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Phil Smith
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Great pictures


There was some discussion about Ferraris (and other cars) from the fifties and sixties being RHD on another thread a while ago, where I mentioned that the Italian trucks were also RHD, notice that the transporter is RHD.
 

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They are superb photographs and capture the completely different world of grand prix racing in the mid 1950s.

I am very interested in the pictures of the cars being transferred from the aircraft to the team transporter as I am almost certain they were taken at Southend Airport, certainly that service was based at Southend for several years in the mid 50s. A nice little claim to fame for my town along with a cameo role for the airport in the James Bond film, Goldfinger when Sean Connery loaded his DB5 onto the plane at Southend in 1963/4 (not exactly sure of the date).

David
 

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Tony Condon
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hi david
you are probably right as they didn,t fly those bristol freighters from too many aero dromes just southend and lympne as far as i can remember wern,t the southend ones run by BAF who certainily had motor racing connections during the 70s
run by rupert keegans old man ?

cheers tony
 

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Tony

I think I'm right in saying that Freddie Laker set up the car transporter service between Southend and France and it would have been his company at the time that the picture of the Ferrari team was taken. Mike Keegan owned British Air Ferries in the 1970s and also had Rupert's his son, racing cars in one of the hangars at the airport, I can remember them shaking down the F3 car there, you could hear the engine half way across Southend in those days before they silenced racing cars....

David
 
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