in the 1960s
Only those who have owned a TC will understand the affection they generate and the fun one can have.
This is me as a teenager in 1962 with my first TC, registration LO-163, in Victoria, Australia. [Look at those pointed shoes!] In those days, I had no interest in perfect restorations - just in keeping LO-163 going as my everyday, and only, means of transport. Nowadays a TC is generally a second or third car, used for pleasure. But when one is used to a modern and comfortable saloon, driving a TC again, on a sunny day, is an experience not to be forgotten.
|Here is my
second TC, bought in my early 20's while an engineering student at the
.University of Melbourne. It had 16" wheels and larger carburetors.
After T-boning a Ford Falcon in it, I bought it back from the
insurance company and rebuilt it from bare chassis stage.
I got the bug for motor racing and started by entering this road TC in hill-climbs; this shot taken at Templestowe hill-climb near Melbourne. I was quite proud of that registration number, GMG-000. I wonder who has it now?
Whilst taking my Master's
degree, I bought the well-known TC racer "Buttercup", bright
yellow and very modified, including a highly-tuned BMC B-series 1800cc engine,
MGA close ratio box, and 3.9 Holden CWP with 13" rear wheels
and 15" at the front, on Dunlop racing rubber.
It did around 14 seconds for a standing quarter mile - pretty quick
in 1967. I raced this car for some years, and then moved on to
single-seater Formula Ford 1600.
This photo taken at the fast 3-mile Phillip Island circuit.