Since the Victorian bushfires I've been wondering how the Bolwell population fared, knowing there was reasonable representation in that area going back to the very original Mark 7 building days. Early Bolwells seemed to strike a chord with people working in the brown coal and electricity generation industry for some reason. I didn't hear any negative reports and began to relax a bit but then this morning I read Rick's report in the latest Slipstream. Both Frank Rushton and John Szabo lost their Mark 7s and the sheds they were in , and John lost his whole house. That's terrible news. Both these guys built their Bolwells in the very early days of the Mark 7 and retained them ever since. How must they feel? A bit like Tony Opie, as you know he lost his trusty Mark 7 and a Mark 5 in a South Australian bushfire a season or two earlier.
Below is the Rushton Mark 7 as I remember it, competing at Calder in the Six-hour as part of one of the Bolwell Club teams.