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THE 1960's TASMAN REVIVAL FEATURE EVENT, 2012: The blue riband event of the weekend, the grid was set, the Australian and New Zealand national anthems completed and the start proceeded without incident apart from one stalled car, in my opinion the stalled car should have been pushed off the grid whilst all other Competitors continued to circulate slowly at the discretion of Race Control and their Flag Marshals, allowing time to return the stalled car to the pit area.

For some reason a decision was made to direct all other Competitors into Pit Lane, forming up single file to await further instructions, this resulted in some very hot Drivers, engines running with limited or no cooling and sadly a significant fire in Eric Swinbourne's Car #4: (1967 McLaren M4A). Eric's flameproof race suit was on fire as he was assisted from his car. Incredibly many other Drivers remained in their cars until sanity prevailed, Driver's were ultimately allowed to move from their cars to the relative shade of the Pit Lane overhang areas. I approached one of the Pit Lane Marshals and strongly recommended the Cars also be pushed into whatever Pit facilities were available to reduce the risk of fuel vapour and possibly more fire events, the Tower accepted this and all Cars were pushed into Pit Garages.

When the Pit Lane fire extinguisher residue was removed the Drivers were again called to the Dummy Grid, albeit too early in my opinion and the race ultimately proceeded without further significant incidents. My photographic records of the Grid, Pit Lane Fire, Pit Lane chaos, Racing and the Rostrum Presentations follow:

THE ORIGINAL START:

THE ORIGINAL DUMMY GRID, ONE MINUTE TO GO UNDER SEVERE HEAT CONDITIONS

THE ORIGINAL GRID LINE UP PRIOR TO THE NATIONAL ANTHEMS

THE RETURN TO PIT LANE, NOSE TO TAIL AND THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRE EVENT ARROWED IN CAR #4

THE FIRE EVENT: I may offend some people here, however it is very important to note that #4: Car was near the very front of the line up in Pit Lane, close to a well equipped Fire Marshals Utility Vehicle located to the upper left of the following images, at the head of Pit Lane. I stand corrected but I did not witness any attendance by either Fire Personnel or their Equipment at this Fire Event!

Incredibly the extraction of Eric Swinbourne and the attendance and extinguishing of the fire were all undertaken by persons other than Fire Personnel. My images clearly show the extinguishing duties undertaken by persons without appropriate fire retardant clothing etc., keep in mind this Fire Event occurred in Pit Lane, not at some remote distance around the circuit. Lessons need to be learned here.

 

 

THE FULL EXTENT OF THE FIRE IN CAR #4. INCREDIBLY NO FIRE MARSHALS ATTENDED, RATHER INAPPROPRIATELY ATTIRED PEOPLE IN PIT LANE

 ONLY 'ONE PERSON' IN THESE IMAGES HAD FLAME RETARDANT CLOTHING, ERIC SWINBOURNE (THE DRIVER)!

#4: FIRE OUT

 #4: FIRE OUT

#4: ERIC SWINBOURNE

DRIVERS OUT OF THEIR CARS: The first image here depicts a chaotic scene, #4: Car has been removed, some attempt is being made to clean up the Extinguisher residue, Drivers 'are still in their cars'! and this was the 'first time' I viewed one (1) Fire Marshal at the scene. The subsequent images of selected Drivers faces after they were allowed to retreat to the relative shade of the Pit Lane overhangs says it all for me. It is important to note that they had only completed one (1) aborted lap of the circuit at this point.

IN MY OPINION THIS COULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED MORE PROFESSIONALLY

 THE DRIVERS FACES SAID IT ALL

THE SECOND RACE START: The Drivers were called to the Dummy Grid far too early in my opinion.

 #28: DAMON HANCOCK, KEEPING COOL AND HYDRATED

UMBRELLAS, THE DRIVERS SAT FOR TOO LONG ON THE DUMMY GRID

THANKFULLY AN UNEVENTFUL SECOND RACE START

60's TASMAN CARS AROUND THE CIRCUIT:

#1: RICHARD CARTER, GROUP O (UP TO 1,600cc 2V). 1966 ELFIN MONOCOQUE, 1,598cc

#1: RICHARD CARTER, GROUP O (UP TO 1,600cc 2V). 1966 ELFIN MONOCOQUE, 1,598cc

 #6: CHRIS FARRELL, GROUP O (4V). 1969 BRABHAM BT30, 1,600cc

#12: STEVE WELLER, GROUP O (2V). 1968 ELFIN 600B, 1,598cc

#7: PHIL HARRIS, GROUP O (UP TO 1,600cc - 4V). 1968 BRABHAM BT23C, 1,600cc

#17: ED HOLLY, GROUP M (UNDER 2,000cc). 1963 BRABHAM BT6, 1,500cc

 #26: PETER STRAUSS, GROUP O. 1969 BRABHAM BT31, 2,500cc

#27: DAVID KENT, GROUP O (2V). 1969 BRABHAM BT29, 1,600cc

#28: DAMON HANCOCK, GROUP O - (UP TO 1,600cc - 4V). 1967 BRABHAM BT23C, 1,594cc

#38: KEN BEDGGOOD, GROUP O - (UP TO 1,600cc - 2V). 1966 BRABHAM BT16, 1,593cc

#64: PAUL HAMILTON, GROUP O (UP TO 1,600cc - 2V). 1968 ELFIN 600, 1,612cc

THE TOP THREE CARS:

FIRST: #28: DAMON HANCOCK, GROUP O - (UP TO 1,600cc - 4V). 1967 BRABHAM BT23C, 1,594cc

SECOND: #1: RICHARD CARTER, GROUP O (UP TO 1,600cc 2V). 1966 ELFIN MONOCOQUE, 1,598cc

THIRD: #54: RAY STUBBER, GROUP O - (UP TO 1,600cc - 2V). 1969 BRABHAM BT29, 1,500cc

THE ROSTRUM:

 1st: #28: DAMON HANCOCK

1st: #28: DAMON HANCOCK (CENTRE), 2nd: #1: RICHARD CARTER (LHS) AND 3rd: RAY STUBBER (RHS)

MORE TASMAN REVIVAL 2012: Please continue my 'Tasman Revival' coverage by selecting from the following pages...

Home Up TR2012 60s Tasman TR2012 Drivers Parade TR2012 70s Tasman TR2012 Regularity TR2012 Group N TR2012 Groups MOQR TR2012 Vintage & PVT TR2012 Atmosphere

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Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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