2012 Spencer Martin visit to Melbourne

Winner - 1966 & 1967 Australian Gold Star

5-12 March

Spener Martin was invited by Historic Racing Australia in early 2012 to come to Melbourne and launch the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf exhibition, as well as staying on for the Phillip Island Classic. We kept Spencer very busy during his week-long stay.

Brett Ramsey of the television show In Pit Lane accepted our invitation to conduct the interview at the Hilton on Monday 5 March, at which occasion Spencer was also re-united with two of his old cars; the Elfin 400 & 350 Monaro.

On Friday we arrived at Phillip Island in the afternoon where it was a chance to catch up with many friends from the past.

The Formula Junior Association held a party that evening, of which we were gate-crashers as it was held at the house we borrow annually. It was here that we started to delve into the 73 year-olds mind and re-live some of his famous stories, including the two Gold Stars & the Ferrari 250LM.

After an interview on the PA at the track by Cheif Commentator, Ron Simmonds, Bill Hemming, without hesitation, agreed for Spencer to drive his Elfin MR8-AC Formula 5000 in Sunday afternoon's demonstration laps.

It was the second time in his life driving an F5000, the first some 40 years ago!, but he quickly familiarised himself with the car & put on a good show for the crowd.

Sunday afternoon at the PI Classic ended with an interview with Brian 'Brique' Reed. This interview will be recorded on to print shortly & uploaded to this site in the near future.

On driving back to Melbourne to pick up a new purchase (the ride back to Sydney) on Monday, we made a visit to Bill Hemming's Elfin Heritage Centre for coffee. Spencer signed the visitor book for ex. Elfin drivers' & signed a photograph of him in the 400 beating Alan Hamilton's Porsche 906 in period & signed both sides of the 400 - next to the then present signature of Bob Jane.

Below is a series of photos capturing the above moments.

Above: Spencer re-uniting himself with the Brabham BT11A 2.5 Lt Climax that took him to two 'Gold Star 'awards in 1966 & 1967.

Above: Spencer ready to go in Bill Hemming's Elfin MR8-AC F5000, which Historic Racing Australia's Charles Rogers kneeling beside.

Above: Spencer (right)is interviewed for the circuit PA at Phillip Island by Ron Simmonds (left).

Above: At the Elfin Heritage Centre on 12 March, Bill Hemming had Spencer sign the Elfin 400 (blurred - last second pic), and below: the finished product.

Above: Spencer took time out at Norm Falkner's garage with Norm (right) and Jim Hardman (middle) to preview the restoration of Norm's Elfin Mono (yes they are the wrong size tyres - correct ones on their way).

Above: A shot of the Lotus engine in the back of the Elfin Mono.

 

 

 

Updated: 13 March, 2012

 

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