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Alfonso de Portago real name (and funny driver names)

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Re: Alfonso de Portago real name (and funny driver names)

Post by Michael Ferner » 2 weeks ago

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Good chance this was a joke by the hack writing about the event that the unsuspecting wikipedia author didn't get - there were loads of those in some magazines, I recall a Fuji sports car race which listed amongst its finishers the supposedly Japanese driver pairing of Iwanalaya/Wenyapayme! :haha:

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Post by theracer120 » 2 weeks ago

If you look down in the notes it says that Jack Eiffeltower was a pseudonym for Jack Nougher.

The actual story is kind of interesting. He raced as Eiffeltower to get some extra publicity for his business. I found this old circa-2001 TNF post by Damon Beck (a guy who drove in the 500/1000 some times) from a racing pseudonyms thread which explains it.
Ray Bell's post of February in relation to Jack Nougher/Eiffeltower/Magic at the Bathurst enduro brought back memories of the era. Jack was (is?) a larger-than-life character who I met for the first time at Bathurst in 1969 when, with a fast solicitor friend, I co-drove a Hillman Gazelle in an unsuccessful effort to beat the Datsun 1600's (510 was the US Model number, I recall) which were the major numbers in the class. Jack and his co-driver, David O'Keefe, were at the event as visitors and offered to help us when our car was not performing up to scratch (it was bloody slow!). Being poor souls we gratefully accepted their offer. Didn't make much difference, though, as the "Guzzle" only lasted 87 laps when the head gasket went (the cylinder head hadn't been retensioned after 500 miles). Our claim to fame on the day was being the second fastest car DOWN the Mountain - only beaten by Ace Kevin Bartlett in an Alfa Romeo GTV 1600. One of the track announcers, Graham Howard, was killing time by comparing times for cars going down the Mountain and noticed we had passed a Ford GTHO on the way down and were only overtaken by it on Conrod Straight.

I digress: Jack's co-driver at all Bathurst races was the aforesaid David O'Keefe, his Sales Manager at Eiffeltower Motors in Dandenong. Jack's choice of nom de plume was indeed, as Ray iterated, to publicise his various business ventures and remain within the CAMS motorsport rules. The "Magic" name came about because, after selling his Eiffeltower Motors business (which I was working for at the time) he became a heavy in the Holiday Magic Make-up pyramid selling racket promoted by a Jeffery Hunter training film. On the strength of Jeffrey's sincere and convincing appearance I became a Holiday Magic Girl! (Make-up didn't suit me, so I gave it to my girlfriend's mother)

I am not sure if Jack is still with us, but David has remained a friend over all the years and lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

Jack's races:
1960 Simca Aronde, Phillip Island, - co-driver L Marsh;
1962 Simca Aronde, Phillip Island, co-driver not known;
1966 as Jack Nougher - Chrysler Valiant V8, Bathurst, co-driver David O'Keefe - class winner and 10th outright (Mini Cooper S's were 1st to 9th);
1967 as Jack Eiffeltower - Hillman Imp GT Bathurst, co-driver David O'Keefe;
1968 again as Jack Eiffeltower - Hillman Gazelle Bathurst, co-driver David O'Keefe - DNF;
1970 as Jack Magic BMW 2800 Bathurst co-driver David O'Keefe 7th in the Ford GTHO class.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 2 weeks ago

Thanks @theracer120 Interesting post. :haha:

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Post by MonteCristo » 2 weeks ago

Michael Ferner wrote:
2 weeks ago
Good chance this was a joke by the hack writing about the event that the unsuspecting wikipedia author didn't get - there were loads of those in some magazines, I recall a Fuji sports car race which listed amongst its finishers the supposedly Japanese driver pairing of Iwanalaya/Wenyapayme! :haha:

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Current Pro Mazda Champsionship driver... I present to you: Sting Ray Robb.
Good gosh! Don't they tell'em in the Land of the Free to keep their mouth shut while still wearing braces!!!???
Don't disrespect the Sting Ray :insulted:.
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Post by theracer120 » 1 week ago

I was looking at V8 Supercar results on racing-reference today and on the front page there was a comment about a ARCA driver from 2004 called Homer Woolslayer.

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