The AMI Racing Team are holding their 50 year reunion in early October and have asked for our assistance in tracking down some of the original members that were associated with the AMI Racing Team or Team Toyota Australia and those that were Toyota representatives during the time. If you had some involvement during the 60’s of know anyone who did (especially the names below please let us know by emailing Frank: firstname.lastname@example.org
The organisers are trying to track down these people in particular:
Don Christie, Neville Diamond, Ray Leak, John Fairbairn, Les Vizzard, Alan Mottram, Stephen Brooke, Ian Cameron, Ron McQuade, Barry Arenz, Daryl Nelson.
There will also be a display of some of the cars used by the teams at the event. If you have a 1965 4 door “shovelnose” Corona that could be used for the display on October 9th please let us know as well.
Thanks, Frank Ferrantino & Ash Miniken.
WINTERFEST TRACK DAY
There were plenty of members that were very excited to hit the track at Winterfest whether they were seasoned competitors or they were hitting the track for the very first time.
While the running of the day was handled by the great members at the Ford Four Car Club our own president and seasoned racer Frank Ferrantino took on the role of chief instructor and developed a learning course for those hitting the track for the first time with a CAMS day licence for the event. This was a big opportunity that was strongly supported by CAMS who were also extremely happy with the day seeing new club members exposed to motor sport and leaving the event very keen for more.
The opportunity to take to one of Australia’s best race tracks right in the heart of suburban Melbourne is always a treat with most tracks within this proximity to cities being closed down throughout the years.
With long straights along both sides of Sandown it’s definitely a power track, something SUPRAT had no shortage of, turning heads all day long.
At the end of the day SUPRAT owner John Mackenzie donated several rides in the passenger seat which were quickly auctioned off to raise extra funds for the events charity partner Children’s Protection Society. The look on the faces of the passengers as they stepped out of the car was amazing. Huge smiles and disbelief at just how quick John and his car are.
One of the great things about a track day is the variety of cars that take part. Everything from full time racecars to daily drivers were out cutting laps all day and the driving standards of all involved should be commended.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the track day, the Ford Four Car Club for their expertise in running the day and Gripseekers for the fantastic photos.
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