View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:44 am



Reply to topic  [ 53 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
WHEELS DRANES... BELLETT 
Author Message
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
When I saw the car in an ad for sale on Parramatta Road, I realised what car it was, made a deal with the car yard, if they got it registered, I would buy it.

They got it registered alright, then put the Bridgestone RA-200 Racing tyres back on as well as a half hearted exhaust, it was a real challenge driving it on the road on racing rubber, followed every rut it could find, when it was wet, what a handful, especially with the negative camber on the rear.

It also had a fairly lumpy cam and was a bit of a bear to get off the line.

Had a 253 Monaro pull up beside me on the road one day, he enquired about the high revs he heard, I stated it was for the pure reason of (screeeeeech) leaving his V8 in my dust as I wheelspun away (again, the negative camber actually helped it from bogging down with the cam).

The Belletts were a real big part of my life, I recall being pulled over by one Dave Gray who convinced me to join the club and see what went on, I was hooked.

The next photos will be of the Drane replacement on its first outing at Amaroo Park.

_________________
Ted Freeman


Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:55 pm
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
If anyone has a spare copy of the magazine, I would love to get hold of it.

This next photo shows the beginnings of a quick build to get the the Japanese series at Amaroo Park, the replacement car was cobbled together pretty quick and made its debut without receiving a paint job.


Attachments:
Bellett photos - Kamikaze.jpg
Bellett photos - Kamikaze.jpg [ 447.9 KiB | Viewed 3206 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:12 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
So, here's the new car making its debut at Amaroo Park, this is the precurser to the name Kamikaze, this photo is at the bottom of the hill on the far side of the circuit, I am turning left, left I said, oops! maybe not quite!


Attachments:
Kamikaze - 1st outing Amaroo Park.jpg
Kamikaze - 1st outing Amaroo Park.jpg [ 794.63 KiB | Viewed 3205 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:18 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
I guess this is where the name Kamikaze came from, a great debut, the car hit the bank with the rear end and then went end for end about four times, never touching the roof, although glass and lights were flying everywhere, none were broken (in the original photo there is a headlight well above the car 'I don't have the photo unfortunately, this one is a crop/enlarge').

My arm out the window is a bit alarming, I still wear a small scar from it, after seeing the photo, I remember saying that I was waving to the crowd -'showmanship'., the car finally came to rest on its wheels, I stated that if we could drive it on to the trailer, I would race it again the same day.


Attachments:
Kamikaze - Where did that name come from.jpg
Kamikaze - Where did that name come from.jpg [ 754.73 KiB | Viewed 3203 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:26 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
Well, as it turned out, the car started and drove on to the trailer, here it is back in the pits, a bit worse for wear.


Attachments:
A sad and sorry sight.jpg
A sad and sorry sight.jpg [ 488.49 KiB | Viewed 3202 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:29 am
Profile

Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:03 pm
Posts: 2315
Car(s): 1966 TEARDROP ...MANUAL ...
Reply with quote
MATE YOU ARE A LEGEND ....I WILL PHOTO COPY THOSE PICS FROM THE HOT UP GUIDE BOOK AND SEND TOO YOU I WILL GET YOU A BOOK SOMEHOW THEY DO COME UP FROM TIME TO TIME... PM ME YOUR ADDRESS CHEERS DAVO KEEP THOSE GREAT SHOTS COMING...YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A THOUSAND STORIES CHEERS DAVO


Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:32 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
To make sure I was true to my word, all my fellow Bellett Car Club mates got stuck into the car with hammers and crowbars.

(Left to right) Geoff Pearce (yellow cap), Dave Gray, myself, George Steeden?, sorry, forget the name, Tom Amos (glasses) and Gary Vandenberg wielding the hammer.

Well, we got it back into shape? screwed a drivers door weathershield to the bonnet as a windscreen, got the scrutineers approval and out I went.

As I recall, I got second fastest on the day. The wheels stayed with me right to the end, finally being sold along with what was the current street car in Toowoomba, QLD.


Attachments:
Back in the pits.jpg
Back in the pits.jpg [ 473.87 KiB | Viewed 3202 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:43 am
Profile

Joined: Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:30 am
Posts: 421
Car(s): Alfa 33, 1935 Riley Special
Reply with quote
Priceless, Ted, absolutely priceless.

You couldn't make it up.

Any more?


Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:44 pm
Profile

Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:03 pm
Posts: 2315
Car(s): 1966 TEARDROP ...MANUAL ...
Reply with quote
he certainly is an aussie legend ...its great reading cheers davo


Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:10 pm
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
I don't think legend comes into it, the Belletts gave me the chance to learn how to drive, and modify cars, their basis of construction was sound, but like any car, there were ways to improve them.

I made many friendships and learnt a lot about myself, it's just a shame that these early days have to go into the past, many of the photos I have are old and dilapidated, but where I can, I will attempt to share them, always keep in mind though, that the Belletts and the people involved with them were my reason for any sort of success, I still have, and cherish all my trophies, some as team members with other Bellett owner drivers.

Unfortunately, life ends, but memories go on, thanks for allowing me to share mine and hopefully preserve them well into the future as a celebration of a great car and a great part of my life.

Ted (Teditor) Freeman
aka; Mr Blow Up, Old Smokey, kamikaze, Screamin Squirrel and others, some unmentionable.

_________________
Ted Freeman


Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:12 am
Profile

Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:03 pm
Posts: 2315
Car(s): 1966 TEARDROP ...MANUAL ...
Reply with quote
ted i will send you my copy of the x drane car you deserve it ...you have done the hard work on putting our little cars right up there cheers davo


Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:30 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:05 pm
Posts: 199
Location: Penrith N.S.W. Australia
Car(s): 2 x '69 Bellett Sedans, 1 x '64 Bellett ( Sports Sedan ) 1 x '98 Jackaroo.
Reply with quote
Ted, what can I say, those pics return many memories, what a challenging time is was a few tears and many laughs along the way, Geoff. PS was the other chap in the last photo Allan Ongley ?


Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:24 pm
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
Could be Geoff, I think he may have been a Colt Fastback or Galant owner.

I will be putting more photos up shortly, just been a bit busy.

_________________
Ted Freeman


Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:57 pm
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
In the photo of the car being worked on on the trailer, I think it may have been Allan Linto-Smith, not George Steeden, and the second fastest statement should have said "IN CLASS".

_________________
Ted Freeman


Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:27 pm
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
What a pleasant New Years surprise when I went to the Post Office today, there was a card for me to pick up a parcel.

Said parcel was from 'Davo' Mitchell, upon opening it I discovered Wheels Hot-Up Guide Number Four (the one where it looks like the chick is about to clobber the boy friend under the car with a spanner), inside, last story on page 62 "Booming Bellett", coverage of the Bob Drane Group C Bellett that I eventually owned (and unfortunately destroyed).

Interesting reading, the car was taken a lot further in development, deviating from Group C specs as tested in the magazine.

A very nice (and sentimental touch) message was written on the back of the envelope "Sorry I'm late with this Ted, enjoy it mate, it was part of your life, Davo". More than you could ever imagine Davo, many thanks.

_________________
Ted Freeman


Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:24 am
Profile

Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:03 pm
Posts: 2315
Car(s): 1966 TEARDROP ...MANUAL ...
Reply with quote
GLAD IT ARRIVED .....KEEP SOME MORE OF THOSE HOLLYWOOD SHOTS ....THE ARM OUT THE WINDOW IS A BEAUTY ......I CAN JUST SEE YOU "" NA MATE ITS ALL GOOD ..JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE "" WOOPS ...AND IT WAS WOOPSIE .....YOU ENTERTAINED THE CROWD ..PERFECTLY ... BACK TO THE PITS BIT OF HAMMER WORK AND OFF AGAIN GREAT STUFF ...CHEERS DAVO


Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:47 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
Some more photos of the Kamikaze Car, my apologies if there are any repeats, either here or elsewhere.

I have been going through the photos and have found more of the Drane Car, more of the Squirrel, and more of other members cars, I can continue here with them or start a new post for Other Members cars and various events.

Again, due to my computer knowledge, I will post each photo separate.

The stark interior of Kamikaze, seat, belt, steering wheel, gauges.


Attachments:
Bellett photos - Kamikaze.jpg
Bellett photos - Kamikaze.jpg [ 601.46 KiB | Viewed 2925 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:29 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
At some stage, we fabricated a lift off front end.


Attachments:
Bellett photos - Kamikaze1.jpg
Bellett photos - Kamikaze1.jpg [ 612.75 KiB | Viewed 2924 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:31 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
There is a caption on the back of the photo stating this is a 1584cc GT engine, with the factory carbs by the look of it, dated May 1976.


Attachments:
Bellett photos - Kamikaze2.jpg
Bellett photos - Kamikaze2.jpg [ 636.66 KiB | Viewed 2924 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:34 am
Profile
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:01 pm
Posts: 368
Reply with quote
Let me know if I am boring you, I don't want this to just be a 'me' thing!

8th May 1976 at Oran Park for the 1st round of the Japanese Series.


Attachments:
Bellett photos - Kamikaze3.jpg
Bellett photos - Kamikaze3.jpg [ 612.14 KiB | Viewed 2922 times ]

_________________
Ted Freeman
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:37 am
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 53 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
Designed by ST Software for PTF.