Good times in speed trials
Kilo trials at the end of winter in both South Australia and Victoria have produced some great results for many drivers. At Goolwa the trials were cut short due to the tragic accident involving John Blight, but two early runs by Peter Spicer and Brentyn Harrison were very interesting.
Peter Spicer flashed through in his CCC powered 0l Twitchy to register 120mph. Brentyn Harrison was a bit slower registering 114mph with a Johnson SR V6 pushing lndy along. Considering that these two were the first runs of the day, who knows what may have happened as the day progressed and fine tuning was carried out to extract that last mph.
Down at Glenmaggie, Alan Healy added another milestone to his already impressive record when he drove About Time to a speed of 102mph and in doing so, claimed his 100mph badge. Al must have had the 202 Holden really screaming to smash the existing Victorian record by 8mph. Ernie Nunn’s Australian record of 144mph may be a much bigger aim for Alan though.
The new Superstock class took a giant step forward when Alan Beale punted Psycho through the kilo for a speed of 92mph. This proves beyond question that 90-plus performance is a reality and not just a dream.In the Formula Ford class Anthony Oates became the first to crack the long standing 70mph barrier when he drove Go Man Go to clinch the new record with a speed of 70.2mph. This just barely passed the old record of 69.58mph which stood since 1974. In the intervening period there has been much kudos attached, among the Formula Ford club, to being the first to hit 70. Many top hydros have tried in vain.
Left: Anothony Oates became the first Formula Ford driver to break the 70mph barrier when he drove his little hydro Go Man Go to 70.2mph at Glenmaggie
Color picture of Go Man Go
The Victorian racing session got away to a fair start with the VSBC’s Albert Park meeting. The club received some good pre-race publicity in the daily press which, considering that the big Bathurst race and the football grand final were on the same weekend,was a good achievement for the club’s publicity boys.
Dorothy Smallwood caught the
eye of the press being the first lady to ever race for the VSBC. Unfortunately,
18-year-old Dorothy had bad luck when her hydro Curlee Top ran foul
of the noise meter and was ruled out. Later in the day Dorothy drove
the Formula Ford hydro Magpie Too in a handicap event, and although
she did not win her driving was...... sorry, the
article supplied finished here.
|Dorothy Smallwood, a graduate of the Victorian Speed Boat Club’s cadet driver training scheme, made her debut to the course at Albert Park. However, luck wasn’t with her.|