Australian FI GP - Tiger Drivers Parade

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Australian FI GP - Tiger Drivers Parade

Post by gvickery » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:32 am

A nice piece of Christmas cheer from Down Under.

The Sunbeam Club of Victoria has been asked to put together 28 Tigers and S1 Alpines for the 2012 driver parade at the AGP on 18th March in Melbourne.

Our Club member down there adds "Get up early for the live telecast and warm yourself up with some of our sunshine"

Yowsa yowsa!!

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Post by gtsmrt » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:56 am

Hi Graham,

I'm really looking forward to this event. In all the years Melbourne has run it, this will be my first F1 experience up close and what an experience it will be. :D
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Post by gvickery » Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:56 pm

Robin. STOC's turn to be envious of you fellows attending the AGP and maybe driving an F1 favourite in the driver parade in your Tiger!!

The last time that happened was at the Riverside track in 1965 (?)
- Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Bruce Mclaren in Ian Garrad's Tigers
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Can't find the pic of Graham Hill right now.

Incidentally, the late John Dandy, our Chairman a few years ago was driving Jim Clark!!

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Post by martin172 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:29 pm

Robin, you jammy ******* (insert whatever word you feel is appropriate). :D

I would give my left one to get the chance to drive Schumy, Lewis, Seb or Fernando.
There could be a scrap over car colours though, silver and red Tigers being the ones in demand.

To get the chance to drive Jimmy Clarke is what dreams are made of.
Actually, I think I'd let the king of drift drive me instead. What a ride that would be.

Graham, do you have a larger version of those pics please?

Edited to improve my abysmal grammer :D
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Post by gtsmrt » Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:24 am

Would definitely be great to drive one of the top driver's, but anyone will do (at that level all of them are bloody good drivers). Having Mark would be awesome though and a real honour. :D
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Post by michael-king » Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:33 am

Graham,

Where did you get those pics? I have only ever seen the ones in the various books whic dont really show the whole cars.. great shots.
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Post by martin172 » Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:37 am

gtsmrt wrote:Would definitely be great to drive one of the top driver's, but anyone will do (at that level all of them are bloody good drivers). Having Mark would be awesome though and a real honour. :D
Yeah, Mark for you would be cool.

I'll tell you what, I'll do a deal with you.
I'll cross my fingers that you get Mark and if you get near Schumy you please please please please please get me his autograph. :D

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Post by gtsmrt » Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:04 am

martin172 wrote:I'll cross my fingers that you get Mark and if you get near Schumy you please please please please please get me his autograph. :D
I'll see what I can do Martin :)
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Post by martin172 » Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:09 pm

gtsmrt wrote:I'll see what I can do Martin :)
Thanks mate! :D

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Post by gvickery » Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:22 pm

Martin. Here's a tad larger version of John Dandy driving Jim Clark at Riverside.
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And here's the man at that meeting

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The late Michael Cooper the F1 photographer - friend and STOC man - and close mate of Jim Clark, once said that Jim knew how to put the wind up him track side......!! Drifting at Oulton Park a year later.

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Here's another piece of Mike's work (my favourite) albeit of a Cobra circa 1964 but for the life of me I know not where. Can anyone help with that?

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Michael, I believe the original source of the Riverside photos was Ian Garrad. The 3 Tigers came from his showroom and Jim is sitting in his personal transport. A great publicity move me thinks.
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Post by michael-king » Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:21 am

Graham,

Thanks for that. Interesting that Ian seems to have removed the POWERED BY FORD 260 sheilds on the car and replaced it with the falcon 260 V8 badges from USA fords! IIRC the same badge appeared on the miles prototype car when it did some PR shots
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Post by martin172 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:02 am

Thanks for postng the pics and info Graham. Really great.
I wonder if the current owner of that Tiger has any idea that a racing legend was once in it?

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Post by gtsmrt » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:29 am

There also seems to be a badge or something on the bonnet as well.
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Post by gvickery » Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:47 pm

Yes, Ian Garrad enjoyed adding distinctive badges to his cars, starting with as Michael points out the 'Miles prototype'. You can see the Falcon 260 badge in this pic along with the alluring Valerie Samuels
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I can't show Robin (right now) what the badge on the bonnet is but here it is, in this poor blow up, on the side of one of Ian's Tigers. It also did a turn as a steering wheel boss cap.
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STOC reproduced these for several years. We may even have a few in our Regalia stock still.

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Post by michael-king » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:23 pm

Graham,

I think ian used that round LAT logo on a few things.. if you remember the playboy tiger (dont we all? :lol: ) it had one of those logos mounted on the bonnet in what looked like a S3 Alpine/rapier fastback bonnet badge base, the same logo appreared in the LAT brochure on the LAT bonnet.

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