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Sounds silly I know, but does anyone remember a remote control Monaro (like the one in the pic)?
It was back in the mid 70's, the owner's name was Neil Vickery. He was on the Don Lane Show about the same time with his Monaro. Neil was an electronics wizz, and he rigged up a walkey-talkey to communicate with the car...it drove itself. This guy lived around Chelsea area (Vic).
My old man was a Holden dealer at the time in Chelsea and this Neil fella was thinking of trading the Monaro in on a Statesman and transferring all the electronics to his new car. I don't think he ever bought the Statesman, but my old man was able to talk him into showing his car at our local fete. I saw the car with my own eyes driving itself around the playground of my primary school..
I had a signed poster of Neil and his Monaro.

Does ANYBODY remember the car?

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Sounds interesting Tim.

Hopefully someone chimes in with some info.

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I went to Aspendale Tech with the Vickery Bro's. Many years later I met Neil in Adelaide showing the car, before that it was on the Don Lane show as many would recall. I remember a holden dealer in Chelsea, not far from the rail station, I lived on Swansea rd. Neil would be about 69 yrs now, I also started my apprenticeship with Jack Smith at Edithvale.

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The dealer was Ron Morphy's.
Can only hope he googles his name one day and finds us.

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Hi Tim
I'm trying to find the Ron Morphy Holden decal for my HQ
Are you able to help please?

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You're the second person to ask me this week, how weird's that? I've seen one on Ebay, but it looked like an 80's version. As I told the other guy, my (childhood/early 70's) memory is, the decals were a crimson background with 'mirror' type writing. I saw one on a Monaro at a car show a few years back, I don't think I got a pic.
Sorry, I can't really help at all. If you find someone that makes them, could you put a link here please?

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HI,IAM NEIL VICKERY,THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG.I HAD THE CAR FOR MANY YEARS AND DID SHOWS ALL OVER AUSTRALIA.I LIVED IN EDITHVALE AND BUILT THE CAR[ELECTRONICS] NOW I LIVE BANORA PT NSW.. IF YOUY WOULD LIKE TO CHAT WITH ME PLEAse give me a call...neil 0413969475 all the best..neil vickery

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Hi Neil, you found us! Thanks for dropping by..

Back in 1976, you (and your car) amazed this 11yo kid. You signed my poster, sadly it's long gone.
Hope you're doing OK these days, I'll give you a call one day. Thanks again..

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Yeah that's great news,although I've never seen it,it was a clever idea for back then and if it came to my school as a kid it would have been cool to see it to. A great car to pick as a project for it,haha.Glad to see you are living in a nice part of the world Neil,just behind the Gold Coast!...

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HELLO. IAM NEIL VICKERY LIVED IN EDITHVALE AND I BUILT THE COMPUTACAR.THANKS FOR YOUR INTREST..TO SAY THE CAR WAS FANTASTIC IS A UNDERSTATEMENT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CHAT TO ME PLEASE GIVE ME A RING..I WILL BE VERY GLAD TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THE CAR.THANKS AGAIN,,, NEIL PHONE 0412142711

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My father had a leaflet detailing aspects of your car. We saw it in action at Frank Burridge's house in True Avenue Carrum - it blew our minds!! My brother was asking about it the other day and I said I'd "Google" it for him - and here we are!!

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Welcome to the discusion.. What a grouse car hey? I saw it in 1976 (I think) at our school fete. Then on the Don Lane show..

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yep - I remember it.
Saw it on TV.

jim

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I was hoping someone would remember it..

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Nup,never seen it & I watched a lot of Don Lane shows.what did ya do with the poster?,that would of been cool to watch that at school.have you ever heard of what happened to the car & owner Tim?

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It was cool at the time because "my dad organised it". What happened to the poster? I grew up and moved house half a dozen times.. ッ

Have I ever heard of what happened to the car & owner? Nope. That's why I'm here. I was hoping it might ring a bell with someone. Luckily Jim knows I'm not bulltishing...

I'm thinking all the electronic gear he had in the boot and under the bonnet in the 70's would probably fit in his keyring of the noughties, or 2013..!

Thanks guys.. I wonder if neil's still out there..

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Mate I saw it with my own eyes both in the streets of frankston and on the don lane show.the guy used to work at repco in Frankston which was where Tasman meats is now

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Sorry"have to put s,cause my key below A&S don't work".when I lived in Wollongong a guy down there made a remote control Surfer,it was about 2 foot high,he put it in the water at a surf contest & blew everyone away,they couldn't believe this thing was surfin the waves,haha.He had offers to do more of them from a toy company but I don't know what happened because I moved up the coast!

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Iv only seen videos of the RC Surfer Al, they are pretty cool.
Got to get me one... oneday...

Heres a pic: http://i43.photobuck...

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Yeah looked similar to that,but it was a guy,in a black wetsuit!

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so it went like?"turn left,over", then the car fell over?

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WHAT? no gravy?

Did it have a Statesman front....

and

a six tail light bumper.......

and

chrome wire spoke wheels......

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I'm going back nearly 40 yrs, but I'm gonna say yes. Now you mention it, tailights, yes, front, definate maybe, wheels..can't remember for sure.
You sound like you know this thing midnite..

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Nup never seen it......

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I know you know that car.
You're good at finding stuff. Find it.. Now!
Or I'll tell on you.

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I think I found the wheels >

http://www.gumtree.c...

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Disclaimer :- The above is purely speculation and is only posted for entertainment purposes!!!

yep i remember it too
i remember he had it in canberra around 76 -77 when i seen it it was parked in civic at the time he was doing demo's with the show

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Hey Tim. I remember it ,it was in quite a few books at the time. I recall seeing it on telly as well and they showed it being started in Australia while the owner was in America!?.Not sure if it was setup or not?. I recall it having a statesman front clip on it as well.

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So it's been to Canberra too eh?

JH.. Neil (sounds like I know the guy, I don't) had a walky-talky you know the ones army guys use, and he'd say commands into it and the car would respond.
LIGHTS! and the lights would come on..
WIPERS! and wipers would come on..
Then START! and it'd start up and start driving... LEFT!.. RIGHT!..
I remember him having a cuppa in the school hall and barking orders to this thing outside in the playground and it'd be doing what he says... Amazing.. well it was for mid 70's..

I just can't believe he's/it's disappeared and nothing in google. Maybe in years to come his grandkids will google it and find this thread on OH and get a kick out of it.

Cheers guys...

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Somewhere between '76 and '78 I think. I was an apprentice with what was Telecom Australia at the time and he a Technical Officer there also. Didn't know him and can't remember where he was located but I read about it and saw pics of the car in one of Telecom's internal newsletters.

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So you remember this guy?

On another note, you being a Telecom guy, you don't remember a guy called Kent Hamilton in that line of work do you? He'd be a hard man to forget, really nice bloke. A bit like Simon the Likeable on Get Smart..

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Nah, sorry, didn't know him. Back in those days there were 88,000 people there. Still, worth asking anyway.

I was going to say there was 88,000 people working there but that would have been incorrect :-P

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How many worked there? 'bout half...

Yeah I see what you mean about 88,000 people, but Kent was a tech in around Melb, and if you'd met him you'd never forget him.. And if you hadn't met him, if he was around you he'd make sure to introduce himself. As I said a bit like [http://images2.wikia...|Simon The Likeable.]

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Your pic is up to cock.
No real Monaro's had 4 doors :D

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I agree, I've heard the same thing about Toranas.
Anyway, how's the mini Belmont going?

:-D

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Mini belmont is coming along good mate :)

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no not on this. I remember the car, also tim, his insurance mob would not cover it when it was driving it's self. do you remember he got out of car, it went around the block being driven by the computer, with a reporter following the car while the owner went it to a milk bar.

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I'm glad you guys remeber this thing. I'd be put in the crazy house if I tried to explain it to some people..

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The Sydney Morning Hearld, Dec. 5th 1975 has an article in it about

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Got a link?
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Please?
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go 2 google news

The Sydney Morning Herald Dec 5, 1976

or Google Neil Vickery Electronics

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It's OK, Mack sorted it for us. Thanks mack..

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I was at a fete at aspendale primary school and seen it in the 70's, I thought it was yellow and black but hey it was a looooong time ago.
Would be great to find out where and what happened to the car and owner.

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Our fete was in Hampton. He must've done a few fetes. You think yellow and black? Maybe..

(Did I get a 202 from you? I've still got it!)

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No it was green

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You've done better than Midnite...

I'd still like to know what he's up to, where's the car etc..
Thanks guys, it's been a good Sunday nite's bit of trivia.

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You know it started off as a HQ Premier and was tarted up to look like a GTS

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Nah I didn't know that..
How come you know so much about this thing.....?

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What would of happened if an unforseen obstacle confronted it, such as another car or a person, while it was driving out of sight. Surely it wouldn't have had the technology to stop itself in the 70s?

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It did it had radars and lots of great [Naughty Pottyword] I saw it driving in traffic in Frankston I believe it was during a parade of some sort

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"He talks to his car and it takes notice" tff!

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hmm.

it was in Yass and did a demonstration for local school kids around one of the sporting ovals.

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two headlights are better than one

Was that the total cost of the whole deal? Or a misprint?
Would have been sooo cool to see as a primary school kid! All we used to do was a 'bike day' on a pretend road layout, in the carpark, practising basic road rules/safety.

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They don't make em like they used too!

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What would of happened if an unforseen obstacle confronted it, such as another car or a person, while it was driving out of sight. Surely it wouldn't have had the technology to stop itself in the 70s?
Yes it did the forerunner to a lot of technology we have today.

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I'm amazed, this would work by radar right? And it only took car makers another 30 years to implement such devices on S-class Mercedes etc?

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I to remember an amazing car that was on the TV many years ago,I believe it was a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. This paticuar cars specks included but were not limmited to.... engine was a special "Knight Industries turbojet with modified afterburners," and the transmission was an "eight speed microprocessor turbodrive with autopilot" (which allowed the car drive without any passengers) it could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in an astounding 0.2 seconds with powerboosters, while braking from 70 to 0 mph only took 14 feet. Many believe the supercar rivaled current concept cars like the Aptera with a fuel efficiency of about 200 miles per gallon. It could even talk to the driver remotly via a fancy watch !

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After reading my own post, i'm thinking perhaps not everything on TV is as it seems. That sort of technoligy back then was used to fly un-manned craft through space.... the computers took up many large rooms..... I bet a miget was driving that car. It's my belief that these amazing displays were intended to stimulate thought and invention to a younger audience... I mean really ? a 29 year old with $60 000 to blow on his new monoro back in the 70's ... and a hand held radio that can transmit 12 000 miles..... 1970's voice recognition technoligy

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It's true, I was there..
I spoke to Neil last year. He's very keen to chat and explain everything. Amazing stuff, and I'm rapt he found us.
Thanks Neil..

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HI,I HAVE READ YOR BLOG AND I WOULD LIKE TO TALK WIT YOU.ABOUT RADAR OR GENERAL ELECTRONICS.I LIVE ON THE GOLD COAST NOW.PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL FOR A CHAT...55230326 OR 0412142711. REGARDS NEIL

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Like to see some photos or even a video of it work Neil ?

Do you know where the HQ GTS went after you had it....

I take it the car wasn't as important as the ELECTRONICS ....

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I wonder if Ch9 has footage somewhere in the archives. Surely they kept a heap of the Don Lane show?

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you'd think channel 9 would have it some where

but then hope Neil has some pics for us :-)

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Hope he comes through. Probably a needle in a haystack for Ch9, unless we had a rough date. I'm thinking 1976.

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late 1975 I seen it....
drove behind it along the Nepean hwy at MT Eliza
and can remember the 6 light bumper..
all red tail lights
and
they went in sequence when he changed lanes if I remember right..

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He may not have been the first one to do it, but it was the first time I'd seen the 6-light treatment.

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Invented in 1902 and 'first used' on a 40's or 50's Jag.

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They don't make em like they used too!

I remember this car very well saw it drive around frankston also on the don lane show.neil used to work at repco in frankston which was near the station.i believe it was where Tasman meats is now.

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It was amazing wasn't it? Great memories..

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HELLO,THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG ON MY CAR.I LIVE IN NSW NOW AND STILL VERY MUC INTO CARS AND ELECTRONICS,PLEASE GIVE ME A RING IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHAT.THANKS AGAIN..NEIL

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just gota learn how to turn the Caps lock off

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WHAT'S THAT MIDNITE..;)

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Cheers Al....
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I talked to Neil. What a nice guy, on for a chat. It was a bad line, but good to relive the memory. He said he's happy to chat with anyone who's interested. He gave me a website, here:
www.grahamswebdesign...

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This is Neil's daughter. Although this was many many years ago dad did an incredible job with this car back in his day and people still come up to me who know me even at almost 30 years of age. Nice to see that even though this was so long ago people still appreciate his technology.

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I'm Tim, the guy who started this whole thing off.
It was many, many years ago, I'm guessing 40. It was great when he found us, I got a real buzz when he commented.
That was me that spoke to him on the fone, tell him thanks for taking the time.
I'd love another poster if he has one laying about ツ. Oh, can you get him to sign it, like he did my other one 40 years ago..

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how's his watch going ?

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