Ron Thorp

Motor Racing History in Brief:

1958 to 1960 - Owned and drove a 1932 Ford hot rod at Hume Weir, Tarrawingee Mount Panorma, Gnoo Blas, Warwick Farm and Windsor Speedway.

Third Place in Nsw Hot Rod Championship 1960.

1960 to 1961 - Owned and drove a AER open wheeler otherwise known as the Masling Humber at Warwick Farm, Hume Weir, Tarawingee, Catalina Park, Mount Panorama and Kembla Grange Speedway.

Fifth place in the feature race for racing cars at Catalina Park opening meeting.

1961 to 1964 - Owned and drove a Aston Martin DB3S sports car previously owned by Tom Sulman and part of the Kangaroo Tea. Venues include Oran Park, Warwick Farm, Lowood, Mount Panorama, Longford, Catalina Park.

First place in the Division 1 Sports Racing Car event at the opening meeting of Oran Park in 1962.

1965 to 1972 - Owned and drove the first AC Cobra to come to Australia in numberous hill climb and circuit events. Hill Climb venues include, Lakeland Park, Huntley, Silverdale, Mount Panorama, Grafton, Kind Edward Park. Circuit venues include, Warwick Farm, Mount Panorama, Surfers Gardens, Lakeside, Catalina Park, Caversham, Oran Park and Mallala.

Major successes include 1965 Australian Hill Climb Championship. Entered and won 3 classes, setting new class records in each.

Caversham 6 Hour Race. 1965 Second outright, 1966 first outright, 1967 second outright.

Surfers Paradise 12 Hour Race, 1966 and 1967 ninth outright, first in Production Sports Car class on both occasions.