Your Motoring Years

This is your time to shine – send us a photo from your motoring past our and we’ll make you a star!


S nd your photos via email to u niquecars@b auer trader. c wit h ‘ You r Photos’ in the subject line. Photos should be in JPEG file format (ask a youngster!), larger than one megabyte in size but no bigger than three megabytes in total.

Alternatively, post your photos to Unique Cars, Bauer Trader, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh VIC 3166, with a stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can return them to you.

Please include your name, phone number, the date and location of the photo, the names of anyone in the photo and the year/model of the car(s) concerned. Feel free to tell us all about the circumstances around the picture. Get onto it!

01-03 Clearly Trevor Newman’s Eurotrip back in the 90s was one he’ll never forget.

Especially since we’ve now immortalised his adventures.

Here you can see many a lovely Ferrari in various states in a Maranello factory in Modena, Italy, not far from Scuderia Ferrari HQ.

The effortlessly pretty #23 red thing with the rear engine cover up and big Shell decals on the bodywork, is a Ferrari Dino 166P/266SP. Incredibly rare and dripping with style as all 60s Prancing Horses do.

Then there’s the Giallo Fly F40 just casually getting serviced.

There’s an autograph on the front right-hand carbon fi bre wheelarch, but even Staffer Scotty’s sharp peepers can’t make it out. Another F40 can be seen very naked and stripped right back, with a Ferrari BB for company in the background. Behind that, something open-wheeled and probably awesome. 04 Bruce Watt’s fi rst car, he says, “was a 1928 Austin 12 Dad bought me for £28. I loved it!” Apparently, the Austin didn’t have a starter motor at fi rst and although it had a crank handle, “the dogs were worn and I kept skinning my knuckles on the leaf springs, so I simply push started the car wherever I went.”

Nice one, Bruce. He was forced to sell it sadly, because he moved to Canberra. Returning from the ACT 18 months later he bought the Austin 12 you see here, “this time a beautiful 1926 model,” Bruce says. “It had an Auster windscreen for the passengers and I often took the local kids for joy rides. Unfortunately I wrote this car off so I looked around for another one. When I found one in a workshop in Malvern, imagine my surprise at fi nding that it was my original car – the one Dad bought me! It wasn’t in the best shape, sadly.”

Bruce and uncle Eric, a Repco director at the time, borrowed a block and tackle, set up a tripod in the backyard and pulled the motor, hand-painted the body in

the street (not having a garage), and drove return to Hall’s Gap, and to Canberra. “On the latter trip it ground to a halt near Tarcutta, NSW. I hitched back to Melbourne and returned, tools in-hand and repaired the seized gearbox where it sat. On the return trip to Melbourne, a passing semi-trailer caused a back draught that ripped my canvas!” Lesser men would have left her in Tarcutta, Bruce. 05-06 Garrie Smith thanked us for running his dad’s farm machinery photo and story in Mailbag (Issue #374). “The family got a real kick out of it,” he says, “my older sister, Diana, especially. She had a dig in the family archives, and came up with a pic of the Blitz spray truck (circa 1961), with the spray booms fully extended. It had about 100-feet of arm span.

Not sure if this is the biggest in the southern hemisphere.”

Garrie tells us the Blitz was road registered on Queensland plates NBZ 164. “Dad built the entire thing himself. It was an engineering masterpiece! It was like a giant praying mantis. For road travel, the two enormous booms fi rst swivelled backwards, then folded upwards from the middle and back down, so the two halves of each boom sat on top of each other tucked in alongside both sides of the truck.

All designed for one-person operation.” The second picture shows Garrie’s dad in the middle of that process. Wonder if it still exists, Garrie . 07-08 Frank O’Neill from Drysdale in Victoria thought he’d send us these little numbers of, fi rstly, his Ford Zephyr convertible, taken way back in 1959. That rego number, GZS713 on the left, belonged to Kevin Smith, and HAM541 on the right was owned by Bobby Burns. “The two ladies in the photo are Maureen Holbery and Pat Burns,” he recalls.

“The photos were taken on the foreshore at Warneet.”

The other photo is of the lovely 1964 Austin Healey – all Frank’s. “The Healey was fast in a straight line, but hopeless through corners,” Frank says. “Bob’s Zephyr had a very hot motor which kept up with the Healey! But the Healey convertibles had powerassisted, press-button hoods.” And a much prettier face than the Zephyr too, Frank – at least you win on the styling front.