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Vintage Racing In Western Australia

During the 1950's and 60's "Around the Houses" racing was a style of motor sport enjoyed by Western Australians living in country areas.The circuits were too short for high speeds and the worst injury suffered by anyone was a broken leg.
However, the Le Mans' disaster in 1955 caused civic authorities to call a halt to motor racing on Public Streets. The cost of safety and insurance requirements was prohibitive.With corporate sponsorship and newer and more effective portable safety banners becoming available there has been a movement recently to recreate the atmosphere and excitement of these early motor races.
One such event was the very successful "Vintage on Avon" organised by the Vintage Sports Car Club of Western Australia and held on March the 27th and 28th at the Town of Northam. Two vintage speed events attracted competitors and spectators from all over the State.
On the Saturday competitors tested themselves and their cars at a hill climb on Mt. Ommaney just outside the town. The main event on Sunday, the "Northam Flying 50", saw a huge crowd enjoying a nostalgic and colourful occasion with the streets reverberating to the sounds of throaty exhausts.
The MG Marque was well represented and included 14 "square rigger" models, the oldest being two 1933 J2's.

Just click below to see just some of those wonderful machines and their drivers.

  • Tim Harland in a 1950 MGTD & Tony Bagshaw in a 1955 MGTF
  • Richard Prior adjusts his helmet as he lines up in his 1949 MGY Tourer in the starting area
  • Clem Dwyer with his 1948 MGTC Special
  • Ross Herbert's immaculately turned out 1958 MGA
  • Jim Harland with his 1934 MGPA In the background is Tony Pennell in a 1949 MGTC
  • Peter Briggs entered several cars from his extensive collection including this 1933 MG K3
  • John Illigs Supercharged 1960 MGA

    Our Thanks to David Pitcher for words & pictures.

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