
SA where the matter will be rectified quickly. For the sole owner, registration is cancelled.
For the joint owner, registration is transferred in to the surviving owner’s name. There is no
requirement for a new MR334 to be issued in this case. A new logbook is required.
2015 SA/VIC AUSTIN 7 CLUBS ANNUAL BORDER RUN TO PENOLA.
Since 1955 the Austin 7 Clubs of South Australia and Victoria have met annually at
or near the SA/Vic State Border. This tradition continues, so in 2015 as it is our
turn to select a venue, we have decided to go to Penola in the South-East as our
destination, staying at the Alexander Cameron Motel (pictured above).
Bookings are now open so, if you would like to come along please advise David Grear
or David Searles of your intention, also an attendance sheet has been circulating at
Club meetings since November, please add your name to this list.
The Border Run event will be held on the Queens Birthday Weekend 6 to 8 June
2015.
Cost of the weekend which includes two nights accommodation, two evening meals
and two continental breakfasts will be in the vicinity of $500 per couple.
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ENTHUSIAST NIGHT RUN 24 NOVEMBER 2014 TO PORT ADELAIDE
AND TO THE CLIPPER SHIP "CITY OF ADELAIDE"
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ENTHUSIAST NIGHT RUN 24 NOVEMBER 2014 TO PORT ADELAIDE
AND TO THE CLIPPER SHIP "CITY OF ADELAIDE"
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LAKESIDE NISSAN MODERN REGULARITY TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2014
With 380.67 points Duane GENT was the winner in 2014
and Sandy WATTERS 2nd on 284.5 points
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LAKESIDE NISSAN MODERN REGULARITY TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2014
on
277.5 points,
Andrew Baohm in
3rd position.
Brett Watters came
in
4th place on
274.5 points.
Thomas Walkom
achieved 5th place
with 206 points.
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LAKESIDE NISSAN MODERN REGULARITY TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2014
Colin Tucker on
198.67
points
came 6th.
Anthony Verner in
7th position on
188.5 points.
Steve
Conroy
finished the year
on
174 points in
8th spot.
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LAKESIDE NISSAN MODERN REGULARITY TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2014
Paul Seidel had a
troubled year but
managed 9th with
171 points
Geoff Stephens, not
as consistent as in
previous
years
attained
161.67
points into
10th
place.
Philip
Scadding
continued
his
experience
with
Modern Regularity
with 139.67 points
and 11th place..
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LAKESIDE NISSAN MODERN REGULARITY TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2014
Here are all the points earned by all who participated at each
Modern Regularity event sponsored by Lakeside Nissan:-
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LAKESIDE NISSAN MODERN REGULARITY TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2014
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August, 1934
THE AUSTIN MAGAZINE
AUSTIN 7 CLUB of SA INC
presents
"PETERBOROUGH GET-AWAY"
Monday 21st to Friday 25th September 2015
Peterborough is a historical railway town in the
beautiful Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
Visit and enjoy local attractions including: several museums of heritage and history
of the local area, heritage walks, Federation Quilting Displays and shopping in the
main street.
Accommodation: Peterborough Roundhouse Motel with a courtyard garden setting,
a licenced restaurant, 27 units and off street parking.
If you are interested in a few fun-filled days with like minded people
please contact either:
Bill Gower, phone: 8524 6029, email: [email protected] or
Ron Schache, phone: 8264 6317, email: [email protected]
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CLUB CLASSIFIEDS
FOR SALE:
1956 AUSTIN A30 COUNTRYMAN,
includes lots of spare parts as well.
Contact John Kennewell Ph: 8344 8000
On the Clubroom Notice Board: For Sale: a
1951 Austin A40 Devon, British Racing Green,
Head & Valves made to run on unleaded petrol.
Alternator fitted, first of the column shift A40's,
complies with Conditional Registration.
$7,500
ono
See Graham Buesnel at any meeting or phone
0438 794 979 anytime.
Also on the Notice Board For Sale: a 1953
Austin A30 4 door Sedan, also British Racing
Green, 948cc motor, alternator fitted, on Club
Registration $6,500 ono. Call Graham Buesnel
on 0438 794 979 anytime.
In the A7 Club Spares Shed for Sale: complete
running 1937 Austin 7 rolling chassis
runs and drives
nothing to find
$2000
Austin Freeway for sale: Contact
Lynda Plummer
Phone 83330890 or 0408509399
Extra photos available from the Editor
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An Adelaide built paper car is weathering the test of time and giving good service.
Old newspapers stuck over wire mesh make the body of this car, which was built by
former speedway rider Mr. Dick Wise (seen above).
When Chairman of the Austin 7 Club, Mr. Wise decided to build a car for the
enthusiast. He contemplated a Mercury-engined special, but decided first to
experiment with a very lightweight body on an Austin 7 Chassis.
To make the body of metal or aluminium would be difficult for anyone unskilled in
body-building, he said, so he decided to try paper. He had heard of paper bodies
and experimented with discarded newspapers. The framework was made from steel
tubing, flywire attached to the frame and ordinary newspaper stuck to it with rubber
solution.
After the first coating of newspaper had "taken" other sheets were applied with
rubber solution until a body of reasonable strength was obtained. In most cases
only three thicknesses of newspaper were necessary.
Mr. Wise tried several glues, some were too brittle, others had insufficient adhesive
qualities for newsprint and finally he decided rubber solution was the most
satisfactory. it gave a strong joining of the paper and wire, with sufficient flexibility
to ensure against breakage. The car has been running for nine months and the
paper body is still in good condition and waterproof. It is light, cannot rattle, and is
sturdy enough for Mr. Wise to plan further for the Mercury paper special.
"I believe any enthusiast can make at low cost a high-powered lightweight, silent
running fast car using this method of body building" Mr. Wise said.
"It is not suitable for the Redex Trial, stock car or speedway racing, but provides a
car of reasonable appearance, with good braking and petrol consumption"
"For ordinary road use, I doubt if the enthusiast-home builder could find anything
better." Mr. Wise said.
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Laurie’s page of Stuff. The ramblings of an old man.
I trust you all had a great festive season and survived all the frivolity. My doesn’t time fly. This will be
the 10th edition of my ‘Ramblings’ which means I have been writing them for two and a half years now.
There is an old saying in motor racing that says ‘The older I get the faster I went’. I think this is also
true with time as I am sure it is going by faster now than ever before. Not sure how this can happen
with all the ‘time saving’ devises we now have.
Ladies in Motor Sport
Motor sport and equestrian are the two major sports where men and women compete against each other
on equal footing. There have been a few interesting characters along the way and below are a few.
Louise Smith was an American lass who became the second woman to race in the Nascar series. This
came about in 1949 when she went to watch the 1949 Daytona Beach Nascar race. She could not stand
watching the race so she entered her family’s new shiny Ford Coupe in the race. She managed to roll
her new car. Now she had to explain to her husband how the car was damaged. She thought maybe he
would believe that she rolled the car on the way home to South Carolina but the local newspaper had
already published photos and a report of the roll over so her alibi was shot. The bug had bit however
and Louise raced from 1949 to 1956 winning 38 races in modified (28 wins), speedcar and sportsman
classes.
Pat Moss is remembered as the most successful female rally driver of all time. She attained three
outright wins and seven podium finishes in International Rallies. Because of her achievements she was
crowned ‘European Ladies Rally Champion’ five times. Pat began competing in club rallies when 18
years old in 1953. Two years later she had become a BMC Works Team driver and she was on her
way. Pat later went on to drive a range of rally cars including Austin Healey 3000, Saab 96, Mini
Cooper and Lotus Cortina. In 1963 Pat married fellow rally driver Erik Carlsson and they then
competed together racing for Saab. Pat Moss is also remembered as being the younger sister of British
Formula one ace Stirling Moss.
Kim Krebs is from the small Victorian town of Yackandandah. In 2012 she was awarded the ‘Woman
of the Year’ by the Australian Riders Division of Motorcycling Australia for setting a Land Speed
record at Lake Gairdner in SA. She attained a speed of 188.412 mph (303 kph) in less than ideal
conditions. She had previously recorded speeds of 365 kph but these were not attained on official
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record attempts. Kim has been credited as being the ‘Fastest Woman in Australia’ and the ‘Second
fastest Woman in the World’ but I think this should be prefixed with ‘Motorcycle’ as there are other
ladies who have gone faster. Kym rides a turbo charged Suzuki.
Rachelle Splatt is an Australian lass who has gone faster than Kim Krebs 365 kph. Rachelle is a drag
racing ‘Top Fuel’ dragster driver. Rachelle burst onto the drag racing scene in the early1990’s where
she won the 1993 Australian National Championship on debut. Not only that but she also set both
national and international records, and also became the first female driver in the world to break the 300
mph (480 kph) barrier. These stunning results saw her land a contract to drive for a top US team the
following year. She returned to Australia the following year and raced on until 2000 when she retired
to raise a family. She did make a one off appearance in 2003 at the Perth Motorplex drag strip where
she recorded the strips first ever four second pass at 4.96 seconds. The now mother of three has said
she is ready now to resume racing. She said juggling work, children and racing should be possible now
with family and staff support. Rachelle is General Manager of Dragway Performance Engineering.
Dry Creek Power Station
Have you ever driven past the Dry Creek power station near the corner of Cavan and Grand Junction
Roads and wondered why they haven’t painted the rusty chimneys? No, neither had my wife, but I was
able to give her a little information about the plant.
The plant consists of three natural gas fired gas turbines (jet engines) driving generators which generate
a total capacity of 156 MW. (Torrens Island plant generates 1280 MW). The Dry Creek plant is used to
supplement peak loads and also as a back-up should there be problems at Torrens Island. The beauty of
this gas turbine system is that it can be brought on line almost immediately.
About 30 to 40 years ago when I was doing an engineering course I had the opportunity to tour this
building and see its operation. As you can imagine I cannot recall all of the details and stats so for this
little article I thought I would contact the power company to confirm some of the details I was not sure
about. It seems we now have high terrorist alerts and power stations could be a target. Trying to
convince the people who I was shuffled between that it was for a little snippet in the Austin 7
newsletter obviously did not meet with their approval as they considered my request for information as
‘suspicious’.
So the following details are from my fading memory. Firstly the reason for the rusty chimneys is that
the exhaust gas temperature is around
850 degree Celsius.
(This was something I tried to get
confirmed). I know you can purchase exhaust pipe paint but maybe the cost was considered too
prohibitive. Also many a pigeon has been barbecued on initial start up. The shaft connecting the gas
turbine engine, the step down gearbox and the generator is approximately 20 to 30 metres long (another
measurement I was trying to verify) and when the generator is not in use the shaft is slowly turned at
around two revs per minute to prevent ‘shaft sag’.
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The whole building is protected by a foam fire
system whereas if a fire is detected the whole
building is filled with foam in two minutes.
Operators are trained to evacuate the building by
being blindfolded and finding their way out by
memory and feel.
So now you know a little about this power plant
and when your grandkids ask you “Grandpa why
are the chimneys rusty?” You can tell them!
They build them big in Texas
Have you been to Adelaide Oval and seen the ‘big’ new 180 square metre television screen that
replaced the ‘small’ 80 square metre screen that was at Aami Stadium. Impressive hey. But it pales
into insignificance when compared to the new screen erected at the Texas Motor Speedway. For that
screen is a whopping 1917 square metres. That is more than ten times larger than the Adelaide Oval
screen. This Panasonic screen named Big Hoss (obviously) is the ‘Largest High Definition Television
LED Screen’ in the world. The screen is mounted half way along the back straight of the 1.5 mile
track. And here are some of the very impressive figures. The screen is 66.5 metres (218 ft) wide and
28.6 metres (94 ft) high. The total structure is 38.5 metres (125 ft) high and built to withstand a 190
kph (120 mph) wind force. There are 14,376,960 LED’s and the screen has a maximum power rating
of 1,380,000 watts. That is 1.38 MW, almost a small power station is needed to power this beast. As I
said at the start, they build them big in Texas.
Salute to a Couple of Oldies
Two relatively old timers starred on the world motor sport stage last year. Firstly hats off to 44 year
old American motorcycle speedway racer Greg Hancock. Greg won his third world title in 2014. Quite
an effort as Greg was competing against many riders half his age. The first title was won in 1997 with
the second in 2011. Up until September last year Greg had competed in every Speedway Grand Prix
since its inception in 1995. He missed that one round in September due to broken fingers suffered in a
horrific race crash at the previous GP. Greg has also won the World Best Pairs Championship along
with three World Cup Teams Championships, and eight USA Championships and numerous British,
Swedish, Polish, Czech and Danish Championships. For a rider who competes many times a week in
various (country) leagues he has had a remarkable serious injury free run. He is recognized as one of
the ‘good guys’ in speedway and is extremely well respected by his peers, fans and officials worldwide.
His nickname is ‘The Grin’ because he is always smiling. A great guy and a worthy Champion.
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The other oldie to star is evergreen MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi. When many thought his career may
be waning, Valentino came back to finish second in this year’s Championship (to young sensation
Marc Marquez). He finished the year with two wins and thirteen podium positions out of the eighteen
round series. At 35 years old Rossi had nothing to prove yet he rode with the skill and daring so
evident in his early career. Valentino began his GP career in 1996 after winning the 1995 Italian 125cc
Championship.
He has gone on to win 82 MotoGp races which make him the all time record holder. Valentino’s
father, Grazizno, was a former Grand Prix racer and winner having won three GP races in his career.
He also raced under the number 46 and this is the number Valentino has used for his whole career.
Adelaide Hills resident Jeremy Burgess was Valentino’s head mechanic and mentor for most of
Valentino’s career. His ‘main’ nickname is ‘The Doctor’. He has also dabbled in Formula 1 and world
Rallying and these exploits will be detailed in coming editions of the Journal.
Left Foot V Right Foot Braking
With a lot of mainly elderly folk reversing into or driving into shop fronts and the like, I wondered how
many of these people were left foot brakers. I think it is generally accepted that in motor racing left
foot braking is the best option (especially with today’s electronically assisted gearboxes) and will give
faster lap times., But is it best for the road? At present I have four cars, two autos and two manuals., I
left foot brake in the autos and obviously right foot brake in the manuals. I don’t have to think about it,
it just happens ‘naturally’. ,Maybe this is because I was racing go-karts before I was driving on the
road, but I have never had any problems ‘changing feet’. I suspect, although at this stage I have no
proof, that the majority of the shop front accidents are caused by right foot brakers who think they are
pressing on the brake pedal when in fact they are on the accelerator pedal. ,What do you think?
Just as aside the two manual cars that I have different gear change locations. One is 5 speed floor
change and the other is 4 speed column change. For a while I also had an Austin A50 which also had a
4 speed column but with a reverse pattern to the Ford 4 speed column. When I was a teenager I had
many motorbikes (I have owned over 40) and some were British, some were European and some were
Japanese. Now some of these had left foot brake pedals and some had right, so obviously the gear
change was on the opposite side. But some of these gear changes were ‘up’ to go to a higher gear and
some were ‘down’ to go to a higher gear. Now this did become a bit confusing when maybe using
three different bikes on the same day (work bike, cruise bike and race bike). I adopted the policy of
both feet down in an emergency, and there were many, and work out which gear I was in later.
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Brett Watters in his Peugeot 206 GTi at Modern Regularity Round 8 on Sunday
7 December 2014 at Mallala Motor Sport Park.
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