Author Topic: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds  (Read 56220 times)

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Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds
« Reply #210 on: September 18, 2016, 04:33:01 PM »
Last weekend, while at the SVRA U.S. vintage grand prix at Watkins Glen, I was the guest of former Can-Am and current
vintage racer Bobby Brown.  I learned that he built a 67 camaro T/A car inhouse at the family Chev dealership in Long Island
N.Y. - was raced at Daytona and Sebring that year.

The car then went to England and later he thinks "down under", and now might be back in the U.S.

Does anyone remember this camaro?

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Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds
« Reply #211 on: September 18, 2016, 06:25:09 PM »
Hi Robert, my understanding was that Bobby Brown's Camaro became the SCA Freight Camaro that was raced in the UK and Europe by Frank Gardner.



In late 1972, Gardner shipped the Camaro to New Zealand where he contested a couple of events at Bay Park and Pukekohe, then continued on to Australia in early 1973 where it was raced at Warwick Farm and Sandown.



I believe Bob Jane purchased the Camaro to on-sell, which he did. It was sold to John Pollard and raced for many years as a Sports Sedan. It eventually found its way to Rowan Harman, who planned to restore it but instead sold it to a buyer in the UK, where it returned and has since been restored back to its 1971 SCA Freight guise, and competes in selected historic racing events.

Below is the car at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed.



I say all that, but recently Chris Bowden in Australia, whose family owns a large collection of important historic race cars, told me Frank Gardner said the SCA Freight car was in fact not the Bobby Brown car. Maybe someone here can shed some light on this?

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Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds
« Reply #212 on: September 18, 2016, 10:56:10 PM »
Frank might have said that but it doesn't make it true. The serial number of the car comes back as being delivered new to Bobby Brown's Chevy dealership in NY.
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Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds
« Reply #213 on: September 20, 2016, 05:26:16 AM »
Thanks Jon, thats good to know. I think Chris said that Frank had told him the car was built in the UK by the SCA Freight/Adrian Chambers team. I did wonder if he (Frank) might have been thinking of the 2nd gen Camaro they started racing in 1972, and not the '67.

Also, Gardner didn't actually start driving the first gen '67 car until Round 5 of the 1971 British Saloon Car Championship. Prior to that, Roy Pierpoint and John Hine drove it. So to me that suggested the car was already being raced by the SCA Freight team before Gardner arrived on the scene.

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Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds
« Reply #214 on: September 24, 2016, 05:14:03 AM »
Hard to say Steve but yes, Frank did drive two different SCA Freight Camaros and maybe that could have had an effect on what he did and did not remember.
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