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1963 New Zealand Grand Prix

1963 New Zealand Grand Prix
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Copyright: Peter Parata (eosnut) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1963-01-16
Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment, Action
Camera: Canon 5D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-30 1:47
Viewed: 1666
Points: 27
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the start of the 1963 New Zealand Grand Prix.
Bruce McLaren drove the Cooper Climax #47.
I think it was Stirling Moss in car #4, and Jack Brabham on the far side.
I was in the pits that day helping out a young newcomer to the sport, Kenny Smith.
Kenny is still racing single seaters today...in his 67th year.
Scanned from a decaying Kodokrome slide. I had to desaturate the colours, there was a blue cast right through the image.
Still it is nice to preserve a little history.

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Haha ... wow! Love to see this one, it's great that you decided to upload an old classic like this. So you were an official photographer? Or was motor racing your thing?

Terrific capture, really great.


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  • Koala Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 370 W: 32 N: 77] (4031)
  • [2008-05-30 2:37]

:D those cars look great :D
It's so cool.

Very very nice photo!


Hi Peter,

Big piece of history here we have. Wonderful post. Nice B/W tones and good composition. This is different racing world than today's F1... In past depended more from driver's skills than car's systems...

Greetings from Poland,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-05-30 3:59]

Lots of history here Pete. 1963. What was I doing that year? Was I born? Yes, I was!!! That was a good year for me. . .
This is really great to see
Thanks Pete

Hi Pete,
Well this was before my time but is a great piece of history, these guys certainly had nerves of steel to drive something like theses cars at the speeds the managed.
I am amazed at the detail that you have here considering that it's scanned from a slide and the age of it.
Nice work
Regards Andy

I think you had better scan and preserve some more Pete. Excellent result for such an old image. Those guys were quite mad racing in those cars and on some of the tracks back then. TFS,

Hi Peter,

That is a great photo and I am glad it has been saved from decay! Those cars are just pure dangerous beauty. Those were the days when F1 drivers were real men. Superb work


Great shot, and fantastic to see motor racing in a bygone age! This really captures the excitement of a GP start, nice one.

hello Peter
How are you?
wonderful historic vaclassic shot
wonderful cars, different design
informative notes.
i like this black and white with old effect.
nice capture of wet ground and the smoke.


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  • Keithg (168)
  • [2008-05-31 2:47]
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Hi Peter. That would be at Ardmore the old airfield circuit. Must have been just about the last one before moving to Puke. No 4 is Jack Brabham. Stirling Moss is No 7 on the other side of Jack. Happy to hear Ken is still going. Pic came up well after all this time. Thanks for showing. Keith

WOW. awesome photo Dad, I never new you had those, I'm keen to see more :)

Hi Peter,
Very good photo,good idea,Good time....Well done.
Best regards

Hey this is great Pete.
What an amazing documentation of an historic event. Some very famous names there.
It would have been great to be there.
Awesome stuff!

Peter - I love grand prix! This is an amazing photo - thanks for sharing it.........mark :)

A great photo of a wonderful era of racing Peter. I was there on that day I'm sure, a day when it was pouring with rain and I can remember Sterling Moss being streets ahead showing his skill as a driver. He would be a force to recon with if he were driving todays F1 cars. Cooper Climax was the first of the rear engine racing cars.
I have a photo of the winners of the 1959 Ardmore Grand Prix i will post


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