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Australian Gold Star Race

Symmons Plains, 2 Mar 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Harvey Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco V8
#2 Bob Jane Racing (see note 1)
62:34.9
2 Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco V8
#1 Geoghegans Sporty Cars
62:39.1
3 Kevin Bartlett (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V
#5 Alec Mildren Racing
62:41.8
4 Max Stewart (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
#6 Alec Mildren Racing
63:21.9
5 Len Goodwin (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
#8 Pat Burke Racing (see note 2)
62
6 Glyn Scott (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Glyn Scott
62
7 Don Uebergang (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford twin cam
#14 Avon Auto. Comp.

R John McCormack Elfin 600C [7011] - Climax FPF 4
#66 John McCormack
46 oil pump
R Garrie Cooper Elfin 600D [7012] - Repco V8
#12 Elfin-G. T. Harrison Racing
36 flat battery
R Bob Muir Rennmax "BN2" - Climax FPF 4
#7 Robert Muir Motors
22 losing oil
DNS Brian Bowe (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [7013] - Ford twin cam
#132 B. J. Bowe
Did not start
(clutch)
UNKE Col Green Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4
#17 Col. Green (see note 3)
On entry list
UNKE Ken Goodwin (ANF2) 1.6-litre Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam
#43 K. A. Goodwin
On entry list

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Harvey (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT23E [1] - Repco V8 54.2s
2 Kevin Bartlett (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V 55.8s
3 Leo Geoghegan (Tasman) 2.5-litre Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco V8 56.6s
4 John McCormack (Tasman) 2.5-litre Elfin 600C [7011] - Climax FPF 4 56.9s
5 Bob Muir (Tasman) 2.5-litre Rennmax "BN2" - Climax FPF 4 57.4s
6 Max Stewart (ANF1) 2-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V 57.5s
7 Len Goodwin (ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA 57.8s
8 Glyn Scott (ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA 58.7s
9 Don Uebergang (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B [6802] - Ford twin cam 51.9s
10 Garrie Cooper (Tasman) 2.5-litre Elfin 600D [7012] - Repco V8 no time

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT23E [1] (John Harvey): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1968 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco V8. Sold to Bob Jane Racing but crashed by John Harvey in practice at Bathurst in April. Crashed again by Allan Moffat in practice at Sandown Park in September. For Harvey again in the 1969 Australian Gold Star, the 1970 Tasman series (Warwick Farm and Sandown Park only) and for the first race of the 1970 Australian Gold Star (won at Symmons Plains March 1970). Then sold to Bob 'Woody' Curran and fitted with a Ford twin cam for ANF2 racing in Tasmania from 1971 to 1977. From Curran to David Madrers in the early 1980s and started restoration before selling to Bill Marshall in 1983 who completed the restoration and used it in historic racing in Australia. Then sold via Ray Delaney (Melbourne, Australia) to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) in late 1990.
  2. McLaren M4A [M4A/2] (Len Goodwin): Entered by John Coombes for Piers Courage in F2 in 1967. Crashed at Brands Hatch in August 1967 and believed to have been rebuilt on a new tub before its next race at Albi four weeks later, but Autosport makes no mention of a rebuild nor of it being a new car. Raced by Piers Courage in the 1968 Tasman series. Sold to Niel Allen and raced in Australian events in 1968 until Allen crashed heavily at Lakeside in July, reportedly requiring another new tub to be fabricated. Raced again by Allen in 1969, then to Pat Burke for drivers Len Goodwin 1970-71 and Warwick Brown 1971. Sold by Burke and Peter Malloy to Erol Richardson but bought back by Pat Burke around 1982. Restored by Molloy for Burke and retained until sold to John Hugenholtz. To David Coplowe (England) by 1994. Raced in the HSCC Historic Formula Racing Car Championship in 1995. Still being raced by Coplowe in 2010 but not seen since. Reported to have been sold by Coplowe around 2012 but new owner unknown.
  3. Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] (Col Green): John Coombes entered this Brabham BT16 for Graham Hill in 1965, fitted with a BRM P71 engine. Hill continued to race it in the early part of 1966 after which it was then refitted with a 2.5-litre Climax FPF and taken to Australia by Frank Gardner to be used in Tasman racing. Gardner won first time out at a Gold Star race at Warwick Farm in December 1966 and then raced it in the 1967 Tasman series as part of Alec Mildren's team. After the series it was acquired by Niel Allen who planned to race it himself but instead entered it for Fred Gibson in 1967 and again in early 1968 before it was sold to Col Green in mid-1968. Retained by Green for three seasons and then sold to Neil Rear (Perth, Western Australia) and raced by him at Waneroo Park in 1972. In 1973, it was fitted with a Cosworth 1600 engine and at the end of that season, Rear sold it to Colin Hall, who planned to fit a Lotus twin cam, but continued to drive his Macon instead. The Brabham passed through various owners until acquired by photographer Julian Cowan. Sold via Bonhams to Rob McMillan (Sydney, Australia) and rebuilt on a replica chassis for historic racing, the original chassis being cut up and scrapped.

Sources

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