I pinched this off G****e but it got me thinking - do any of you Sand-Gropers know what the fate of the Annear sports car (pictured) after it had the Peugeot engine fitted? (and maybe even his racing 203?)

Lancia fan a racing veteran

ALEX FORREST IDLE TORQUE, The West AustralianDecember 5, 2010, 11:59 a



More than 15 years ago, I briefly met a Lancia enthusiast. His name was Bob. I didn't find out just which Bob until this week.
In last week's column, I recounted the one time I met him after knocking on his door because he had an old Lancia parked outside his house.
After reading that story, motorsport enthusiast Rod Waller called me to say the Bob I met would have been the racing driver and engineer Bob Annear, a well- known regular at the Caversham racing circuit during its heyday.
Annear is arguably best known for building a racer with styling inspired by the Lister Jaguar sports cars of the 1950s.
The Annear sports car had a spaceframe chassis and was powered by a Holden grey motor, helped along by a big supercharger which was fed by a pair of SU carburettors. The car was called Pegasus and as part of its ongoing development Annear later swapped the Holden engine for a Peugeot unit.
He raced against other greats of the Caversham era, including Jack Ayers and his Repco Holden and Syd Negus in the Plymouth Special.
According to Mr Waller, Bob Annear's passion for motorsport was sparked when he saw the renowned WA racer Jack Nelson punting his Ballot racing car in a round-the-houses event in Bunbury during the late 1930s.
After that first taste, Annear began racing speedway sidecars, before moving into motorcycle road racing and then into four wheels, the first being an MGTF.
He then raced Peugeot 203s before building the Pegasus.
He retired from racing in the late 1960s, after which he became interested in Lancias.
When I met him, I was just a young(er) punk interested in old cars and was still yet to develop a full appreciation for WA's rich motorsport history.
It would have been fantastic to meet Annear again but sadly it is now too late. He passed away last year, aged 86.
But Bob, if you can read this from the great racetrack in the sky, here's to you.