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Tasman Series Memoirs 1967-71
His parents weren't the least little bit tempted.
But the sound of racing cars caused much back-seat agitation as the Pottinger family passed Invercargill's Teretonga circuit on a sedate Sunday drive in April 1965.
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If Bill’s name rings a bell with MotorSport readers, so it should. His Tasman Series shots have featured previously in "You Were There" – and he has now decided to create a book from his extensive archive.
The mid to late '60s and early '70s was a great time to be a part of Motor Racing in New Zealand.
Formula 1 cars and drivers would arrive from the cold Northern Hemisphere Winter to spend January in N.Z. and then February in Australia for the annual "Tasman Series", some fun in the sun and 8 races competition practice and testing for the upcoming F1 season.
From my home in Otatara, 5km from Teretonga, I could hear the cars circulating as the wind blew their rasping melodies towards me like a magnet!
Between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age I would borrow my Dad's camera(a new Asahi Pentax Spotmatic) for which I bought a 135mm telephoto lens, and pedal out to Teretonga on my pushbike to photograph my idols.
Looking back, what heaven to be in, photographing drivers such as our own N.Z.ers Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon and 1967 World F1 champion Denny Hulme. Along with my favourite Jim Clark, and Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Piers Courage and Derek Bell, to name a few.
Jim Clark was quiet and unassuming but very very fast, he would lead most races and if his Lotus kept going he would generally win.
In 1970, with advertising on cars taking hold and F1 cars staying put in Europe, the Tasman Series turned to Formula'A', based in U.S.A. but becoming popular in U.K.
This was to provide another type of racing to showcase to the public and for me to photograph.
In 1971, I was to leave school and go to Christchurch to live, leaving behind my father's beautiful camera and bringing to an end my short photographic career at the end of A Golden Era of N.Z. Motor Racing.
Please enjoy my record of this era!!
Chris Amon also wrote about his memories of my photographs:"His action shots were truly world class". Sadly Chris was to pass away on 3/8/16.
Later when I turned 15 yrs I could take my Grandma's Austin 10 and travel the 5km in
relative luxury! One admirer of my work was the late Eoin S.Young, a NZ bred overseas motoring journalist who shared his race reports and my photos with the world.
He had a tremendous rapport with the drivers and helped me get photos of the drivers in the pits. Sadly Eoin was to pass away in September 2014.
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