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    Former Australian champion driver David McKay owned and managed the racing team for the Australian Ferrari importer Scuderia Veloce. At Le Mans in 1967 McKay was impressed with the P4's and went to Ferrari HQ, did a deal and one of the cars would be delivered when the racing season finished. The team were rather surprised and disappointed when they opened the container to find not a Le Mans specification P4 but the Can-Am version. Chris Amon was competing in the 1968 Tasman Series with two factory backed Ferrari 246 F2 cars with Scuderia Veloce giving logistical support. Amon was roped in to sort the P4 in the support races, the car setting the lap record for eternity at the daunting Longford track in Tasmania. The Ferrari raced for a couple of years in Australia before winding up it's competition life in South Africa.
    Rules for sports cars racing in Australia at that period meant they had to run lights and carry a spare wheel. The lights were no real problem but space being at a premium a crude rack and straps were used for the spare.
    This is a John Bacon fiberglass body sitting on a Slot.it McLaren chassis headlights made with 5 minute two part epoxy. Most model the Can-Am version but with the ungainly tyre sticking out makes it a bit different.
    Chris (in Canberra)

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    Beautiful treatment of one of those historic cars. An Italian grace to the bodywork.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RBPhillips View Post
      Beautiful treatment of one of those historic cars. An Italian grace to the bodywork.
      Nice job Chris..........I don't mean to be picky, but, you got the stripes on Mr. Amons' helmet reversed

      Cheers
      Chris Walker

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      • #4
        Love the story chris, I wasn't aware of that one. My dad used to show me photos of very serious sports racing cars competing at Warwick Farm in NSW. He was friends with photographer Lance J Ruting and often bought photos from him from about that period. Lately I keep reading stories about David McKay the racing driver. Was he the same David McKay who was also a motoring journalist? Just love seeing photos and hearing stories about sports racing cars in Australia from that period.

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        • #5
          Yeah Chris, you are spot on about the helmet. I remember painting it and thinking is it red and blue or blue then red but the problem was I watched the movie Grand Prix on telly the night before and ended up painting James Garners helmet
          Hi Slotspeed, it's the same David McKay, quite an accomplished driver in some exotic machinery and a very good journalist.

          Chris (in Canberra)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by chris View Post
            Yeah Chris, you are spot on about the helmet.
            Chris (in Canberra)
            Hi Chris, To be honest, I don't think that most folks will even notice

            Cheers
            Chris Walker

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            • #7
              Nice job, when you have time, explain the procedure to make the epoxy headlight covers.

              mb
              Matt B
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