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The first, and pleasantly frequent duty, is to extend a hearty welcome to new members:
Mr John Keenan of Western Australia owns a May 1956 MGA with just 56,000 miles on the clock, which was delivered to and remained in Pasadena, California, until 1990. It was restored in W.A. by John Hunting after importation, and is now a R.H. drive conversion in BRG re-trimmed in fawn leather. It will be used in VSCC of W.A. and M.G.C.C. W.A. events. Another new member in W.A. is Mr Ronald Kilcullen, who owns 1934 J2/4212, pictured.
This car was previously in the ownership of M.G.C.C. Vic's Walter Magilton. Mr. Kilcullen writes that the car's original first owner, Colin Keefer, is now in his 80s and recounts memories of driving the car in the Australian Grand Prix at Philips Island in the 1930s.
Finally, and also from W.A., we welcome one of Australia's foremost M.G. enthusiasts, Mr Peter Briggs, whose stable includes 1929 14/40, 1931 M1, 1993 J3, 1933 K3, 1934 NE, 1947 TC, 1948 TC Special, and 1959 MGA Twin Cam. The K3 was pictured in our June 1994 issue.
Many people will remember the outstanding last Grand Prix to be held in Adelaide, in 1995. The tremendous enthusiasm of several hundred thousand fans gave the event a great send-off to its new home in Victoria for 1996. The M.G. Clubs of Australia put their shoulder firmly to the wheel and produced a splendid turnout of cars for the support races, and the entry list is reproduced as a Roll of Honour, taken from M.G.C.C. N.S.W.'s 'Opposite Lock':
|GRAND PRIX SUPPORT RACES|
COMPLETE ENTRANT LISTING
|1 Lou Molina||VIC||Lou Molina||1946 MG TC Special||White|
|2 Keith Choyce||WA||Keith Choyce||1937 M.G. TA Special||Silver|
|3 Philip Bradey||SA||Philip Bradey||1934 M.G. K3||Blue|
|4 Andrew Willington||SA||Andrew Willington||1953 M.G. TF Special||Aluminium|
|5 Peter Briggs||WA||York Motor Museum||1933 M.G. K3||Green|
|6 Robin Briggs||WA||York Motor Museum||1935 M.G. NE||Silver|
|7 Graham Melocco||NSW||Graham Melocco||1949 M.G. TC S/C Special||Green|
|8 Ron Townley||VIC||Ron Townley||1939 M.G. TA Special||Red|
|9 Ken Rowe||NSW||Ken Rowe||1947 M.G. TC Special||Black|
|10 Jim Catts||NSW||Jim Catts||1948 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|11 Kevin Shearer||SA||Joan Shearer||1947 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|12 Barry Hicks||NSW||Barry Hicks||1947 M.G. TC Special||Red|
|14 Alistair Clarke||NSW||Alistair Clarke||1933 M.G. J Type||Green|
|15 Ian Mawson||VIC||Ian Mawson||1934 M.G. P Type||Green|
|16 Alan Heritage||NSW||Alan Heritage||1949 M.G. TD Special||Black|
|17 Neil McDowell||VIC||Neil McDowell||1947 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|18 John Ellis||SA||John Ellis||1948 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|19 Alan Griffin||SA||Alan Griffin||1947 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|28 Bob Schapel||SA||Bob Schapel||1948 M.G.TC Special||Silver|
|29 Ian McLennan||VIC||Ian McLennan||1934 M.G.P Type||Cream|
|30 Doug Gordon||SA||Doug Gordon||1949 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|31 Adam Berryman||VIC||Adam Berryman||1933 M.G. K3||Green|
|33 Ross Hodgson||NSW||Ross Hodgson||1949 M.G.TC Special||Black|
|34 John Anderson||VIC||John Anderson||1934 M.G. PA||Green|
|38 Peter Statton||VIC||Peter Statton||1949 M.G. TC Special||Red|
|39 John Payne||SA||John Payne||1933 M.G. J2 Special||Red|
|41 Gavin Morgan||SA||Gavin Morgan||1932 M.G.C Type||Green|
|47 Ray Hickman||VIC||Ray Hickman||1947 M.G. TC Special||Red|
|49 John Gillett||VIC||John Gillett||1949 M.G. TC Special||Red|
|51 John Playford||SA||John Playford||1949 M.G. TC Special||Blue|
|54 Bill Schapel||SA||Bill Schapel||1947 M.G. TC Special||Red|
|59 John Pitman||VIC||John Pitman||1949 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|73 Graham Smith||SA||Graham Smith||1948 M.G. TC Special||Green|
|77 Patrick Ryan||VIC||Patrick Ryan||11936 M.G. TA Special||Black|
|81 Percy Hunter||NSW||Percy Hunter||1947 M.G. TC Special||Silver|
|98 Graeme Steinfort||VIC||Graeme Steinfort||1934 M.G. P Type||Green|
|140 Harry Firth||VIC||Harry Firth||1953 M.G. Special||Green|
Our member John Hornabrook has kindly sent an article by Bob Jennings which among other cars gives details of the ex-Prince Bira K3, from which I quote, together with photos:
". . . the (Philip) Bradey M.G., was campaigned in Europe by one of the Princes of Siam, Prince Birabongse Bhamubandhu, who raced under the name of "B. Bira". B. Bira was one of the wealthy playboys of the pre-war Grand Prix era as well as being an accomplished driver. He ran the blue M.G. K3 in the light blue colour of the Thai Royal horse racing stables. The car was brought into Australia by John Snow of N.S.W. for the 1936 Australian Grand Prix at Victor Harbour. Later, it was owned by several Adelaide drivers including the late Andy Brown, who drove it to third place in the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. The late Tom Bradey bought the car in 1959 and it has been in the family ever since, Tom leaving the car to his grandson, Philip, who will return from London to drive the car at the Grand Prix."
John writes of his memories of seeing this car race before Tom Bradey bought it.
He says "In those days they ran races up and down the long flat beach at low tide. Sellicks Beach is now a residential suburb of Adelaide and it would be unheard of." He has a clear memory of the 1936 Centenary Grand Prix at Victor Harbour, mentioned in the article above.