Photo Gallery of Taranaki Historic Speedway Ass. Inc.
Midget cars and drivers
(called speedcars in Australia)
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Number 2 on right is Roly
Crowther in his early V8-60 powered car.
A regular visitor to
Waiwakaiho from Auckland in the 1950's
Number 13 is local Theo Dodunski. A regular and
Waiwakaiho meetings. He built this car and helped
build several others. He also owned the #91 car described below as the
Sherlock Holmes car.
on right was an early competitor and first president of the
New Plymouth Speedway Club at Waiwakaiho.
Below is Barry Handlin who
was a regular at Waiwakaiho and shifted to live in Houston,
Texas where he
also competed with an Offy powered midget.
Below is Barry sitting in his
original number 44 that he drove in early visits to Waiwakaiho in 1954/55
This car is now owned by Wayne Paul who is standing behind the car.
The pedal car is painted to match the midget.
At right is a
addition to our club fleet. (December 2005) It's the famous Sherlock
V8-60 car re-built here in
New Plymouth in 1954. It had been rescued from Brisbane in Australia.
The photo below shows the group
who re-built and maintained it
in the 1954
to 1956 period and includes on far left, Jake De Waard who built the live
and transmission. (The car was originally built in Auckland in 1950 and
tehn owned by Theo Dodunski of Opunaki for a while)
Three Holmes brothers are in the group and all unfortunately are no longer
with us. Jack with white hat,
Sherlock on his right and Peter on his left.
The small coloured photo above right
shows the condition we purchased it in. The bonnet is
the main item we need to replace
to get it back to near original but there
were many other details changed in the intervening 50 years!.
group photo lower down
showing it running at Waiwakaiho after it was sold by
Below we have three photo's supplied by Roger Myers
daughter Donna. Left to right they are Roger Meyers at Western
Springs practice. Middle is Roger in 73 and Ron Ross? in 74. Third photo
of car #8 is
Vince Produrgiel, Mexico midget champion from USA at the Springs in 1939.
This group photo is Waiwakaiho Speedway
Easter Monday 1957. It is a hand coloured photo. Left to right are Bill
Taylor #8, Doug McCabe #98, Barry Handlin #44, Peter Gendall in the George
Amor #10 followed by Ivan Ramsden in the ex Shock Holmes V8-60 #91 (See
Trevor Hunter in #38. 44, 91 and 38 were visiting from Auckland for the
popular Saturday night and Monday Easter meetings. Sunday racing was a no-no
in those days.
The picture below is of a FRONT DRIVE midget, which admittedly never raced
but was built in 1949/50 to race at the Brixton and Waiwakaiho tracks in New
Plymouth. Built by Bernie Bryan it featured a Jeep front axle, Austin Seven
engine mounted back to front and A7 front axle at the rear. Photo at lower
left is same car registered for road use after the owner decided speedway
was a little too rough and expensive.