‘SUFFERING’ FOR OUR NEXT EDITION …

I visited the amazing Bowden Collection of historic racing cars to photograph the now complete Ron Hodgson Mk2 which finished third in the second Australian Touring Car Championship (1961).




The car is stunning, and both Kevin and Peter started the Mk2 for me to experience it for the first time. Let me just say that I have never heard an XK engine which sounded like it – and that’s a compliment!
Next it will be going out for track testing, and I will be there again for our cover shot and others showing the pristine and immaculate car back on a circuit – for the first time since 1961! 


Sitting beside it in the Collection was the ex-David McKay/Ron Hodgson/Pete Geoghegan factory built racing ‘Mk1’ which began Australia’s love affair with touring car racing in 1958. The pairing is a rare sight of course, and both cars are totally undamaged and original with most of their original special parts.

Sitting beside it in the Collection was the ex-David McKay/Ron Hodgson/Pete Geoghegan factory built racing ‘Mk1’ which began Australia’s love affair with touring car racing in 1958. The pairing is a rare sight of course, and both cars are totally undamaged and original with most of their original special parts.

Both have perfectly straight panels including the door skins.

The next treat was when Peter and KB overcame an electrical issue with the Mk1 – and started it for the first time in over five years! Peter had never heard it run, and it sounded superb. ‘The Mk1 and Mk2 sitting right today are two thirds of that legendary image of three Jaguar’s barrelling into the Hell Corner at Bathurst on the first lap of the NSW Road Racing Championship in 1961 Hoddo in the Mk2 in the left finished third, Bill Pitt in the middle was second and Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan won in the ‘Grey Pussy’ (on the right).


Finally, Moffat devotee Peter mentioned it was exactly 52 years to the day since first Allan raced his glorious and super-famous Coca Cola Mustang – and it just happened to be resting one level down with Moff’s genuine works Lotus Cortina which came before the Mustang! With just four of us in the place, David asked if I wanted to have a look at the Moffat cars. Would I ever!


So we just had to get a shot of those men with the Mustang to mark the occasion.
I can’t wait to publish this edition and get it out for everyone to enjoy.
What a day that was! Thanks for the privilege David, and have we got some fascinating stories to tell about the Hoddo car too!


Oh yes, and flanking the Mk2 in the first pic are are two of the Frank Gardner works JPS racing BMWs which most famously raced against the TWR JRA XJ-Ss in 1985 at Bathurst!

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