Quite a few people might remember this car because it featured on the 1978 calendar, the first one in colour. This particular photograph was taken on arrival at Bernie Van Elsen's farm at One Tree Hill where the calendar shot was done. At the time, it was owned by Geoff Mann who was finishing off a major refurbish. He didn't have it quite back together and running when we needed to take the shot. That's the reason it's on Murray Willmott's racecar trailer and behind my trusty Valiant tow car. That's Peter Taylour in the sexy shorts. This was a fairly late Mark 7 being purchased from Kadala Industries on 10th October 1970 by Brenton Stanford, an electrician, who lived in Renmark at the time. It was first registered on the 16th March 1971. Brenton subsequently moved to Adelaide and later to Nairne.
On the 4th December 1973 my neighbour and good friend Murray Willmott bought the car and it became a well travelled road car until Murray became bitten by the ProdSports racing bug that was taking off in South Australia. About 3 years later, in an effort to be even more competitive, he stepped up to Ron McPherson's first Mark 7 and for a while Colin McAskill took it over and on 5th January 1977 passed it on to Geoff and Sue Mann. Geoff turned it back into a more drivable road car and repainted the original orange car metallic blue. When Geoff sold it, to buy the Nagari sports that Scott now has, it went to Western Australia and, as far as I know, has never been seen in SA again. The South Australian rego expired on the 8th August 1980.