Remembering ....   Rhythm Guitarist, Garry "Gus" Mullholland passed away in February, 1971
Continental Special
The famous aero-engined Continental Special

Two young Christchurch men invented, designed and raced a revolutionary race car in the late 60's and early 70's.  The car was named the Continental Special, and it was the labour of love of Garry "Gus" Mulholland (Torments Rhythm Guitarist) and his great friend Tyrell Turtill, the brother of Judith Glen (née Turtill) - The Torments vocalist.  The Continental Special was revolutionary in so many ways — it had a rear mounted 7 litre Continental Special Aero engine (as used in Cessna aircraft), through to the design of the suspension and the processes used in building the parts.  Tyrell and Garry raced the car successfully at various racetracks, including Ruapuna and Wigram, from 1968 until they were both tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in a Daimler SP250, in the close vicinity of Christchurch Airport, in February 1971.
  SP250 Crash
The wreck of the Daimler SP250
Tyrell and Garry
Tyrell and Garry with the Continental Special

Remembering ....   Saxophonist, Jim Phillips passed away on April 17th, 2018.
James Michael Phillips (Jim or Jimmy to his mates) was born on September 24th, 1944 and sadly passed away on April 17th, 2018.  He spent most of his early life in the Christchurch suburb of St Albans, attending Our Lady of Fatima and Somme Street primary and intermediate schools, before moving on to St Bede's College for his secondary education.  He was always musical, playing guitar, sax and trumpet from an early age, and gaining performance experience playing at family gatherings and the like with his brother Bill and Noel Murphy as The Statesmen.  Literally just around the corner lived another budding musician, John Campbell, and he and Jim soon discovered their musically compatibility.  John asked Jimmy to join his fledgling group "The Detours" — it was 1962, and thus began Jim's career in the local entertainment scene.  Jim remained with Johnny Campbell and The Detours until 1964, and he subsequently became involved in a number of groups over time including "Peter, Paul and The Pursuers", "SoulPack" and ultimately "About Time", the very successful Peter Sowden/Brian Ringrose group which fronted Rockin' Is Our Business, a regular get together for fans of 50s and 60s music.
  Jimmy Phillips Funeral
Jimmy Phillips Funeral

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