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Australian Gold Star Race

Oran Park, 19 Sep 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Max Stewart Lola T400 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
#16
46 51.52.0
2 Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Shellsport
46 51.54.8
3 John Leffler Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Grace Bros Racing
46 51.59.9
4 Bruce Allison Lola T332 [T330 HU22-3] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Hobby & Toyland (see note 1)
46 52.23.5
5 Garrie Cooper Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8
Ansett Team Elfin
46 52.41.8
6 Chris Farrell (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [74441] - Ford twin cam
43
7 John Edmonds Elfin MR5-B [5723] - Repco Holden V8
(see note 2)
38
NC Gil Cameron McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
29
R Ken Shirvington Lola T400 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
27 Engine
R John Goss Matich A51/A53 [005] - Repco Holden V8
#2
26 Gearbox
R John McCormack McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 V8
#1
22 Engine
R Stephen Fraser Cicada [4] - Chevrolet V8
7 Engine
R Andrew Miedecke (ANF2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT36 (Dolphin) ['3'] - Ford twin cam
5 Clutch
R Enno Buesselman (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [72420] - Ford twin cam
3 Broken gear linkage
R Chris Milton McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8
1 Engine
DNS Jon Davison Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8
(see note 4)
Did not start
(Oil leak)
DNS Peter Warren (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-007] - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNA Terry Hook Lola T332 ['071-084'] - Chevrolet V8
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Adams Lola T330 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Larner (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 700 [76650] - Ford twin cam
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Max Stewart (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8 01.05.5
2 John Goss (F5000) 5-litre Matich A51/A53 [005] - Repco Holden V8 01.06.0
3 Bruce Allison (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU22-3] - Chevrolet V8 01.07.0
4 John McCormack (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M23 [2] - Leyland P76 V8 01.07.3
5 John Leffler (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 01.07.4
6 Garrie Cooper (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR8-C [8761] - Chevrolet V8 01.07.6
7 Jon Davison * (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50 [004] - Repco Holden V8 01.10.0
8 Andrew Miedecke (ANF2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT36 (Dolphin) ['3'] - Ford twin cam 01.10.0
9 Chris Farrell (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [74441] - Ford twin cam 01.10.0
10 Enno Buesselman (ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 622 [72420] - Ford twin cam 01.10.2
11 Chris Milton (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M18/M22 [500-01] - Chevrolet V8 01.11.4
12 John Edmonds (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5-B [5723] - Repco Holden V8 01.12.1
13 Ken Shirvington (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU4] - Chevrolet V8 01.13.0
14 Gil Cameron (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8 01.13.9
15 Stephen Fraser (F5000) 5-litre Cicada [4] - Chevrolet V8 01.16.6
16 Peter Warren * (ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-007] - Ford twin cam 01.16.7
17 Kevin Bartlett (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 DNP
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T332 [T330 HU22-3] (Bruce Allison): New to Kevin Bartlett (Aus) 1973. First raced in Australia Sep 1973, then in Tasman 1974 but crashed in practice at Pukekohe and effectively written off. Rebuilt on T332 tub and raced in Gold Star from August 1974. To Bruce Allison March 1975 and raced in Australian Gold Star 1975, and New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976, but crashed and heavily damaged at Oran Park 1 Feb. Rebuilt again on another T332 tub and raced by Allison later in 1976. Sold to Kevin Bartlett for Australian Internationals 1977, then to Johnnie Walker (Aus) September 1977, and raced in Australia in 1978 and 1979. History then unknown until reappeared with Bob Minogue (Aus) in 1987, then to Paul Cromarty (Aus), then Adrian Whapham (NZ) in 1994 or 1995. To Stan Redmond (Christchurch, NZ) by 2001 and raced in F5000 Tasman Revival series. To Peter Sundberg (Auckland, New Zealand) 2009. Still owned by Sundberg in 2013. More information about Lola T330 HU22
  2. Elfin MR5-B [5723] (John Edmonds): Works Elfin Sports Cars entry for Garrie Cooper in the 1972 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1973 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1974 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, and the 1975 Tasman and Australian Gold Star. Rebuilt in August 1975 as the MR5-B. Sold to John Edmonds for the last race of the Australian Gold Star, then the 1976 New Zealand and Australian Internationals, the 1976 national season, and the 1977 Australian Internationals. Then to Phil Ward 1977, and then with Mike Pope from 1980 to 1986. History then unknown until bought from Geoff Munday by Gavin Sala. Sold by Sala to Ken Smith in Nnew Zealand, and reportedly with Barrie Flett in 1994. The car is said to have spent time in a museum in NZ, before being bought by Smith again, and sold back to Geoff Munday some time before 2014.
  3. McLaren M10B [400-02] (Gil Cameron): New to Neil Allen (Australia) late 1969, and raced in 1970 and 1971 Tasman series. To Kevin Bartlett for 1971 Australian Gold Star and 1972 Tasman 1972, then to US for at leats one race in 1972. Then unknown until boight by Gil Cameron, and raced in Australia from 1975 to 1977. Subsequent history unknown, but later owned by Llynden Riethmuller (Sydney, Australia) in 2007. After Riethmuller's death, sold to Alan Hamilton in 2011, and restored for historic racing. More information about McLaren M10B 400-2
  4. Matich A50 [004] (Jon Davison): Bought by Johnny Walker, and fitted with the engine and transmission from his Elfin MR5. Raced by Walker in the 1972 Australian Gold Star, 1973 Australian Internationals, then to America for four races in the US series. To Jon Davison for the 1974 Australian Gold Star and 1975 Australian Internationals 1975 Australian Gold Star, 1976 Australian Internationals, 1976 Australian Gold Star, and 1977 Australian Internationals. To Bronwyn Taylor 1977 and raced in 1978 and 1979 - Geoff Munyard 1980 - leased to Kevin Leighton 1982 - Graham Stoll - Peter Brennan - Ziggy Schueller 1990 - Ken Smith (NZ) 1992 or 1993 - James Boult (NZ) 1996 - Russell Greer (NZ) 1996 - Richard Bendell (Australia) 2001 - Aaron Lewis 2004 - Philip Lewis 2013.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

Australian Gold Star results for the period 1971-1976 are now available from a variety Australian magazines and yearbooks. As well as Racing Car News, results have been cross-checked against the 1972 Australian Motoring Yearbook and the 1973 and 1974 Australian Competition Yearbooks. Information is added from Autosport where available. The 1975 season was collated by Glenn Moulds using Racing Car News, Australian Auto Action, Chequered Flag, Australian Competition Year, "50 Years Of The Australian Grand Prix" and "Australia's Elfin Sports and Racing Cars". For the 1976 season, Glenn was also able to use Motor Sport Reporter from R3 Calder onwards.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.