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  • Title
    Les Burrows 1936 Terraplane car
  • Call number
    Home and Away - 14689
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  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 1 film photonegative (copied from original nitrate photonegative) - 35 mm.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Car dated by T.Atkinson, Hudson AMC Car Club of Aust. (May 2006)

    Burrows' car was a 'one off, with special body by Properts Body Works of Camperdown in Sydney. The body on this car was on Les' 1935 Terraplane and when Les acquired a new 1936 Hudson 8 minus the body, from Dalgety & Co., he transferred the body onto the 1936 Hudson.
    Clive Gibson was a teenage fan of Les Burrows in the 1930's, and Burrows sent Clive a couple of autographed photos of the Hudson.
    The photographs were taken in front of his garage & Hudson Dealership in the main street of Bowral (N.S.W.).
    This car competed in the Australian Grand Prix at Victor Harbour (S. Australia) 26 December 1936 with a DNF (did not finish). Frank Kleinig was also in this event driving the McIntyre Hudson also with a DNF - burst top radiator tank.
    Les won the 10-mile Championship in the Hudson at Penrith Speedway on ANZAC Day 1937 (Clive Gibson was there.) In its first form as a 1935 Terraplane, Les won the 116-mile road race at Phillip Island (Victoria) in November 1935. The Terraplane was painted green & the Hudson version was bright red.
    Clive Gibson owned the car in the 1960's having bought it from a University student with the idea of a rebuild , but he was very busy, just starting in business, so he sold it to a friend, Col Young from West Ryde (Sydney). He in turn sold it back to the University student & no more is known.
    The car was fully equipped with a nice hood, windscreen, Hudson mudguards & 6-wheel set up. It was very fast, being much lighter than a 4-door sedan - 24 cwt. Les stripped it for racing only & it was 20 cwt.
    Les raced Terraplanes at different times and the various cars can be confused. In 1938 (Easter) he finished second in the AGP at Mount Panorama, driving a 1933 Terraplane (stripped) on the dirt road surface. Les' last competition event was the 1954 Redex Around Australia Trial in a Vanguard.
    Information supplied by Clive Gibson, Hudson car historian (June 2006)
    Digital order no:hood_14689
  • Alphanumeric designations

    Original item no. NCY37/62
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