MORE ON RALT I

In LooseFillings-48  and  LooseFillings-49 we wrote about the intriguing and innovative rear suspension and drive arrangement of the first RALT racing car. Tony Caldersmith, developing unpublished research of the late Graham Howard, wrote that one of the car’s special features was the very long effective radius of its rear suspension. Until now the absence of a photograph that confirmed this was a problem, but now one has emerged courtesy of Andrew Moore writing in the HSRCA’s Oily Rag Autumn 2016. Andrew had been sent the photo amongst many others by the late Frank Bouchier. One of these is a rare rear view of the RALT, probably 1954 and at Mt Druitt near Sydney, and it seems to confirm Graham’s and Tony’s account of the very long suspension arm radii of the car. Thanks Andrew.  TW

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  1. Comment: I was really fascinated to read your story on the Ralts-it brought back very dear childhood memories. My Dad was a very close friend of Merv Ward. I remember one day, as a young boy, going with my Dad to his workshop in Lakemba & having the opportunity ‘to sit’ in his orange Ralt I think no 13 (was that Ralt 1 or 2?). Merv was a lovely fellow. I can also recall going to a meeting with him in a Berkley sports car. Merv subsequently drove a Simca Elysee for my Dad at Bathurst. Anyhow I enjoyed your article immensely. Kindest rgds Wayne

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