Information about the history of all forms of land speed racing in Australia

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Post by DLRA » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:31 am

This part of the forum is exclusively for Australian Land Speed Racing history.

I am now a member of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians and their goal is to record the rich history and heritage of hot rodding and land speed racing from around the beginnings of the automotive age, 1890 to the present day.
The purpose of this historical group is to preserve the history and heritage of land speed and dry lakes racing, to promote the hot rodding culture, to work towards a permanent repository where artifacts can be safely kept and restored for future generations and to encourage historians, photographers and others to publish their books and photographs.

What the SLSRH would like me to do is to have each and every member start out by recording and saving their memoirs. Once they have saved their history, to look for older Australian land speed racers and hot rodders and record their lives. Then record those who have passed away. As I/we do that, make sure to scan old photographs and create full and complete captions for all that you know. Save old memorabilia and keep a provenance or history of the artifact, such as trophies, plaques, cars, parts, etc.

To this end we already have a solid foundation for DLRA members to record their history with each member having their own profile page. All you have to do is send me your text and photos and it will be posted to your own page, plus I've previously created some pages about History of Land Speed Racing.

I know there is a wealth of information and history out there and I look forward to documenting some of it here.

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Post by DON NOBLE » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:02 pm

Thanks for doing this Greg .
I will spread the word at our next Qld meeting in 2 weeks .
Theres plenty of history amongst our members here , the likes of Stuart Lappin ( long time bike racer ) " Black " Jack McDonald ( ex jet car racer ) , Larry Bladen ( Lived USA 20 yrs and raced twin engined bike at Bonneville ) John Ladbrook snr ( ex Invercargill , broke Burt Munros NZ records ) , and of course theres lots more .
Hope fully we can get bucket loads of stuff for you
2002 F/PRO 125.4 MPH RECORD
2003 F/PRO 140.2 MPH RECORD
2005 F/GC 137.9 MPH RECORD
2006 F/GC 141.1 MPH RECORD
1/4 mile ( drags ) @ Willowbank 14.15 @ 97.61 mph August 2006

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Post by Lynchy » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:02 pm

Russell Wright also lives up the coast a bit. It would be good to get him down for a meeting sometime as well.

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Post by Lynchy » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:04 pm

Oh, and I should have mentioned the other oldtimers - Don Noble, Chris Hanlon, Bob Ellis, Matt Saunders...........

the list just goes on and on and on.........

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Post by mal hewett » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:18 pm

Hey Lynchy, Russel Wright was with us on the salt in 06 ,Terry Prince and stuart Penn were flying the Vincent flag that year , I think he really enjoyed being amongst all the speed people . He was a bit blown away that John Noonan and Sam Wheeler wanted "HIS" autograph !! A modest man and a living legend !!

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Post by Lynchy » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:44 pm


Yep, I met him. He's not that modest. He came over to see what we were up to while I was helping untangle the timing wire and asked if he looked like one of the world's fastest men on a motorbike!

Very nice bloke though, we had a great chat. It was one of those moments you'd love to go back to knowing more about the person beforehand. I was not expecting a former outright land speed record holder to just wander up and say G'day, even at Speedweek. It sort of threw me off balance. Having said that we also got to meet Noonan and Sam Wheeler and Keith Turk and the Amo boys.

I got Noonan to sign my Top 1 shirt on the start line just before his 200+ mph run. I just wish I'd got Sam Wheeler and Russell Wright's on the same shirt!!!!


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Post by REAL Stan » Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:08 pm

Hi Paul i will sing your shirt, i hold a land SPEED RECORD to
for running away "from her in doors" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Lynchy » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:44 am

Let's see....

I need to get Chris Hanlon's - for the worlds fastest ute (not that skaifey character)
Bob Ellis - Worlds fastest concretor
Goggles & Hedgash - worlds most frustrated tank builders
Big Gaz (when he eventually rolls out the Jag) - Worlds fastest accountant

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Post by grumm441 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:51 pm

Lynchy wrote:Let's see....
Goggles & Hedgash - worlds most frustrated tank builders
That's why they pay me the big money
They make it
I make it work

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