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    The ZA guys have just had a car show in a town called George. This is located in the South Eastern Cape. About 1300km south from Johannesburg and about 400km east from Cape Town. The reason why this show received this special attention is not known to me but they have gone a long way to attend this show. Most of the cars were from Johannesburg were trailered down except my mate Jimmy that drove his G down there and back. I have recovered some pictures from their mails and postings for you to ponder. I can't tell who is who but that doesn't matter.















    That's that for the show.

    I mentioned else where that Scamp Porter passed away recently at the age of 81 and then the Cape Town crowd arranged to do a lap of honour around the local track (Killarney). For those who don't know the name Scamp Porter, I would advise you to read all about the doings and screwings of Renaults in ZA during the late 60s and early 70s. The site that will giive you the best info will be a search for ALCONI on the www.

    So here is a few photos of that lap of honour.

    This is a photo of Scamp's Gordini, no 28, that that came 3rd or 4th overall in the 9 hour endurance race and that took care of a few Porches, Lolas and Ferraris in the process.













    a photo of Scamp and I in serious discussion mode.



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    As a matter of interest, The leading Gordini in the parade is that of Hennie Mostert which is the very 1st R1135 sold in ZA and that car still belongs to him. There is a lot on him and the hillclimb records and winnings with the same car. A worthwhile Google search as well.

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    Many blue cars there! George is a nice little town....I went there in the late 90's on one of my surfing trips to ZA....Victoria Bay just out of George is a nice surf break....
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    WOW so many blue eights in the one place at the same time.
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    Having seen Scamp and his cars in action, many times, I get quite emotional knowing it's all over, but alas, all good things come to an end.

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    Wow... Wonderful post Frans. Many thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    This is a photo of Scamp's Gordini, no 28, that that came 3rd or 4th overall in the 9 hour endurance race and that took care of a few Porches, Lolas and Ferraris in the process.


    Nice pictures!

    I just wonder with those 9-hour R1135s if they were actually R1135 mock-ups, perhaps from the 1963 9-hour winning cars? They are using what appears to be a R1130/32/34 shell and have very early R8 rear door glass. Probably a shrewd move given in standard form the R1130 shells would be lighter, and have no real need for the R1135 body reinforcements as a circuit car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Nice pictures!

    I just wonder with those 9-hour R1135s if they were actually R1135 mock-ups, perhaps from the 1963 9-hour winning cars? They are using what appears to be a R1130/32/34 shell and have very early R8 rear door glass. Probably a shrewd move given in standard form the R1130 shells would be lighter, and have no real need for the R1135 body reinforcements as a circuit car.
    Makes sense - and what a great, detailed question. What's the very early rear door glass?

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    Simon, as per John's question. What is the difference on the rear door glass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    Simon, as per John's question. What is the difference on the rear door glass?

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    Simon,
    As only the the first few 1135s were imports, all the rest were made in ZA with the R8 bodies made in ZA. They all had the body reinforcing as on the spec 1135 cars. Some even more than the French spec cars for rallying. But factory race and rally cars were well modified before being built into finished assembled cars. I did see track and rally cars being fully seam welded on visits to see friends at the race department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    The latch is at the back of the sliding glass instead of the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    The latch is at the back of the sliding glass instead of the front.
    Bloody hell. I did not even see the latch. Much less know which end it should be on.

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    ...I picked up on it straight away but didn't want to show off.

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    I was thinking a RHD R1135 of any sort would have been rare at that time. It would have been relatively easy to source the mechanical bits. So rather than shell out for a whole new car, if what you have got is well-built and proven, just sticky tape an R1135 front panel on what you have, throw in the motor and five-speed and go racing!
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