In early 1976 I again packed the wife and 3 kids in the Transit van but this time with the racing car and enough gear to last us three months and headed for Sydney to run in the NSW Tourist Trophy at Amaroo and other races at Oran Park. We rented a house in Fairfield started work in a panel shop to pay the food bill and sent the kids to school.
Arriving at Amaroo for the tourist trophy I was a little nervous about qualifying as there was a full field with half a dozen reserves and never having to qualify before and not knowing the opposition it was exciting. The field included Allen Newton with the R & T Chev, Paul Gibson’s Renmax Repco Barry Singleton’s Elphin 360 Repco, Andy Roberts in his Roberts Terry Gallery in a Rover V8 Proctor plus many more with a horde of clubman’s which were very fast. After qualifying and a nervous wait till the times come out we ended up 5th on the grid.
The first race was a 5 lapper which was pretty good and we ended up coming in 4th spot which then ended up as 3rd because Barry Singleton was disqualified for jumping the start. We were now a little excited about our prospects in the tourist trophy. Our excitement soon disappeared in the first lap of the main race however as going into Honda corner Terry Gallery used me for a brake marker bending the body work the rear suspension putting about 3 inches of toe-in on the left rear wheel. Out and we didn’t even complete one lap.
After 3 months with 2 race meetings at Oran Park and another at Amaroo it was time to come back to Tasmania. Unfortunately we didn’t crack a win but we were always up the pointy end of the field. It was then decided to build a new car so it was time to put the GM6 on the market, but in the mean time I continued to race it until selling it to well known local kart racer and character Geoff Jacobs. Geoff then let me race the car when he had commitments with his karting which was very generous of him and I appreciated it. Geoff raced the car for the next 3 years with success but with a few minor bingles and in 1979-80 had a larger bingle which he then traded the wreck in on the TS8. With sports cars a dying class I then sold the Colotti gearbox, Cooper brakes other parts to Mr. Paul Moxon of NSW who then restored the ex Alex Mildren Cooper Maserati which is where the gear box started life in the first place.
It had done a full circle. The rest of the car was taken to the local dump. This car started life in 1962-3 and is a tribute to Bob Wright and Jim Saward’s workmanship with the basic chassis lasting for twenty years racing with lots of success with various engines and a variety of drivers.