Iain Corness (1932 – 30.01.2023) was a leading MGB competitor of the 1960’s.
He was born in Northern Ireland in November 1941 and came to Australia as a “10 quid pom”.
Gained medical degree in Brisbane and practiced there.
He took up amateur racing and eventually developed an MGB into the fastest in the world. This was extremely modified and included a Twin Cam head from an MGA fitted to the MGB block.
He raced many times at Oran Park and Warwick Farm, in some fantastic production sports car races. He gained sponsorship from British Leyland and the car was turned out in a great blue and white colour scheme. He had an equally well-presented Ford F100 ex ambulance also in the team colors as his tow car. The MGB came to be called the “SuperBee” and was covered in a great track test in October 1970 Sports Car World.
Eventually CAMS changed the rules for Prod Sports as development was getting out of hand. This outlawed the SuperBee and Ross Bond’s Austin Healey amongst other. Sometime later he developed a team of three radical Fort Escort Sports Sedans. These had space frame chassis and Mazda rotary engines. They were sponsored by Bryan Byrt Ford and looked very impressive in blue and white paint schemes. Iain was the lead driver. I don’t recall them racing at Sydney circuits, staying in Queensland.
In 1997 Iain moved permanently to Thailand settling in Pattaya. This is a city of 120,00 on west Thailand coast. It’ s main attraction for Iain was it had the only race circuit in Thailand.
He took up a Consultancy at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.
He continued racing in Thailand until age 80, mainly in a modified Ford Escort. See the attached YouTube video which is very interesting.
He wrote a bestselling book titled “Farang, Thailand through the eyes of an expat” . Subsequently he wrote a sequel.
Both books available through Amazon.
This Shannons article describes the development of the SuperBee:
MGA and MGB: Aussie doctor and the world’s fastest ‘Super Bee’ – Shannons Club
Iain was a truly unique character and larger than life.