HISTORY – AND A MYSTERY TOO

This photograph is from David Kelsey’s Gnoo Blas Racing Photograph collection in the Kelsey Family Collection. Our thanks to Mr Joel Kelsey for allowing us to scan and upload this photograph.

This historic scene was found in our image archive and shows the first Australian Touring Car Championship being contested in 1960 at the Gnoo Blas road track in Orange, west of Sydney.

It is no ordinary ‘Mk1’ either. It’s the second such Jaguar raced by David McKay who started the dominance of Touring cars in Australia with his first works prepared ‘Mk1’ in late 1958.

This is one very special machine and one of the last four works-built 3.4s built purely for competition.

It went on to win this race, with Bill Pitt’s identical car second. Bill’s 3.4 would win next year.

However, the other intriguing Jaguar here is the XK150 FHC parked beside the timing area. It appears like it might have an ‘S’ badge on the door, and while the registration plate can be seen on other images, it is too out of focus to read.

Would anyone know who might have owned it? They must have been a key person involved with that meeting. Perhaps it belonged to the Clerk of Course?

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