Jim Smith & Dave Williamson to Talk at July 15th Social Night

Lotus 38 of Jim Clark

Jim Smith steers the Lotus 38 of Jim Clark down pit road after winning the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in 1965. And yes, that’s a young Allan Moffat pushing in the background. Image thanks to the Jim Smith Collection.

Our next social night is coming up on July the 15th, and will feature talks by Jim Smith, who was Jim Clark’s 1965 Indy 500-winning crew chief, along with Dave Williamson who was at the 2015 event.

The Indianapolis 500 has just been run and won and HSRCA’s intrepid reported Dave Williamson was there to take in some of the action courtesy of a media pass.

Of particular interest this year for fans of older cars were the display laps of Jim Clark’s Lotus 38 that won exactly 50 years ago. The car was driven on this occasion by fellow Scott Dario Franchitti. Dave, in his inimitable style, will show this and other pics gathered as he cruised Gasoline Alley.

As the ads say ‘but wait, there’s more!’ – Australian Jim Smith was crew chief on the Lotus 38 that day in 1965, and will be in attendance to tell of his time with Lotus and racing in USA in the mid 1960s.

We will be holding a raffle on the night, for which Peter Molloy has kindly donated a copy of The Mighty MG Magnette of ’33’, a story of the cars, drivers and the mystery. Its a hefty 465 page coffee table book so it’s well worth getting a handfull of raffle tickets on the night!

A great double header social night coming up on Wednesday, July 15, so make a point of being there. Usual venue, Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde, starting time is 8pm but arrive early and catch up with friends for a bite and a drink. If you are not a regular social night visitor why not break out and come along for an entertaining night.

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