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1975 Penang Super Saloons - 46 Years Later

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  1. dlacey

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    The 2002 turbo i recently restored was raced back in the day.....they ran a 'Super Saloons' race series in the 1970s. My car participated in the July '75 race at Batu Tiga near Kuala Lumpur and in September '75 at the Penang street circuit (a support race for the Penang Grand Prix).

    Today we re-created the photo I have from the Penang '75 race, same car & same location... the warehouse at the back of the shot is looking a bit ravaged, but this is definitely the spot. Driver in '75 was Eric Ooi, a famous driver in the region - driver today yours truly - somewhat less famous.
    We tried to re-create the poise of the car, but the corner has narrowed considerably and I daren't get too crazy on the public road...
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    This article discusses racing in that period:
    https://rewind-media.com/2021/07/23/grilled-sirloin-king-prawns/
    The 1975 Penang Super Saloons race was won by Harvey Yap in a Mk1 Ford Escort BDA.

    The pictures are taken at the Weld Quay corner, lower right of this plan:
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    The Grand Prix event of that day in '75 is recorded here:
    https://www.oldracingcars.com/seasia/results/1975/penang/ a few BMW engines in the mix
    Pocholo Ramirez, who had driven my 02 turbo at the Batu Tiga event in July, was due to race in a March 732 - but the Ford Twin Cam expired before the start.

    Thanks to Johnny Ooi for permission to use his original shot from '75, and Adrian Chua & Ben Ch'ng for helping me re-create this morning.
     
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