libre race

Warwick Farm, 17 Sep 1961

1 Bib Stillwell (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper T53 [F1-5-61] - Climax FPF 4
2 David McKay (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-5-57" (F2-7-59?)] - Climax FPF 4
Scuderia Veloce (see note 1)

3 Noel Hall (libre) 2.2-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-16-59] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 2)

4 Leo Geoghegan (FJ) 1-litre Lotus 20 [20-J-908] - Ford

5 Arnold Glass (IC) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ['CTA/59/F1'] - Maserati 250S 4
(see note 3)

R Kevin Bartlett (FJ) 1-litre Lynx [101] - BMC
8 crankshaft
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ["F2-5-57" (F2-7-59?)] (David McKay): "Works Car No. 3" according to the Cooper Register. Believed to be Masten Gregory's regular car during 1959. According to Doug Nye's Cooper Cars, this was Bruce McLaren's race-winning car at both Sebring Dec 1959 and at Buenos Aires Feb 1960, Subsequent history unknown but may be either the works team's spare car during 1960 (raced by Flockhart and Daigh) and then by Flockhart and Salvadori in New Zealand; the ex-works car sold to Akins for Salvadori to drive in 1960 or the car reputedly sold to Fred Tuck for 1960.
  2. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-16-59] (Noel Hall): Delivered to R Hall less engine according to the Cooper Register.
  3. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' ['CTA/59/F1'] (Arnold Glass): Tommy Atkins team built a new Cooper for the 1959 season to be fitted with a Maserati 250S engine. The car was purpose-built by Harry Pearce at the Atkins' team workshops so does not appear in Cooper records. It is given the number 'CTA/59/F1' here to aid identification. Both the Formula 1 Register and John Blanden identify this car as F2-15-58, a F2 T45 used by the Atkins team in 1958, but Doug Nye makes it quite clear the 1959 car was newly built. After a disappointing 1959 season it was sold to Sid Greene of Gilby Engineering for 1960 and raced by son Keith but was uncompetitive and was sold to Arnold Glass for Australian libre racing in August. It was then sold to Dennis Geary in Sep 1961 but he damaged the engine and, still unrepaired, went to John Hough for 1962. He was killed when thrown from the car at Lowood in Sep 1962, only his second race in the car. The damaged car remained with the Hough family thereafter and was still on the family farm in 2016 awaiting restoration.


Note that 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' published results.

These results have been compiled by David McKinney from a wide rangle of sources, including his own magazine articles and books. The 1959-1963 results are complete but for the 1957 and 1958 seasons, the only cars currently shown in the results are the F1, Intercontinental and F2 cars that feature elsewhere on this site plus the major Australian specials.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.