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Frank Matich in his Matich A50 at Warwick Farm in 1973. Copyright oldracephotos.com/Peter Schell.  Used with permission.

Australian Gold Star 1973

Having won the Gold Star series in 1972, Frank Matich took a pair of cars out to the L&M series in the US in 1973 but had a dreadful time. He returned early and prepared a new car, the Matich A52, for the opening round of the Gold Star series at Surfers Paradise in September. After starting from pole position, Matich retired from the race and then decided to pull out of F5000, putting all his cars up for sale.

That left only seven F5000 cars in the country that would appear more than once in the series: the locally-built Elfin MR5s of John McCormack, Garrie Cooper and John Leffler, plus three Lola T330s belonging to Kevin Bartlett, Johnnie Walker and Max Stewart, and Howie Sangster in Don O'Sullivan's McLaren M18/M22.

McCormack won at Surfers and Adelaide, and then Walker took a very poorly-supported race at Phillip Island. The next round was the Australian GP, where Graham McRae won on his first outing in his new McRae GM2, but as he was not eligible for the Gold Star, McCormack's second place gave him maximum points again. Walker won the final round but with another thin field, McCormack only had to finish to secure the championship.

The races

02 Sep 1973 > Glyn Scott Memorial Trophy at Surfers Paradise

07 Oct 1973 > Channel 7 Trophy at Adelaide International

14 Oct 1973 > Phillip Island

04 Nov 1973 > Australian Grand Prix at Sandown Park

25 Nov 1973 > Phillip Island

1973 Australian Gold Star table

1John McCormackElfin MR5 - Repco Holden V833 pts 
2Johnnie WalkerLola T330 - Repco Holden V830 pts 
3Garrie CooperElfin MR5 - Repco Holden V820 pts 
4Enno Buesselman(ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 - Ford twin cam6 pts 
5Bruce Allison(ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P6 - Ford twin cam6 pts 
6Leo Geoghegan(ANF2) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 - Ford twin cam6 pts 
7Chas Talbot(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B - Ford twin cam4 pts 
7Max StewartLola T330 - Chevrolet V84 pts 
7Kevin BartlettLola T330 - Chevrolet V84 pts 
10Howie SangsterMcLaren M18/M22 - Chevrolet V84 pts 

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All cars are 5-litre ANF1 (F5000) cars unless otherwise noted.